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EILEEN JOYCE The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings

APR7502
5CDs

CD1 The Parlophone 78s (78.28)

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH 

1. Fantasia and Fugue in A minor BWV944, recorded on 7 February 1938 (5.27)

NB: This title has been misattributed as BWV894 in all previous reissues

DOMENICO PARADIES 

2. Toccata in A major from Sonata No 6, recorded on 7 February 1938 (2.36)

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 

3. Rondo in A major K386 (orchestra/Clarence Raybould), recorded on 2 February 1936 (7.29)

Suite K399 excerpts, recorded on 26 May 1939

4. Allemande (1.54)

5. Courante (2.18)

Sonata in C major K545, recorded on 26 May 1940 (13.03)

6. Allegro (4.34)

7. Andante (6.46)

8. Rondo (1.43)

FRANZ SCHUBERT 

9. Andante in A major D604, recorded on 7 February 1939 (4.58)

10. Impromptu in E flat major D899 No 2, recorded on 7 February 1939 (4.09)

11. Impromptu in A flat major D899 No 4, recorded on 18 December 1939 (7.34)

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN

12. Nocturne in E flat major Op 9 No 2, recorded on 3 May 1940 (4.42)

13. Nocturne in B major Op 32 No 1, recorded on 3 May 1940 (4.30)

14. Fantasy Impromptu Op 66, recorded on 18 December 1939 (4.43)

15. Berceuse in D flat major Op 57, recorded on 18 December 1939 (4.20)

ROBERT SCHUMANN

16. Novelette in D major Op 21 No 2, recorded on 7 April 1937 (4.37)

17. Novelette in A major Op 21 No 6, recorded on 26 May 1939 (4.37)

18. Stücklein 1: No 1 of Bunte Blätter, Op 99, recorded on 31 May 1938 (1.29)

 

CD2 The Parlophone 78s - continued (76.41)

FRANZ LISZT

1. Liebestraum No 3 S541 No 3, recorded on 31 August 1938 (4.40)

2. Waldesrauschen S145 No 1, recorded on 4 January 1935 (4.16)

3. Valse oubliée No 1 S215 No 1, recorded on 18 December 1939 (2.37)

4. Au bord d'une source S160 No 4, recorded on 2 September 1937 (4.15)

5. La leggierezza S144/2, recorded on 8 June 1933 (4.17)

6. Gnomenreigen S145/2, recorded on 6 September 1934 (2.46)

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH arranged by FRANZ LISZT

7. Organ Prelude & Fugue in A minor BWV543 S462/1,

recorded on 25 February 1936 (8.20)

ROBERT SCHUMANN arranged by FRANZ LISZT

8. Widmung S566 R2228, recorded on 25 February 1936 (3.28)

9. Frühlingsnacht S568, recorded on 31 May 1937 (3.03)

RICHARD WAGNER arranged by FRANZ LISZT

10. Spinning Chorus S440, recorded on 24 April 1939 (4.30)

CHARLES GOUNOD arranged by FRANZ LISZT 

11. Faust Waltz S407 abridged, recorded on 5 May 1934 (4.11)

JOHANNES BRAHMS

12. Romance in F major Op 118 No 5, recorded on 2 September 1937 (4.05)

13. Intermezzo in C major Op 119 No 3, recorded on 14 May 1935 (1.21)

14. Capriccio in D minor Op 116 No 7, recorded on 14 May 1935 (2.43)

15. Intermezzo in A major Op 76 No 6, recorded on 26 September 1934 (4.44)

16. Rhapsody in E flat major Op 119 No 4, recorded on 26 September 1934 (4.19)

17. Intermezzo in B flat minor Op 117 No 2, recorded on 24 April 1939 (4.24)

18. Intermezzo in A major Op 118 No 2, recorded on 11 November 1935 (4.43)

19. Ballade in G minor Op 118 No 3, recorded on 11 November 1935 (3.58)

 

CD3 The Parlophone 78s continued (69.07)

JOHANN NEPOMUK HUMMEL

1. Rondo in E flat major Op 11, recorded on 4 January 1935 (4.19)

ADOLPH VON HENSELT 

2. Were I a Bird (Si oiseau j'étais) No 6 of Douze études caractéristiques, Op 2 (2.34)

recorded on 26 February 1934

PAUL DE SCHLÖZER

3. Étude in A flat major Op 1 No 2, recorded on 8 June 1933 (3.19)

MORITZ MOSZKOWSKI

4. Waltz in E major Op 34 No 1, recorded on 28 October 1933 (4.08)

5. Caprice espagnole Op 37 abridged, recorded on 7 April 1937 (4.43)

ISAAC ALBÉNIZ arranged by LEOPOLD GODOWSKY 

6. Tango in D major No 2 of España, Op 165, recorded on 18 December 1939 (3.24)

ENRIQUE GRANADOS

7. Maiden & the Nightingale from Goyescas, recorded on 11 January 1937 (4.44)

CHRISTIAN SINDING

8. Rustle of Spring Op 32 No 3, recorded on 12 July 1939 (2.15)

EDVARD GRIEG

9. Scherzo-Impromptu No 2 of Moods, Op 73, recorded on 12 July 1939 (2.21)

10. Butterfly No 1 of Lyric Pieces, Op 43, recorded on 24 April 1939 (1.42)

11. Melody No 3 of Lyric Pieces, Op 47, recorded on 24 April 1939 (2.49)

12. Solitary Traveller No 2 of Lyric Pieces, Op 43, recorded on 24 April 1939 (2.20)

13. Brooklet No 4 of Lyric Pieces, Op 62, recorded on 24 April 1939 (1.37)

14. To the Spring No 6 of Lyric Pieces, Op 43, recorded on 12 July 1939 (2.10)

15. Summer's Eve No 2 of Lyric Pieces, Op 71, recorded on 12 July 1939 (2.24)

JEAN SIBELIUS

16. Romance in D flat major Op 24 No 9, recorded on 12 July 1939 (3.46)

BERNHARD STAVENHAGEN

17. Menuetto scherzando Op 5 No 3, recorded on 11 January 1937 (3.27)

SELIM PALMGREN

18. En route Op 9, recorded on 26 February 1934 (1.10)

IGNAZ FRIEDMAN

19. Viennese Dance No 2 after EDUARD GÄRTNER

recorded on 25 February 1936 (3.26)

GABRIEL FAURÉ

20. Impromptu No 2 in F minor Op 31, recorded on 11 August 1938 (4.21)

CLAUDE DEBUSSY

21. Reflets dans l'eau No 1 of Images, Book I, recorded on 14 May 1935 (4.01)

22. Toccata No 3 of Pour le piano, recorded on 28 October 1933 (4.04)

 

CD4 The Parlophone 78s continued & The British Columbias (69.46)

SERGEI RACHMANINOV

1. Prelude in G minor Op 23 No 5, recorded on 5 May 1934 (3.48)

2. Prelude in E flat major Op 23 No 6, recorded on 11 January 1938 (2.17)

3. Prelude in C minor Op 23 No 7, recorded on 11 January 1938 (2.08)

4. Prelude in A flat major Op 23 No 8, recorded on 2 September 1938 (2.56)

5. Prelude in A minor Op 32 No 8, recorded on 2 September 1938 (1.39)

6. Prelude in D flat major Op 32 No 13, recorded on 2 September 1938 (4.29)

EUGEN D'ALBERT

7. Scherzo in F sharp major Op 16 No 2, recorded on 2 September 1938 (3.54)

RICHARD STRAUSS arranged by WALTER GIESEKING

8. Ständchen Op 17 No 2, recorded on 6 September 1934 (3.02)

ERNO DOHNÁNYI

9. Rhapsody in C major Op 11 No 3, recorded on 11 January 1938 (4.39)

STEFAN BERGMAN

10. Polka Caprice Op 1 No 3, recorded on 31 May 1938 (2.56)

11. Himmelgesang Op 2 No 1, recorded on 31 May 1938 (1.44)

CYRIL SCOTT 

12. Lotus Land Op 47 No 1, recorded on 14 April 1937 (2.58)

13. Danse négre Op 58 No 5, recorded on 14 April 1937 (1.31)

RICCARDO PICK-MANGIAGALLI

14. Le Danse d'Olaf No 2 of Deux Lunaires, Op 33, recorded on 26 February 1934 (3.30)

HARRY FARJEON

15. Tarantella, recorded on 14 May 1937 (3.44)

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH

16. Three Fantastic Dances Op 5, recorded on 2 September 1938 (3.51)

MAURICE RAVEL 

17. Jeux d'eau, recorded on 28 January 1941 (4.30)

ALEXANDER SCRIABIN

18. Prelude in E major Op 11 No 9, recorded on 11 November 1941 (1.44)

19. Prelude in C sharp minor Op 11 No 10,

recorded on 11 November 1941 (1.36)

FELIX MENDELSSOHN

20. Rondo capriccioso Op 14, recorded on 29 April 1945 (6.15)

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

21. Bagatelle in C major Op 33 No 2, recorded on 15 May 1940 (3.18)

22. Für Elise WoO59, recorded on 15 May 1940 (3.17)

 

CD5 The British Columbias - continued (73.59)

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 

Sonata No 12 in F major K332, recorded on 29 August 1941 (13.52)

1. Allegro (4.45)

2. Adagio (4.25)

3. Allegro assai (4.42)

Sonata No 17 in D major K576, recorded on 5 May 1941 (14.02)

4. Allegro (4.48)

5. Adagio (5.08)

6. Allegretto (4.06)

7. Romance in A flat major KA205 attribution, recorded on 3 September 1941 (3.57)

8. Gigue in G major K574, recorded on 11 November 1941 (1.30)

9. Minuet in D major K355, recorded on 11 November 1941 (2.16)

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN

10. Étude in E major Op 10 No 3, recorded on 4 February 1941 (4.07)

11. Ballade No 1 in G minor Op 23, recorded on 8 July 1942 (9.24)

12. Ballade No 3 in A flat major Op 47, recorded on 15 May 1940 (7.35)

EDVARD GRIEG

13. Ballade in G minor Op 24, recorded on May 3, 1943 (17.14)


This set is this first in an APR series featuring pupils of the great British piano teacher, Tobias Matthay.

TOBIAS MATTHAY (1858=1945) is the greatest piano teacher Britain has produced. From the 1890s to the 1930s, first at the RAM and then also at his own school, he almost singlehandedly produced a generation of concert pianists who launched an English piano tradition. York Bowen was an early pupil, but those best remembered are a group of female pianists; Harriet Cohen, Myra Hess, Irene Scharrer and Moura Lympany, all of whom feature in this APR series.

EILEEN JOYCE lies somewhat outside this mainstream, as she trained principally in Germany, but she did have three years of finishing studies with Matthay between 1930 and 1933.

Eileen Joyce was born in Tasmania in 1908 to poor immigrants of Irish descent. Her father was an itinerant labourer and the family soon moved to Western Australia where the young Eileen discovered the piano and, in spite of much hardship, soon developed an astonishing playing ability. Heard by Grainger and Backhaus, who both praised her, she was sent off to Germany where she studied for three years with Robert Teichmüller. She came to England in 1930 with a recommendation which led to her Proms debut in that year playing Prokofiev's Third Concerto. She also commenced her advanced studies with Matthay. After a slow start, her career blossomed exponentially from 1933 when she made her first recording. This disc, of Paul de Schlözer's Etude Op1/2 and Liszt's La Leggierezza is still regarded as one of the most astonishing examples of virtuosity ever recorded. From this time until 1960, when she suddenly retired from performing at the age of 52, she was one of Britain's best loved pianists. She appeared 37 times at the Proms, gave the British premieres of both Shostakovich concertos and became known to millions as the pianist playing Rachmaninov's Second Concerto in the film 'Brief Encounter'.

Her greatest recordings are from the 78rpm period and we present all of these with the exception of her concerto performances and a few later Decca discs. Eileen was a natural pianist with a big rich sound and very fast fingers; she is at her best in the many brilliant encore style pieces she recorded, but she was equally stylish (and brilliant) in Mozart and had a special affinity with the wistful nostalgia of Grieg.

Most of these recordings have never been transferred to CD before so this set is a 'must' for all enthusiasts of great piano playing from the past.


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