EGON PETRI The Complete Columbia & Electrola Solo and Concerto Recordings
THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA & ELECTROLA SOLO AND CONCERTO RECORDINGS 1928 - 1951 BEETHOVEN Sonatas Op 10/2; Op 27/2; Op 78; Op 90; Op 106; Op 111 BRAHMS Handel Variations; Paganini Variations 3 Rhapsodies; 4 Ballades Op 10†; 6 Piano Pieces Op 118† BUSONI Fantasia after J S Bach; Indian Diary; 2 Sonatinas All’ Italia; Serenade; Albumblatt No 3; Giga, bolero e variazione BACH/BUSONI Chaconne; 4 Chorale Preludes; LISZT/BUSONI Rhapsodie Espagnole (Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra / Mitropoulos) CHOPIN Preludes Op 28; Polonaise Op 53; Waltz Op 42 FRANCK Prelude, choral et fugue LISZT Piano Concerto No 2; Fantasia on Beethoven’s ‘Ruins of Athens’ (London Philharmonic Orchestra / Heward) 5 Etudes; Transcriptions including: 6 Schubert songs; Soirée de Vienne No 6 (Schubert); Adelaïde (Beethoven); Faust Waltz (Gounod) Rigoletto Paraphrase (Verdi); Spinning Chorus (Wagner) BACH/PETRI Minuet; GLUCK/SGAMBATI Mélodie; SCHUBERT/TAUSIG Andantino & Variations TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No 1 (London Philharmonic Orchestra / Goehr) † previously unissued recordings
EGON PETRI studied with Busoni and was perhaps his greatest disciple. In his fusion of intellect with an astonishing virtuoso technique he echoed his master and gives us today the clearest idea of Busoni's own legendary pianism.
Petri began recording quite late in his career (he was already 47 in 1928) and this set contains everything he did apart from a few chamber works, until his final recordings for Columbia in 1951. He subsequently made further recordings for other labels but the best of his work is contained here. Highlights include perhaps the most spectacular Brahms Paganini Variations even committed to disc, the uniquely important Busoni recordings and a broad selection of Liszt including very impressive performances of some of the Schubert song transcriptions. Finally, we are delighted to present recordings of Brahms' Op 10 and Op 118 pieces made for Columbia in 1945 but not previously released.
Some of this material was previously available on APR but is now remastered, and in some cases where better source material was obtained (e.g. the Chopin Preludes), re-transferred. APR7701