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WILHELM BACKHAUS Chopin, Liszt, Schumann & encore pieces

APR6026
2CDs
Chopin, Liszt Schumann & encore pieces: HMV recordings 1925-1937   
COMPACT DISC 1 (79.25)   
1. CHOPIN 12 Études Op 10 
13. 12 Études Op 25
25. Prélude in C major Op 28/1; 26. Berceuse in D flat major Op 57  
27. Waltz in E flat major Op 18; 28. Waltz in D flat major Op 64/1 
29. Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor Op 66  
30. MENDELSSOHN/HUTCHESON Scherzo from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’  
31. SMETANA Polka No 3 in F major from Czech Dances  
32. DELIBES/DOHNÁNYI Waltz from ‘Naïla’ (abridged)  
COMPACT DISC 2 (80.44)  
1. MOZART/BACKHAUS Serenade from ‘Don Giovanni’; 
2. SCHUBERT/BACKHAUS Marche militaire in E flat major D733/3  
3. SCHUBERT/LISZT Soirée de Vienne No 6 in A major S427/ 6  
4. LISZT Waldesrauschen, S145/1; 5. Liebesträume No 3 S541/3 
6. Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 in C sharp minor S244/2  
7. SCHUMANN/LISZT Widmung S566 
8. SCHUMANN Aufschwung No 2 from Fantasiestücke, Op 12; 9. Traumes Wirren No 7 from Fantasiestücke, Op 12  
10. Nachtstück in F major Op 23 No 4
11. Fantasie in C major Op 17  
14. ALBÉNIZ Triana No 3 from Iberia, Book 2 
15. ALBÉNIZ/GODOWSKY Tango Op 165 No 2  
16. MOSZKOWSKI Caprice espagnole Op 37

Wilhelm Backhaus (1884–1969) left a 60-year recorded legacy which began in 1908, but the champion of Beethoven and Brahms we know from his later years performed a much wider repertoire before the war. This set focuses on this more ‘romantic’ repertoire – his Chopin études from 1928 were the first complete recorded cycle and still astonish with their virtuosity. His Schumann Fantasy is another landmark recording, the 78rpm era benchmark, and what a delightful surprise it is to hear him in his own spectacular transcriptions or in works by Albéniz and Moszkowski.
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