Godowsky: Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Johann Strauss: No. 2, Die Fledermaus

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Yeol Eum Son

Yeol Eum Son

13th International Van Cliburn Competition - Silver Medal


Barber, S:

Piano Sonata, Op. 26

Debussy:

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

Préludes - Book 1: No. 4, Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir

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

Préludes - Book 1: No. 6, Des pas sur le neige

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

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

Godowsky:

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Johann Strauss: No. 2, Die Fledermaus

Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 58 in C major, Hob.XVI:48


Yeol Eum Son (piano)

"Son should have no trouble building a career. She's got the fingers and the personality." DALLAS MORNING NEWS

Harmonia Mundi - HMU907507

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$17.25

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Godowsky - Strauss transcriptions and other waltzes

Godowsky - Strauss transcriptions and other waltzes


Godowsky:

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Johann Strauss: No. 1, Künstlerleben

Walzermasken No. 2 'Pastell'

Walzermasken No. 14 'Französisch'

Walzermasken No. 22 'Wienerisch'

Walzermasken No. 24 'Portrait Joh. Str.'

Triakontameron No. 4 'Rendezvous'

Triakontameron No. 11 'Alt Wien'

Triakontameron No. 13 'Terpsichorean Vindobona'

Triakontameron No. 21 'The Salon'

Triakontameron No. 25 'Memories'

The Last Waltz

Oscar Straus. Idealized version by Leopold Godowsky

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Johann Strauss: No. 2, Die Fledermaus

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Johann Strauss: No. 3, Wein, Weib und Gesang


Marc-André Hamelin’s programme is mostly devoted to Godowsky’s works based on themes by—or directly inspired by—Johann Strauss II. It is not intended to be a comprehensive survey but is, nevertheless, fully representative of Godowsky’s finest reflections on the Waltz King. In the three great Strauss transcriptions, Godowsky elevated the art of the piano paraphrase to a higher musical and pianistic plane; however their extreme technical difficulty remains a striking feature and places them out of the reach of ordinary pianists. And Marc-André Hamelin is, of course, no ordinary pianist—in fact his playing on a recent disc (see below) was compared to that of Alkan and Liszt.

Triakontameron and Walzermasken are rarely performed examples of Godowsky’s original work, and continue the composer’s love-affair with the waltz—they are written entirely in 3/4 time. The last work on this dazzling disc is an oddity—indeed, a rarity. Sometime prior to 1925, Godowsky made a piano roll of his arrangement of The Last Waltz by Oscar Straus (1870–1954), the Vienna-born composer. The eponymous Waltz is heard throughout the 1920 operetta. The music of Godowsky’s transcription was never published for some unknown reason—it is a uniquely appealing arrangement. In the early 1970s, Gilles Hamelin, the pianophile father of Marc-André, notated, arranged and edited The Last Waltz from Godowsky’s piano roll, which was then published in 1975. Shortly afterwards, a copy of the negative of Godowsky’s manuscript was sent to Gilles Hamelin. It was all but illegible, so Hamelin Snr. Made a fair copy in his own hand: in almost every respect it tallied with the version he had transcribed from the piano roll.

“There's no need for analogies about a surfeit of Viennese cream-cakes with this excellent CD: the musical inventions is so brilliant and varied, and the performance so coruscating, that one's attention is firmly held.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2008 *****

“How many fingers does Hamelin have? Thirty would be a conservative estimate, though the magic of his piano playing lies in his subtlety and flow, never in any shallow brilliance. Manner matches matter perfectly in this lilting CD of three “symphonic metamorphoses” of Johann Strauss’s waltzes by the piano virtuoso Leopold Godowsky. They sound symphonic too, deftly worked, complex in structure and emotion. The succulent recording is the cherry on the cake.” The Times, 15th August 2008 ****

“Whatever you think of the music, Hamelin's playing is infinitely seductive and flawlessly judged in its mixture of panache, grace and charm.” The Guardian, 15th August 2008 ***

“Countless inner voices and contrapuntal rejoinders abound in these works, and Hamelin makes them audible and clear… All told, a stellar achievement…” Gramophone Magazine, September 2008

“[The symphonic metamorphoses] are more than just for show, and Hamelin brings out their poetic intent as much as their panache and vivid energy.” The Telegraph, 23rd August 2008

“Here's another release that testifies to Marc- André Hamelin's cultured musicianship, extraordinary keyboard proficiency and unflappable tonal control. His key assets include the most together, impeccably voiced chords in the business, plus octaves, trills and rapid leaps that remain effortlessly even and focused, regardless of tempo.
All of this comes into delightful play over the course of the three big Strauss Symphonic Metamorphoses.
Countless inner voices and contrapuntal rejoinders abound in these works, and Hamelin makes them audible and clear without resorting to the pianistic equivalent of red-ink underlining or pop-up windows. Furthermore, Hamelin is a seasoned and subtle orchestrator at the piano; notice how he achieves such eloquent shading of simultaneous legato and detached phrases with no more help from the sustain pedal than is necessary.
One could argue that Godowsky's pinpoint tempo modifications throughout Wein, Weibund Gesang might benefit from stronger characterisation, in the manner of Shura Cherkassky's admittedly more capricious Decca recording, although Hamelin eschews the older pianist's cuts; in fact, Hamelin plays all three Metamorphoses complete, as written. As it happens, the less demanding shorter selections from Walzermasken, Triakontameron and The Last Waltz inspire some of Hamelin's most poetic, lyrically inspired playing on disc.
All told, a stellar achievement, graced by Hyperion's close-up yet ample engineering, plus Godowsky biographer Jeremy Nicholas's thoroughly informative and penetrating annotations.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - September 2008

Hyperion - CDA67626

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$17.25

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Virtuoso Strauss Transcriptions

Virtuoso Strauss Transcriptions


Friedman, I:

Frühlingsstimmen (after Johann Strauss II)

Godowsky:

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Johann Strauss: No. 2, Die Fledermaus

Rosenthal, Moritz:

Carnaval de Vienne

Humoresque on Themes by Johann Strauss

Fantasy on Johann Strauss

on themes from 'The Blue Danube', 'Die Fledermaus' and 'Freut euch des Lebens'

Schulz-Evler:

Arabesques on themes from 'The Beautiful Blue Danube'

Tausig:

Nouvelles Soirées de Vienne

Three Valses-Caprices after Johann Strauss


Piers Lane (piano)

‘Once again Piers Lane demonstrates his supreme virtuosity and brilliant technique (at times it is quite unbelievable that only ten fingers are at work) … hugely enjoyable … ideal fun present’ (Classic CD)

Helios - CDH55238

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$9.50

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Godowsky Edition, Vol. 7

Godowsky Edition, Vol. 7


Godowsky:

Triana (after Albeniz)

Tango, Op. 165 No. 2 (after Albeniz)

Adagietto from L'Arlesienne (after Bizet)

Calm As The Night (after Bohm)

Rondino on a theme by Beethoven

The Swan (after Saint-Saens)

Serenade

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Johann Strauss


Carlo Grante (piano)

The latest release in this Godowsky series includes many of his piano paraphrases; Albeniz’s Tango in D, Bizet’s Adagietto from L’Arlesienne, Saint-Saëns The Swan and works by Johann Strauss. Carlo Grante is a very active and accomplished performer.

As well as recording this series, he is currently working on a complete Scarlatti cycle.

Music & Arts Godowsky Edition - MACD1259

(CD)

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Godowsky - Piano Music Volume 10

Godowsky - Piano Music Volume 10


Godowsky:

Walzermasken

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Johann Strauss

Drei Walzerparaphrasen für das Pianoforte. (Künsterleben)


Published in 1912, Leopold Godowsky’s Waltz Masques: 24 Fantasies in Triple Time for Piano pay homage to such illustrious pianist-composers as Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Debussy and the ‘waltz king’ Johann Strauss.

The Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes of Johann Strauss, Three Waltz Paraphrases I. Artists’ Life of the same year transforms Strauss’s waltz sequence into a piano piece of great virtuosity, a monument to Godowsky’s own phenomenal prowess as one of the great pianists of his time.

Konstantin Scherbakov’s previous Marco Polo recordings of Godowsky’s piano music have been highly praised.

Marco Polo Scherbakov Godowsky Piano Music - 8225276

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$19.75

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Burkhard Schliessmann plays Liszt & Godowsky

Burkhard Schliessmann plays Liszt & Godowsky


Godowsky:

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Johann Strauss: No. 1, Künstlerleben

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Johann Strauss: No. 2, Die Fledermaus

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Johann Strauss: No. 3, Wein, Weib und Gesang

Liszt:

Piano Transcriptions of Schubert Songs


Burkhard Schliessmann (piano)

Recording Date: 1997
Place of recording: Mendelssohn Saal in der Stadthalle am Johannisberg Wuppertal
Running Time: 70+70 min
Picture Format: 4:3
Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Language: D
Menu Languages NTSC: D, F, GB, SP

plus bonus DVD Audio: Burkhard Schliessmann plays Chopin

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

Arthaus Musik - 100455

(DVD Video)

$29.25

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Sergio Fiorentino In Germany - 1993 Live Recordings

Sergio Fiorentino In Germany - 1993 Live Recordings


Bach, J S:

Prelude & Fugue in D major, BWV532

Beethoven:

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

Chopin:

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

Godowsky:

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Johann Strauss: No. 2, Die Fledermaus

Liszt:

Faust (Gounod)_Waltz

Schumann:

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

Scriabin:

Piano Sonata No. 4 in F sharp major, Op. 30

Strauss, J, II:

Man lebt nur einmal!, Op. 167

Tchaikovsky:

Waltz in A flat, Op. 40 No. 8


“The programme contains some of the most demanding repertoire...I was not prepared for such brilliant, grand playing, a throwback to the golden days of Lhévinne, Godowsky and Hofmann.” Newport Life (USA)

APR - APR7036

(CD - 2 discs)

$25.50

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Anatole Kitain - The Complete Columbia Recordings 1936-39

Anatole Kitain - The Complete Columbia Recordings 1936-39


Brahms:

Waltzes (16), Op. 39

Chopin:

Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38

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

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

Étude Op. 10 No. 6 in E flat minor 'Lacrimosa'

Étude Op. 10 No. 7 in C major

Étude Op. 10 No. 8 in F major

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

Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20

Mazurka No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4

Godowsky:

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Johann Strauss: No. 2, Die Fledermaus

Liszt:

Transcendental Study, S139 No. 4 'Mazeppa'

Vallée d'Obermann (Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 No. 6)

Sonetto 47 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 4)

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

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

plus works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Scriabin & Schumann


Anatole Kitain (Piano)

“On the evidence of these 26 titles, lovingly remastered in almost uniformly remarkable sound, here is one of the major pianists of the century... I would definitely put this important release into my Top Fifty All-time Great Piano recordings without a doubt.” Classic CD

APR - APR7029

(CD - 2 discs)

$25.50

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Great Pianists - Moiseiwitsch 6

Great Pianists - Moiseiwitsch 6


Chasins:

Flirtation in a Chinese Garden, Op. 5

Rush Hour in Hong Kong, Op. 6

Debussy:

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

Estampe No. 3 - Jardins sous la pluie

Pour le Piano: Toccata

Delius:

Piano Concerto in C minor

Godowsky:

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Johann Strauss: No. 2, Die Fledermaus

Granados:

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 5 'Andaluza'

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 6 'Jota'

Ibert:

Le petit âne blanc (from Histoires)

Palmgren:

Rococo, Op. 47 No. 5

Refrain de Berceau

West Finnish Dance, Op. 31 No. 5

Poulenc:

Mouvement perpétuel No. 1 in C major

Prokofiev:

Suggestion diabolique, Op. 4 No. 4

Ravel:

Jeux d'eau

Le Tombeau de Couperin: Toccata

Stravinsky:

Etude Op. 7 No. 4

Vallier:

Toccatina


Naxos Historical Great Pianists - 8110689

(CD)

$9.25

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Johann Strauss: Virtuoso Piano Transcriptions

Johann Strauss: Virtuoso Piano Transcriptions

Played by nine legendary pianists


Godowsky:

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Johann Strauss: No. 2, Die Fledermaus

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Johann Strauss: No. 1, Künstlerleben

Schulz-Evler:

Arabesques on themes from 'The Beautiful Blue Danube'

Strauss, J, II:

Soirée de Vienne

Frühlingsstimmen Walzer Op. 410

Du und Du Walzer, Op. 367

Schatz-Walzer, Op. 418

Man lebt nur einmal!, Op. 167

Nachtfalter, Op. 157

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314


Jorge Bolet, Ernö von Dohnányi, Alfred Grünfeld, Josef Lhévinne, Benno Moiseiwitsch, Sergei Rachmaninov, Moritz Rosenthal, David Saperton, Jan Smeterlin

VAI - VAIA1019

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$15.25

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