Paderewski - A Selection of his US Victor Recordings 1914-1941

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Paderewski - A Selection of his US Victor Recordings 1914-1941

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Naxos

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8112011
(8.112011)

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1

Release date:

1st Dec 2008

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0636943201176

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78 minutes

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Paderewski - A Selection of his US Victor Recordings 1914-1941


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight': Adagio sostenuto

Chopin:

Waltz No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42

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

Mazurka No. 37 in A flat major, Op. 59 No. 2

Mazurka No. 38 in F sharp minor, Op. 59 No. 3

Étude Op. 25 No. 7 in C sharp minor

Étude Op. 25 No. 8 in D flat major

Étude Op. 25 No. 9 in G flat major 'Butterfly'

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 1: No. 12, Minstrels

Liszt:

Ständchen - Horch, horch! die Lerch (No. 9 from Zwölf Lieder von Franz Schubert, S558)

La leggierezza - Étude de concert No. 2, S144

Spinnerlied aus Der fliegende Holländer S440

Mendelssohn:

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

Paderewski:

Melody in G Op. 8 No. 3

Minuet in G major, Op. 14 No. 1

Recorded address on the observance of the golden anniversary of Ignacy Jan Paderewski’s American début

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Schubert:

Impromptu in B flat major, D935 No. 3

Schumann:

Warum, Op. 12, No. 3

Wagner:

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 1

arr. by E. Schelling


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Jan Paderewski enthralled the world with his artistry for more than half a century. Immensely popular as a recitalist (he played in Madison Square Garden to 20,000 people), he came to recording as late as 1911, leaving an important legacy.

These recordings, mostly from the 1920s and some unpublished on 78rpm, show Paderewski as a uniquely eloquent interpreter of Beethoven, his compatriot Chopin, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Liszt, Wagner, Rachmaninov, Debussy and his own compositions.

Whether performing in grand Romantic style, with scintillating virtuosity, or as if confiding intimate secrets, Paderewski possessed what Henry James memorably described as “exhilarating goodness”.

“Systematic treatment of Paderewski's large discography is long overdue….it is bound to entice historic piano recording collectors.” Classics Today

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight"

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight": I. Adagio sostenuto

Franz Schubert: 4 Impromptus, Op. 142, D. 935

4 Impromptus, Op. 142, D. 935: No. 3 in B flat major

Franz Liszt: 12 Lieder von Schubert, S558/R243

Lieder von Schubert, S558/R243: No. 9. Standchen (Horch, horch! die Lerch)

Fryderyk Chopin: Waltz No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42 *

Waltz No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42

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: Mazurka No. 37 in A flat major, Op. 59, No. 2

Mazurka No. 37 in A flat major, Op. 59, No. 2

Fryderyk Chopin: Mazurka No. 38 in F sharp minor, Op. 59, No. 3

Mazurka No. 38 in F sharp minor, Op. 59, No. 3

Fryderyk Chopin: Etudes, Op. 25

Etude No. 19 in C sharp minor, Op. 25, No. 7

Etude No. 20 in D flat major, Op. 25, No. 8

Etude No. 21 in G flat major, Op. 25, No. 9, "Butterfly's Wings"

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

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

Robert Schumann: Fantasiestucke, Op. 12

Fantasiestucke, Op. 12: No. 3. Warum?

Franz Liszt: 3 Etudes de concert, S144/R5

3 etudes de concert, S144/R5: No. 2 in F minor, "La leggierezza"

Franz Liszt: Wagner - Spinnerlied aus dem Fliegenden Hollander, S440/R273

Wagner - Spinnerlied aus dem Fliegenden Hollander, S440/R273

Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, Act I: Prelude (arr. by E. Schelling for piano)

Tristan und Isolde, Act I: Prelude (arr. by E. Schelling for piano)

Sergei Rachmaninov: Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3

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

Sergei Rachmaninov: 13 Preludes, Op. 32

13 Preludes, Op. 32: No. 12 in G sharp minor

Claude Debussy: Preludes, Book 1

Preludes, Book 1: No. 12. Minstrels

Ignacy Jan Paderewski: Chants du voyageur, Op. 8

Chants du voyageur, Op. 8: No. 3. Melody in B major

Ignacy Jan Paderewski: Humoresques de concert, Op. 14

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

Recorded address on the observance of the golden anniversary of Ignace Jan Paderewski's American debut

Recorded address on the observance of the golden anniversary of Ignace Jan Paderewski's American debut

BBC Music Magazine

February 2009

*****

“The oddities were odd: the out-of-synch hands, the sometimes bemusing understatement. But what artistry and grace… Gorgeous tonal range too (as in Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata) from the ageing master-pianist - surprisingly good sound.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“A choice selection of the Polish master's prolific recorded output Despite (and often because of) such old-fashioned devices as the asynchronisation of hands and exaggerated rubato, there is playing of incomparable beauty on these 20 discs; many pianists today could learn much from listening to Paderewski's clarity of line, luminous tone and artful use of the pedals.
These (mainly) electrical sides were the first to approach capturing successfully the pianist's unique sound (Ward Marston has done the audio restoration here) though the earliest, a 1914 acoustic of Schumann's “Warum?”, is astonishingly successful for its time.
Producer Jonathan Summers has chosen short pieces representative of the more than 70 titles Paderewski recorded in America between 1914 and 1931. The most substantial works are Schubert's B flat Impromptu (9'06”), lyrical and heartfelt, and of the Prelude to Tristan und Isolde (7'38”) arranged by Paderewski's pupil Ernest Schelling. Elsewhere there are the celebrated recordings of the Wagner-Liszt Spinnerlied and one of many of the pianist's own ubiquitous Minuet in G; of particular interest are the two Chopin studies and Rachmaninov titles unpublished on 78rpm, the first (and only) movement of the Moonlight in which bars 34-42 are played with an accelerando and crescendo – an interesting idea – and Rachmaninov's famous Prelude the final page of which is executed with surprising ferocity. All in all, much to treasure.”

Gramophone Magazine

March 2009

“Despite (and often because of) such old-fashioned devices as the asynchronisation of hands and exaggerated rubato, there is playing of incomparable beauty on these 20 discs; many pianists today could learn much from listening to Paderewski's clarity of line, luminous tone and artful use of the pedals. All in all, much to treasure...”

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