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The Complete Josef Hofmann Vol 6 - Casimir Hall Recital


Release Date: 11/24/1998 
Label:  Marston   Catalog #: 52014   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenFrédéric ChopinRobert SchumannSigismund Stojowski,   ... 
Performer:  Josef Hofmann
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 29 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Josef Hofmann is arguably this century's greatest pianist. His memory was infallible, his repertoire was almost limitless and his technique was flawless. Hofmann is a legend and his final Casimir Hall Recital on 7 April 1938 is the pinnacle of a remarkable career. It is no wonder that this is one of the most anticipated piano recordings to debut on CD. Also included on this, the sixth in a series of eight volumes of the complete works of Josef Hofmann, is a 1936 broadcast of Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata which has never before been issued and an unforgettable 1941 performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, op. 58. With great pride, I present one of the most important CD sets that we have produced. --Ward Marston Josef Hofmann is arguably this century's greatest pianist. His memory was infallible, his repertoire was almost limitless and his technique was flawless. Hofmann is a legend and his final Casimir Hall Recital on 7 April 1938 is the pinnacle of a remarkable career. It is no wonder that this is one of the most anticipated piano recordings to debut on CD. Also included on this, the sixth in a series of eight volumes of the complete works of Josef Hofmann, is a 1936 broadcast of Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata which has never before been issued and an unforgettable 1941 performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, op. 58. With great pride, I present one of the most important CD sets that we have produced. --Ward Marston Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Josef Hofmann (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/15/1936 
2.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 2 in F sharp major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Josef Hofmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 03/15/1936 
3.
Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 131/Op. 42 "Grande Valse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Josef Hofmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 03/15/1936 
4.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Josef Hofmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 04/07/1938 
Venue:  Live  Casimir Hall, Curtis Institute of Music 
Notes: Arranged: Josef Hofmann 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Josef Hofmann (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803-1804; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/07/1938 
Venue:  Live  Casimir Hall, Curtis Institute of Music 
6.
Kreisleriana, Op. 16 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Josef Hofmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/07/1938 
Venue:  Live  Casimir Hall, Curtis Institute of Music 
7.
Polonaises (2) for Piano, B 90/Op. 26: no 2 in E flat minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Josef Hofmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 04/07/1938 
Venue:  Live  Casimir Hall, Curtis Institute of Music 
8.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 3 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Josef Hofmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 04/07/1938 
Venue:  Live  Casimir Hall, Curtis Institute of Music 
9.
Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Josef Hofmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 04/07/1938 
Venue:  Live  Casimir Hall, Curtis Institute of Music 
10.
Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Josef Hofmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 04/07/1938 
Venue:  Live  Casimir Hall, Curtis Institute of Music 
11.
Caprice orientale, Op. 10 no 2 by Sigismund Stojowski
Performer:  Josef Hofmann (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894 
Date of Recording: 04/07/1938 
Venue:  Live  Casimir Hall, Curtis Institute of Music 
12.
Impressions (3): no 1, Penguine by Josef Hofmann
Performer:  Josef Hofmann (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 04/07/1938 
Venue:  Live  Casimir Hall, Curtis Institute of Music 
13.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Josef Hofmann (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/26/1941 
14.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight": 1st movement, Adagio sostenuto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Josef Hofmann (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/31/1944 
Notes: This track is an unused take from a 1916 Columbia recording of the Sonata. 
15.
Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94: no 3 in F minor by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Josef Hofmann (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823-1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/07/1938 
Venue:  Live  Casimir Hall, Curtis Institute of Music 
Notes: Transcribed: Leopold Godowsky (1922) 
16.
Charakterskizzen (4) for Piano: no 4, Kaleidoskop by Josef Hofmann
Performer:  Josef Hofmann (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1908 
Date of Recording: 04/07/1938 
Venue:  Live  Casimir Hall, Curtis Institute of Music 

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