he miniatures selected for the album are charming little pieces performed in the 19th century by great virtuosos as encores or during musical evenings in close circles of friends.
The collection contains both very popular items (like The Dream) and true small masterpieces (like the scene of a child falling asleep – Kind im Einschlummern). Claude Debussy in his collection of six miniatures Children's Corner takes a similar look. However, rather than idealizing the world, he watches it closely from the perspective of his small daughter Chouchou's regular playmate.
Although seldom performed and little known to the public, religious songs are an important part of Stanisław Moniuszko’s output.
Such too are the Concertos on this recording; particularly the Concerto in C, which is among the most developed in terms of form and structure.
Among others, these were the works to be performed in the outdoor, drawing−rooms and palaces. Such situations had not much in common with an atmosphere of the present day concerts.
The recording made on 5 May 2000 at the National Philharmonic reflects very well the contemplative character of the composition and will leave no listener indifferent to its serious message.
In a letter to Bohdan Pociej composer writes: "... I fear theatricality, pomposity and pathos; hence the reason for drawing on century-old or indeed thousand-year old traditions; hence also the decision of renouncing in the Credo any form of orchestral temptations by composing this pivotal section of the work for solo tenor and a cappella chorus (...).