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HAROLD SAMUEL The complete solo recordings

APR6036

2CDs

COMPACT DISC 1 (79.28)

J S BACH

1. Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor BWV903 recorded on 10 October 1923

3. Prelude & Fugue in C major BWV846 from The Well-Tempered Clavier I recorded on 30 September 1926

5. Prelude & Fugue in C minor BWV847 from The Well-Tempered Clavier I recorded on 30 September 1926

7. Prelude & Fugue in B flat major BWV866 from The Well-Tempered Clavier I recorded on 10 October 1923

9. Prelude & Fugue in G major BWV884 from The Well-Tempered Clavier II recorded on 28 June 1927

11. English Suite No 2 in A minor BWV807 recorded in 1923, 1926 & 1927

17. Partita No 1 in B flat major BWV825 recorded on 20 January & 30 September 1926

23. Partita No 2 in C minor BWV826 recorded on 6 November 1931

COMPACT DISC 2 (78.24)

1. J S BACH Fantasia in C minor BWV906 recorded on 10 October 1923

2. C P E BACH Sonata in F minor H173 Wq57/6 – I Allegro assai recorded on 1 January 1932

3. C P E BACH Sonata in B minor H245 Wq55/3 – IIb Cantabile recorded on 1 January 1932

4. J C BACH Sonata in E major Op 5 No 5 – III Rondo: Prestissimo recorded on 1 January 1932

5. CLEMENTI Piano Sonata in E flat major Op 12 No 4 – I Allegro recorded on 1 January 1932

6. SCHUBERT Moment musical in F minor D780/3 recorded on 20 June 1928

7. SCHUBERT Valse sentimentale in A major D779/13 recorded on 20 June 1928

8. SCHUBERT Waltz in F major D365/33 recorded on 20 June 1928

9. GLUCK/BRAHMS Gavotte from Iphigénie en Aulide recorded on 20 June 1928

10. BRAHMS Intermezzo in E flat major Op 117 No 1 recorded on 13 December 1928

11. J S BACH Violin Sonata No 3 in E major BWV1016, with ISOLDE MENGES violin recorded on 20 November 1928

15. Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D major BWV1050, with FRANK BLACK / NBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, JOSEF STOPAK violin, ARTHUR LORA flute recorded live on 11 December 1935

20. Partita No 1 in B flat major BWV825 – alternative takes


HAROLD SAMUEL (1879–1937) was the first pianist to specialise in the performance of Bach’s original keyboard works in the concert hall and achieved worldwide acclaim in doing so. His pioneering HMV and Columbia recordings of the composer (all the Bach works included here, except for the first Prelude & Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier, were premiers on disc) sound as fresh and inspiring today as they did when new and reveal that great Bach playing is timeless. A unique live 5th Brandenburg Concerto from New York and a studio E major Violin Sonata with Isolde Menges round out his Bach and this landmark release also includes his remaining solo discs, notably some rare repertoire by Clementi and two of Bach’s sons which was recorded for the ambitious Columbia History of Music educational project. These new 2021 transfers by Seth Winner were made using the latest technology and present these historic documents in the best possible sound, revealing more detail of Samuel’s playing than has ever previously been captured.


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