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Vladimir Feltsman: The Complete Columbia Album Collection


Release Date: 07/05/2019 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 19075911432  
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinLudwig van BeethovenOlivier MessiaenSergei Rachmaninov,   ... 
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman
Conductor:  Zubin MehtaMichael Tilson ThomasMstislav Rostropovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Symphony OrchestraNational Symphony, Washington, D. C.
Number of Discs: 8 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In summer 1987, nine years after he first requested permission to emigrate, the 35-year-old Russian pianist Vladimir Feltsman was finally allowed to leave the Soviet Union. Feltsman, who had studied at the Moscow Conservatory with the legendary Yakov Flier and won first prize at the prestigious Long-Thibaud Competition in Paris at the age of 19, arrived in New York amid a welter of publicity. CBS Masterworks offered him a recording contract, while President Ronald Reagan welcomed him to the White House for a recital that was glowingly reviewed in the New York Times.

When Feltsman made his Carnegie Hall debut two months later, the Times hailed him as “an artist of wide musical interests who on this occasion included three
Read more pieces from Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jésusto set off more popular works by Schubert and Schumann … Mr. Feltsman took an aptly spacious and relaxed approach to the first two movements [of Schubert’s A major Sonata D 664)] … He then let loose in the more brilliant Allegro finale with an impressive display of breathtaking scales … In the Messiaen, Mr. Feltsman drew out its great, clashing sonorities and made light of its technical terrors. At the conclusion of Schumann’sSymphonic Etudes, any lingering doubts about Mr. Feltsman’s pianistic strengths or artistic instincts were blown away.”

Interest in Feltsman’s pianism had already been piqued before the pianist set foot in the New World by a performance, released by CBS in 1986, of the Chopin Preludes recorded in Moscow. “Feltsman sweeps through the 24 Preludes with genuine poetic bravura,” wrote the Los Angeles Times. “There is a daring and Romantic fire in the playing which only add to the agony of his plight.”

Now Sony Classical is reissuing that Carnegie debut recital from 1987, a Russian Chopin recording that preceded it and an even earlier Schubert recital, from Paris in 1978, along with all the other Feltsman performances captured by CBS mics before his collaboration with the label ended in 1989. Among them are a live Liszt recital including the B minor Sonata and a live Rachmaninoff coupling of the Third Concerto andRhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic: “Feltsman’s pianistic control compels admiration. He is a commanding player.” (Gramophone).

He also recorded the First and Third Tchaikovsky concertos with Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra under Mstislav Rostropovich, who, wrote Gramophone’s reviewer, “coaxes out playing of the very highest quality – rich-toned, idiomatic in inflexion, with just the right degree of thrust when required … [Feltsman’s] is a relatively laid back view of the First Concerto – no screaming in the outer movements, no flash-fingered shallowness in the central prestissimo of the slow movement. The big first movement cadenza is wonderfully fluid and continuous, and the transition into the following coda is a dream. There is much sensitive dialogue between piano and orchestra, well captured by the recording … a performance one can learn from, and the Third Concerto goes splendidly.”

Feltsman’s last CBS recording featured the first two Prokofiev Piano Concertos and ten pieces from Romeo and Juliet: “One has only to hear the refinement of colour he produces in ‘Romeo bids Juliet farewell’ … or the clarity and lightness of articulation in the First Concerto to realize that he possesses not only formidable fingers but very considerable artistry … The LSO under Michael Tilson Thomas produce excellent support … Again [in Concerto No. 2] there is splendid pianism from Feltsman and cultured playing from Tilson Thomas and the LSO.”
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Works on This Recording

1.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
2.
Variations (6) for Piano on an Original Theme in D major, Op. 76 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1987 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, NYC 
3.
Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jésus: no 13, Noël by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1987 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, NYC 
4.
Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 12 in G sharp minor, Allegro by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1987 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, NYC 
5.
Sonata for Piano in A major, D 664/Op. 120 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819/1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1987 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, NYC 
6.
Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837/1852; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1987 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, NYC 
7.
Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jésus: no 11, Première communion de la Vierge by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1987 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, NYC 
8.
Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jésus: no 16, Regard des prophètes, desbergers et des mages by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1987 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, NYC 
9.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
10.
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
11.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D flat major, Op. 10 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1912; Russia 
12.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 16 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1923; USSR 
13.
Pieces (10) for Piano from "Romeo and Juliet", Op. 75: no 10, Romeo and Juliet before Parting by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USSR 
14.
Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
15.
Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie": no 4, Sonetto 47 del Petrarca by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
16.
Légendes (2) for Piano, S 175: no 1, St Francis of Assisi preaching by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Rome, Italy 
17.
Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie": no 5, Sonetto 104 del Petrarca by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
18.
Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie": no 6, Sonetto 123 del Petrarca by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
19.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
20.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in E flat major, Op. 75 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 

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