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HAROLD BAUER The Complete Recordings

Harold Bauer
3CDs
Compact Disc 1 The 1924-1928 Victor Recordings (79.30)
SCHUBERT Impromptu in A flat major D899/4;  ANTON RUBINSTEIN Kamennoi-Ostrov Op 10/22
BAUER Tunes from the 18th Century: Barberini’s Minuet, Motley & Flourish
J S BACH/BAUER Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring;  GLUCK/SAINT-SAËNS Caprice sur les Airs de Ballet d’Alceste
BEETHOVEN/BAUER Gavotte in F major;  BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata in C sharp minor (‘Moonlight’) Op 27/2
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata in F minor (‘Appassionata’) Op 57
CHOPIN Impromptu in A flat major Op 29;  CHOPIN Fantasie-Impromptu in C sharp minor Op 66
SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke Op 12/5 ‘In der Nacht’;  LISZT Étude in D flat major ‘Un sospiro’
SCHÜTT À la bien-aimée, Valse Op 59/2;  DURAND Waltz in E flat major Op 83

Compact Disc 2 The 1929 Victor & 1939 Schirmer Recordings (78.51)
SCHUMANN Novelette in D major Op 21/2;  BRAHMS Capriccio in B minor Op 76/2
GRIEG Album Leaf in A major Op 28/3;  DEBUSSY Suite bergamasque: iii Clair de Lune
BRAHMS Piano Sonata No 3 in F minor Op 5;  J S BACH Prelude and Fugue No 3 in C sharp major BWV848
HANDEL Air & Variations ‘The Harmonious Blacksmith’;  D SCARLATTI Sonata in A major Kk113
F COUPERIN Le Carillon de Cithére;  SCHUBERT Moment musical No 3 in F minor D780
MENDELSSOHN Charakterstück in A major Op 7/4;  CHOPIN Berceuse in D flat major Op 57


Compact Disc 3 The 1935 HMV & 1942 Victor Recordings (74.50)
SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke Op 12;  SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke Op 12/5 ‘In der Nacht’
SCHUMANN Novellette in D major Op 21/2;  LISZT Étude in D flat major ‘Un sospiro’
LISZT Waldesrauschen;  GRIEG Norwegian Bridal Procession Op 19/2;  GRIEG Album Leaf [EG109]
GRIEG Album Leaf in A major Op 28/3;  GRIEG Album Leaf in A flat major Op 28/1
GRIEG Lyric Pieces: Op 43/1 Papillon; Op 43/6 To Spring; Op 54/4 Notturno; Op 47/1 Valse-Impromptu
GRIEG Humoresque Op 6/3;  GRIEG Lyric Piece Op 38/1


English born pianist Harold Bauer originally hoped to make his career as violinist but his piano playing so impressed Paderewski that he subsequntly focussed on that instrument. He had huge success in the USA and as a result became a US citizen in 1917. Bauer was not a crowd-pleasing virtuoso firebrand but rather a true musician; there is always a wonderful poetry to his art and he excelled in miniatures, such as the Grieg presented here, though his legendary recording of the Brahms f minor sonata (still a benchmark) shows he had the requisite virtuosity when needed. These new transfers by Ward Marston are the only ones currently available of Bauer’s legacy.

 


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