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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 - Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 & 14 Waltzes / Davidovich


Release Date: 06/07/2019 
Label:  Melodiya   Catalog #: 1002584  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenFrédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bella Davidovich
Conductor:  Arvid Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic OrchestraGrand Symphony Orchestra Of All-union National Radio Service
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Firma Melodiya presents an album of Bella Davidovich’s recordings. The double album is timed to the outstanding pianist’s 90th anniversary. As her family legend has it, the three-year-old Bella, without knowing musical notation, played Chopin’s waltz from her memory. One way or another, Chopin was the one who became the pianist’s guiding light. In 1949, she shared the first prize of the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw with the celebrated Polish pianist Halina Czerny-Stefanska. At that time, she was a student of the Moscow Conservatory where she studied under two prominent representatives of the Russian piano school, Konstantin Igumnov and (after the latter’s death) Yakov Flier. Bella Davidovich was an active concert Read more performer from the early 1950s playing in the Soviet Union and abroad and made quite a number of recordings. In 1979, following her son, violinist and conductor Dmitri Sitkovetsky, she left for the USA where she gave a triumphant recital at Carnegie Hall. She played at some of the well-known venues of the American and European continents and taught at the Juilliard School in New York. She played in Moscow again a decade later. The anniversary album comprises some of Bella Davidovich’s best recordings – a collection of Frédéric Chopin’s waltzes, his first piano concerto and Beethoven’s first concerto, from which she started her performing career (at the age of nine, she played Beethoven’s concerto in her home city of Baku). These recordings made in the early 1960s with the conductor Arvids Jansons have not been previously released beyond the former USSR. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Bella Davidovich (Piano)
Conductor:  Arvid Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bella Davidovich (Piano)
Conductor:  Arvid Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Symphony Orchestra Of All-union National Radio Service
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Germany 
3.
Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bella Davidovich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
4.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bella Davidovich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1838 
5.
Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 131/Op. 42 "Grande Valse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bella Davidovich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France; Paris, France 
6.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bella Davidovich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
7.
Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bella Davidovich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1835 
8.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bella Davidovich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1841 
9.
Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bella Davidovich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 

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