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Triumph Of The Piano - Keyboard Classics From Bach To Bartok


Release Date: 01/18/2000 
Label:  Sony Classical Npr Milestones Catalog #: 60993   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  François CouperinJohann Sebastian BachDomenico ScarlattiWolfgang Amadeus Mozart,   ... 
Performer:  Anthony NewmanGustav LeonhardtGlenn GouldJos van Immerseel,   ... 
Conductor:  George SzellEsa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra membersPhilharmonia OrchestraLos Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

THE TRIUMPH OF THE PIANO is a release from National Public Radio that briefly covers the history of piano music through music from "Bach to Bartok." With so many performances to select from for such a collection, it's no doubt that the choices are outstanding. Beginning with two pieces for the harpsichord by Couperin and Bach respectively, the piano takes over through pieces of the classical and romantic eras, and twentieth century, with something by almost every piano composer of importance.
The performer list is equally impressive on this intelligent collection: Emmanuel Ax, André Watts, Glenn Gould, and more. Particular standouts include Brahms' Intermezzo Op. 119 played by Rudolf Serkin in a 1979 recording, the second movement of
Read more Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 from a 1961 recording by Robert Casadesus, and "Liebesbotschaft" by Schubert/Liszt played by Arcadi Volodos. In other words, this is not only a short history of the piano repertoire, but of pianists who have recorded as well. Aficionados of the piano will find this to be an invaluable recording in its unique collection of pieces, as well as its fantastic assembly of artistry on one disc. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pièces de clavecin, Book 2: Ordre 6 in B flat major - Les baricades mistérieuses by François Couperin
Performer:  Anthony Newman (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1717; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/1970 
Venue:  Columbia 30th St. Studio, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Two-Part Invention no 1 in C major, BWV 772 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1974 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 13/L 486 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 01/30/1968 
Venue:  Columbia 30th St. Studio, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 16 in C major, K 545: 1st movement, Allegro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jos van Immerseel (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Lutheran Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467: 2nd movement, Andante by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra members
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/05/1961 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 7 Minutes 48 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight": 1st movement, Adagio sostenuto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/14/1962 
Venue:  Columbia 30th St. Studio, New York City 
Length: 6 Minutes 29 Secs. 
7.
Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 2 in E flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1967 
Venue:  Winterthur, Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
8.
Schwanengesang (Schubert), S 560: no 10, Liebesbotschaft by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Arcadi Volodos (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 12/16/1996 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
9.
Album für die Jugend, Op. 68: no 10, Fröhlicher Landmann by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Philippe Entremont (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Germany 
Length: 0 Minutes 41 Secs. 
10.
Songs without words, vol 6, Op. 67: no 4, Presto in C major "Spinning Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Peter Serkin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/08/1962 
Venue:  Columbia 30th St. Studio, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
11.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 2 in A minor, B 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
12.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 60/Op. 6: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1987 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
13.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124: 1st movement, Allegro maestoso by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1856; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
14.
Transcendental Etudes (6) after Paganini, S 140: no 3 "La Campanella" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  André Watts (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 02/1968 
Venue:  Columbia 30th St. Studio, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
15.
Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 119: no 1, Intermezzo in B minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1979 
Venue:  Guilford, Vermont 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
16.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 5 in F sharp minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Andreas Groethuysen (Piano), Yaara Tal (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1992 
Venue:  Reitschule Schloss, Grafenegg, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
17.
Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 2, Prélude in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Philippe Entremont (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/1960 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
18.
Children's Corner: no 6, Golliwogg's Cake-walk by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Paul Crossley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1992 
Venue:  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
19.
Concerto for Piano no 2, Sz 95: 1st movement, Allegro by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Yefim Bronfman (Piano)
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930-1931; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 
Length: 9 Minutes 13 Secs. 
20.
Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin
Performer:  Eugene List (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1972 
Venue:  Eastman Theater, Rochester, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
21.
Pétrouchka: Three movements for Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Yefim Bronfman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1990 
Venue:  Alexander Hall, Princeton University, NJ 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Les Baricades Misterieuses
Invention No. 1 in C Major, BWV 772
Presto from Sonata in G major, K. 13 (L.496)
I. Allegro from Piano Sonata in C Major, No. 15, K 545
II. Andante from Concerto No. 21, K 467 (Album Version)
I. Adagio sostenuto from Sonata for Piano No.14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2 ("Moonlight")
Impromptu No. 2 in E-Flat Major from Four Impromptus, Op. 90
Liebesbotschaft, S. 560, No. 10 from Schwanengesang
The Happy Farmer from Album für die Jugend, Op. 68
Spinning Song
Grande Valse Brillante in A minor Op. 34, No. 2
Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op. 6, No. 2
Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, S. 124 (Instrumental)
III. Étude in G-sharp minor "La Campanella" from Études d'exécution transcendante d'après Paganini for Piano, S.140 (Instrumental)
Intermezzo in B minor, Op. 119, No. 1
No. 5 in F-sharp minor. Allegro from Hungarian Dances for Piano, Four Hands (Instrumental)
Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 3, No. 2 (Instrumental)
VI. Golliwogg's Cake-Walk from "Children's Corner"
Danse russe (Russian Dance) from Three Movements from Petrushka (Instrumental)
I. Allegro from Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 (1930-1931)
Maple Leaf Rag (Instrumental)

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