Josef Hofmann - Acoustic recordings (1916-1923)

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Josef Hofmann - Acoustic recordings (1916-1923)

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Naxos

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8111326
(8.111326)

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1

Release date:

28th July 2008

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0747313332625

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74 minutes

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Josef Hofmann - Acoustic recordings (1916-1923)


Chopin:

Waltz No. 2 in A flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 1

Recorded 13th February, 1918

Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2

Recorded 18th April, 1923

Nocturne No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15 No. 2

Recorded 19th April, 1923

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

Recorded 6th March, 1918

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Recorded 26th March, 1918

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

Recorded 10th April, 1923

Liszt:

Meine Freuden (Nocturne)

Chants polonais (after Chopin Op. 74). Recorded 27th April, 1923

Polish Songs S480 No. 1 "Maiden's Wish" (after Chopin)

Recorded 6th March, 1918

Waldesrauschen, S145 No. 1

Recorded 13th March, 1923

Tarantella, S. 162 No. 3 (from Venezia e Napoli)

Recorded 2nd November, 1916

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Recorded in December, 1922

Mendelssohn:

Song without Words, Op. 67 No. 4 in C major 'Spinning Song' or 'Bee's Wedding'

Recorded 13th October, 1916

Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14

Recorded 13th February, 1918

Song without Words, Op. 19b No. 3 in A major 'Hunting Song'

Recorded 14th February, 1918

Moszkowski:

La Jongleuse, Op. 52 No. 4

Recorded 14th February, 1918

Spanish Caprice

Recorded 16th October, 1916

Paderewski:

Minuet in G major, Op. 14 No. 1

Recorded 2nd November, 1916

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

Recorded 20th April, 1923

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Recorded 20th April, 1923

Schubert:

Erlkönig, D328

arr. Liszt. Recorded 13th October, 1916


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Josef Hofmann was one of the greatest pianists of any age. His unique abilities incorporated a technique second to none, and a clarity and pureness of tone that has probably never been heard since his death.

Always in total command of everything he played, Hofmann presented each work with an impression of complete facility of execution.

All works recorded in New York City

Fryderyk Chopin: Waltz No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 34, No. 1, "Grande Valse brillante"

Waltz No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 34, No. 1, "Grande Valse brillante"

Fryderyk Chopin: Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2

Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2

Fryderyk Chopin: Nocturne No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15, No. 2

Nocturne No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15, No. 2

Fryderyk Chopin: Fantasy-Impromptu in C sharp minor, Op. 66

Fantasy-Impromptu in C sharp minor, Op. 66

Fryderyk Chopin: Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Berceuse, Op. 57

Fryderyk Chopin: Polonaise No. 3 in A major, Op. 40, No. 1, "Military"

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

Franz Liszt: Chopin - 6 Chants polonais, S480/R145

Chopin - 6 chants polonais, S480/R145 (Chopin, from Op. 74): No. 5. Mein Freuden (Moja pieszczotka, My Joys)

Chopin - 6 chants polonais, S480/R145 (Chopin, from Op. 74): No. 1. Madchens Wunsch (Zyczenie, The Maiden's Wish)

Franz Liszt: 2 Concert Etudes, S145/R6

2 Concert Etudes, S145/R6: No. 1. Waldesrauschen (Forest Murmurs)

Franz Liszt: Annees de pelerinage, 2nd year, Italy supplement, S162/R10: Venezia e Napoli

Annees de pelerinage, 2nd year, Italy supplement, S162/R10: Venezia e Napoli: No. 3. Tarantella

Franz Liszt: 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106

19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106: No. 2 in C sharp minor

Franz Liszt: 12 Lieder von Schubert, S558/R243

12 Lieder von Schubert, S558/R243: No. 4. Erlkonig

Felix Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 6, Op. 67

Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 6, Op. 67: No. 34 in C major, Op. 67, No. 4, "Spinnerlied" ("Spinning Song")

Felix Mendelssohn: Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14

Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14

Felix Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 1, Op. 19b

Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 1, Op. 19: No. 3 in A major, Op. 19, No. 3, "Jagerlied" ("Huntsman's Song")

Moritz Moszkowski: La jongleuse, Op. 52, No. 4

La jongleuse, Op. 52, No. 4

Moritz Moszkowski: Caprice espagnol, Op. 37

Caprice espagnol, Op. 37

Ignacy Jan Paderewski: Humoresques de concert, Op. 14

Humoresques de concert, Op. 14: No. 1. Menuet celebre

Sergei Rachmaninov: 10 Preludes, Op. 23

10 Preludes, Op. 23: No. 5 in G minor: Alla marcia

Sergei Rachmaninov: Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3

Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3: No. 2. Prelude in C sharp minor

Gramophone Magazine

“Josef Hofmann is among music’s most jealously guarded legends. For his admirers (and they included Anton Rubinstein and Rachmaninov) he could do no wrong, and those fortunate enough to have heard him live during his heyday in America can reminisce by the hour, recalling unforgettable performances of a vast repertoire ranging from Beethoven’s Op. 111 Sonata to the major works of the great romantics.”

BBC Music Magazine

October 2008

*****

“The recessed, wrong-end-of-a-telescope acoustic recordings are still truthful enough to display Hofmann's mesmerisingly fabulous virtuosity in Liszt's Waldesrauchen and Tarantella, and his full, rounded tone.”

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