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Gregor Piatigorsky - Art of the Cello: Complete Columbia & RCA Album Collection


Release Date: 10/19/2018 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 19075832132  
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyAntonín DvorákMaurice RavelJohannes Brahms,   ... 
Performer:  Gregor PiatigorskyLaurence LesserPaul RosenthalIsrael Baker,   ... 
Conductor:  Alfred Wallenstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony OrchestraOrchestra
Number of Discs: 36 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Note: A complete tracklist for this release is currently under development. - ArkivMusic

He has been called the greatest string player of all time. His playing, which brought tears to the eyes of the immortal Fritz Kreisler, was noted for its exceptional technical control and wide range of expression. When Richard Strauss heard Gregor Piatigorsky perform with the Berlin Philharmonic, he exclaimed, “Finally I have heard my Don Quixote as I imagined him.” Sony Classical is pleased to announce a definitive 36-CD set collecting Piatigorsky’s celebrated RCA and American Columbia recordings for the first time in a single edition. Most of the performances on the first five discs, recorded between 1940 and 1947 have
Read more never before been transferred from the original analogue master discs and tapes for release on CD. For this release, 48 recordings have been transferred for the first time from the original analog master discs and tapes using 24 bit / 192 kHz technology, more than 20 works make their first appearance on CD in this edition.

During the prime years of his long and extraordinarily successful career, on both sides of the Atlantic, Piatigorsky’s interpretations were documented by Columbia (in the 1940s) and RCA (in the 50s and 60s). In 1953, a little over a decade after the 78-rpm Columbia version of Don Quixote with Reiner in Pittsburgh, Piatigorsky revisited Strauss’s masterwork with Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony, but now in an LP recording with the benefit of RCA’s “New Orthophonic High Fidelity”. Gramophone recently called it “one of the most touching and dramatic accounts ever recorded”.

From 1957 come two indispensable interpretations. In the marvelous Cello Concerto that Sir William Walton composed for him, “Piatigorsky’s magnificent playing … is almost beyond praise. It was he who commissioned this concerto in the first place, and he gives the impression of loving every note of it” (Gramophone), and in a vibrant reading of Bloch’s Schelomo, “Piatigorsky approaches the score in terms of its brilliance and possibilities for exciting virtuosity, playing with juicy emotionalism and gorgeous tone” (High Fidelity). His famous version of the Dvo?ák Cello Concerto with Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1960 “possesses a strength, humanity and recreative fervour that never pall” (Gramophone).

Piatigorsky formed chamber partnerships with many outstanding musicians of the era – for example, with Artur Schnabel (for HMV) and Vladimir Horowitz; with Nathan Milstein (the 1951 Philadelphia Brahms Double Concerto recorded under Reiner is in this collection, as is Piatigorsky’s 1960 stereo version with Jascha Heifetz); and with Arthur Rubinstein (in this set: performances ranging from 1950 – Ravel, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky piano trios, with Heifetz on violin – to the Brahms Cello Sonatas from 1966).

Most important of all, was the collaboration with Heifetz, his closest friend. In 1961, after finally settling in Los Angeles (Piatigorsky had moved to the US two decades earlier and become a citizen in 1942), he and Heifetz established a famous chamber series. Featuring such distinguished instrumentalists as pianist Leonard Pennario and viola player William Primrose, it led to the “landmark” (High Fidelity) recordings of Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Dvo?ák and Franck included in this collection, remastered from the original analogue tapes in 24-bit/192 kHz and DSD® quality. Gramophone’s reviewer has summed up their well-known virtues: “These Heifetz-Piatigorsky concerts have flown untarnished through countless reissues, on LP and CD, emerging not only as technically brilliant but as the very epitome of musical refinement. What most strikes me is the blend of drama and sweetness, inflections that can twist or turn in a millisecond, countless varieties of vibrato, and heightened dynamics. Heifetz and his team cram more expressive intensity into a single phrase than many others manage for a whole performance.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sextet for Strings in D major, Op. 70 "Souvenir de Florence" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Laurence Lesser (Cello), Paul Rosenthal (Viola),
Israel Baker (Violin), Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Milton Thomas (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890/1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1968 
Venue:  Scottish Rite Auditorium, Los Angeles 
Length: 31 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in F minor, Op. 65/B 130 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Leonard Pennario (Piano), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 11/11/1963 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 31 Minutes 53 Secs. 
3.
Trio for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 50 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano), Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1882; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1950 
4.
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A minor by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Artur Rubinstein (Piano), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
Date of Recording: 1950 
5.
Quintet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 81/B 155 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Joseph de Pasquale (Viola),
Israel Baker (Violin), Jacob Lateiner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 11/1964 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 28 Minutes 34 Secs. 
6.
Sextet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 36 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Virginia Majewski (Viola), Gabor Rejto (Cello),
Israel Baker (Violin), William Primrose (Viola), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864-1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1961 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 29 Minutes 7 Secs. 
7.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, M 7 by César Franck
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Israel Baker (Violin), Jascha Heifetz (Violin),
Leonard Pennario (Piano), William Primrose (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; France 
Date of Recording: 8/1961 
8.
Quintet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 81/B 155 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Israel Baker (Violin), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jacob Lateiner (Piano),
Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Joseph de Pasquale (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 11/1964 
9.
Trio for Strings in C major by Jean Françaix
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Joseph de Pasquale (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; France 
Date of Recording: 11/11/1964 
10.
Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  Alfred Wallenstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1960 
Venue:  Republic Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 28 Minutes 57 Secs. 
11.
Quintet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 111 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Milton Thomas (Viola), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello),
Paul Rosenthal (Viola), Israel Baker (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1968 
Venue:  Scottish Rite Auditorium, Los Angeles 
Length: 23 Minutes 46 Secs. 
12.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 6 in E flat major, Op. 70 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Leonard Pennario (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1963 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 25 Minutes 20 Secs. 
13.
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 60 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Jacob Lateiner (Piano), Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Sanford Schonbach (Viola),
Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1875; Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1965 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 30 Minutes 3 Secs. 
14.
Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello no 4 in D major, Op. 9 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  William Primrose (Viola), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1960 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 20 Minutes 6 Secs. 
15.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, D 929/Op. 100 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Jacob Lateiner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1965 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 35 Minutes 42 Secs. 
16.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 87 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Leonard Pennario (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1882; Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/16/1963 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 24 Minutes 53 Secs. 
17.
Three-Part Invention no 3 in D major, BWV 789 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin), William Primrose (Viola), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/18/1960 
Venue:  RCA Studio 2, Hollywood, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
18.
Three-Part Invention no 4 in D minor, BWV 790 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  William Primrose (Viola), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/16/1960 
Venue:  RCA Studio 2, Hollywood, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
19.
Three-Part Invention no 9 in F minor, BWV 795 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin), William Primrose (Viola), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/15/1960 
Venue:  RCA Studio 2, Hollywood, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
20.
Quintet for Strings in C major, Op. 163/D 956 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  William Primrose (Viola), Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello),
Israel Baker (Violin), Gabor Rejto (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  RCA Studio 2, Hollywood, California 
Length: 38 Minutes 36 Secs. 
21.
Trio for Strings no 2 in B flat major, D 581 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin), William Primrose (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1960 
Venue:  RCA Studio 2, Hollywood, California 
Length: 16 Minutes 27 Secs. 
22.
Serenade for Violin, Viola and Cello in D major, Op. 8 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin), William Primrose (Viola), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1960 
Venue:  RCA Studio 2, Hollywood, California 
Length: 24 Minutes 13 Secs. 
23.
Double Quartet for Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 65 by Louis Spohr
Performer:  Laurence Lesser (Cello), Allan Harshman (Viola), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello),
Milton Thomas (Viola), Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Pierre Amoyal (Violin),
Israel Baker (Violin), Paul Rosenthal (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Kassel, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1968 
Venue:  Scottish Rite Auditorium, Hollywood 
Length: 22 Minutes 34 Secs. 
24.
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 60 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Jacob Lateiner (Piano), Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Sanford Schonbach (Viola),
Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1875; Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1965 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 30 Minutes 3 Secs. 
25.
Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello no 4 in D major, Op. 9 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  William Primrose (Viola), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1960 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 20 Minutes 6 Secs. 
26.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in E flat major, Op. 1 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jacob Lateiner (Piano), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/23/1964 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 25 Minutes 41 Secs. 
27.
Concerto for Violin and Cello in B flat major, RV 547 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Malcolm Hamilton (Harpsichord), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/10/1963 
Venue:  Scottish Rite Auditorium, Los Angeles 
Length: 9 Minutes 50 Secs. 
28.
Passacaglia and Sarabande with Variations in G minor after Handel by Johan Halvorsen
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
29.
Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello no 3 in G major, Op. 9 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), William Primrose (Viola), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/27/1957 
Venue:  Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 20 Minutes 14 Secs. 
30.
Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello no 5 in C minor, Op. 9 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), William Primrose (Viola), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1957 
Venue:  Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 21 Minutes 9 Secs. 
31.
Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello no 1 in E flat major, Op. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  William Primrose (Viola), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1794 
Date of Recording: 03/1957 
Venue:  Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 34 Minutes 22 Secs. 
32.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 32 by Anton Arensky
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Leonard Pennario (Piano), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/17/1963 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 25 Minutes 19 Secs. 
33.
Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7 by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 09/1960 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 23 Minutes 34 Secs. 
34.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1, Op. 35 by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Leonard Pennario (Piano), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Spain 
Date of Recording: 11/06/1963 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 19 Minutes 34 Secs. 
35.
Concerto for Violin no 5 in A major, K 219 "Turkish" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Written: 1775 
36.
Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Cello, Op. 29 by Miklós Rózsa
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; USA 

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