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Teresa Sterne - A Portrait

Release Date: 10/24/2000 
Label:  Nonesuch   Catalog #: 79619   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachWolfgang Amadeus MozartFranz LisztSergei Rachmaninov,   ... 
Performer:  Teresa SternePaul JacobsJoshua RifkinGilbert Kalish,   ... 
Conductor:  Howard BarlowEfrem KurtzRaymond DesRochesLeslie Jones,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony OrchestraNew York PhilharmonicNew Jersey Percussion Ensemble,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

During the 1960s and ’70s the Nonesuch label offered a wide range of interesting, offbeat, and provocative repertoire, recorded and performed with tender loving care. From Joplin rags and Carter masterworks to new works by Crumb and old songs played by Bolcom and Morris, Teresa Sterne’s legacy of nearly 500 releases, including her groundbreaking world-music Explorer Series, largely stands the test of time, artistically and sonically. A small sampling of these comprise disc two of the label’s tribute to its justly legendary producer.

The first disc features off-the-air recordings of music by Bach, Mozart, Liszt, Rachmaninov, and David Broekman dating from Sterne’s years as a piano prodigy. Mozart’s D minor Concerto and
Read more Liszt’s 13th Rhapsody reveal the teenage Sterne’s first-class technique and serious musicianship. Dating from the pianist’s early 20s, Sterne’s broadcast performance of her mentor David Broekman’s 1949 Piano Sonata makes a compelling case for this sturdy, neo-classical work. A personal note: I met Tracey Sterne once. We took part in a reading of John Cage’s Indeterminacy. As she left the room, I ran after her. All I wanted, I explained, was to thank her for producing all those wonderful records that shaped my youth, and how grateful I was. It’s good that Nonesuch thoughtfully salutes Sterne, now in poor health, 20 years after she left the label in unhappy circumstances.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Italian Concerto, BWV 971: 1st movement, Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Teresa Sterne (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1938 
Venue:  Raymond Scott Studios, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Teresa Sterne (Piano)
Conductor:  Howard Barlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/21/1941 
Venue:  CBS Radio, New YOrk City 
Length: 27 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Teresa Sterne performs cadenzas by Carl Reinecke. 
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 13 in A minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Teresa Sterne (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/16/1944 
Venue:  Live  Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York 
Length: 8 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 2nd movement, Adagio sostenuto by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Teresa Sterne (Piano)
Conductor:  Efrem Kurtz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900-1901; Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/07/1946 
Venue:  Live  Lewisohn Stadium, City College, NYC 
Length: 10 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Sonata for Piano by David Broekman
Performer:  Teresa Sterne (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949 
Date of Recording: 07/21/1951 
Venue:  Live  WNYC Studios, New York City 
Length: 20 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Etudes (12) for Piano, Book 2: no 7, Pour les degrés chromatiques by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Paul Jacobs (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1975 
Venue:  Rutgers Presbyterian Church, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Pieces (5) for Piano, Op. 23: no 2, Sehr rasch by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Paul Jacobs (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1923; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Ionisation by Edgard Varčse
Conductor:  Raymond DesRoches
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Jersey Percussion Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1931; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 23 Secs. 
The Ragtime Dance by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Joshua Rifkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1970 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Jeannie with the light brown hair by Stephen Foster
Performer:  Gilbert Kalish (Piano), Jan DeGaetani (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1972 
Venue:  Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Blondel zu Marien, D 626 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jan DeGaetani (Mezzo Soprano), Gilbert Kalish (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie by Albert Von Tilzer
Performer:  Joan Morris (Mezzo Soprano), William Bolcom (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1974 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Ghost Rags (3): The Graceful Ghost Rag by William Bolcom
Performer:  William Bolcom (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Nyamamusango by Traditional
Performer:  Hakurotwi Mude (Voice), Hakurotwi Mude (Mbira), Ephat Mujuru (Hosho),
Cosmas Magaya (Mbira)
Written: Zimbabwe 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Venue:  University of Rhodesia 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Vetar Vee by Traditional
Performer:  Kremena Stencheva (Voice), Vaslika Andonova (Voice)
Written: Bulgaria 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Venue:  Bulgaria 
Length: 0 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Bulgarian 
Ketjak Dance by Traditional
Written: Bali 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is presented in excerpted form. 
I Bid You Goodnight by Traditional
Performer:  Joseph Spence (Voice), Raymond Pinder (Voice), Geneva Pinder (Voice),
Edith Pinder (Voice)
Written: Bahamas 
Date of Recording: 06/1965 
Venue:  The Bahamas 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
Oyun Havasi by Traditional
Written: Turkey 
Venue:  Sivas, Turkey 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Overture to an English Opera by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Leslie Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Little Orchestra of London
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791-1795; London, England 
Date of Recording: 08/25/1967 
Venue:  Conway Hall, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Nun freut euch, lieben Christen, BWV 734 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Paul Jacobs (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 1978 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Ferruccio Busoni 
Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122: Excerpt(s) by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Paul Jacobs (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Ferruccio Busoni 
Double Concerto for Harpsichord and Piano: Introduction by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Gilbert Kalish (Piano), Paul Jacobs (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Arthur Weisberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959-1961; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1973 
Venue:  Phonag Studios, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Sonata for Piano no 2 "Concord, Mass 1840-60": 3rd movement "The Alcotts" by Charles Ives
Performer:  Gilbert Kalish (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1914; United States 
Date of Recording: 09/1976 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Ta Shto Mi Miloj Mamo by Traditional
Performer:  Nadezhda Georgieva Klicherova (Voice), Nadezhda Georgieva Palestova (Voice), Gena Ivanova Bodenova (Voice)
Written: Bulgaria 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Venue:  Bulgaria 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Bulgarian 
Ketwang Puspawarna by Traditional
Written: Java, Indonesia 
Venue:  Istana Mangkunegaran, Indonesia 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Ancient Voices of Children: Part 2 by George Crumb
Performer:  Michael Dash (Boy Soprano), Jan DeGaetani (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Arthur Weisberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1971 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 6 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares track and timing with "Part IV." 
Ancient Voices of Children: Part 4 by George Crumb
Performer:  Jan DeGaetani (Mezzo Soprano), Michael Dash (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  Arthur Weisberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1971 
Venue:  New York City 
Notes: This selection shares track and timing with "Part II." 

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