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

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Claudio Arrau: Virtuoso Philosopher of the Piano

Claudio Arrau: Virtuoso Philosopher of the Piano


Beethoven:

Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Alceo Galliera

Variations (32) on an Original Theme in C minor, WoO 80

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'

Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a 'Les Adieux'

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54

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

Piano Sonata No. 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78

Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101

Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini

Chopin:

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

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

Études (12), Op. 10

Études (12), Op. 25

Trois Nouvelles Études

Allegro de Concert in A major Op. 46

Tarantella in A flat major, Op. 43

Debussy:

Danse - Tarantelle styrienne

Estampe No. 3 - Jardins sous la pluie

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Alceo Galliera

Schubert:

Klavierstücke (3), D946

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

Allegretto in C minor, D915

March D606

Moments Musicaux (6), D780, Op. 94

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Philharmonia Orchestra, Alceo Galliera

Carnaval, Op. 9

Tchaikovsky:

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

Philharmonia Orchestra, Alceo Galliera

Weber:

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

Philharmonia Orchestra, Alceo Galliera


Claudio Arrau was born on 6th February 1903. Such was his prodigious talent that he gave his first public recital in Santiago at the age of five.

When he was nine he was sent, with support of the Chilean Government, to study in Berlin where he was a pupil of Martin Krause at Stern’s Conservatory for six years, he never went to another teacher.

He received many awards during his student days such that his name was already in circulation when he gave extensive tours in Germany and Scandinavia following his first recital in Berlin in 1914. He embarked on a tour of Europe after WW1. Conductors of the highest calibre – Nikisch, Mengelberg and Furtwängler amongst them – accompanied him.

After a successful return visit to his homeland in 1921 he visited London the following year where he appeared in a concert with Dame Nellie Melba and Bronislaw Huberman, the violinist who, at the age of 14, had won Brahms admiration for his performance of his concerto. In 1923 he toured the USA.

He joined the staff of Stern’s Conservatory in 1924 and taught there until 1940. In Berlin he played the complete works of Bach over 12 concerts but decided that the piano was not the instrument for these works and never played them in public again. Leaving Berlin in 1940 he returned to

Chile, where in its capital, Santiago, he founded a piano school. It was whilst on a highly successful tour of the USA during the following year that he decided to settle his family in New York.

Arrau’s reputation is built on his special affinity for the music of Brahms, Schumann, Liszt, Chopin and, above all, Beethoven whose complete sonatas he played in many major cities. His performances had all the virtuoso technique required but it was accomplished without the least ostentation; for him the music was what should remain in the audience’s ear and should not be disturbed by the flamboyance of the pianist in the audience’s eye.

Twenty years have passed since he departed but these recordings will bring back happy memories for all those lucky enough ever to have attended his concerts.

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Eugene Ormandy... Conducts Tchaikovsky

Eugene Ormandy... Conducts Tchaikovsky


Tchaikovsky:

1812 Overture, Op. 49

Andante Cantabile (from String Quartet No. 1 in D Op. 11)

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

Polonaise (from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24)

Waltz from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24

Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32

Manfred Symphony, Op. 58

Marche slave, Op. 31

Piano Concertos Nos. 1-3

None but the lonely heart, Op. 6 No. 6

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48

Swan Lake, Op. 20 Suite

Symphonies Nos. 1-6 (complete)

Symphony No. 7 in E flat major, completed Bogatryryev

The Nutcracker Ballet, Op. 71 (Excerpts)

3 movements (trans. Mythos)

The Seasons, Op. 37b: June (Barcarolle)

Sleeping Beauty, Suite, Op. 66a

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35


Norman Carol, Gary Graffman, Tedd Joselson, Leonard Rose, Isaac Stern

Temple University Choirs, Philadelphia Brass Bands, Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

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Lang Lang: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon

Lang Lang: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon


 

Time for Dreams

Schiller arr. Matthias Suschke

Andrea Bocelli: Io ci sarò

Balakirev:

Islamey - Oriental Fantasy

Live at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood

Beethoven:

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

Orchestre de Paris, Christoph Eschenbach

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Orchestre de Paris, Christoph Eschenbach

Sonata in D, Op. 6

Brahms:

Klavierstücke (6), Op. 118

Live at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood

Chopin:

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

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Wiener Philharmoniker, Zubin Mehta

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

Wiener Philharmoniker, Zubin Mehta

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

Recorded live at Carnegie Hall, New York on November 7, 2003

Deng Yu-Hsien:

Spring Wind

Du Mingxin:

Straw Hat Dance (caomao huawu) (Arranged by Wu Zuqiang)

Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 46 in E major, Hob.XVI:31

Live at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood

Piano Sonata No. 50 in D major, Hob.XVI:37

Recorded live at Carnegie Hall, New York on November 7, 2003

He Luting:

The Cowherd's Flute (Mutong duandi)

Hess, N:

Piano Concerto

London Chamber Orchestra

Leoncavallo:

Songs

Barcarola Veneziana

Valse mignonne

Liszt:

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

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Réminiscences de "Don Juan" (after Mozart), S. 418

Recorded live at Carnegie Hall, New York on November 7, 2003

Liebestraum, S541 No. 3 (Nocturne in A flat major)

Recorded live at Carnegie Hall, New York on November 7, 2003

Lü Wencheng:

Autumn Moon on a Calm Lake (pinghu qiuyue)

Mendelssohn:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K330

Oldfield:

Harbinger

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor, Op. post.

with Vadim Repin (violin) & Mischa Maisky (cello)

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

Live at the Proms, The Royal Albert Hall, London

St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Termirkanov

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36

Revised 1931 edition. Live at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood

Satie:

Gnossienne No. 1

Schubert:

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

Recorded live at Carnegie Hall, New York on November 7, 2003

Schumann:

Kinderszenen, Op. 15

Abegg Variations, Op. 1

Recorded live at Carnegie Hall, New York on November 7, 2003

Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Traümerei

Recorded live at Carnegie Hall, New York on November 7, 2003

Scriabin:

Étude Op. 2 No. 1 in C sharp minor

Live at the Proms, The Royal Albert Hall, London

Étude Op. 8 No. 2 in F sharp minor

Live at the Proms, The Royal Albert Hall, London

Étude Op. 8 No. 3 in B minor

Live at the Proms, The Royal Albert Hall, London

Étude Op. 8 No. 8 in A flat minor

Live at the Proms, The Royal Albert Hall, London

Étude Op. 8 No. 11 in B flat minor

Live at the Proms, The Royal Albert Hall, London

Étude Op. 8 No. 12 in D sharp minor

Live at the Proms, The Royal Albert Hall, London

Étude Op. 42 No. 4 in F sharp major

Live at the Proms, The Royal Albert Hall, London

Étude Op. 42 No. 3 in F sharp major 'La Moustique'

Live at the Proms, The Royal Albert Hall, London

Étude Op. 65 No. 3 in G major

Live at the Proms, The Royal Albert Hall, London

Étude Op. 8 No. 10 in D flat major

Live at the Proms, The Royal Albert Hall, London

Sun Yiqiang:

Dance of Spring (chunwu)

Tan Dun:

Eight Memories in Watercolor, Op. 1

Recorded live at Carnegie Hall, New York on November 7, 2003

Tang Biguang:

Liu Yang River

Encore

Tchaikovsky:

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

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim

Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 'In Memory of a Great Artist'

with Vadim Repin (violin) & Mischa Maisky (cello)

Nocturne for cello & small orchestra (or cello & piano), Op. 19 No. 4

Live at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood

Dumka (Russian Rustic Scene), Op. 59

Live at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood

trad.:

Dialogue in Song (dui hua)

Spring Flowers in the Moonlit Night on the River (chun jiang hua yue ye)

Competition of the Two Horses

Chinese. Recorded live at Carnegie Hall, New York on November 7, 2003

with Lang Guo-ren (erhu)

Wang Jianmin:

A Night on the Lake Beneath the Maple Bridge (fengqiao ye po)

Xian Xing-hi:

Yellow River Piano Concerto

China Philharmonic Orchestra, Long Yu

Zhao Jiping:

Dance from Qiuci (qiuci wu)

Zu Jianer:

Happy Times (fanshen de rizi)


Lang Lang (piano)

A stunning set: Lang Lang’s complete recordings, on Deutsche Grammophon (9 CDs) and on Telarc (2 CDs), with the longest Bonus CD (82:49) you’ve ever heard. Plus the 200-page book, with new articles, original liner notes and photos galore of this uniquely charismatic artist – who just happens to be reaching the ripe old age of 30 on the 14th of June.

THE PACKAGING: The box captures the “feel” of Lang Lang in bold bright colours and evocative photos. Open up and you see 11 colour-coded digipaks, one for each of the CD sets (Carnegie Hall Recital in a double digi). Each digi slots into a space in the neat tray in the bespoke box, which cunningly conceals the book in an elegant drawer.

PRODUCT OVERVIEW: The 12 CDs represent Lang Lang’s complete recordings from 2000 to 2009, including the two Telarc CDs he made in 2000 and 2001 (his recording debuts).

There are 5 concerto CDs, 4 solo piano CDs, 1 chamber music CD and 2 “mixed” CDs. The set is arranged by label: DG first, then Telarc, with the bonus CD at the end.


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Philippe Entremont: The Complete Piano Concerto Recordings

Philippe Entremont: The Complete Piano Concerto Recordings


Bartók:

Piano Concerto No. 2, BB 101, Sz. 95

Piano Concerto No. 3, BB 127, Sz. 119

Falla:

Noches en los jardines de Espana

Gershwin:

Piano Concerto in F major

Rhapsody in Blue

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Jolivet:

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

Khachaturian:

Piano Concerto in D flat major

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

Milhaud:

Piano Concerto

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 13 in C major, K415

Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453

Rachmaninov:

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)

Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)

Saint-Saëns:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

Piano Concerto No. 4 in C minor, Op. 44

Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5

Stravinsky:

Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra

Revised 1949 version

Concerto for Piano & Wind Instruments

Revised 1950 version

Tchaikovsky:

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


Sony Classical celebrates the 80th birthday of French pianist & conductor Philippe Entremont with the first-ever release of his complete concerto recordings in a limited original jacket collection. In 1958 Entremont’s debut concerto recordings for Columbia Masterworks of the Grieg A minor and Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini helped put the 23-year-old pianist on the international map. Generations of American music lovers grew up with the Entremont/Ormandy Rachmaninoff 1st and 4th, Saint-Saëns 2nd and 4th, Ravel G major, Liszt 1st and 2nd Concertos and Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain, plus the pianist’s highly regarded collaborations with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in the Tchaikovsky 1st, Rachmaninoff 2nd, and Bartók’s 2nd and 3rd Concertos. We are pleased to make available Entremont’s Khachaturian Concerto and Liszt Hungarian Fantasia with Seiji Ozawa leading the New Philharmonia Orchestra, and a complete survey of Saint-Saëns’ works for piano and orchestra with L’Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse under Michel Plasson. Born in Reims on June 7, 1934, Entremont studied at first with his musician parents and then with Marguerite Long. As a teenager at the Paris Conservatoire, Entremont won many prizes, and, at sixteen, became a Laureate at the International Long/Thibaud Competition. The following year he began his major career, starting with a top prize in the Brussels Queen Elisabeth Competition, and subsequent tours through Europe, the United States and South America. He made his conducting debut on disc in 1968 directing the Collegium Musicum of Paris from the piano in Mozart’s Concertos Nos. 13 and 17, increasing his podium profile in later life as music director of the New Orleans Symphony (1980–86), principal conductor (1986–88) and music director (1988–89) of the Denver Symphony. He currently serves as Principal Guest Conductor for the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra and is Conductor Laureate of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Israel Chamber Orchestra.

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John Ogdon: Legendary British Virtuoso

John Ogdon: Legendary British Virtuoso


Albéniz:

Tango (No. 2 from Espana, Op. 165)

Bach, J S:

Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 5 in D major, BWV850

arr. Hess

Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben': Jesu, bleibet meine Freude

arr. Hess

Bartók:

Piano Concerto No. 1, BB 91, Sz. 83

Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent

Piano Concerto No. 3, BB 127, Sz. 119

Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent

Sonata for Two Pianos & Percussion, BB 115, Sz. 110

with Brenda Lucas (piano) & James Holland, Tristan Fry (percussion)

Beethoven:

Andante Favori in F, Wo057

Für Elise (Bagatelle in A minor, WoO59)

Birtwistle:

Precis

Blake, D:

Variations for Piano

Busoni:

10 Variations on Chopin’s C minor Prelude (revised 1922 version of Op. 22)

Piano Concerto in C major, Op. 39

Men’s voices of the John Alldis Choir & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniel Revenaugh

Turandots Frauengemach (Intermezzo), No. 4 from Elegies

Sonatina No. 6 (Chamber Fantasy on Themes from Bizet's Carmen)

Chaminade:

Automne, Op. 35 No. 2

Chopin:

Étude Op. 10 No. 3 in E major 'Tristesse'

Étude Op. 10 No. 12 in C minor ‘Revolutionary'

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

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

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Prelude Op. 28 No. 7 in A major

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

Mazurka No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 7 No. 1

Mazurka No. 23 in D major, Op. 33 No. 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

Davies, Maxwell:

Five Piano Pieces, Op. 2

Debussy:

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

Préludes - Book 1: No. 11, La Danse de Puck

Préludes - Book 1: No. 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin

Dukas:

Piano Sonata in E flat minor

Dutilleux:

Piano Sonata

Fauré:

Ballade in F sharp major for solo piano or piano & orchestra, Op. 19

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Louis Frémaux

Franck, C:

Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli

Glazunov:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Op. 92

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Berglund

Goehr:

Pieces (3), Op. 18

Granados:

Goyescas: Quejas ó La Maja y el Ruiseñor

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Paavo Berglund

Lyric Pieces Op. 65: No. 6 - Wedding Day at Troldhaugen

Hall, Richard:

Suite

Headington:

Toccata

Hoddinott:

Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 27

Ibert:

Le petit âne blanc (from Histoires)

Ireland:

The Holy Boy

April

Liszt:

Fantasy on Hungarian Folk-tunes, S123

Rhapsodie espagnole, S254

Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir John Pritchard

Un Sospiro from 3 Concert Studies, S144 No. 3

Liebestraum, S541 No. 1 (Nocturne in A flat major)

Liebestraum, S541 No. 3 (Nocturne in A flat major)

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Two Concert Studies, S145/R6: Gnomenreigen; Waldesrauschen

Trauer-Vorspiel und Trauermarsch, S206 (1885)

En rêve - Nocturne S207

Réminiscences de "Don Juan" (after Mozart), S. 418

Réminiscences de Simone Boccanegra, S.438

Après une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 7)

Mephisto Waltz No. 1

Mephisto Waltz No. 3

Csárdás macabre, S. 224

Polonaise No. 2 in E major, S223 No. 2

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 15 in A minor 'Rákóczy Marsch'

Étude d'exécution transcendante d'après Paganini, S. 140 No. 2

Étude d'exécution transcendante d'après Paganini, S. 140 No. 3

arr. Busoni

Funérailles (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173 No. 7)

Valse oubliée No. 1, S.215/1

Litolff:

From Concerto symphonique, No. 4 Op. 102: Scherzo

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Louis Frémaux

Mendelssohn:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

London Symphony Orchestra, Aldo Ceccato

Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40

London Symphony Orchestra, Aldo Ceccato

Rondo brillant in E flat major, Op. 29

London Symphony Orchestra, Aldo Ceccato

Messiaen:

Cantéyodjayâ

Moszkowski:

Waltz in E major, Op. 34 No. 1

Mozart:

Fantasia in D minor, K397

Ogdon:

Piano Concerto No.1

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lawrence Foster

Piano Sonata

Theme and Variations

Poulenc:

Mouvement perpétuel No. 1 in C major

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir John Pritchard

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir John Pritchard

Études-Tableaux, Op. 33

Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Rawsthorne:

Ballade

Schmitt, F:

Mirages, Op. 70

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Paavo Berglund

Nachtstücke, Op. 23 No. 4

Scott, C:

Lotus Land, Op. 47 No. 1 (W183)

Danse nègre, Op.58 No.5 (W89)

Sherlaw Johnson:

Piano Sonata No. 2

Shostakovich:

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

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lawrence Foster

Sinding:

Frühlingsrauschen (Rustle of Spring), Op. 32 No 3

Stevenson:

Passacaglia on D.S.C.H

Tchaikovsky:

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

Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli

Tippett:

Piano Concerto

Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis

Piano Sonata No. 1 'Fantasy Sonata'

Piano Sonata No. 2


John Ogdon (piano)

John Ogdon was born on 27th January, 1937 in Mansfield Woodhouse in Nottinghamshire and died on 1st August, 1989 in London. His first serious study of the piano was at the Royal Manchester College of Music where his contemporaries were Alexander Goehr, Harrison Birtwistle and Peter Maxwell Davies; he also studied composition with Richard Hall, all of whom have music recorded in this collection. His prowess was noticed when he replaced an indisposed soloist in Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto in Liverpool and played almost at sight. At the age of 21 he made his London debut at the Proms in 1958 with Busoni’s Concerto (which he recorded in 1967).

In 1961 he was awarded the Liszt Prize in Budapest and the following year shared the coveted first prize at the Moscow Tchaikovsky competition with Vladimir Ashkenazy; this achievement launched his international career. His recordings from this time not only attest to his remarkable virtuosity and intense musicianship but also his determination to explore both rarer and modern repertoire and give them the performances that show them to their best advantage.

This collection therefore contains not merely the classics – concertos by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Schumann and Grieg and solos by Liszt and Chopin – but rarer concertos by Mendelssohn, Glazunov Bartók as well as the aforementioned Busoni. The major contribution to the catalogue of recorded music must be the solo piano works by the 20th century composers: Sir Michael Tippett, Alan Rawsthorne, Alun Hoddinott, Christopher Headington, David Blake, Robert Sherlaw Johnson and his teacher and colleagues from his days in Mancheser: Richard Hall and the previously mentioned Goehr, Birtwistle and Maxwell Davies as well as works by himself. One further work requires especial mention: Ronald Stevenson’s Passacaglia on DSCH, the composer’s tribute to Dmitri Shostakovich.

At over 85 minutes duration it has to be split across two CDs and the work together with Ogdon’s support of it yielded the highest praise.

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20 Famous Classical Pianists

20 Famous Classical Pianists


includes:

Albéniz:

Iberia, book 2

rec.1947

Claudio Arrau (piano)

Bach, J S:

Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV825

rec.1950

Dinu Lipatti (piano)

Chorale Prelude BWV659 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland'

rec.1950

Dinu Lipatti (piano)

Siciliano in G minor from Flute Sonata No. 2, BWV1031

rec.1950

Dinu Lipatti (piano)

Chorale Prelude BWV610 'Jesu, meine Freude'

rec.1950

Dinu Lipatti (piano)

Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 3 in C sharp minor, BWV848

rec.1933

Edwin Fischer (piano)

Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 8 in E flat minor, BWV853

rec.1933

Edwin Fischer (piano)

Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 15 in G major, BWV860

rec.1934

Edwin Fischer (piano)

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903

rec.1948

Wanda Landowska (piano)

Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14 No. 1

rec.1951

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'

rec.1951

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110

rec.1951

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'

rec.1950

Wilhelm Backhaus (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

rec.1950

Wilhelm Backhaus (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

rec.1951

Walter Gieseking (piano)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

rec.1951

Emil Gilels (piano)

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

rec.1948

Solomon (piano)

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

rec.1941

Rudolf Serkin (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

rec.1952

Rudolf Serkin (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

rec.1936

Elly Ney (piano)

Brahms:

Capriccio in B minor, Op. 76 No. 2

rec.1953

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Intermezzo in A flat, Op. 76 No. 3

rec.1953

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Intermezzo in A minor, Op. 76 No. 7

rec.1953

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Rhapsody in G minor, Op. 79 No. 2

rec.1953

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

rec.1942

Edwin Fischer (piano)

Berlin Philharmonic, Wilhelm Furtwängler

Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op. 117 No. 2

rec.1936

Wilhelm Backhaus (piano)

Rhapsodies (2), Op. 79

rec.1932

Wilhelm Backhaus (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

rec.1952

Solomon (piano)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Rafael Kubelík

Cherkassky:

Prélude Pathétique

rec.1928

Shura Cherkassky (piano)

Chopin:

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

rec.1937

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

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

rec.1937

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1

rec.1936

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Nocturne No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55 No. 1

rec.1936

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Mazurka No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 7 No. 1

rec.1938

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Mazurka No. 19 in B minor, Op. 30 No. 2

rec.1938

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

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

rec.1938

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Mazurka No. 44 in C major, Op. 67 No. 3

rec.1938

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

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

rec.1928

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

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

rec.1930

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22

rec.1935

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

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

rec.1925

Shura Cherkassky (piano)

Couperin, F:

Pièces de clavecin III: Ordre 13ème in B minor: Les folies Françaises, ou Les dominos

rec.1948

Wanda Landowska (piano)

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 1: No. 10, La cathédrale engloutie

rec.1929

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Pour le piano: Prelude

rec.1931

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Children's Corner

rec.1947

Alfred Cortot (piano)

Images pour piano - Book 1

rec.1953

Walter Gieseking (piano)

Préludes - Book 1: No. 1, Danseuses de Delphes

rec.1953

Walter Gieseking (piano)

Préludes - Book 1: No. 2, Voiles

rec.1953

Walter Gieseking (piano)

Préludes - Book 1: No. 5, Les collines d'Anacapri

rec.1953

Walter Gieseking (piano)

Préludes - Book 1: No. 7, Ce qu’a vu le vent de l’ouest

rec.1953

Walter Gieseking (piano)

Préludes - Book 1: No. 10, La cathédrale engloutie

rec.1953

Walter Gieseking (piano)

Préludes - Book 1: No. 12, Minstrels

rec.1953

Walter Gieseking (piano)

Franck, C:

Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

rec.1934

Alfred Cortot (piano)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Landon Ronald

Liszt:

Liebestraum, S541 No. 1 (Nocturne in A flat major)

rec.1935

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Consolation, S. 172 No. 3 in D flat major

rec.1937

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 10 in E major 'Preludio'

rec.1937

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

rec.1953

Claudio Arrau (piano)

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Guido Cantelli

Mendelssohn:

Scherzo in E minor, Op. 16 No. 2

rec.1928

Shura Cherkassky (piano)

Prelude & Fugue for piano in E minor, Op. 35 No. 1

rec.1928

Shura Cherkassky (piano)

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491

rec.1937

Robert Casadesus (piano)

Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris, Eugène Bigot

Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K330

rec.1937

Edwin Fischer (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466

rec.1951

Rudolf Serkin (piano)

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K482

rec.1945

Wanda Landowska (piano)

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Artur Rodzinsky

Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K459

rec.1950

Clara Haskil (piano)

Winterthur Symphony Orchestra, Henry Swoboda

Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14

rec.1951

Emil Gilels (piano)

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

rec.1929

Sergei Rachmaninov (piano)

Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

rec.1939/40

Sergei Rachmaninov (piano)

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

Ravel:

Jeux d'eau

rec.1939

Alfred Cortot (piano)

Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)

rec.1939

Alfred Cortot (piano)

L´Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Charles Munch

Pavane pour une infante défunte

rec.1951

Robert Casadesus (piano)

Jeux d'eau

rec.1951

Robert Casadesus (piano)

Le Tombeau de Couperin

rec.1951

Robert Casadesus (piano)

Schubert:

Moments Musicaux, D780: No. 3 in F minor

rec.1928

Wilhelm Backhaus (piano)

Impromptu in B flat major, D935 No. 3

rec.1928

Wilhelm Backhaus (piano)

Impromptu in E flat major, D899 No. 2

rec.1948

Wilhelm Backhaus (piano)

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

rec.1941

Elly Ney (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

rec.1951

Clara Haskil (piano)

Schumann:

Kinderszenen, Op. 15

rec.1947

Alfred Cortot (piano)

Carnaval, Op. 9

rec.1939

Claudio Arrau (piano)

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

rec.1947

Dinu Lipatti (piano)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 11

rec.1948

Emil Gilels (piano)

Tchaikovsky:

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

rec.1951

Shura Cherkassky (piano)

Berlin Philharmonic, Leopold Ludwig


‘Famous Classical Pianists’ is a 20-CD box set that gathers together historic recordings by many of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. Amongst the artists are Vladimir Horowitz, Arthur Rubinstein, Edwin Fischer, Dinu Lipatti, Wilhelm Backhaus, Dame Myra Hess, Clara Haskil, Alfred Cortot, Emil Gilels, Claudio Arrau and Sergei Rachmaninov.

This 20-CD set has been compiled by one of the most accomplished music journalists around today, the editor-in-chief and publisher of the notable German magazine ‘Piano News’, Carsten Durer. He has chosen twenty soloists who have left their mark on the history of the performance and interpretation of piano music throughout the last century.

Alongside the recordings presented here, the edition includes comprehensive biographies of all of the featured performers.

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Clifford Curzon: The Complete Decca Recordings

Clifford Curzon: The Complete Decca Recordings

23CD + DVD


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

1949

London Philharmonic Orchestra, George Szell

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Wiener Philharmoniker, Hans Knappertsbusch

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

Wiener Philharmoniker, Hans Knappertsbusch

Eroica Variations, Op. 35

1971

Rondo a capriccio in G major, Op. 129 ‘Rage over a lost penny'

Unpublished recording. 1942

Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

1946

National Symphony Orchestra, Enrique Jorda

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

1957

Wiener Philharmoniker, Hans Knappertsbusch

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

1953

Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Eduard van Beinum

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

1962

London Symphony Orchestra, George Szell

Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52

1952

Zum Schluß, Op. 65 No. 15

1952

Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5

1962

Intermezzo in E flat major, Op. 117 No. 1

1962

Intermezzo in C major, Op. 119 No. 3

1962

Capriccio in B minor, Op. 76 No. 2

Unpublished recording, 1943

Intermezzo in C major, Op. 119 No. 3

1943

Intermezzo in E flat minor, Op. 118 No. 6

1943

Rhapsody in G minor, Op. 79 No. 2

Unpublished recording. 1943

Intermezzo in E flat major, Op. 117 No. 1

Unpublished recording

Britten:

Introduction and Rondo alla burlesca, op.23 No.1

1944

with Benjamin Britten (piano)

Mazurka Elegiaca op.23 no.2

1944

with Benjamin Britten (piano)

Chopin:

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

1949

Dvorak:

Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81

Vienna Philharmonic Quartet

Falla:

Noches en los jardines de Espana

1951

New Symphony Orchestra, Enrique Jorda

Noches en los jardines de Espana

National Symphony Orchestra, Enrique Jorda

Franck, C:

Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

1958

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult

Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 14

Vienna Philharmonic Quartet

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

1959

London Symphony Orchestra, Oivin Fjeldstad

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

1951

London Symphony Orchestra, Anatole Fistoulari

Liszt:

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

1963

Liebestraum, S541 No. 3 (Nocturne in A flat major)

1963

Valse oubliée No. 1, S.215/1

1963

Gnomenreigen, S145 No. 2

1963

Berceuse S174 (first version)

1963

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

1942

Mephisto Waltz No. 1

1947

Liebestraum, S541 No. 3 (Nocturne in A flat major)

1947

Litolff:

From Concerto symphonique, No. 4 Op. 102: Scherzo

1958

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult

Medtner:

Skazka (Fairy Tale), Op. 26 No. 3 in F minor

Unpublished recording. 1942

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

1964

Wiener Philharmoniker, George Szell

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595

1964

Wiener Philharmoniker, George Szell

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K478

1952

Members of the Amadeus Quartet

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K493

1952

Members of the Amadeus Quartet

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

1945

National Symphony Orchestra, Boyd Neel

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

1953

London Symphony Orchestra, Josef Krips

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491

1953

London Symphony Orchestra, Josef Krips

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

1967

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491

1967

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, K537 'Coronation'

1967

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595

1967

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466

1970

English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595

1970

English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Pijper:

Symphony No. 3

1953

Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Eduard van Beinum

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

1955

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult

Rawsthorne:

Piano Concerto No. 2

1951

London Symphony Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent

Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D935

1952

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D major, D850

1964

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

arr. Liszt for Piano & Orchestra. 1937

Queens Hall Orchestra, Henry Wood

4 Impromptus, D899

1941

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

1949

Piano Quintet in A major, D667 'The Trout'

1957

Members Of The Wiener Oktett

Impromptu in G flat major, D899 No. 3

1964

Impromptu in A flat major, D899 No. 4

1964

Impromptu in A flat major, D935 No. 2

1964

Moments Musicaux (6), D780, Op. 94

1971

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

1970

Schumann:

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

Kinderszenen, Op. 15

1954

Tchaikovsky:

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

1950

New Symphony Orchestra, George Szell

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

1958

Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti

DVD (not included in download version)

The BBC Recitals

Produced by Walter Todds

Schumann: Kinderszenen

Brahms: Capriccio, op.116 no.1

(1959 [black & white])

Schubert: Moment musical, D780 no.3

Impromptu, D899 no.4

Piano Sonata No.21, D960 (1968 [colour])

CD 23

BBC Interviews

Desert Island Discs (1978)

Curzon remembers his teachers, including Artur Schnabel (1973)


It is 30 years since legendary British pianist Clifford Curzon died (1 September 1982). Over the course of his career, during a long and almost exclusive association with Decca, Clifford Curzon established a pre-eminence unrivalled by any other British pianist of his generation.

For the first time this collection brings together absolutely every recording he ever made for Decca which has survived [in the days of fragile 78rpm shellac discs one or two items were given to the artist as unique-copy test-pressings and these have not survived], including several which have never been published on CD ( or even LP) by Decca [Falla: Noches en los jardines de España (recorded in September 1945); Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No.1 and Liebestraum No.3 – recorded in September 1947, Liszt: Sonetto 104 del Petrarca recorded in1942].

Published for the first-time ever in any format are 8 pieces including a Medtner Fairy Tale, Chopin C sharp minor nocturne, Beethoven’s “Rage over a lost penny”, and 5 pieces by Brahms. These recordings survived as 78rpm test-pressings in Clifford Curzon’s private collection and have been made available for publication through his family.

Also herewith alongside 23 CDs is a famous DVD programme made by the BBC. It includes Curzon performing solo works by Schumann and Brahms [filmed in 1959, black & white] and Schubert – including a complete performance of the Piano Sonata in B flat, D960, filmed in 1968 [colour].

Decca Complete Decca Recordings - 4784389

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Gary Graffman: The Complete RCA and Columbia Album Collection

Gary Graffman: The Complete RCA and Columbia Album Collection


includes

Balakirev:

Islamey - Oriental Fantasy

Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Walter Hendl

Piano Trio No. 11 in G major, Op. 121a 'Kakadu'

Berl Senofsky (violin), Shirley Trepel (cello)

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Piano Trio No. 2 in C major, Op. 87

Variations on a theme by Paganini in A minor, Op. 35

Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24

Chopin:

Ballades Nos. 1-4

Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Debussy:

Violin Sonata

Berl Senosky (violin)

Fauré:

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

Berl Senosky (violin)

Mendelssohn:

Capriccio Brillant in B minor Op. 22

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)

Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14

Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28

Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14

Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10

Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell

Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

Schubert:

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D958

Schumann:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

Carnaval, Op. 9

Études symphoniques, Op. 13

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 44

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 75

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

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

Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell


Gary Graffman (piano)

Sony Classical celebrates Gary Graffman – American pianist, teacher of piano and music administrator – with the first-ever release of Graffman’s complete recordings in a 24 CDs limited original jacket collection. When RCA Red Seal released the first Graffman recordings in 1956 – Schubert’s “Wanderer” Fantasy and Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3 – the pianist was 28 years old. Now, after more than 50 years, this debut recording is being released for the first time on CD, together with 13 more LPs worth of music, all newly remastered from the original analogue tapes.

Graffman was born in New York City on October 14, 1928. Having started piano studies aged 3, Graffman entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 1936 when he was seven as a piano student of Isabelle Vengerova. After graduating from Curtis in 1946, he made his debut with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1949, Graffman won the prestigious Leventritt Competition. He went on to further his piano studies with Rudolf Serkin at the Marlboro Music Festival and informally with Vladimir Horowitz. Over the next three decades, Graffman toured extensively, both performing solo recitals and with orchestras around the globe. His recordings have often focussed on the Russian repertoire which is part of his family background. In the late 1970s an injury gradually forced Graffman to stop using his right hand to play but this encouraged him to pursue other interests such as writing, photography, and Oriental art. In 1980 he joined the faculty at the Curtis Institute and took over as the school’s director in 1986 and later President from 1995–2006. He continues on the faculty at Curtis teaching piano. For his service to music Graffman has received doctoral degrees, was honoured by the cities of Philadelphia and New York, and received the Governor’s Arts Award from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Graffman remains active as a teacher and coach of piano and chamber music. His notable students include the piano virtuosos Lang Lang, Yuja Wang, and Haochen Zhang. His 1982 autobiography is entitled I Really Should be Practicing. As a performer, seven left-hand works have been commissioned especially for him, including Ned Rorem’s Piano Concerto No. 4, Daron Hagen’s concerto Seven Last Words and, in Baltimore in April 1996, William Bolcom’s Gaea, a concerto for two pianos left hand, written for Graffman and his colleague Leon Fleisher.

Included in Gary Graffman – The Complete Album Collection are notable performances of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (1964 with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic), Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto (1966 with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra), Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Prokofiev Piano Sonatas and one of the first recordings in the West of Tchaikovsky’s Second and Third Piano Concertos (with Ormandy). His solo recital repertoire is represented by a generous selection of Brahms (including the Paganini Variations), Chopin, Liszt and Schumann (Carnaval and the Symphonic Etudes). There is also a reissue of what may be Graffman’s most widely heard recorded performance – George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue from the soundtrack of the 1979 Woody Allen movie Manhattan.

GGramophone Magazine

Re-issue of the Month - January 2014

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Legendary Russian Pianists

Legendary Russian Pianists


includes:

Bach, J S:

Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV1052

Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 'Hammerklavier'

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

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

Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Brahms:

Intermezzi (3), Op. 117

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Kabalevsky:

24 Preludes Op. 38

Liszt:

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Fantasia on a theme from Beethoven's 'Ruins of Athens', S122

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466

Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K271 "Jeunehomme"

Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10

The Love for Three Oranges: March

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16

Visions fugitives, Op. 22

Rachmaninov:

Études-Tableaux, Op. 33

Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Saint-Saëns:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

Piano Sonata No. 9 in B major, D575

Schumann:

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

Arabeske in C major, Op. 18

Scriabin:

Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20

Tchaikovsky:

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


Emil Gilels (Piano), Andrei Gavrilov (Piano), Yakov Flier (Piano), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Heinrich Neuhaus (Piano), Grigory Ginzburg (Piano), Vladimir Sofronitzky (Piano), Vladimir Horowitz (Piano), Maria Yudina (Piano), Evgeny Kissin (Piano), Lev Oborin (Piano), Lazar Berman (Piano) & Samuil Feinberg (Piano)

‘Russia is old, Russia is vast, Russia is mighty. But her advance in art, letters and music is comparatively recent’. So wrote Joseph Lhévinne in 1917. Mikhail, Glinka emerged along with Pushkin, Turgenev and Tolstoy in the early 1800s and was to become the father of Russian music. At the same time as Glinka was establishing himself as the first nationalistic composer of the nation, the first great pianist-composer settled in Moscow - the Irishman John Field. Field can lay claim to not only inventing the nocturne, but also to laying the foundation stone of what would become the great piano school of Russia. The latest students of this great tradition are very much with us today: Lugansky, Kissin and Demidenko can all be found in this set.

This remarkable 25CD survey of some of the great Russian pianists of past and present follows the tradition from those who can, through their teachers, trace a direct lineage to Clementi, Field, Beethoven, Czerny, Henselt and Liszt. The Rubinstein brothers Anton and Nikolai established the St Petersburg and Moscow Conservatories, and from the 1840s, Russia started to produce the first of the great virtuosos.

Great names such as Neuhaus and Horowitz are to be found in this set, as well as Richter, Gilels – both with three CDs each – Berman, Ashkenazy, Pletnev, Gavrilov and many more. Other names (Konstantin Igumnov, Viktor Merzhanov, Yakov Zak) may be less familiar to Western ears, but will offer fascinating perspectives on the developing school of Russian pianism, and the subtly various approaches to phrase and timbre within it.

The repertoire ranges from Russian warhorses such as the First Piano Concertos by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev to intimate salon pieces such as Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons, including rarely heard works such as Kabalevsky’s set of Preludes. The monumental concertos by Brahms, Beethoven and others are well represented, as are the litmus tests of Classical and Romantic piano literature: there are several contrasting versions of Liszt’s B minor Sonata and Beethoven’s Sonata No.32.

A fabulous survey of some of the greatest pianists of the past century and more to emerge from the great Russian tradition of piano playing and teaching. A must for all lovers of the piano.

Of historical interest – many recordings are rare, and have been hitherto been unavailable on CD.

Comprehensive booklet with detailed notes on every pianist and the recordings.

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Van Cliburn: The Complete Album Collection

Van Cliburn: The Complete Album Collection


includes

Barber, S:

Piano Sonata, Op. 26

Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a 'Les Adieux'

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

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

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathetique'

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Chopin:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre'

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

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Eugene Ormandy, Eugene Ormandy

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

MacDowell:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor Op. 23

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Walter Hendl

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K330

Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Walter Hendl

Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

Symphony of the Air, Kirill Kondrashin

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Tchaikovsky:

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

RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin

CD 1 Tchaikovsky - Concerto No. 1

CD 2 Rachmaninoff - Concerto No. 3

CD 3 Schumann - Concerto- Chicago Symphony Orchestra

CD 4 Prokofiev - Concerto No. 3 & Mac Dowell - Concerto No. 2

CD 5 Beethoven - Concerto No. 5 "Emperor"

CD 6 My Favorite Chopin

CD 7 Brahms - Concerto No. 2

CD 8 Rachmaninoff - Concerto No. 2

CD 9 Beethoven - Concerto No. 4

Cd 10 Brahms - Concerto No. 1

CD 11 Beethoven - Sonata No. 26 "Les Adieux" - Mozart - Sonata K. 330

CD 12 Chopin - Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3

CD 13 Grieg - Concerto - Liszt - Concerto No. 1

CD 14 Chopin - Concerto No. 1

CD 15 My Favorite Encores

CD 16 Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini - Liszt - Concerto No. 2

CD 17 Prokofiev - Sonata No. 6 - Barber - Sonata

CD 18 Beethoven - Concerto No. 3

CD 19 My Favorite Brahms

CD 20 Beethoven - Sonatas No. 14 "Moonlight" - No. 8 "Pathétique" - No. 23 "Appassionata"

CD 21 Chopin's Greatest Hits

CD 22 My Favorite Debussy

CD 23 The World's Favorite Music

CD 24 Rachmaninoff

CD 25 A Romantic Collection

CD 26 Van Cliburn plays Liszt

CD 27 Van Cliburn plays Brahms

CD 28 Van Cliburn in Moscow - Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra - Kondrashin

DVD Van Cliburn - Concert Pianist - A Film by Peter Rosen


Van Cliburn (piano)

28CD & 1DVD (NTSC Region 0)

Released on the RCA Red Seal label, this stunning budget-priced boxset brings together for the first time all the live & studio recordings of legendary pianist Harvey Lavan ‘Van’ Cliburn - from his 1958 debut recordings of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninov’s No. 3 to his personal selections of favourite Chopin, Brahms & Debussy pieces, the popular album of Favourite Encores to his last recording for RCA with Brahms pieces, released in 1977. Also contains a CD with selections from his performances in Moscow in 1972, as well as the DVD “Van Cliburn, Concert Pianist”, a film by Peter Rosen.

RCA - 88765407232

(CD - 28 discs)

$90.75

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