LAZARE-LÉVY & VICTOR STAUB The complete studio recordings


COMPACT DISC 1 (77.29)  
Victor StaubOdéon recordings 1927-1929 
1. LOUIS-CLAUDE DAQUIN Le coucou; 2. MENDELSSOHN Song without words Op 67/4   
3. CHOPIN Waltz in F major Op 34/3; 4. CHOPIN Waltz in G flat major Op 70/1  
5-7. SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke Op 12/1, 2 & 4; 8. SCHUMANN/LISZT Frühlingsnacht S568   
9. MOSZKOWSKI Valse d’amour (Liebeswalzer) Op 57/5; 10. SINDING Rustle of Spring  fl
11. DEBUSSY Golliwogg’s Cake-Walk; 12. DEBUSSY Minstrels; 13. RAVEL Rigaudon  
14. RHENÉ-BATON Fileuses près Carantec; 15. STAUB Sous-bois  
Lazare-LévyHMV France recordings 1929–1937  
16. MOZART Fantasia in C minor K475; 17. CHABRIER Sous-bois; 18. CHABRIER Idylle  
19. DEBUSSY Masques; 20. DUKAS La plainte, au loin, du faune; 21. ROUSSEL Sicilienne  
22. LAZARE-LÉVY Préludes 1, 2 & 5 from Vingt préludes  
Japanese Victor recording 1950 25. LAZARE-LÉVY Valses  

COMPACT DISC 2 (74.18)  
Lazare-LévyJapanese Victor recordings 1950
1. F COUPERIN Les Lis naissans; 2. F COUPERIN Les rozeaux   
3. SCHUBERT Impromptu in A flat major Op 142/2
4. SCHUMANN Des Abends Op 12/1; 5. SCHUMANN Traumes Wirren Op 12/7   
6. CHOPIN Mazurka in C sharp minor Op 6/2; 7. CHOPIN Mazurka in A flat major Op 50/2  
Crown recordings 1951 
8. F COUPERIN Les rozeaux; 9. LOUIS-CLAUDE DAQUIN Le coucou; 10. DEBUSSY La cathédrale engloutie  
Ducretet Thomson recordings 1952 
11. MOZART Sonata No 10 in C major K330; 14. MOZART Sonata No 11 in A major ‘Alla Turca’ K331 
Pathé recording 1955 
17. MOZART Sonata No 8 in A minor K310

This is the second release in an important new APR series devoted to the French Piano School. For around 150 years France has nurtured a distinctive style of pianism centred on the teaching of the Paris Conservatoire. The heyday of the school was probably the first fifty years of the 20th century and this series of recordings aims to explore in depth the often-forgotten recordings made at this time. Victor Staub (1872-1953) and Lazare-Lévy (1882-1964) were both students of Louis Diémer at the Paris Conservatoire in the latter part of the 19th century and both were to follow in his footsteps as great teachers in that institution and elsewhere. Indeed, their list of pupils reads as a roll call of 20th century French pianists. However, they were also extremely fine pianists and this set presents, for the first time, their complete studio recordings. The Staub titles are almost forgotten and none have every been reissued before. Also all but unknown, is the 7” Crown LP Lazare-Lévy recorded on the ‘Siena pianoforte’ in Israel in 1951. As one would expect, clarity, brilliance and refinement are much to the fore in these exemplars of the French School.

APR6028 Available on Compact Disc, as a Digital Download and to Stream