MYRA HESS Live at the University of Illinois 1949

Compact Disc 1 (69.39)
1. CHOPIN Fantasy in F minor Op 49 (12.48) 
2. SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in B flat major D960 (33.44)
6. SCHUBERT Dances for piano (14.00) 
9. BRAHMS Intermezzo in C major Op 119/3 (1.30)
10. SCARLATTI Sonata in G major Kk14 (2.43) 
11. CHOPIN Waltz in E flat major Op 18 (4.06)
Compact Disc 2 (66.53) 
1. MOZART Piano Concerto No 21 in C major K467 (34.43) 
6. MOZART Piano Concerto No 9 in E flat major ‘Jeunehomme’ K271 (31.30)  UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS SINFONIETTA / JOHN M KUYPERS
Compact Disc 3 (68.51) 
1. BACH Partita No 4 in D major BWV828 (28.09) 
8. BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata in D minor ‘Tempest’ Op 31 No 2 (21.26) 
11. GRIEG Piano Concerto in A minor Op 16 1st movement Allegro molto moderato (11.39) DETROIT SYMPHONY ORCH. / VICTOR KOLAR
12. CHOPIN Études Op 25 No l in A flat major (2.46) & No 3 in F major (1.55) 
14. BACH French Suite No 5 in G major BWV816 7th movement Gigue (2.17)

These three discs devoted to Myra Hess in concert feature two complete recitals recorded at Illinois University on 17 and 18 March 1949 and are the only live recital recordings by the pianist known to exist. Each evening featured solo works followed by a concerto and also included various encores, but as the programmes are each too long to fit on a single CD we have instead coupled the concertos together and arranged the solo works into musical groupings (sadly it proved impossible to locate a copy of the Beethoven ‘Tempest’ Sonata which was not shorn of the final three bars of the central Adagio or the opening phrase of the finale). As an appendix we include some off-air recordings, in this instance taken from the Ford Sunday Evening Hour which was regularly broadcast coast to coast in the USA during the 1930s and early 1940s via the Columbia Broadcasting System. Significantly, almost all the works included in this programme are further additions to the Myra Hess discography. Previously issued on APR5520, APR5539 & APR5549