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

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Clifford Curzon - Decca Recordings Volume 3

Clifford Curzon - Decca Recordings Volume 3


Beethoven:

Eroica Variations, Op. 35

Brahms:

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

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

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Liszt:

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

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

Valse oubliée No. 1, S.215/1

Gnomenreigen, S145 No. 2

Berceuse, S170

Mozart:

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K478

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K493

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

Rachmaninov:

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

Schubert:

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

(arr. For piano & orchestra by Liszt)

Impromptu in G flat major, D899 No. 3

Impromptu in A flat major, D935 No. 2

Impromptu in A flat major, D899 No. 4

Moments Musicaux (6), D780, Op. 94

Tchaikovsky:

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


Clifford Curzon (piano)

Members of the Amadeus Quartet, Queen's Hall Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker, London Philharmonic Orchestra & London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Henry Wood, Boyd Neel, Enrique Jorda, Sir Georg Solti, Sir Adrian Boult, Oivin Fjeldstad & Hans Knappertsbusch

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Favourite Piano Concertos

Favourite Piano Concertos


Beethoven:

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

Claudio Arrau

Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Colin Davis

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

Radu Lupu

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Brahms:

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

Alfred Brendel

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Chopin:

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

Claudio Arrau

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Eliahu Inbal

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Radu Lupu

London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Sviatoslav Richter

London Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467 'Elvira Madigan'

Mitsuko Uchida

English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595

Mitsuko Uchida

English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate

Rachmaninov:

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

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

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

Martha Argerich

RSO Berlin, Riccardo Chailly

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Radu Lupu

London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn

Tchaikovsky:

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

Vladimir Ashkenazy

London Symphony Orchestra, Lorin Maazel


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Nelson Freire: The Complete Columbia Album Collection

Nelson Freire: The Complete Columbia Album Collection


Brahms:

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

Rhapsody in E flat major, Op. 119 No. 4

Capriccio in B minor, Op. 76 No. 2

Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

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

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

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

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

Mazurka No. 26 in C sharp minor, Op. 41 No. 1

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

Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31

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

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

Impromptu No. 2 in F sharp major, Op. 36

Étude Op. 10 No. 5 in G flat major 'Black Key'

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Liszt:

Totentanz, S126 for piano & orchestra

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D899

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Carnaval, Op. 9

Tchaikovsky:

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


Called “one of the most exciting new pianists of this or any other age” in Time magazine, Nelson Freire celebrates his seventieth birthday on October 18th 2014. Sony Classical marks this milestone with a special original jacket collection. It contains some of the Brazilian pianist’s earliest and most coveted recorded performances, many of which have been out of print for decades. These include four celebrated concerto collaborations with the legendary conductor Rudolf Kempe, the “Prix Edison” award winning Chopin op. 28 Préludes, and large-scale sonatas by Chopin, Liszt and Brahms. Newly remastered from the best possible sources, the discs are presented in facsimile sleeves and labels corresponding to the original LP releases. 3 LPs appear here for the first time on CD, mastered from the original analogue tapes.

An enclosed booklet offers an essay by Jed Distler, a photographic retrospective, and full discographical information. Born in Boa Esperança, Brazil, Nelson Freire played his first recital at four. At fourteen he traveled to Vienna to study with Bruno Seidlhofer, and met his longtime friend and piano duo partner Martha Argerich. He began to concertize internationally, winning the first prize at the Lisbon Vianna da Motta International Competition in 1964 and the Dinu Lipatti medal in London. The list of world class orchestras and conductors with whom Freire has worked over the past four decades is a veritable who’s who of classical music luminaries.

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Tchaikovsky: Complete Symphonies & Ballet Music

Tchaikovsky: Complete Symphonies & Ballet Music


Tchaikovsky:

Symphonies Nos. 1-6 (complete)

Manfred Symphony, Op. 58

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

Andrei Gavrilov (piano)

Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48

Sleeping Beauty, Suite, Op. 66a

Swan Lake, Op. 20 Suite

Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

1812 Overture, Op. 49


‘Muti's Tchaikovsky cycle with the Philharmonia is one of the most consistent ever, with the conductor's high voltage tempered by expressive warmth and keen fantasy … This Muti box earns the warmest recommendation,’ wrote Gramophone of the complete symphonies when they first appeared. Complementing them here are further works by Tchaikovsky, recorded with both the Philharmonia and Philadelphia orchestras, including the Manfred Symphony and First Piano Concerto with Andrei Gavrilov as a breathtaking soloist.

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Martha Argerich - The Concerto Recordings

Martha Argerich - The Concerto Recordings

The Collection Volume 2


Beethoven:

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

Philharmonia Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19

Philharmonia Orchestra & Philharmonia Hungarica, Giuseppe Sinopoli

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

Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19

Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Chopin:

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

London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

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

National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Mstislav Rostropovich

Haydn:

Keyboard Concerto No. 11 in D major, HobXVIII:11

Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Jörg Faerber

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Mendelssohn:

Concerto in D minor for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra

Gidon Kremer (violin)

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Prokofiev:

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

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Piano Concerto in G major

London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Mstislav Rostropovich

Shostakovich:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor for piano, trumpet & strings, Op. 35

Guy Touvron

Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Jörg Faerber

Tchaikovsky:

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

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Dutoit

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

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado


Just 10 months ago we released the first volume in the new Martha Argerich Collection (the solo recodings). Over 10,000 boxes of the 8-CD set have been sold since then.

Here now is Volume 2 – the Concerto Recordings, on 7 CDs, comprising all of her concerto recordings with Deutsche Grammophon, from her scintillating début playing Prokofiev and Ravel under Claudio Abbado in 1967 to her most recent collaboration with the same conductor in 2004. In between come classic recordings of Chopin, Liszt, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven with Charles Dutoit, Mstislav Rostropovich and Giuseppe Sinopoli, as well as a memorable collaboration with Gidon Kremer (in Mendelssohn) and dazzling virtuosity in Haydn and Shostakovich.

The cover is still more alluring, the contents equally fascinating, and the packaging just as attractive – with original LP-cover artwork, new liner notes (by Jed Distler again) and rare photos. The recordings have been newly mastered for this release.

This box will be followed up by one more to include Martha Argerich’s complete Chamber Ensemble recordings for Deutsche Grammophon (2010).

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Solomon: The Master Pianist

Solomon: The Master Pianist


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV140 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme': Zion hört die Wächter singen

arr. Busoni

Beethoven:

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

Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert Menges

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

Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert Menges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bliss:

Piano Concerto in B flat major

Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

Brahms:

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

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert Menges

Liszt:

Fantasy on Hungarian Folk-tunes, S123

Philharmonia Orchestra, Walter Susskind

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K331 'Alla Turca'

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

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491

Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert Menges

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K384 in C major

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert Menges

Scriabin:

Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20

Philharmonia Orchestra, Issay Dobrowen

Tchaikovsky:

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


Solomon (piano)

The great British piano virtuoso Solomon Cutner (known professionally by his first name alone) was born in the East End of London in 1902. He was best known for his performances of the music of Beethoven, of which there are many examples in this 7 CD set. In 1956, whilst in the process of recording the complete Beethoven sonatas for EMI, he experienced a massive stroke which rendered him inactive as a professional musician for the rest of his life. He died in 1988, aged 85 years.

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Bruno Rigutto: The Decca Recordings

Bruno Rigutto: The Decca Recordings


Chopin:

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

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

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

Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22

Polonaise No. 8 in D minor, Op. 71 No. 1

Polonaise No. 2 in E flat minor, Op. 26 No. 2

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

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

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

Waltz No. 1 in E flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 18

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

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

Waltz No. 4 in F major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 3

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

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

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

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

Waltz No. 9 in A flat major, Op. 69 No. 1 'Farewell Waltz'

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

Waltz No. 11 in G flat major, Op. 70 No. 1

Waltz No. 12 in F minor, Op. 70 No. 2

Waltz No. 13 in D flat major, Op. 70 No. 3

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

Waltz No. 15 in E major, Op. post., KKIVa:12, B 44

Waltz No. 16 in A flat major, Op. post., KKIVa:13, B 21

Waltz No. 17 in E flat major, Op. post., KKIVa:14, B 46

Waltz No. 18 in E flat major 'Sostenuto', Op. post., KKIVb:10, B 133

Dvorak:

Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33

Haydn:

Keyboard Concerto No. 11 in D major, HobXVIII:11

Keyboard Concerto No. 4 in G major, Hob.XVIII:4

Liszt:

Mephisto Waltz No. 1

Un Sospiro from 3 Concert Studies, S144 No. 3

Transcendental Study, S139 No. 10 'Appassionata'

Sonetto 123 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 6)

Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83

Ravel:

Miroirs, 5 pieces for piano

Sonatine

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Introduction & Allegro appassionato in G major, Op. 92

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

Abegg Variations, Op. 1

Toccata in C major, Op. 7

Variations (Impromptus) on a Theme by Clara Wieck, Op. 5

Arabeske in C major, Op. 18

Kinderszenen, Op. 15

Tchaikovsky:

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


Bruno Rigutto (piano)

Bruno Rigutto is an accomplished pianist, composer and conductor. Between 1968 and 1978 he recorded several recitals and concertos for Decca France. These recordings featured some of the great Classical and Romantic repertoire – Haydn, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak up to composers from the early 20th century – Ravel, Prokofiev. All of his recordings, long absent from the catalogue, are now being made available again on CD in a handsome eight CD set at an attractive price.

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Witold Malcuzynski

Witold Malcuzynski

The Polish Master Pianist


includes

Bach, J S:

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903

Beethoven:

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

Brahms:

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

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

Chopin:

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

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

Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31

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

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

Nocturne No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

Ballades Nos. 1-4

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Rhapsodie espagnole, S254

Prokofiev:

The Love for Three Oranges: March

Rachmaninov:

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

Prelude Op. 32 No. 5 in G major

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

Tchaikovsky:

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


Witold Malcuzynski (piano)

Born 1914 in Warsaw, Witold Malcuzynski can be regarded as one the greatest heirs of the Polish piano tradition inherited from Paderewski; he was also one of the greatest Chopin specialists, which is reflected in his discography and therefore in this ICON set. These recordings dedicated to the Romantic repertoire have been unavailable for decades.

Though the legacy of Paderewski looms large, Malcuzynski's own contribution to the Polish piano tradition was a significant one: his sparing approach to rubato and the precision of his phrasing have influenced the current generation of Polish pianists, such as Krystian Zimerman.

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Karajan conducts Tchaikovsky

Karajan conducts Tchaikovsky


Tchaikovsky:

Symphonies Nos. 1-6 (complete)

Polonaise (from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24)

Waltz from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24

Marche slave, Op. 31

1812 Overture, Op. 49

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Sleeping Beauty, Suite, Op. 66a

Swan Lake, Op. 20 Suite

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

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

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35


“Karajan was unquestionably a great Tchaikovsky conductor. Yet although he recorded the last three symphonies many times, he did not turn to the first three until the end of the 1970s, and then proved an outstanding advocate. In the Mendelssohnian opening movement of the First, the tempo may be brisk, but the music's full charm is displayed and the melancholy of the Andante is touchingly caught. Again at the opening of the Little Russian (No 2), horn and bassoon capture that special Russian colouring, as they do in the engaging Andantino marziale, and the crisp articulation in the first movement allegro is bracing.
The sheer refinement of the orchestral playing in the scherzos of all three symphonies is a delight, and finales have great zest with splendid bite and precision in the fugato passages and a convincing closing peroration.
The so-called Polish Symphony (No 3) is the least tractable of the canon, but again Karajan's apt tempos and the precision of ensemble makes the first movement a resounding success. The Alla tedesca brings a hint of Brahms, but the Slavic dolour of the Andante elegiaco is unmistakeable and its climax blooms rapturously. No doubt the reason these early symphonies sound so fresh is because the Berlin orchestra was not over-familiar with them, and clearly enjoyed playing them. The sound throughout is excellent.
It gets noticeably fiercer in the Fourth Symphony, recorded a decade earlier, but is still well balanced. The first movement has a compulsive forward thrust, and the breakneck finale is viscerally thrilling. The slow movement is beautifully played but just a trifle bland. Overall, though, this is impressive and satisfying, especially the riveting close.
DG has chosen the 1965 recording of the Fifth, rather than the mid-'70s version, and they were right to do so. It's marvellously recorded (in the Jesus-Christus Kirche): the sound has all the richness and depth one could ask and the performance too is one of Karajan's very finest. There's some indulgence of the second-subject string melody of the first movement. But the slow movement is gloriously played from the horn solo onwards, and the second re-entry of the Fate theme is so dramatic that it almost makes one jump. The delightful Waltz brings the kind of elegant warmth and detail from the violins that's a BPO speciality, and the finale, while not rushed Mravinsky fashion, still carries all before it and has power and dignity at the close.
The Pathétique was a very special work for Karajan (as it was for the Berlin Philharmonic) and his 1964 performance is one of his greatest recordings. The reading as a whole avoids hysteria, yet the resolution of the passionate climax of the first movement sends shivers down the spine, while the finale has a comparable eloquence, and the March/Scherzo, with ensemble wonderfully crisp and biting, brings an almost demonic power to the coda. Again the sound is excellent, full-bodied in the strings and with plenty of sonority for the trombones.
The String Serenade is digital, brightly recorded in the Philharmonie in 1980, but naturally balanced.
Marvellous playing. The Waltz, with a most felicitous control of rubato, is the highlight, and the Elégie is certainly ardent; and if the first movement could have been more neatly articulated, the finale has tremendous bustle and energy. As for the concertante works, the account of the glorious Rococo Variations with Rostropovich is another classic of the gramophone, even though it uses the truncated score. The First Piano Concerto is a disappointment, with Richter and Karajan failing to strike sparks as a part- nership. In spite of brilliant solo playing, the first movement lacks supporting tension in the orchestra, and in the finale you can sense Richter wanting to press forward, while Karajan seems to hold back: the coda itself hangs fire in the orchestra. Similarly Ferras was not an ideal choice for the Violin Concerto. Not all will take to his somewhat febrile timbre, with its touches of near-schmaltz. But the performance as a whole works better than the Piano Concerto.
Romeo and Juliet is finely done, passionate and dramatic, if not quite so spontaneously inspired as Karajan's early VPO version for Decca, especially at the opening. But Marche slave, ideally paced, is very successful, sombre and exciting by turns. Capriccio italien and 1812 are both brilliantly played, and the triptych of ballet suites can be recommended almost without reservation, with the Sleeping Beauty suite memorable for some very exciting climaxes.
Even with the reservations about the two concertos, this bargain box is a fine investment, and certainly value for money. The documentation is excellent.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Sviatoslav Richter - Complete Solo Piano Recordings

Sviatoslav Richter - Complete Solo Piano Recordings


Bach, J S:

Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 1 in C major, BWV846

Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 4 in C sharp minor, BWV849

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

Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 6 in D minor, BWV851

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

Beethoven:

Rondo for Piano & Orchestra in B flat major, WoO 6

Wiener Symphoniker, Kurt Sanderling

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

Wiener Symphoniker, Kurt Sanderling

Chopin:

Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47

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

Étude Op. 10 No. 1 in C major

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

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 1: No. 2, Voiles

Préludes - Book 1: No. 3, Le vent dans la plaine

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

Estampes (3) (Complete)

Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 32 in G minor, Hob.XVI:44

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki

Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 5 in G major, Op. 55

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki

Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84

Visions fugitives, Op. 22, No. 3

Visions fugitives, Op. 22, No. 6

Visions fugitives, Op. 22, No. 9

Rachmaninov:

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

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki

Prelude Op. 32 No. 1 in C major

Prelude Op. 32 No. 2 in B flat minor

Prelude Op. 23 No. 2 in B flat major

Prelude Op. 23 No. 4 in D major

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

Prelude Op. 23 No. 7 in C minor

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

Schubert:

Allegretto in C minor, D915

Ländler in A major (from 17 Ländler, D366)

Schumann:

March in G minor, Op. 76, No. 2

Waldszenen, Op. 82

Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 (selection)

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki

Introduction & Allegro appassionato in G major, Op. 92

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanislaw Wislocki

Novelette, Op. 21 No. 1 in F major

Toccata in C major, Op. 7

Abegg Variations, Op. 1

Scriabin:

Piano Sonata No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53

Tchaikovsky:

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

Wiener Symphoniker, Herbert von Karajan


Sviatoslav Richter represents the summit of pianistic achievement: his incredible virtuosity and strength, his vision of structure and form, the range of emotion he was able to express on his instrument in concert and on disc have never been surpassed.

Now, for the first time, all nine of the solo and concerto LP-recordings he made for Deutsche Grammophon have been gathered into a single box-set at budget price. All of these recordings have been in the DG catalogue since they were made; if they’re not still at top price, they’re in The Originals series.

It started in 1956 with a Schumann recital and ended in 1962 with a recital recorded live on tour in Italy. In between there were five concerto LPs (including Rachmaninov’s Second, Tchaikovsy’s First with Karajan, the Schumann and Prokofiev’s Fifth) and two more mixed recitals. Here they are, faithfully reproduced in their original couplings (newly mastered) and with original artwork in mini-LP format. The CD booklet (in the style of the The Martha Argerich Collection) has masterly new liner notes by piano expert Jeremy Siepmann, who manages to capture the essence of Richter the man and musician, as well as furnishing precise annotations on each of the albums in turn.

An essential box-set for all serious lovers of piano music.

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