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Alexander Brailowsky plays Chopin: Complete RCA Recordings


Release Date: 09/21/2018 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 88985499992  
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinRobert Schumann
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky
Conductor:  William SteinbergCharles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony OrchestraBoston Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 8 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sony Classical is pleased to announce the first release of Alexander Brailowsky’s complete RCA Victor recordings, many of them never before available in the digital medium.

Born in 1896 in Kiev, Brailowsky studied at the conservatory in his native city, then part of the Russian empire. In 1911, he went to Vienna to become a pupil of the legendary Theodor Leschetizky, who taught many of the 20th century’s outstanding pianists. During World War I Brailowsky also studied with Busoni in Switzerland, and in 1919 made his debut in Paris. Five years later came his first appearance in New York where he settled, then making regular coast-to-coast tours of North America while continuing to visit Europe.

There was one
Read more composer with whom Alexander Brailowsky was associated throughout his career – and has remained associated through recordings since his death in 1976: Frederic Chopin. Brailowsky was the first pianist to present Chopin’s entire 169 solo works as a cycle, performing this feat before capacity audiences in New York, Brussels, Zurich, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, and Paris. At the end of his 1938 Chopin series in New York, one reviewer noted that “there are few enough pianists who have the prodigious memory, the physical strength, the comprehensive technique required for such an undertaking; there are far fewer who have – plus all these – the requisite musicianship. Mr. Brailowsky is one of these latter few.”

Not surprisingly, Sony Classical’s new comprehensive reissue of Brailowsky’s RCA albums largely comprises music by Chopin. Both piano concertos are included – No. 1 with William Steinberg conducting the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra in 1949 and No. 2 with Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1954. High Fidelity later wrote of these two performances: “Brailowsky’s energetically contoured, sharply etched clarity represents an emerging modernity of outlook that points to present-day Chopin players.” The set also features Brailowsky’s two traversals of the Waltzes, as well as his complete recordings of the Etudes, Preludes, and Nocturnes, plus Sonatas Nos. 2 and 3, the Ecossaises, and Berceuse. Of Brailowsky’s Nocturnes recording, Gramophone’s reviewer wrote: “He could sing beautifully at the keyboard. His nocturnes as a whole have a touching humanity and simplicity … The mono RCA sound is quite velvety.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
2.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1838 
3.
Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 131/Op. 42 "Grande Valse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France; Paris, France 
4.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
5.
Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1835 
6.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1841 
7.
Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
8.
Impromptu for Piano no 1 in A flat major, B 110/Op. 29 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
9.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 2 in F sharp major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
10.
Impromptu for Piano no 4 in C sharp minor, B 87/Op. 66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
11.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
12.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 2 in D flat major, B 96 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
13.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1833; Poland 
14.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
15.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 12 in C minor, B 67 "Revolutionary" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
16.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
17.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 9 in G flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1834; Paris, France 
18.
Nouvelles Etudes (3) for Piano, B 130 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
19.
Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837/1852; Germany 
20.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
21.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
22.
Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
23.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1838 
24.
Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1835 
25.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
26.
Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 131/Op. 42 "Grande Valse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France; Paris, France 
27.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1841 
28.
Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
29.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
30.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 
31.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, B 155/Op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
32.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
33.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1833 
34.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
35.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
36.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1849; Paris, France 
37.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
38.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
39.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
40.
Nocturne for Piano in E minor, B 19/Op. 72 no 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
41.
Ecossaises (3) for Piano, B 12/Op. 72 no 3 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Poland 
42.
Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 

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