André Cluytens

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Leon Fleisher plays Beethoven & Mozart

Leon Fleisher plays Beethoven & Mozart


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne, 7 March 1960

André Cluytens

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414

Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne, 25 March 1957

Georg Ludwig Jochum


The great American pianist Leon Fleisher (born in 1928) was a pupil of Artur Schnabel, with whom he stayed for an unprecedented ten years. He made his professional debut with Pierre Monteux and the San Francisco Orchestra in 1942 aged fourteen. Success came quickly and by eighteen, Fleisher had played with all the US orchestras and had given recitals at Carnegie Hall. Between 1950 and 1958, Fleisher lived in Europe, winning the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.

During this time he made highly succesful tours of Europe, North and South America and his partnership with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra in the late 1950s and 1960s is today considered one of the great recording legacies.

During the 1960s Fleisher was diagnosed with focal dystonia in his right hand forcing him to restrict himself to left-hand repertoire. He eventually recovered and by 2008 was recording again as a two-handed pianist.

The celebrated French conductor Pierre Monteux called Fleisher ‘the pianistic find of the century’. This release celebrates Fleisher’s 85th birthday. Sony Classical have also issued a 23 CD set to commemorate the pianist’s association with them. Fleisher’s 1960 live recording with the KRSO of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1, superbly conducted by André Cluytens, is wonderfully sprung and full of stylish brio. At this time Cluytens was just completing his acclaimed cycle of Beethoven Symphonies with the Berlin PO for EMI.

Fleisher described Mozart’s K414 as ‘a beautiful little concerto … sparer and more direct than some of the pieces he wrote while he was still living in Salzburg’. The work is a rarity in Fleisher’s discography, since he did not record it (and then in a commercial studio recording) until 2008. This 1957 live perfomance is direct with a full-bodied singing tone and pinpointed responsiveness.

These recordings have never been issued before and are beautifully recorded by WDR. In addition, they represent one of the few examples of Fleisher caught live as opposed to his studio-made recordings.

“though I have heard performances of these two works that equal these, I can't think of any that surpass them...The sound is impressive, though both Concertos are in mono.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2014 *****

“Fleisher was a Schnabel pupil and, like Schnabel, is a distinguished Mozartian...though the orchestra is none too well recorded, Fleisher's own shapely and cultured playing is nicely caught by the microphones.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2014

ica classics Legacy - ICAC5121

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L'Art d'Andre Cluytens

L'Art d'Andre Cluytens

Tchaikovsky, Franck & Debussy


Debussy:

Trois Nocturnes

Franck, C:

Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

Walter Gieseking (piano)

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Emil Gilels (piano)


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Wagner's Vision: Tannhauser, Act II (1955)

Wagner's Vision: Tannhauser, Act II (1955)


Volker Horn (tenor), Wolfgang Windgassen (tenor), Gerhard Stolze (tenor), Josef Greindl (bass), Toni Blankenheim (baritone), Herta Wilfert (soprano), Gre Brouwenstijn (soprano), Josef Traxel (tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Alfons Herwig (baritone)

Bayreuth Festival Chorus, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Schoneberger Sangerknaben, Andre Cluytens

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Wagner's Vision: Lohengrin (excerpts) (1953-1960)

Wagner's Vision: Lohengrin (excerpts) (1953-1960)


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Wagner's Vision: Tannhauser Act I

Wagner's Vision: Tannhauser Act I


Josef Traxel (tenor), Herta Wilfert (soprano), Volker Horn (tenor), Gre Brouwenstijn (soprano), Alfons Herwig (baritone), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Toni Blankenheim (tenor), Wolfgang Windgassen (tenor), Gerhard Stolze (tenor), Josef Greindl (bass)

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Bayreuth Festival Chorus, Schoneberger Sangerknaben, Andre Cluytens

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Wagner's Vision: Tannhauser, Act III (1955)

Wagner's Vision: Tannhauser, Act III (1955)


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Wagner's Vision: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Highlights) (1943, 1956, 1959)

Wagner's Vision: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Highlights) (1943, 1956, 1959)


Jaro Prohaska (baritone), Helmut Fehn (bass), Karl Krollmann (bass), Gerhard Witting (tenor), Eugen Fuchs (baritone), Benno Arnold (tenor), Franz Sauer (bass), Max Lorenz (tenor), Fritz Krenn (bass), Herbert Gosebruch (bass), Josef Greindl (bass), Gustav Rodin (tenor), Erich Zimmermann (tenor), Georgine von Milinkovic (mezzo-soprano), Alfons Herwig (baritone), Gerhard Stolze (tenor), Karl Schmitt-Walter (baritone), Hans Hotter (bass-baritone), Wolfgang Windgassen (tenor), Gre Brouwenstijn (soprano), Otto Wiener (bass), Rudolf Schock (tenor)

Bayreuth Festival Chorus, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf, Wilhelm Furtwangler, Andre Cluytens

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Georges Cziffra play Grieg & Liszt

Georges Cziffra play Grieg & Liszt


Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Paris, 17 April 1959

Orchestre National de l’ORTF, Georges Tzipine

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Paris, 12 March 1959

Orchestre National de l’ORTF, André Cluytens

Fantasy on Hungarian Folk-tunes, S123

Paris, 12 March 1959

Orchestre National de l’ORTF, André Cluytens

Lully:

Gavotte en rondeau

Luxembourg, 20 January 1959

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K96 in D major

Luxembourg, 20 January 1959


Hungarian born György Cziffra (1921–1994) was one of the most celebrated and individual piano virtuosos of the post-war decades in Europe, especially noted for his powers of improvisation and as a Liszt pianist.

In 1950 Cziffra was arrested after he attempted to escape from Hungary’s Soviet-sponsored regime and was severely tortured. When he was released in 1953, Cziffra started to record for the Qualiton and Supraphon labels (ICAC5008) which began to circulate in Western Europe, propelling him to legendary status. When Russia invaded Hungary, Cziffra fled to Vienna making his debut there in November 1956, with outstanding success. Debuts elsewhere in Europe followed. Cziffra gained international stardom not without critical disfavour, adhering to a nineteenth-century approach to music that allowed for taking ‘liberties’ with the texts.

Cziffra settled in France. He retired from recording in 1986 and left the concert platform in 1988. In the same year, France named him a cultural ambassador to a newly liberalised Hungary. He set up the Fondation Cziffra with his wife who runs it today.

These live recordings have never been issued commercially before.

The Grieg Concerto is typical of Cziffra’s ‘startling and mercurial quality’ while the Liszt Concerto and Fantasy on Hungarian Folk Themes are very much in the style with which Liszt ‘loved to tease and astonish his adoring audiences’. (Bryce Morrison)

‘Cziffra always held miniatures in special affection’ – the Lully Gavotte and Scarlatti Sonata K.96 are ‘infused with all of his unique tangy brilliance and bravura’. (Bryce Morrison)

After one recital in London, The Daily Telegraph said the audience ‘witnessed feats of piano playing probably never to be equalled, certainly never surpassed, in their lifetime’, and Cziffra ‘combined the precision of a metronome with the electrical discharge of a thunderstorm’. For the Paris press, ‘he was greater than Horowitz’ and for Marcel Dupré, the great French organist, he was quite simply ‘the reincarnation of Liszt’. As Bryce Morrison states, ‘Either way, (Cziffra) hardly invites a middle course or compromise. Above all, you could never ignore this artist who occupies a unique place in the pianistic Parthenon.’

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Michel Dens

Michel Dens


Adam:

Dans le sommeil (from Si j’étais roi)

Orchestre de l'Opera, Pierre Dervaux

Berlioz:

La Damnation de Faust: Devant la maison

Orchestre de l'Opera, Pierre Dervaux

Donizetti:

Jardins de l’Alcazar (from La favorite)

Orchestre Radio-Lyrique, Gustave Cloeze

Gounod:

Avant de quitter ces lieux (from Faust)

Orchestre de l'Opera, Louis Fourestier

Leoncavallo:

Si può? (from I Pagliacci)

sung in French

Orchestre de l'Opera Comique, Albert Wolff

Massenet:

La légende de la sauge (from Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame)

Orchestre de l'Opera Comique, Andre Cluytens

Promesse de mon avenir (from Le roi de Lahore)

Orchestre de l'Opera, Pierre Dervaux

Voilà donc la terrible cité (from Thaïs)

Orchestre de l'Opera, Pierre Dervaux

Vision fugitive (from Hérodiade)

Orchestre de l'Opera, Pierre Dervaux

Voilà donc la terrible cité (from Thaïs)

Lilian Roux (piano)

Offenbach:

Je viens de faire un rêve magnifique (from La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein)

Marcel Cariven

Scintille, diamant (from Les Contes d'Hoffmann)

Orchestre de l'Opera, Pierre Dervaux

Rabaud:

A Travers le Désert (from Mârouf, Savetier du Caire)

Orchestre de l'Opera, Pierre Dervaux

Rossini:

Largo al factotum (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)

sung in French

Orchestre de l'Opera Comique, Andre Cluytens

Thomas, Ambroise:

O vin, dissipe la tristesse (from Hamlet)

Orchestre de l'Opera, Pierre Dervaux

Verdi:

Deserto sulla terra (from Il trovatore)

sung in French

Orchestre Radio-Lyrique, Gustave Cloeze

Vanne, la tua meta gia vedo…Credo in un Dio crudel (from Otello)

sung in French

Orchestre Radio-Lyrique, Gustave Cloeze

Wagner:

Blick ich umher in diesem edlen Kreise (from Tannhäuser)

sung in French

Orchestre de l'Opera, Robert Blot

O du, mein holder Abendstern (from Tannhäuser)

sung in French

Orchestre de l'Opera, Robert Blot


Michel Dens (baritone)

Born in 1911, the French baritone Michel Dens had a long and successful career.

His early career was in the world of opera but he later sang in many operettas.

This collection includes arias which he perfomed at an event given in his honour in Marseilles in 1986.

Malibran - CDRG195

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Shostakovich plays Shostakovich

Shostakovich plays Shostakovich


Shostakovich:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor for piano, trumpet & strings, Op. 35

Ludovic Vaillant (trumpet)

French National Radio Orchestra, Andre Cluytens

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102

French National Radio Orchestra, Andre Cluytens

Fantastic Dances (3), Op. 5

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 6 in B minor

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 7 in A major

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 8 in F sharp minor


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