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Alexander Brailowsky: The Berlin Recordings 1928-1934


Release Date: 05/17/2019 
Label:  Danacord   Catalog #: DACOCD 336-339  
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinFranz LisztRichard WagnerFranz Schubert,   ... 
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky
Conductor:  Julius Prüwer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 4 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

At the end of the 1920's and the beginning of the 30’s, the German gramophone company Polydor issued a number of much sought after Brailowsky recordings, and even today the technical quality of these recordings as regards to resonance and tonality is astonishing. These old Berlin recordings, the matrices of which were unfortunately destroyed during the 1940-45 bombardment, must surely be some of the most inspiring; here the commercial 78 rpm pressings are presented in brand new digital transfers preserving the art of the "Keyboard Giant" Alexander Brailowsky, a Chopin player of rare distinction renowned for his prodigious technique and beautiful tone. The noted Russian-born French pianist, Alexander Brailowsky, studied first with Read more his father, a professional pianist; then continued his training at the Kiev Conservatory, graduating with a gold medal in 1911. Following advanced studies with Leschetizky in Vienna from 1911 to 1914, and Ferruccio Busoni in Zurich, he completed his training with Francis Plante in Paris. To this day his Chopin Waltzes are considered authoritative and have seldom been outdone since he recorded them in the 1960s. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Conductor:  Julius Prüwer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Germany 
2.
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 
3.
Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
4.
Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
5.
Mazurkas (5) for Piano, B 61/Op. 7: no 1 in B flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Vienna, Austria 
6.
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 
7.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 6 in B minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
8.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 3 in G major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
9.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 15 in D flat major "Raindrop" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Paris, France 
10.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 1 in A flat major, B 94 "Valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
11.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
12.
Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69: no 1 in A flat major, B 95 "L'adieu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
13.
Waltz No. 14 in E Minor, Op. posth. by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
14.
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 
15.
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 
16.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 3 in E major, B 74 "Tristesse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
17.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 4 in C sharp minor, B 74 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Poland 
18.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 5 in G flat major "Black Keys" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
19.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 1 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
20.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 2 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
21.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 3 in F major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
22.
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 
23.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 11 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Paris, France 
24.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 12 in C minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
25.
Polonaise for Piano in A flat major, B 147/Op. 53 "Heroic" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
26.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Conductor:  Julius Prüwer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1856; Weimar, Germany 
27.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 2 in C sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Hungary 
28.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 6 in D flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
29.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 12 in C sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
30.
Valse impromptu for Piano, S 213 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
31.
Concert Etudes (2) for Piano, S 145: no 2, Gnomenreigen by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1862-63; Rome, Italy 
32.
Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: No. 1, Nocture in A-Flat Major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
33.
Overture to Wagner's "Tannhäuser", S 442 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Weimar, Germany 
34.
Spinning Chorus from Wagner's "Fliegende Holländer", S 440 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860; Weimar, Germany 
35.
Ständchen "Horch, horch!" (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 9 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; France 
36.
Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94: no 3 in F minor by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823-1828; Vienna, Austria 
37.
Military Marches (3) for Piano 4 hands, D 733/Op. 51: no 1 in D major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
38.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 9/L 413 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
39.
Songs without words, vol 6, Op. 67: no 4, Presto in C major "Spinning Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
40.
Fantasies or Caprices (3) for Piano, Op. 16: no 2 in E minor, Scherzo by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
41.
Phantasiestücke (8) for Piano, Op. 12: no 7, Traumes Wirren by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1832; Germany 
42.
Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839-1840; Germany 
43.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in C major, J 138/Op. 24: 4th movement, Rondo "Perpetuum Mobile" by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1812; Germany 
44.
Children's Corner: no 3, Serenade for the Doll by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
45.
Suite for Piano "Pour le piano": no 3, Toccata by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896-1901; France 
46.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11: no 10 in C sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1896; Russia 
47.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8: no 12 in D sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; Russia 
48.
El amor brujo: Danza rituel del fuego "Ritual Fire Dance" by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 

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