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ALINE VAN BARENTZEN Her earliest recordings and Chopin, Liszt & Villa-Lobos

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THE FRENCH PIANO SCHOOL -  ALINE VAN BARENTZEN

COMPACT DISC 1 (73.28)  
1-3. MANUEL DE FALLA Noches en los jardines de España, 
ORCHESTRA SYMPHONIQUE DU GRAMOPHONE / PIERO COPPOLA recorded 7 June 1928 
4. MANUEL DE FALLA Andaluza (No 4 of Cuatro piezas españolas) recorded on 11 June 1928  
5-6. BRAHMS Variations on a theme by Paganini Op 35 Books 1 & 2 recorded on 15 July 1941 
7. BRAHMS Intermezzo in E flat major Op 117 No 1 recorded on 4 June 1947 
8. BRAHMS Capriccio in B minor Op 76 No 2 recorded on 4 June 1947
9. LISZT Mephisto Waltz No 1 S514 recorded on 15 July 1941 
10. PIERRE VELLONES Toccata Op 74 recorded on 15 July 1941 
11. LISZT Études de concert: No 3 in D flat major ‘Un sospiro’ S144/3 recorded early 1957  
12. LISZT Deux Légendes: No 2 St François de Paule marchant sur les flots S175/2 recorded early 1957
 

COMPACT DISC 2 (74.16)  
CHOPIN 
1. Fantasy in F minor Op 49 
2. Nocturne in C sharp minor Op 27 No 1
3. Étude in G flat major ‘Black Keys’ Op 10 No 5 
4. Étude in A flat major Op 25 No 1 
5. Étude in A minor ‘Winter Wind’ Op 25 No 11 all recorded early 1957  
VILLA-LOBOS 
6-13. Prole do bebê – Book 1; 
14-22 Prole do bebê – Book 2 recorded on 24 January & 14 February 1956 
23. Chôros No 5, Alma Brasileira recorded on 15 May 1958  

Though born in the USA, Aline van Barentzen (1897-1981) became the youngest student to be accepted by the Paris Conservatoire, aged nine, and went on to win a premier prix aged just twelve. She was to base herself in Paris for the rest of her life, later teaching at her alma mater where her pupils included Jean-Philippe Collard and Cyprien Katsaris. A supreme virtuoso, as can be heard in her Brahms Paganini variations, she worked with many contemporary composers, making this premiere recording of Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain and also recording the complete Prole do bebê of Villa-Lobos – the second book, which she premiered, was dedicated to her.
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