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Grigory Ginzburg - His Early Recordings Volume 1
The Goldenweiser School
Islamey - Oriental Fantasy
rec. Moscow c.1942 (78: 015798/9)
The Ruins of Athens -Turkish March
rec. Moscow c.1930 (78: 4172)
Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 10 in E major 'Preludio'
rec. Moscow c.1940 (78: 12916/7)
Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 11 in A minor
rec. Moscow c.1942 (78: 16967/8
Les cloches de Genève (Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 No. 9)
rec. Moscow c.1942 (78: 015946/7)
Étude d'exécution transcendante d'après Paganini, S. 140 No. 3
rec. Moscow 1951 (78: 19784/5)
Étude d'exécution transcendante d'après Paganini, S. 140 No. 4
Étude d'exécution transcendante d'après Paganini, S. 140 No. 5
recorded Moscow 1951 (78: 18558/9)
Gondoliera, S. 162 No. 1 (from Venezia e Napoli)
Tarantella, S. 162 No. 3 (from Venezia e Napoli)
Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto, S.434 after Verdi's opera
rec. Moscow 1951 (78: 20994/5)
Fantasy on Themes from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, S697
(arranged Busoni) rec. Moscow 1948 (from 78 LP: 456/7)
Largo al factotum (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)
(arranged Ginzburg) rec. Moscow 1951 (78: 18269/70)
Grigory Ginzburg (1904-1961) was perhaps the most astounding virtuoso to emerge in Soviet Russia and it is a tragedy that he was never allowed to travel to the west after the mid 1930’s. He focussed his repertoire very much on the 19th century Romantic period and, above all, in Liszt, and his prolific recordings include many of Liszt’s virtuosic opera paraphrases that had fallen into neglect. This CD is the first of two devoted to his earliest 78rpm recordings mainly dating from the 1940s. These discs are extremely rare and many of the performances included will be unknown to even the most ardent collectors. The disc finishes with the most astounding performance of the greatest virtuoso warhorse of the 19th century – Balakirev’s Islamey. Ginzburg’s supremely elegant performance shows total control in even the thorniest passages, for him it appears no more difficult than a Haydn sonata, and the result is that we hear so much more in the music than is normally the case.
“Goldenweiser's greatest student, Grigory Ginzburg (1904-61), clearly resembles his teacher in some ways: his tone is solid, his technical craft everywhere apparent, and his identification with the music beyond reproach. …even when the going would be heavy for most pianists, Ginzburg has a musical or expressive purpose that cuts deeper than mere showmanship.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2009 *****
“…Grigory Ginzburg's… legendary performance of the Mozart / Liszt Figaro Fantasy remains a marvel and stylised elegance and dazzling fluency.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2008
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Rachel Cheung: Keyboard Prodigy
The 2005 Miami International Piano Festival featured the Festival debut of a thirteen-year-old pianist who not only sailed through a demanding program, but also proved herself capable of music-making on an exalted level. VAI is proud to present Ms. Cheung’s recital, taped 14th April, 2005, at the Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Color, stereo, 76 minutes.
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