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LOUIS KENTNER plays Balakirev, Lyapunov and the Liszt sonata

APR6020
2CDs

The complete Balakirev & Lyapunov recordings and the Liszt Sonata

 

Compact Disc 1 (70.41)

MILI BALAKIREV

1-4.Piano Sonata in B flat minor (24.08) recorded on 2 June 1949

5.  Rêverie (4.50) recorded on 15 June 1944

6.  Mazurka No 6 in A flat major (4.39) recorded on 14 April 1944

7.  Islamey (Fantaisie orientale) (9.05) recorded on 14 June 1944

FRANZ LISZT

8.  Piano Sonata in B minor S178 (27.57) recorded on 28 May & 4 June 1948

 

Compact Disc 2 (72.19)

SERGEY LYAPUNOV

12 Études d’exécution transcendante Op 11

1. Etude 1 Berceuse Andantino (first recording) (4.27) recorded on 7 March 1939

2-13. Etudes 1 – 12 (complete recording) (67.52) recorded on 13–15, 20 & 29 December 1949

 


Though born in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire and having studied and launched his career in Budapest, Louis Kentner decided to relocate to London in the 1930’s, and for the next 50 years remained a part of the British musical establishment. He was a mainstay of the Columbia catalogue throughout the 1930’s and 40s where he recorded a wide range of repertoire including the ‘Hammerklavier’ sonata and many premiere recordings of major Liszt works. APR has already devoted two CDs to the latter (APR5514 & APR5614). In the 1950s he went on to record for HMV, both as soloist and as duo partner to Menuhin, whose brother-in-law he had become through marriage. Almost all the recordings on this set date from the end of the 78rpm era and have been unjustly neglected as a result. Two major works of the late romantic Russian repertoire, the Balakirev Sonata and the Lyapunov Transcendental Studies, here received their premier recordings, and to many listeners, they have yet to be surpassed. Kentner had an invincible Lisztian technique; there was no one better to tackle Lyapunov’s homage to Liszt’s own ‘Transcendentals’. He was also able to take complete command of that other virtuoso warhorse – Islamey. Of particular interest is Kentner’s only recording of the Liszt sonata, and a magnificent one it turns out to be. Issued on 78s in 1951 when most other labels had switched to LP, this recording had a very short life and has never previously been reissued. It is a major addition to the available discography of Liszt sonatas and to Kentner’s legacy.
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IGNACY JAN PADEREWSKI The complete US Victor recordings
APR7505
5CDs

COMPACT DISC 1 The Acoustic Recordings (65.00)
recorded on 29 April 1914, Camden
1. COUPERIN La Bandoline (Rondeau) Pièces de clavecin, 5e Ordre No 8, matrix C 14773-2 (88491) (3.00)
2. COUPERIN Le Carillon de Cythère Pièces de clavecin, 14e Ordre No 6,matrix C 14774-1 (88492) (3.54)
recorded on 30 April 1914, Camden
3. SCHUMANN Warum? Fantasiestücke, Op 12 No 3, matrix C 14778-3 (88494) (2.57)
recorded on 14 May 1917, New York
4. CHOPIN Nocturne in F sharp major Op 15 No 2, matrix C 19781-1 (74529) (3.53)
recorded on 23 May 1917, New York
5. CHOPIN Polonaise in A major Op 40 No 1, matrix C 19943-2 (74530) (4.11)
6. PADEREWSKI Minuet in G major Op 14 No 1, matrix C 19783-3 (74533) (4.21)
7. CHOPIN Nocturne in F major Op 15 No 1, matrix C 19941-2 (74545) (4.12)
8. CHOPIN Waltz in C sharp minor Op 64 No 2, matrix C 19923-2 (74539) (3.28)
recorded on 6 June 1917, New York
9. PADEREWSKI Cracovienne fantastique Op 14 No 6, matrix C 19944-2 (74535) (3.17)
recorded on 18 June 1917, New York
10. CHOPIN Étude in G flat major Op 25 No 9, matrix B 19782-6 (64706) (1.18)
recorded on 1 June 1922, New York
11. CHOPIN Berceuse in D flat major Op 57, matrix C 26398-1 (6428-B) (3.56)
12. PADEREWSKI Nocturne in B flat major Op 16 No 4, matrix C 26600-1 (74765) (4.47)
recorded on 26 June 1922, Camden
13. CHOPIN/LISZT My Joys Chant Polonais No 5, Op 74 No 12, matrix C 26392-4 (6428-A) (4.35)
14. CHOPIN Waltz in A flat major Op 42, matrix C 26397-4 (74796) (3.51)
15. LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No 10 S244/10, matrix C 26399-2 (74788) (4.52)
16. LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 S244/2, matrix C 26554-1 & C 26603-2 (74805/6) (8.27)


COMPACT DISC 2 The Acoustic Recordings continued (75.37)
recorded on 26 June 1922, Camden
1. PADEREWSKI Cracovienne fantastique Op 14 No 6, matrix C 19944-6 (74535) (3.20)
recorded on 27 June 1922, Camden
2. CHOPIN/LISZT The Maiden’s Wish Chant Polonais No 1, Op 74 No 1, matrix C 26602-6 (74777) (4.25)
3. MENDELSSOHN Spinning Song Songs without words, Op 67 No 4, matrix B 26393-5 (66150) (1.54)
recorded on 4 May 1923, Camden
4. PADEREWSKI Melodie Chants du voyageur, Op 8 No 3, matrix B 27914-1 (66160) (2.54)
5. PADEREWSKI Cracovienne fantastique Op 14 No 6, matrix C 19944-8 (6230-A) (3.14)
6. CHOPIN Sonata No 2 in B flat minor Op 35 Marche funèbre: Lento, matrix C 27917-1 (6470-A) (4.35)
7. CHOPIN Étude in G sharp minor Op 25 No 6, matrix B 27918-1 (66161) (2.15)
8. CHOPIN Étude in C sharp minor Op 25 No 7, matrix C 27919-1 (6448-A) (4.24)
9. LISZT La leggierezza Études de Concert, No 2 in F minor, S144/2, matrix C 27921-2 (6438-B) (5.01)
10. CHOPIN Étude in A minor Op 25 No 11, matrix C 27923-1 (6438-A) (3.36)
11. MENDELSSOHN Spinning Song Songs without words, Op 67 No 4, matrix B 26393-6 (66150) (1.54)
recorded on 5 May 1923, Camden
12. CHOPIN Mazurka in A minor Op 17 No 4, matrix C 27920-2 (6448-B) (3.26)
13. PADEREWSKI Minuet in G major Op 14 No 1, matrix C 19783-10 (74533) (3.54)
recorded on 12 May 1924, New York
14. SCHUBERT Impromptu in B flat major Op 142 No 3, matrix C 29984-2 & C 29985-2 (6482-A/B) (9.04)
15. DEBUSSY Reflets dans l’eau Images Book I No 1, matrix C 29986-1 (6538-B) (4.27)
16. SCHUBERT/LISZT Hark! Hark! The Lark S558/9, matrix C 19979-3 (6470-B) (3.19)
17. CHOPIN Étude in D flat major Op 25 No 8, matrix B 29989-1 (unissued) (1.20)
18. CHOPIN Étude in G flat major Op 25 No 9, matrix B 29989-1 (unissued) (1.20)
19. CHOPIN Mazurka in A flat major Op 59 No 2, matrix B 29990-2 (1027-B) (2.38)
20. CHOPIN Mazurka in F sharp minor Op 59 No 3, matrix B 29991-1 (1027-A) (3.31)
21. WAGNER/LISZT Spinning Chorus The Flying Dutchman, S440, matrix C 29992-1 (6538-A) (5.02)

COMPACT DISC 3
The Electric Recordings (65.39)
recorded on 20 May 1926, New York
1. SCHELLING Nocturne à Raguze, matrix CVE 35619-2 & CVE 35620-1 (6700-A/B) (5.47)
2. PADEREWSKI Minuet in G major Op 14 No 1, matrix CVE 19783-11 (6690-A) (3.53)
3. PADEREWSKI Minuet in G major Op 14 No 1, matrix CVE 19783-12 (6690-A) (3.53)
recorded on 11 December 1926, New York
4. STOJOWSKI Chant d’amour Op 26 No 3, matrix CVE 37121-2 (6633-B) (4.16)
5. STOJOWSKI By the Brookside Esquisses, Op 30 No 3, matrix BVE 37122-3 (1426-B) (2.36)
6. DEBUSSY Reflets dans l’eau Images Book I No 1, matrix CVE 29986-3 (6633-A) (4.24)
recorded on 13 December 1926, New York
7. CHOPIN Prelude in D flat major Op 28 No 15, matrix CVE 27915-6 (6847-A) (4.18)
8. CHOPIN Étude in E major Op 10 No 3, matrix CVE 37126-2 (6628-B) (4.32)
recorded on 14 December 1926, New York
9. SCHUMANN Vogel als Prophet Waldszenen, Op 82 No 7, matrix BVE 37128-3 (1426-A) (3.46)
10. PAGANINI/LISZT La campanella Grandes Études de Paganini, S141/3, matrix CVE 37123-2 (6825-A) (4.49)
recorded on 16 December 1926, New York
11. SCHUBERT Impromptu in A flat major Op 142 No 2, matrix CVE 27913-9 (6628-A) (5.02)
12. SCHUBERT Impromptu in A flat major Op 142 No 2, matrix CVE 27913-10 (6628-A) (4.41)
13. BEETHOVEN Sonata No 14 in C sharp minor ‘Moonlight’ Op 27/2 Adagio   CVE 37140-1 (6690-B) (4.59)
recorded on 18 August 1927, New York
14. CHOPIN Nocturne in F sharp major Op 15 No 2, matrix CVE 19781-5 (6825-B) (3.39)
15. PAGANINI/LISZT La campanella Grandes Études de Paganini, S141/3, matrix CVE 37123-3 (6825-A) (5.02)

COMPACT DISC 4 The Electric Recordings continued (62.06)
recorded on 18 August 1927, New York
1. CHOPIN Étude in E major Op 10 No 3, matrix CVE 37126-6 (6628-B) (4.08)
recorded on 22 May 1928, New York
2. CHOPIN Prelude in D flat major Op 28 No 15, matrix CVE 27915-13 (6847-A) (4.15)
3. CHOPIN Prelude in A flat major Op 28 No 17, matrix CVE 37125-8 (6847-B) (4.08)
4. CHOPIN Waltz in E flat major Op 18, matrix CVE 45509-2 (6877-A) (5.02)
5. CHOPIN Étude in C minor Op 10 No 12, matrix BVE 45510-2 (1387-A) (2.42)
6. RUBINSTEIN Valse-caprice in E flat major, matrix CVE 27922-9 (6877-B) (4.48)
recorded on 24 May 1928, New York
7. SCHUMANN Nachtstück in F major Op 23 No 4, matrix CVE 45514-1 (unissued) (4.34)
CHOPIN Sonata No 2 in B flat minor Op 35
8. III Marche funèbre: Lento, matrix CVE 45515-1 & CVE 45516-2 (unissued) (5.41)
9. IV Presto, matrix CVE 45516-2 (unissued) (1.42)
10. CHOPIN Étude in G flat major Op 10 No 5, matrix BVE 37127-10 (1387-B) (2.06)
recorded on 13 October 1930, New York
11. DEBUSSY Danseuses de Delphes Preludes Book I No 1, matrix BVE 64325-1 (1531-A) (2.41)
12. DEBUSSY Le Vent dans la plaine Preludes Book I No 3, matrix BVE 64327-4 (1499-B) (2.30)
13. DEBUSSY Minstrels Preludes Book I No 12, matrix BVE 64328-2 (1499-A) (2.34)
14. RACHMANINOFF Prelude in C sharp minor Op 3 No 2, matrix BVE 64329-1 (unissued) (2.51)
15. RACHMANINOFF Prelude in G sharp minor Op 32 No 12, matrix BVE 64330-2 (unissued) (2.16)
16. CHOPIN Mazurka in D major Op 33 No 2, matrix BVE 63162-1 (1541-B) (2.31)
recorded on 14 October 1930, New York
17. WAGNER/SCHELLING Tristan und Isolde Prelude to Act I,  matrix CVE 64331-2 & CVE 64332-3 (7324-A/B) (7.36)

COMPACT DISC 5 The Electric Recordings continued (62.50)
recorded on 14 October 1930, New York
1. BRAHMS Hungarian Dance No 6 in D flat major WoO 1/6, matrix BVE 64334-2 (1529-B) (3.29)
2. CHOPIN Mazurka in C sharp minor Op 63 No 3 matrix CVE 64333-1R (dubbed from BVE 64333-3) (7416-B) (2.09)
recorded on 14 and *16 October 1930, New York
3. J. STRAUSS/TAUSIG Man lebt nur einmal, matrix *CVE 64339-2 & CVE 64340-1 (unissued) (7.14)
recorded on 16 October 1930, New York
4. CHOPIN Polonaise in E flat minor Op 26 No 2, matrix CVE 64344-1 & CVE 64345-2 (7391-A/B) (7.12)
recorded on 23 December 1930, New York
5. DEBUSSY Voiles Preludes Book I No 2, matrix BVE 64326-3 (1531-B) (3.23)
6. DEBUSSY Minstrels Preludes Book I No 12, matrix BVE 64328-6 (1499-A) (2.37)
7. CHOPIN Nocturne in E flat major Op 9 No 2, matrix CVE 64343-3 (7416-A) (3.52)
8. CHOPIN Mazurka in A flat major Op 59 No 2, matrix BVE 64336-3 (1541-A) (2.38)
9. BRAHMS Hungarian Dance No 7 in A major WoO 1/7, matrix BVE 64335-4 (1529-A) (2.01)
10. J. STRAUSS/TAUSIG Man lebt nur einmal, matrix CVE 64339-3 & CVE 64340-4 (unissued) (7.41)
recorded *23 December 1930 and 13 May 1931, New York
11. WAGNER/LISZT SpinningChorus TheFlyingDutchman, S440, matrix BVE 64341-5 & *BVE 64342-3 (1549-A/B) (6.07)
recorded on 13 May 1931, New York
12. SCHUBERT Moment Musical in A flat major Op 94 No 2, matrix CVE 69611-1 & CVE 69612-2 (7508-A/B) (7.10)
The Spoken Word Recordings
recorded 31 January 1941, New York
Address on the observance of the Golden Anniversary of his American Debut
13. My dear friends..., matrix CS 060450-1 & CS 060451-1 (unissued) (3.47)
14. My dear American friends..., matrix CS 060450-1 & CS 060451-1 (unissued) (2.06)

IGNACY JAN PADEREWSKI (1860–1941) must be counted as one of the most famous pianists who ever lived, and he was certainly the most financially successful, yet his recorded legacy has always been something of a puzzle. Paderewski was from a generation before these recorded pianists, such as Cortot, Hofmann, Rachmaninov & Schnabel, we now tend to think of as ‘historical’ and his playing style really does take us back to the 19th century. This indispensable set makes available for the first time every surviving matrix from his most prolific recording contract– that with the US Victor company. In conjunction with APR’s earlier releases ‘Paderewski – his earliest recordings’ (APR6006) and ‘Paderewski– his final recordings’ (APR5636) there is now, at last, a complete Paderewski recorded edition. Audio Restoration Engineer: Mark Obert-Thorn.
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ERIK THEN-BERGH The complete Electrola and DG recordings
APR6021
2CDs
Compact Disc 1 (77.39)
1. HANDEL Suite No 4 in E minor HWV429 recorded in November 1940, Electrola 
6. BACH/BUSONI Chaconne from Partita No 2 in D minor, BWV1004 recorded on 24 August 1938, Electrola 
7. BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No 28 in A major Op 101 recorded in February 1939, Electrola 
11. SCHUMANN Piano Sonata No 2 in G minor Op 22 recorded in September 1939, Electrola 
15. CHOPIN Nocturne in B major Op 62 No 1 recorded in autumn 1940, Electrola 
16. REGER Silhouetten Op 53 Nos 2 & 6 recorded in February 1939, Electrola 

Compact Disc 2 (76.52)
1. BEETHOVEN Bagatelles Op 33 Nos 1 & 4 recorded on 27 June 1942, Telefunken 
3. REGER Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Georg Philipp Telemann Op 134 recorded on 5, 6 & 8 December 1951, DGG 
5. REGER Piano Concerto in F minor Op 114 STEREO recording HANS ROSBAUD / SÜDWESTFUNK-ORCHESTER BADEN-BADEN recorded on 29 & 30 April 1958, Electrola

Erik Then-Bergh (1916–1982) is almost forgotten today, content as he was to confine his career, the last twenty years of which were devoted to teaching, to Germany. But to hear this favourite of Furtwängler in his early recordings is to hear playing of the highest order – his combination of superlative technique at the service of deeply profound interpretation can only be compared with the very greatest of artists. We present here his almost complete 78rpm recordings (only a Schumann Kinderszenen on Telefunken is missing) which were mostly made in Germany during the war and hence had little international circulation. Then-Bergh was renowned as a Reger player and in this centenary year of Reger’s death, which is also the centenary of Then Bergh’s birth, we include his stereo LP recording of the Reger Piano Concerto from 1958 which completes his Reger recordings. Perhaps this quote from ‘The Record Book’ (USA 1948) reviewing Beethoven’s Op101 still sums up Then-Bergh’s 78 recordings today: "The performance by a pianist of whom we know nothing, Erik Then-Bergh, is spectacularly fine, and is backed by some of the best reproduction of piano tone we have ever heard".
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