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Frédéric François Chopin (1810-49)

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Chopin: Complete Études

Chopin: Complete Études


Chopin:

Études (12), Op. 10

Études (12), Op. 25

Trois Nouvelles Études


Juana Zayas (piano)

Two recordings; the first (1983 & 1999) acclaimed as the best Études ever recorded by two leading reviewers; the second is a new digital recording issued for the first time.

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Chopin: The 27 Etudes

Chopin: The 27 Etudes


Chopin:

Études (12), Op. 10

Études (12), Op. 25

Trois Nouvelles Études


John Khouri (1832 Broadwood grand piano)

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Arrau with Szell: Live from Carnegie Hall

Arrau with Szell: Live from Carnegie Hall


Beethoven:

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

11 November 1945

Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

9 January 1955

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

15 December 1946

Strauss, R:

Burleske for Piano and orchestra in D minor, AV85

11 March 1945

Weber:

Konzertstück in F minor, Op. 79 for piano & orchestra

11 March 1945


Claudio Arrau (piano)

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, George Szell

These 1945-1955 broadcasts of live collaborations between Claudio Arrau and George Szell are being released for the first time and stem from well preserved and carefully restored broadcast transcription discs. The works include Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1, Chopin Piano Concerto No.2 and Liszt Piano Concerto No.2. All are performed with dynamism, daring and volatility.

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Boris Goltz: Complete Works for Solo Piano

Boris Goltz: Complete Works for Solo Piano


Chopin:

Nocturne No. 4 in F major, Op. 15 No. 1

Waltz No. 10 in B minor, Op. 69 No. 2

Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2

Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53 'Héroïque'

Goltz:

Scherzo in E Minor

24 Preludes, Op. 2


Sergei Podobedov (piano)

A traditional late-Romantic composer in the heritage of Scriabin and Rachmaninoff, Goltz might have become as famous as these giants of Russian pianism had he not perished at just 28 during the siege of Leningrad. Russian-American pianist Sergei Podobedov unearthed his brilliant solo piano compositions from the 1930s and has recorded them for the first time on this CD.

The booklet contains an extensive discussion of the forgotten composer and his work by the Russian musicologist Olga Skorbyashenskaya.

Notes in English and Russian

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Camilla Wicks: Five Decades of Treasured Performances

Camilla Wicks: Five Decades of Treasured Performances


Barber:

Violin Concerto, Op. 14

Bartók:

Rhapsody for Violin & Orchestra No. 2, BB 96b, Sz. 90

Beethoven:

Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96

Benjamin, A:

From San Domingo

Jamaican Rumba

Bloch, E:

Violin Sonata No. 1

Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Hungarian Dance No. 7

Brustad:

Eventyr (Fairytale): Trollkvenna

Chausson:

Poème for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 25

Chopin:

Nocturne No. 20 in C sharp minor, Op. post.

Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2

Debussy:

Violin Sonata

Fauré:

Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major, Op. 13

Gershwin:

Preludes (3)

arr. Heifetz

Grieg:

Violin Sonata No. 3 in C minor, Op. 45

Kreisler:

Tambourin Chinois, Op. 3

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, Op. 34 No. 2

Nin:

Cantos populares españoles (20), for voice and piano: excerpts

arr. Kochanski

Paradies:

Sicilienne

Ravel:

Violin Sonata in A minor 'Sonate posthume'

Tzigane

Sarasate:

Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43

Danza Española No. 1: Malagueña, Op. 21, No. 1

Danza Española No. 6: Zapateado, Op. 23, No. 2

Scarlatescu:

Bagatelle

Schubert:

Ave Maria, D839

arr. Wilhelmj

Shostakovich:

Prelude for piano, Op. 34 No. 10 in C sharp minor

Prelude for piano, Op. 34 No. 15 in D flat major

Prelude for piano, Op. 34 No. 16 in B flat minor

Prelude for piano, Op. 34 No. 24 in D minor

arr. Tsiganov

Strauss, R:

Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op. 18

Tailleferre:

Sonata for Violin & Piano No. 1 in C sharp minor

Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Wicks:

Ode to the Desert

Wieniawski:

Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22

Violin Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 14

Scherzo-Tarantelle in G minor, Op. 16


Camilla Wicks (violin)

Upheld by many as a queen amongst her peers, violinist Camilla Wicks led a stellar career in the dozen years following World War II. At the peak of her fame she retired from the concert stage to devote herself to her family. Upon resuming her career she remained an outstanding if intermittent performer for several more decades. Wicks made few commercial recordings besides a famed 1952 performance of the Sibelius Concerto. Now this precious set, spanning five decades and a vast range of repertoire, offers the most comprehensive collection of her concert performances ever likely to be assembled. It offers an in-depth insight into Wicks’ evolution from captivating, devil-may-care young virtuoso to profound interpreter. Music & Arts is pleased to make these great performances available for those who have long wished for Wicks’ discography to be expanded, and to enable a wider audience to be stirred by this extraordinary violinist and artist.

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Claudio Arrau and The Romantics

Claudio Arrau and The Romantics


Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

recorded 9th March 1960 in Munich

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Massimo Pradella

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

recorded 31st May 1962 in Cologne

North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik


Previously unreleased.

Arrau was in his late fifties when he gave these performances; yet he had decades in front of him, too. The music of the Romantics was in his blood, and programs from 1933/34 reproduced in Joseph Horowitz’s book Conversations with Arrau reveal, for example, the Chopin B flat minor Sonata nestling between Beethoven and Ravel; Schumann, Liszt, Beethoven and Schubert all figure largely in those recitals. That the music on this present disc is music close to Arrau’s heart is an understatement. Both these concertos are ideal vehicles for Arrau’s insightful way with the music he chose to deliver to a grateful public. Pianists will appreciate his true technique – technique not in terms of velocity but in terms of tone production, pedalling (he always used little pedal, a condiment rather than a vital ingredient in the recipe) and, most of all, legato. Musicians of all heritages will respond to his deeply-ingrained sense of service to the music he plays.

“Impassioned, full-bodied playing in the Chopin, though the piano and orchestra sound far apart.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2014 ****

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Claudio Arrau In Germany

Claudio Arrau In Germany

Pre-War Recordings from the Collection of Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10 No. 3

Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3

Chopin:

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39

Haydn:

Andante & Variations in F minor, Hob.XVII:6 (Sonata - un piccolo divertimento)

Liszt:

Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 5)

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Transcendental Study, S139 No. 11 'Harmonies du soir'

Les jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este (Années de pèlerinage III, S. 163 No. 4)

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 18 in D major, K576 'Hunt'


One gets a fair semblance of Arrau's artistry through a remarkable cache of recordings made for German Radio in 1937 and 1938. They are released here for the first time, with the exception of the Liszt E Flat concerto, which appeared on a long unavailable Russian Melodya LP and two rare commercially issued Parlophone 78s, added as encores. While Arrau made several important recordings prior to his emigration from Germany, his pre-war discography is small in comparison to his prolific output from the mid-forties on, when the pianist's international reputation solidified. The present compilation, therefore, adds significantly to what we know of Arrau's prime years.

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Emanuel Feuermann: Unexpected Discoveries

Emanuel Feuermann: Unexpected Discoveries

Complete Acoustic 78s & Selected Live Performances


Albert, E:

Cello Concerto in C major Op. 20

National Orchestra Association, Leon Barzin

anon.:

Alt-italienisches Liebeslied

Bach, J S:

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068: Air ('Air on a G String')

Beethoven:

Cello Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 102 No. 2: excerpt

Albert Hirsch (piano)

Bloch, E:

Schelomo

National Orchestra Association, Leon Barzin

Bruch:

Kol Nidrei, Op. 47

Members of the Berlin State Opera Orchestra, F. Weissmann

Chopin:

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

T. Saidenberg (piano)

Cui:

Cantabile, Op. 36 No. 2

Dvorak:

Rondo in G minor for cello & orchestra, Op. 94, B. 181

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 - Adagio ma non troppo

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Hans Lange

Waldesruhe (Silent woods) for cello and orchestra, Op. 68 No. 5

National Orchestra Association, Leon Barzin

Rondo in G minor for cello & orchestra, Op. 94, B. 181

National Orchestra Association, Leon Barzin

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 - Adagio ma non troppo

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Frank Black

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Leon Barzin

Falla:

Jota (No. 4 from Siete canciones populares españolas)

T. Saidenberg (piano)

Gounod:

Meditation on Prelude No. 1 of Bach

Haydn:

Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, Hob. VIIb:2 (Op. 101): Adagio

Members of the Berlin State Opera Orchestra, F. Weissmann

Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, Hob. VIIb:2 (Op. 101) - Allegro

Popper:

Serenade

Hungarian Rhapsody

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Paul Kletzki

Hungarian Rhapsody

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Paul Kletzki

Reicha, J:

Cello Concerto in A major, Op. 4

National Orchestra Association, Leon Barzin

Sarasate:

Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

arr. Feuermann

Schumann:

Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Traümerei

Abendlied (No. 12 from Klavierstücke für kleine und große Kinder, Op. 85)

Strauss, R:

Don Quixote, Op. 35

Arturo Toscanini


Emanuel Feuermann (1902-1942) was born in Poland and in his short life was recognised as one of the greatest cellists of his time. His pall bearers included Toscanini, Ormandy, Serkin and Szell. This collection features no fewer than eighteen CD premieres and rare live performances of the Dvořák Cello Concerto, Bloch’s Schlemo and many other works.

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Koczalski Plays Chopin

Koczalski Plays Chopin

Broadcast Recordings from German Radio 1945 and 1948


Chopin:

Mazurka No. 25 in B minor, Op. 33 No. 4

Nocturne No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 9 No. 1

Nocturne No. 19 in E minor, Op. 72 No. 1

Waltz No. 14 in E minor, Op. post., KKIVa:15, B 56

Prelude Op. 45 in C sharp minor (No. 25)

Mazurka No. 17 in B flat minor, Op. 24 No. 4

Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64 No. 1 'Minute Waltz'

Prelude Op. 28 No. 15 in D flat major ‘Raindrop'

Waltz No. 3 in A minor 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 2

Polonaise No. 3 in A major, Op. 40 No. 1 'Military'

Mazurka No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 50 No. 2

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

Mazurka No. 49 in F minor, Op. 68 No. 4

Nocturne No. 9 in B major, Op. 32 No. 1

Impromptu No. 4 in C sharp minor, Op. 66 'Fantaisie-Impromptu'

Étude Op. 10 No. 8 in F major

Impromptu No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 29

Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

Waltz No. 3 in A minor 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 2

Waltz No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 64 No. 3

Écossaises (3), Op. 72 No. 3

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Sergiu Celibidache


Raoul von Koczalski (piano)

Raoul von Koczalski (1884-1948) was a Polish pianist who studied with Chopin’s pupil, Karol Mikuli and became an acclaimed Chopin interpreter in the first half of the 20th century. He played in a cantabile style with a lovely singing tone but also with a 19th century rubato. Dance rhythms definitely dance.

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Paul Badura-Skoda plays Chopin

Paul Badura-Skoda plays Chopin


Chopin:

Mazurka No. 41 in C sharp minor, Op. 63 No. 3

Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

Mazurka No. 47 in A minor, Op. 68 No. 2

Étude Op. 25 No. 1 in A flat major 'Aeolian Harp'

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

Polonaise No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61 'Polonaise-fantaisie'

Mazurka No. 21 in C sharp minor, Op. 30 No. 4


Paul Badura Skoda (piano)

Paul Badura-Skoda is probably best known as an exponent of the Viennese Classics but the works of Chopin have preoccupied this artist for a long time. The recital includes Sonata in B minor Op.58, Mazurka in C sharp minor Op.63 No.3 and Polonaise-Fantasy Op.61. All the works were recorded in Vienna on Bösendorfer Grand pianos between 1971 and 1975.

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