WILHELM BACKHAUS Chopin, Liszt, Schumann & encore pieces



Chopin, Liszt Schumann & encore pieces: HMV recordings 1925-193y

1. CHOPIN 12 Etudes Op 10
13. 12 Études Op 25
25. Prelude 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 fromNala (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 Soire de Vienne No 6 in A major S427/ 6
4. LISZT Waldesrauschen, S145/1; 5. Liebestraume 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. ALBENIZ Triana No 3 from Iberia, Book 2
15. ALBENIZ/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.

APR6026 Available on Compact Disc, as a Digital Download and to Stream