ROBERT CASADESUS The complete French Columbia recordings 1928-1939



COMPACT DISC 1 (78’15)

1-11. SCARLATTI Sonatas Kk 9, 13, 14, 23, 27, 96, 125, 198, 377, 430, 533


15-17. MOZART Piano Concerto No 26 in D major ‘Coronation’ K537, ORCHESTRE DES CONCERTS STRARAM/ WALTHER STRARAM (first release of this unpublished 1931 studio recording)


COMPACT DISC 2 (69’30)

1. MOZART Rondo in D major K485

2-4. BEETHOVEN Sonata No 26 in E flat major ‘Les adieux’ Op 81a

5-7. SCHUBERT Sonata in A major Op 120, D664; 8. Deutsche Tänze Op 171, D790 (nos 1, 3 – 8 & 11)

9. WEBER Konzertstück in F minor Op 79 UNNAMED ORCHESTRA/ EUGÈNE BIGOT

10-22. SCHUMANN Études symphoniques Op 13; 23. Vogel als Prophet No 7 from Waldszenen, Op 82


COMPACT DISC 3 (76’00)

1-4 CHOPIN Ballades 1-4; Mazurka in A minor Op17/4

6. CHABRIER Impromptu; 7. Scherzo-valse from Dix Pièces pittoresques

8. FAURÉ Prélude in D minor Op 103/5; 9. Impromptu No 5 Op 102

10. FAURÉ Piano Quartet No 1 in C minor Op 15 JOSEPH CALVET violin, LÉON PASCAL viola & PAUL MAS cello


COMPACT DISC 4 (58’45)

1. SÉVERAC Le retour des muletiers from Cerdaña; 

2-4. DEBUSSY Sonata for cello and piano MAURICE MARÉCHAL cello

5. CAPLET Danse des petits nègres from L ’Epiphanie MAURICE MARÉCHAL; 

6. RAVEL Jeux d’eau


8. CASADESUS Sonata for flute and piano Op 18 RENÉ LE ROY

Robert Casadesus (1899-1972) is today almost considered an American pianist – he based himself there from the Second World War onwards and he is known today through the huge number of recordings he made for US Columbia from 1940 until his death, but as a musician and pianist he was French to the core. He had studied at the Paris conservatoire with Isidor Philipp and Louis Diémer and his combination of immaculate technique, a light and brilliant touch and the refined elegance of his interpretations reveal why he was considered one of the greatest French pianists of the century. Casadesus began his recording career for French Columbia in 1928 and all his recordings for that label, until he left for the USA, are included here together for the first time. Particularly noteworthy is a previously unpublished studio recording of Mozart’s ‘Coronation’ concerto. He excelled in Mozart and Chopin and in French repertoire and all are well-represented in this collection. There are also major chamber collaborations in the Debussy cello sonata and Fauré Piano Quartet.

JEAN DOYEN plays Chopin, Liszt and music from France
COMPACT DISC 1 (76.40)  
1.Variations on Mozart’s ‘Là ci darem la mano’ Op 2, UNNAMED ORCHESTRA / JEAN KRETTLY recorded in January 1936 
2. Ballade No 1 in G minor Op 23 recorded on 27 February 1941
3. Ballade No 2 in F major Op 38 recorded on 28 February 1941 
4. Ballade No 3 in A flat major Op 47 recorded on 28 February 1941 
5. Ballade No 4 in F minor Op 52 recorded on 27 February 1941 
6-7. Waltzes in D flat major ‘Minute’ Op 64 No 1 & G flat major Op 70 No 1 recorded on 28 February 1941
Trois Études de concert S144: 8. Il lamento 9. La leggierezza 10. Un sospiro recorded on 3 March 1943   
Zwei Konzertetüden S145: 11. Waldesrauschen 12. Gnomenreigen recorded circa June/July 1935
COMPACT DISC 2 (69.31)  
1. CHABRIER/CHEVILLARD España (arr. piano solo) (6.44) recorded circa 1930 
2. CHABRIER Bourrée fantasque (5.44) recorded early 1935 
3. SAINT -SAËNS Valse-Caprice ‘Wedding Cake’ Op 76 (5.53), CANTRELLE QUINTET recorded in August 1935 
4. FAURÉ Barcarolle No 2 in G major Op 41 recorded early 1935; 5. Nocturne No 6 in D flat major Op 63 recorded on 23 February 1937 
6-8. DEBUSSY Images Book 1, recorded on 15 March 1943; 9. Poissons d’or (from Images Book 2), recorded early 1935 
10-12. RAVEL Gaspard de la nuit recorded on 19 May 1937

Jean Doyen is perhaps the archetypal French pianist. Taught by Louis Diémer and Marguerite Long, he went on to become the second longest serving piano professor in the Paris Conservatoire’s history and largely confined his career to his homeland. In addition, his repertoire centred on the French classics, with Chopin also taking pride of place. His early recordings reveal a spectacular technique coupled with a generous poetry – it’s no wonder he was chosen for this premiere recording of Ravel’s ‘Gaspard de la nuit’. His Chopin Op 2 Variations and the complete Book 1 of Debussy’s Images are also recording firsts, but for sheer virtuoso exhilaration, his rare Sonabel disc of Chabrier’s España is hard to beat. Surprisingly, none of these marvellous performances have previously been reissued.

WILLIAM MURDOCH The complete Columbia solo electrical recordings

COMPACT DISC 1 (76.09)


1. MENDELSSOHN Song without words in A flat Op 38/6 ‘Duetto’; 2. in A Op 62/6 ‘Spring Song’ 

3. CHOPIN Étude in A flat Op 25/1; 4. Waltz in F Op 34/3;

5. CHOPIN Berceuse in D flat Op 57; 6. Ballade No 3 in A flat Op 47 

7. SCHUMANN Romanze in F sharp Op 28/2

8. LISZT Liebesträume No 3 S541/3; 9. La campanella S141/3; 10. Hungarian Rhapsody No 12


11. SCHUBERT/LISZT ‘Hark, Hark the Lark’ S558/9; 

12. SCHUBERT/TAUSIG Marche militaire in D D733/1

13. BRAHMS Waltz in A flat Op 39/15; 
14. PADEREWSKI Minuet in G Op 14/1; 
15. GRIEG Norwegian Bridal Procession Op 19/2


16. SIBELIUS Valse triste

17-20. RACHMANINOV Preludes in C sharp minor Op 3/2 (rec.1926); 
G minor Op 23/5; G sharp minor Op 32/12;


C sharp minor Op 3/2 (rec.1931)



COMPACT DISC 2 (77.37)  

1-3. BEETHOVEN Sonata in C minor Op 13 ‘Pathétique’; 

4-6. BEETHOVEN Sonata in F minor Op 57 ‘Appassionata’ 

7. BACH/BUSONI Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV645; 

8. DEBUSSY Les collines d’Anacapri; 9. Bruyères; 10. Minstrels

11. ALBÉNIZ El puerto (Iberia Book 1, No 2); 

12-13. FALLA Piezas españolas - No 2 Cubana & No 4 Andaluza   


Daily Express National Piano Playing Competition test pieces


14. ADAM CARSE Miniature Scherzo 

15. RICHARD WALTHEW Sun and Shade 

16. THOMAS DUNHILL Dew Fairies

18. ORLANDO MORGAN Le bal poudre 
19. ALEC ROWLEY The Rambling Sailor



21. GEORGE DYSON Primrose Mount 

22. YORK BOWEN Reverie Op 86 

23. JOHN IRELAND Rondo from Sonatina

Australian pianist William Murdoch (1888-1942) is almost forgotten today but was a major UK Columbia recording artist in the 1920s. A consummate musician, he was known as a chamber player as much as a soloist, as evidenced by many recordings, but was also the first pianist to record Beethoven’s 3rd piano concerto (acoustically in 1925). Amongst his solo recordings, pride of place must go to the two Beethoven sonatas which burst with energy and passion while never descending into superficiality. A little known and fascinating part of his legacy is his recording of the eight test pieces written for the National Piano Competition of 1928 organised by the Daily Express. This unique event was open to pianists of all abilities from beginner to advanced and the specially commissioned pieces, by contemporary British composers, reflected these different levels. Murdoch’s recordings originally came with spoken commentaries on interpretation.

ELLY NEY The complete Brunswick & Electrola solo 78rpm recordings
COMPACT DISC 1 (80’42) 
Electrola recordings 1934-1938 
1-3. MOZART Piano Concerto No 15 in B flat major K450, UNNAMED ORCHESTRA / WILLEM VAN HOOGSTRATEN 
4. MOZART Rondo in A minor K511   
5-7. BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat major Op 19, LANDESORCHESTER, BERLIN / FRITZ ZAUN   
COMPACT DISC 2 (75’30) 
Electrola recordings 1936-1938
1-4. Sonata No 4 in E flat major Op 7 
5. Andante favori in F major WoO57; 6. Sonata No 8 in C minor Op 13 2nd movement 
7. Six Variations on ‘Nel cor più non mi sento’ WoO70   
8-9. Sonata No 32 in C minor Op 111
COMPACT DISC 3 (76’07) 
Electrola recordings 1934-1938 
1. SCHUBERT Impromptu in F minor D935/4; 2. Moment musical in C sharp minor D780/4   
3-15. SCHUMANN Kinderszenen Op 15  
16. BRAHMS Intermezzo in E flat Op 117/1; 17. Romance in F Op 118/5
18. Rhapsody in E flat Op 119/4  
19. Intermezzo in A flat Op 76/3; 20. Waltz in A flat Op 39/15  
Brunswick recordings 1922–1924  
21. BEETHOVEN/D’ALBERT Ecossaises WoO83; 
22. SCHUBERT Moment musical in F minor D780/3  
23. MENDELSSOHN Song without words ‘Spinning song’ Op 67/4  
24. CHOPIN Étude in E Op 10/3; 25. Nocturne in F sharp Op 15/2 
26. LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No 8 S244/8  
27. SCHUBERT/LISZT ‘Hark, Hark! The Lark’ Ständchen von Shakespeare, S558/9 
28. SCHUBERT/LISZT Valse-caprice No 7 in A, Soirées de Vienne, S427/7  
29. BRAHMS Hungarian Dance No 2 in D minor WoO1
30. TERESA CARREÑO Kleiner Walzer
31. DEBUSSY Feux d’artifice Préludes Book II No 12

German pianist Elly Ney (1882–1968) came to be regarded as one of the great Beethoven interpreters of the 20th century and her pre-War recording of the Op 111 sonata must still be considered one of the very finest. That recording, and all the other solo and concerto recordings she made for Electrola before the war are included here. Particularly noteworthy are the three landmark concerto recordings, the Mozart and Beethoven vivacious and stylish, the Strauss revealing just what a virtuoso Ney could be. Though she specialized in Austro-German repertoire, another side to her art is shown in her early, almost unknown, American Brunswick acoustic recordings, reissued in this set for the first time. Here the repertoire choice is broader and lighter and there is even a stunningly articulated Debussy ‘Feux d’artifice’ – the work’s first recording.


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