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MORIZ ROSENTHAL The Complete Recordings
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5CDs

MORIZ ROSENTHAL (1862–1946)

Compact Disc 1 I Victor Talking Machine Company, Camden, New Jersey, USA 8 May 1928 (75.07)

1. ROSENTHAL Fantasy on themes from Johann Strauss (7.29)

(Blue Danube, Joys of Life [Freut euch des Lebens] and Fledermaus)
II Okeh, New York March or April 1928

2. CHOPIN Waltz in C sharp minor Op 64 No 2 (3.59)

3. CHOPIN Mazurka in G major Op 67 No 1 (1.17)

4. CHOPIN Waltz in E minor Op posth (3.03)

III Thomas A Edison Inc, West Orange, New Jersey, USA March & April 1929

5. CHOPIN Prelude in B minor Op 28 No 6 matrix N-754-A; unpublished (2.16)

6. CHOPIN Prelude in B major Op 28 No 11 as above (0.33)

7. CHOPIN Prelude in A major Op 28 No 7 as above (0.50)

8. CHOPIN Prelude in F major Op 28 No 23 as above (0.52)

9. CHOPIN Prelude in B minor Op 28 No 6 matrix N-754-B (2.19)

10. CHOPIN Prelude in B major Op 28 No 11 as above (0.32)

11. CHOPIN Prelude in A major Op 28 No 7 as above (0.51)

12. CHOPIN Prelude in F major Op 28 No 23 as above (0.49)

13. CHOPIN Mazurka in C sharp minor Op 63 No 3 matrix N-755-A; unpublished (1.55)

14. CHOPIN Mazurka in A flat major Op 24 No 3 as above (1.18)

15. CHOPIN Mazurka in G major Op 67 No 1 as above (1.17)

16. CHOPIN Mazurka in C sharp minor Op 63 No 3 matrix N-755-B; unpublished (1.55)

17. CHOPIN Mazurka in A flat major Op 24 No 3 as above (1.17)

18. CHOPIN Mazurka in G major Op 67 No 1 as above (1.13)

19. CHOPIN Waltz in A flat major Op 42 matrix N-756-A; unpublished (3.42)

20. CHOPIN Waltz in A flat major Op 42 matrix N-756-B; unpublished (3.43)

21. CHOPIN-LISZT-ROSENTHAL Chant polonais No 1 (The Maiden’s Wish) (4.42)

matrix N-757-A; unpublished

22. CHOPIN-LISZT-ROSENTHAL Chant polonais No 1 (The Maiden’s Wish) (4.45)

matrix N-757-B; unpublished

23. CHOPIN Nouvelle étude No 3 in A flat major matrix N-838-B (2.15)

24. CHOPIN Étude in C major Op 10 No 1 as above (1.58)

25. CHOPIN Prelude in B minor Op 28 No 6 matrix N-842-A; unpublished (2.15)

26. CHOPIN Prelude in A major Op 28 No 7 as above (0.52)

27. CHOPIN Étude in G flat major Op 10 No 5 (Black Keys) as above (1.35)

28. CHOPIN Prelude in B minor Op 28 No 6 matrix N-842-B; unpublished (2.16)

29. CHOPIN Prelude in A major Op 28 No 7 as above (0.53)

30. CHOPIN Étude in G flat major Op 10 No 5 (Black Keys) as above (1.34)

31. CHOPIN Nocturne in E flat major Op 9 No 2 matrix N-843-A; unpublished (4.33)

32. CHOPIN Nocturne in E flat major Op 9 No 2 matrix N-843-B; unpublished (4.32)


Compact Disc 2 IV Lindström group (Odeon and Parlophone), Berlin 1929, 1930 & 1931 (73.31)

1. CHOPIN-LISZT Chant polonais No 5 (My Joys) (4.17)

2. CHOPIN Mazurka in B flat minor Op 24 No 4  (3.50)

3. CHOPIN Berceuse in D flat major Op 57 (4.01)

4. CHOPIN Waltz in C sharp minor Op 64 No 2 (3.52)

5. CHOPIN Prelude in C minor Op 28 No 20 (1.21)

6. CHOPIN Prelude in C major Op 28 No 1 (0.33)

7. CHOPIN Prelude in G major Op 28 No 3(0.55)

8. CHOPIN Prelude in E flat major Op 28 No 19 (1.17)

9. CHOPIN Waltz in C sharp minor Op 64 No 2 (3.41)

10. CHOPIN Waltz in E minor Op posth (2.52)

11. ROSENTHAL Papillons 3 May 1930; (2.14)

12. CHOPIN Mazurka in C sharp minor Op 63 No 3 (1.35)

13. CHOPIN Étude in G flat major Op 10 No 5 (1.40)

14. CHOPIN Mazurka in C sharp minor Op 63 No 3 (1.54)

15. CHOPIN Mazurka in C sharp minor Op 63 No 3 take 2 (1.56)

16. CHOPIN Étude in G flat major Op 10 No 5 (Black Keys) (1.35)

17. CHOPIN Étude in C major Op 10 No 1 (2.02)

18. CHOPIN Mazurka in G major Op 67 No 1 (1.18)

19. DEBUSSY Reflets dans l’eau (from Images Book I) (4.08)

20. DEBUSSY Reflets dans l’eau 29 May 1929 (4.10)

21. ALBÉNIZ Triana (from Iberia Book 2) (4.09)

22. LIADOV A Musical Snuffbox Op 32 (2.32)

23. LIADOV Prelude in B flat major Op 46 No 1 (0.56)

24. ROSENTHAL Carnaval de Vienne (7.07)

(Humoresque on Themes of Johann Strauss)

25. ROSENTHAL Fantasy on themes from Johann Strauss (7.35)

(Blue Danube, Joys of Life [Freut euch des Lebens] and Fledermaus)

Compact Disc 3 IV Lindström group (Odeon and Parlophone), Berlin continued 1930 & 1931 (78.27)

CHOPIN Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor Op 11 (32.55)

1. Allegro maestoso (16.12)

2. Romanza: Larghetto (8.10)

3. Rondo: Vivace (8.06)

with BERLIN STATE OPERA ORCHESTRA/FRIEDER WEISSMANN

V Ultraphon, Berlin 16 April 1930

4. LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 (with Rosenthal cadenza) (7.41)

5. LISZT Liebestraum No 3 in A flat major (3.53)

6. CHOPIN Berceuse in D flat major Op 57 (3.57)

VI Gramophone Company Ltd, No 3 Studio, Abbey Road, London 1934 & 1935

7. ROSENTHAL New Carnaval de Vienne (on themes from Johann Strauss) (8.03)

8. CHOPIN-LISZT-ROSENTHAL Chant polonais No 1 (The Maiden’s Wish) (4.40)

9. CHOPIN Waltz in A flat major Op 42 (3.47)

10. CHOPIN Nocturne in E flat major Op 9 No 2 (4.21)

11. CHOPIN Étude in F minor Op 25 No 2 (1.38)

12. CHOPIN Nouvelle étude No 3 in A flat major (2.14)

13. CHOPIN Mazurka in A flat major Op 50 No 2 (3.01)
14. CHOPIN Étude in G flat major Op 10 No 5 (1.37)

Compact Disc 4 VI Gramophone Company Ltd, No 3 Studio, Abbey Road, London continued 1935–1937 (67.24)
1. CHOPIN Waltz in A flat major Op 42 (3.48)

2. CHOPIN Prelude in B minor Op 28 No 6 (2.07)

3. CHOPIN Prelude in G major Op 28 No 3 (1.04)

4. CHOPIN Prelude in A major Op 28 No 7 (0.51)

5. CHOPIN Mazurka in A flat major Op 50 No 2 (2.55)

6. CHOPIN Mazurka in G major Op 67 No 1 (1.20)

7. CHOPIN Mazurka in B minor Op 33 No 4 (4.29)

8. CHOPIN Waltz in C sharp minor Op 64 No 2 (3.46)

9. CHOPIN Nocturne in E flat major Op 9 No 2 (4.10)

10. CHOPIN Nocturne in D flat major Op 27 No 2 (4.56)

11. CHOPIN-LISZT-ROSENTHAL Chant polonais No 1 (The Maiden’s Wish) (4.35)

12. CHOPIN Mazurka in A flat major Op 50 No 2 (3.22)

13. CHOPIN Mazurka in D major Op 33 No 2 (2.29)

14. CHOPIN Mazurka in B major Op 63 No 1 (2.15)

15. CHOPIN Mazurka in G major Op 67 No 1 (1.17)

16. CHOPIN Mazurka in A flat major Op 24 No 3 (1.28)

17. CHOPIN Prelude in F sharp major Op 28 No 13 (3.26)

18. SCHUBERT Moment musical No 3 in F minor D780 (1.57)

19. SCHUBERT-LISZT Soirée de Vienne No 6 (Valse-Caprice in A) (5.04)

20. ROSENTHAL Papillons 23 October 1937 (2.19)

21. ROSENTHAL New Carnaval de Vienne (on themes from Johann Strauss) (8.08)


Compact Disc 5 VII RCA Victor, Camden, New Jersey, USA June 1939 & March 1942 (71.29)

1. HANDEL Air and Variations in E ‘The Harmonious Blacksmith’ unpublished on 78rpm (4.37)

CHOPIN Piano Sonata No 3 in B minor Op 58 unpublished on 78rpm (25.43)

2. Allegro maestoso (8.48)

3. Scherzo: Molto vivace (2.41)

4. Largo  (9.10)

5. Finale: Presto non tanto (5.04)

6. Scherzo: Molto vivace alternative matrix (2.40)

7. Finale: Presto non tanto alternative version recorded on 2 sides (5.06)

8. CHOPIN-LISZT Chant polonais No 5 (My Joys)  unpublished on 78rpm (4.21)

9. CHOPIN Tarantelle in A flat major Op 43 unpublished on 78rpm (3.13)

VIII British Broadcasting Corporation, London 24 March 1935 (off-air recording of live broadcast)

10. CHOPIN Piano Sonata No 3 in B minor Op 58 Largo (incomplete) (5.33)

IX National Broadcasting Company, New York 19 December 1937 recording of radio broadcast

11. CHOPIN Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor Op 11 Romanza: Larghetto (11.30)

with NBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA/FRANK BLACK
12. ROSENTHAL Carnaval de Vienne (Humoresque on Themes of Johann Strauss) (7.49)


Moriz Rosenthal was from the earliest generation of pianists to have made a significant number of recordings, and he was also one of the more important Liszt pupils, therefore his legacy is of the utmost importance as representative of 19th century style. In his youth he was renowned as being one of the supreme technicians and, although he began to record only in old-age, this can still be heard in his own two Strauss paraphrases recorded here; still today pinnacles of the most ridiculous virtuosity. But it is for his Chopin above all that Rosenthal should be remembered. In his youth he studied with the composerís most important student, Karol Mikuli, and his uniquely free lyricism in the Mazurkas and other miniatures must surely be considered close to the composerís own.

This is the first time all Rosenthalís recordings have been transfered to CD and two recent discoveries issued only in Argentina and Japan respectively and known only in unique copies are included, as is a beautiful live performance from his 75th birthday concert.


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