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Gina Bachauer - First Hmv Recordings 1949-51


Release Date: 05/10/2005 
Label:  Apr (Appian) Catalog #: 5643   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz LisztJohann Sebastian BachWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gina Bachauer
Conductor:  Alec Sherman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Greek pianist Gina Bachauer was born in Athens in 1910. Unlike many of her female colleagues of the time, she was a renowned exponent of the great warhorses of the repertoire including concertos by Brahms and Rachmaninov and, as can be heard on this disc, Busoni's monumental solo transcriptions of Bach and Liszt. Like many of her generation, the launch of her international career was delayed by the Second World War (which she spent in the Middle East, giving some 600 concerts for the Allied Forces) and it was only at the end of the 1940s that she began to receive true recognition. HMV was quick to spot her brilliance and signed her to an exclusive contract and the fruits of her earliest recordings (1949-51) can be heard on this disc. It Read more was unusual to encounter her in Mozart but she offers here a spirited performance of the 'Coronation' Concerto where she is accompanied by the New London Orchestra with Alec Sherman (later to become her husband) on the podium. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, S 173: no 7, Funérailles by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Gina Bachauer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1852; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/09/1949 
Length: 8 Minutes 59 Secs. 
2.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 12 in C sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Gina Bachauer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/08/1949 
Length: 8 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3.
Rhapsodie espagnole for Piano, S 254 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Gina Bachauer (Piano)
Conductor:  Alec Sherman
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1863; Rome, Italy 
Length: 13 Minutes 30 Secs. 
4.
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gina Bachauer (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/10/1949 
Length: 16 Minutes 8 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 26 in D major, K 537 "Coronation" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gina Bachauer (Piano)
Conductor:  Alec Sherman
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 29 Minutes 39 Secs. 

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