EVLYN HOWARD-JONES & EDWARD ISAACS Complete solo recordings



COMPACT DISC 1 (78.53)

EVLYN HOWARD-JONES Columbia recordings 1926-1930

1. J S BACH The Well-Tempered Clavier BOOK I: Preludes & Fugues Nos 10–17

17. BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No 14 in C sharp minor ‘Moonlight’ Op 27 No 2

20. BEETHOVEN Rondo in G major Op 51 No 2 previously unpublished

21. BEETHOVEN Ecossaises WoO 83 (d’Albert edition)

22. LISZT Waldesrauschen S145/1

23. LISZT Liebesträume No 3 S541/ 3

24. BRAHMS Capriccio in B minor Op 76 No 2

25. DELIUS Dance for Harpsichord

26. DELIUS Four Piano Pieces

30. DELIUS Three Preludes


COMPACT DISC 2 (58.02)

EDWARD ISAACS Regal recordings 1926 & 1928

1. J S BACH French Suite No 5 in G major BWV816 Allemande, Courante & Gigue

4. HANDEL Fantasia in C major HWV490;

5. HANDEL Suite No 5 in E major HWV430, IV. The harmonious blacksmith

6. BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No 8 in C minor ‘Pathétique’ Op 13

9. SCHUBERT Moment musical in F minor D780/3 (Op 94/3)

10. CHOPIN Bolero in A minor Op 19

11. CHOPIN Waltz in A minor Op 34/2

12. CHOPIN Waltz in D flat major Op 64/1

13. CHOPIN Waltz in C sharp minor Op 64/2

14. CHOPIN Waltz in D flat major Op 70/3

15. CHOPIN Waltz in E minor Op posth

16. CHOPIN/LISZT My joys S480 (Op 74/12)

17. LISZT Liebesträume No 3 S541/3

18. TCHAIKOVSKY Humoresque Op 10 No 2

THE TWO PIANISTS featured here were contemporaries, both English. Both made a small number of recordings for Columbia between 1926 and 1930 and today are largely forgotten. Howard-Jones was of an academic nature whose interpretations were described as having ‘scholarly and fastidious profundity’. He excelled in Bach and Brahms and his ‘Well-Tempered Clavier’ recordings in particular offer playing of rare spirituality and beauty. As a friend of the composer and dedicatee of five of the piano pieces, his Delius recordings, which comprise the complete meagre published output for solo piano by the composer, have a unique authority. Edward Isaacs, who revelled in the repertoire of Chopin and Liszt, was described as ‘a kindly genial companion and a witty charming raconteur’. His recordings radiate brilliance and joie de vivre. This is the first time most of these discs have been reissued since the days of the original 78s. An added bonus is the discovery of a wonderful previously unpublished Howard-Jones recording of Beethoven’s Rondo in G major.


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