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WILHELM BACKHAUS The complete 1940s studio recordings
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1CD 82'51
Electrola recording, Berlin  
1-3. MOZART Piano Concerto No 26 in D major K537 ‘Coronation’ 
FRITZ ZAUN / BERLIN STATE OPERA ORCHESTRA Recorded circa November 1941
 
HMV Recordings, Wolfbach Studio, Zürich
4-6. BACH Italian Concerto in F major BWV971 Recorded on 17 March 1948  
7-8. BACH Prelude and Fugue No 21 in B flat major BWV890 (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2) Recorded on 17 March 1948  
9-11. MOZART Piano Sonata in A major K331 Recorded on 16 March 1948 
12-15. BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata in E flat major Op 31 No 3 Recorded on 15–16 March 1948 
16. SCHUBERT Impromptu in E flat major D899/2 (Op 90 No 2) Recorded on 16 March 1948 

German pianist, Wilhelm Backhaus (1884–1969) left a 60-year recorded legacy which began in 1908, but a major turning point came in 1950 when he switched allegiance from HMV to Decca. His last HMV recordings, included in this set, are amongst his least known and it appears that those from his final HMV sessions in Zürich in 1948 are reissued here for the first time. Backhaus had settled in Switzerland in the 1930s and although he continued to perform in Germany during the war, he only made one commercial recording, which was done for HMV’s German affiliate Electrola. This recording, of Mozart’s ‘Coronation’ concerto, came about because of celebrations to mark the composer’s 150th anniversary and the result is particularly ebullient. Backhaus plays his own cadenzas and ornaments profusely in the slow movement, something very unusual in Mozart performance of the time. This exceptionally well-filled disc also includes full documentation explaining for the first time why Backhaus became disenchanted with HMV and left them for Decca.
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EMMA BOYNET Complete solo 78-rpm recordings & Fauré LPs
APR6033
2CDs
THE FRENCH PIANO SCHOOL - EMMA BOYNET

COMPACT DISC 1 78rpm recordings 1933-1939 (82'42)

1. SCHUBERT Impromptu in G flat major D899/3 (Op 90/3) 

2. WEBER Rondo brillante in E flat major ‘La gaîté’ Op 62

3. FAURÉ Nocturne No 4 Op 36; 4. Impromptu No 2 Op 31 

5. FALLA Andaluza

6. BACH/PERRACHIO Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr BWV711 

7. HAYDN Rondo from Sonata in C major Hob XVI:48

8. CHABRIER Idylle; 9. Bourrée fantasque 

10. FAURÉ Barcarolle No 5 Op 66

11. DEBUSSY Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir 

12. PIERNÉ Nocturne en forme de valse Op 40/2

13. PHILIPP Nocturne Op 90; 14. Feux-follets

15. SÉVERAC Baigneuses au soleil

16. IBERT La marchande d’eau fraiche; 17. Le petit âne blanc

18-21. 4 Ancient Airs and Dances (transcribed by Isidor Philipp)

 

COMPACT DISC 2 The Fauré LP recordings 1950 & 1952 (82'15)

FAURÉ

1-6. Barcarolles: No 1 in A minor, Op 26; No 2 in G major, Op 41; No 3 in G flat major, Op 42; No 4 in A flat major, Op 44; No 5 in F sharp minor, Op 66; No 6 in E flat major, Op 70

7-9. Trois romances sans paroles Op 17 

10. Improvisation Op 84/5

11. Clair de lune Op 46/2 (transcribed by Albert Périlhou)

12-17. Nocturnes: No 1 in E flat minor, Op 33/1; No 2 in B major, Op 33/2; No 3 in A flat major, Op 33/3; No 4 in E flat major, Op 36; No 6 in D flat major, Op 63; No 7 in C sharp minor, Op 74



Parisian, Emma Boynet (1891–1974) studied with Isidore Philipp at the Conservatoire and became an established part of the local music scene in the 1920s and 30s. She was one of the few French pianists to find success in the USA, travelling there for the first time in the company of her former teacher in 1934, and as a result, made several discs for Victor in New York, including a five-disc 78rpm album entitled ‘French Piano Music’. Her career seems to have faltered in the 1950s but not before she made two highly regarded (but now rare) Fauré LPs which have become collectors’ items. We are delighted to reissue them here.
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SERGIO FIORENTINO Live in Germany 1993
APR6034
2CDs

COMPACT DISC 1 (63.17)


1-2. J S BACH/BUSONI Prelude and Fugue in D major BWV532 (13.28) recorded in Münster on 14 January 1993

 

3-6. BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No 31 in A flat major Op 110 (20.00) recorded in Dortmund on 13 December 1993

 

7-10. CHOPIN Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor Op 35 (21.55) recorded in Warstein on 11 December 1993

 

11. SCRIABIN Piano Sonata No 4 in F sharp major Op 30 (7.52) recorded in Dortmund on 13 December 1993

 

COMPACT DISC 2 (72.59)

1-3. SCHUMANN Fantasie in C major Op 17 (34.00) recorded in Paderborn on 12 December 1993

4. GOUNOD/LISZT Valse de l’opéra Faust S407 (9.35) recorded in Paderborn on 12 December 1993

5. JOHANN STRAUSS II/TAUSIG Man lebt nur einmal! (6.29) recorded in Münster on 10 December 1993

6. JOHANN STRAUSS II/GODOWSKY Die Fledermaus (8.27) recorded in Münster on 10 December 1993

Encores

7. CHOPIN Waltz in E flat major Op 18 (4.49)

8. TCHAIKOVSKY/FIORENTINO Waltz in A flat major Op 40 No 8 (3.02)

9. CHOPIN Waltz in C sharp minor Op 64 No 2 (3.15)

10. BRAHMS/FIORENTINO Liebeslieder-walzer Op 52 Nos 1 & 6 (3.19) 

all recorded in Dortmund on 13 December 1993



Sergio Fiorentino’s career began auspiciously with successes both in competition and on the world’s stages, including a Carnegie Hall debut in 1953, but a plane crash in 1954 affected him badly and momentum was lost. He recorded prolifically for British budget labels in the late 1950s and 1960s, but his concert profile was never fully to recover. Fiorentino’s 1993 German concerts marked a return to the stage two decades after the pianist’s disillusionment with the performer’s life had led him to concentrate on teaching. These resulting live recordings, which revealed a pianist in the grand romantic tradition, were to astound the critics and relaunched Fiorentino’s career in the studio and on stage for a few glorious years, until his death in 1998. This title was previously released as APR7036 in 1995.
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MAGDA TAGLIAFERRO The complete 78rpm solo and concerto recordings
APR7312
3CDs
THE FRENCH PIANO SCHOOL

COMPACT DISC 1 (79’05) HMV, DeccaUltraphone recordings 1933-1938 

1. FAURÉ Ballade in F sharp major Op 19 PIERO COPPOLA / ORCHESTRE DU GRAMOPHONE 
2. FAURÉ Impromptu No 3 in A flat major Op 34 
3-4. DEBUSSY Pour le piano i: Prélude ii: Sarabande 
5. MOMPOU La rue, le guitariste et le vieux cheval 6. Jeunes filles au jardin 
7-9. MOZART Piano Concerto No 26 K537 ‘Coronation’ REYNALDO HAHN / PASDELOUP ORCHESTRA
10. MOZART Piano Sonata in A major K331 iii: Rondo alla Turca 
11. DEBUSSY Jardins sous la pluie 12. Pour le piano iii: Toccata 
13. FAURÉ Impromptu No 2 in F minor Op 31 
14. GRANADOS Rondalla Aragonesa 
15. ALBÉNIZ Seguidillas  

COMPACT DISC 2 (77’06) Ultraphone & Pathé recordings 1933-1938 

1. CHOPIN Impromptu No 1 in A flat major Op 29 
2. CHOPIN Waltz No 5 in A flat major Op 42
3. MOZART Piano Sonata in D major K576 iii: Allegretto 
4. WEBER Rondo brillante in E flat major Op 62 
5. MENDELSSOHN Kinderstücke Op 72/4 6. Étude No 2 in F major Op 104b/2 
7. CHOPIN Fantasy Impromptu in C sharp minor Op 66  
8-12. SCHUMANN Faschingsschwank aus Wien Op 26 
13. SCHUMANN Romance in F sharp major Op 28/2 
14. ALBÉNIZ Sevilla 
15. HAHN Piano Concerto in E major REYNALDO HAHN / UNNAMED ORCHESTRA

COMPACT DISC 3 (76’40) Pathé recordings 1934-1936 

1. HAHN Sonatine in C major 
4. HAHN Romance in A major with DENISE SORIANO (violin)
5-8. FAURÉ Violin Sonata No 1 in A major Op 13 with DENISE SORIANO 
9. FAURÉ Violin Sonata No 1 (alternative take of 1st movement) with DENISE SORIANO
10. Andante Op 75 with DENISE SORIANO 

Philips recording 1954 

11-13. SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No 5 in F Op 103 JEAN FOURNET / ORCHESTRE LAMOUREUX


French training and Brazilian temperament are combined in the brilliant and passionate playing of Magda Tagliaferro (1893–1986) who regarded Cortot as her most important influence and teacher. Her friendship with Reynaldo Hahn inspired the composition of the piano concerto dedicated to her and its subsequent premiere recording is included here. Hahn’s conducting can also be heard in her little-known early Decca recording of the Mozart ‘Coronation’ concerto. Another significant premiere recording is that of the Fauré Ballade. Tagliaferro shows a real affinity with the composer’s music and indeed the recording of the 1st Violin Sonata with Denise Soriano won a Grand Prix du Disque in 1936. An award Tagliaferro had previously gained in 1930 for the Mompou disc also included here.
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