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WILLIAM MURDOCH The complete Columbia solo electrical recordings

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2CDs

COMPACT DISC 1 (76.09)

 

1. MENDELSSOHN Song without words in A flat Op 38/6 ‘Duetto’; 2. in A Op 62/6 ‘Spring Song’ 

3. CHOPIN Étude in A flat Op 25/1; 4. Waltz in F Op 34/3;

5. CHOPIN Berceuse in D flat Op 57; 6. Ballade No 3 in A flat Op 47 

7. SCHUMANN Romanze in F sharp Op 28/2

8. LISZT Liebesträume No 3 S541/3; 9. La campanella S141/3; 10. Hungarian Rhapsody No 12

 

11. SCHUBERT/LISZT ‘Hark, Hark the Lark’ S558/9; 

12. SCHUBERT/TAUSIG Marche militaire in D D733/1

13. BRAHMS Waltz in A flat Op 39/15; 
14. PADEREWSKI Minuet in G Op 14/1; 
15. GRIEG Norwegian Bridal Procession Op 19/2

 

16. SIBELIUS Valse triste

17-20. RACHMANINOV Preludes in C sharp minor Op 3/2 (rec.1926); 
G minor Op 23/5; G sharp minor Op 32/12;

 

C sharp minor Op 3/2 (rec.1931)

 

 

COMPACT DISC 2 (77.37)  

1-3. BEETHOVEN Sonata in C minor Op 13 ‘Pathétique’; 

4-6. BEETHOVEN Sonata in F minor Op 57 ‘Appassionata’ 

7. BACH/BUSONI Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV645; 

8. DEBUSSY Les collines d’Anacapri; 9. Bruyères; 10. Minstrels

11. ALBÉNIZ El puerto (Iberia Book 1, No 2); 

12-13. FALLA Piezas españolas - No 2 Cubana & No 4 Andaluza   

 

Daily Express National Piano Playing Competition test pieces

 

14. ADAM CARSE Miniature Scherzo 

15. RICHARD WALTHEW Sun and Shade 

16. THOMAS DUNHILL Dew Fairies

17. ERNEST MARKHAM LEE Legend 
18. ORLANDO MORGAN Le bal poudre 
19. ALEC ROWLEY The Rambling Sailor

 

20. FELIX SWINSTEAD Serenata 

21. GEORGE DYSON Primrose Mount 

22. YORK BOWEN Reverie Op 86 

23. JOHN IRELAND Rondo from Sonatina


Australian pianist William Murdoch (1888-1942) is almost forgotten today but was a major UK Columbia recording artist in the 1920s. A consummate musician, he was known as a chamber player as much as a soloist, as evidenced by many recordings, but was also the first pianist to record Beethoven’s 3rd piano concerto (acoustically in 1925). Amongst his solo recordings, pride of place must go to the two Beethoven sonatas which burst with energy and passion while never descending into superficiality. A little known and fascinating part of his legacy is his recording of the eight test pieces written for the National Piano Competition of 1928 organised by the Daily Express. This unique event was open to pianists of all abilities from beginner to advanced and the specially commissioned pieces, by contemporary British composers, reflected these different levels. Murdoch’s recordings originally came with spoken commentaries on interpretation.
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