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Gyorgy Sandor: Complete Columbia Album Collection


Release Date: 01/03/2020 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 19075938822  
Composer:  Béla BartókFranz LisztFrédéric ChopinLudwig van Beethoven,   ... 
Performer:  György Sándor
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Orchestra
Number of Discs: 17 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Note: A complete work list for this set is currently under development. - ArkivMusic

Few musicians were more significantly linked with a single composer than the late Hungarian-American pianist György Sándor with his teacher Béla Bartók. The authoritative recordings of Bartók’s music that Sándor made for American Columbia between 1945 and 1955 and decades later for Sony Classical during his “golden years” are now being reissued in a single box set of 17 CDs. It also contains his justly famed interpretations of composers ranging from Bach to Rachmaninoff. The earlier, monaural discs have never been issued before on CD.

György Sándor was born in
Read more 1912 in Budapest, where he studied the piano with Bartók for four years at the Liszt Academy as well as composition with Zoltán Kodály. He made his public debut in 1930 and, after performing widely throughout Europe, made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1939. The following year he decided to settle in the US, where he took citizenship, taught at two universities before moving in the 1980s to New York’s Juilliard School, where his students included Hélène Grimaud and Malcolm Bilson. He continued to perform right up to 2005, the year of his death.

Sándor remained a close lifelong friend of Bartók and was one of only ten people who attended the composer’s funeral in 1945. He performed and recorded his music throughout his career, and his recordings document his special insight into the master’s works. Having prepared Bartók’s first two piano concertos under the composer’s guidance, the year after Bartók’s death Sándor gave the world premiere of the Third Piano Concerto with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra and recorded it for Columbia. That premiere now makes its first appearance on CD on Sony Classical. Decades later, in 1989, Sándor made an acclaimed recording of all three concertos for Sony Classical, with Adam Fischer conducting the Hungarian State Orchestra, also included in the new set.

During his first decade with Columbia, Sándor recorded large swaths of Bartók’s solo piano music, including the complete Mikrokosmos on three LPs. Reviewing the latter, High Fidelity wrote: “To hear the entire vast, many-sided, gradually unfolding conception in the authoritative hands of Sándor is an enthralling experience.” In the 1990s, the pianist, by then in his 80s, returned to Bartók’s solo works, this time recording virtually all of them except the Mikrokosmos. About the original 4-CD set, Gramophone’s reviewer wrote: “I was astonished at the heft, energy and puckish humour of Sándor’s 1994 recording of the Piano Sonata, a more characterful rendition than its predecessor, with a particularly brilliant account of the folkish Allegro molto finale. Allegro barbaro is similarly ‘on the beam’, while Sándor brings a cordial warmth to the various collections of ethnic pieces, the Romanian Christmas Carols especially. His phrasing, rubato, expressive nuancing, attention to counterpoint and command of tone (sample the 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs) suggest the touch of a master, while his imagination relishes the exploratory nature of the Improvisations, Bagatelles and Miraculous Mandarin-style Studies.”

In addition to his authoritative Bartók, Sándor recorded a number of other composers in the mono era. His BBC Radio producer in the 1960s described him as “the complete pianist, one of the last old-style keyboard tigers, but free of the exaggerated ‘personal interpretations’ with which many charismatic figures from the past raise one’s eyebrows,” and that assessment can be confirmed in his wide-ranging solo Columbia albums of Bach, Schumann and Liszt, as well as in works by Beethoven, Chopin and Brahms and two concertos: Rachmaninoff No. 2 from 1946 with Artur Rodzi?ski conducting the New York Philharmonic and Chopin No. 1 from 1952 with Ormandy and the Philadelphia. All of these enjoy their CD premieres on Sony Classical, remastered from the original analog masters with state-of-the-art 24 bit / 192 kHz technology. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Venue:  New York 
Length: 133 Minutes 54 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 1, Sz 83 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  Italian Institute, Budapest 
Length: 23 Minutes 49 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 2, Sz 95 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930-1931; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  Italian Institute, Budapest 
Length: 28 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 3, Sz 119 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  Italian Institute, Budapest 
Length: 21 Minutes 49 Secs. 
5.
For Children, Sz 42 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909/1945; Budapest, Hungary 
6.
The First Term at the Piano, Sz 53 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913-1929; Hungary 
7.
Hungarian Peasant Songs (15) for Piano, Sz 71 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1918; Budapest, Hungary 
8.
Hungarian folksongs (3) from the Csik district, Sz 35a by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; Budapest, Hungary 
9.
Hungarian Folktunes (3) for Piano, Sz 66 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1918; Budapest, Hungary 
10.
Improvisations (8) on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Op. 20/Sz 74 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Budapest, Hungary 
11.
Rondos (3) on Slovak folktunes for Piano, Sz 84 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1927; Budapest, Hungary 
12.
Romanian Christmas Carols for Piano, Sz 57 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Budapest, Hungary 
13.
Romanian Folkdances (6) for Piano, Sz 56 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Budapest, Hungary 
14.
Suite for Piano, Op. 14/Sz 62 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Budapest, Hungary 
15.
Andante for Piano, Sz 65 [rejected movement from Sz 62] by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916 
16.
Sonata for Piano, Sz 80 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Budapest, Hungary 
17.
Sonatina for Piano, Sz 55 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Budapest, Hungary 
18.
Bagatelles (14) for Piano, Op. 6/Sz 38 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; Budapest, Hungary 
19.
Dirges (4) for Piano, Op. 9a/Sz 45 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; Budapest, Hungary 
20.
Petite Suite for Piano, Sz 105 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Budapest, Hungary 
21.
Duets (44) for 2 Violins, Sz 98: no 35, Ruthenian kolomejka by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Budapest, Hungary 
22.
Duets (44) for 2 Violins, Sz 98: no 26, Teasing Song "Ugyan édes komámasszony" by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Budapest, Hungary 
23.
Duets (44) for 2 Violins, Sz 98: no 42, Arabian Song by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Budapest, Hungary 
24.
Duets (44) for 2 Violins, Sz 98: no 44, Transylvanian Dance by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Budapest, Hungary 
25.
Easy Pieces (10) for Piano, Sz 39 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; Budapest, Hungary 
26.
Allegro barbaro for Piano, Sz 49 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Budapest, Hungary 
27.
Out of Doors, Sz 81 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Budapest, Hungary 
28.
Sketches (7) for Piano, Op. 9b/Sz 44 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1910; Budapest, Hungary 
29.
Elegies (2) for Piano, Op. 8b/Sz 41 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1909; Budapest, Hungary 
30.
Burlesques (3) for Piano, Op. 8c/Sz 47 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1911; Budapest, Hungary 
31.
Little Pieces (9) for Piano, Sz 82 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Budapest, Hungary 
32.
Etudes (3) for Piano, Op. 18/Sz 72 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Budapest, Hungary 
33.
Romanian Dances (2) for Piano, Op. 8a/Sz 43 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; Budapest, Hungary 
34.
Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
35.
Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
36.
Concert Etudes (3) for Piano, S 144: no 2 in F minor, La leggierezza by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1848; Weimar, Germany 
37.
Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, S 173: no 7, Funérailles by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1852; Weimar, Germany 
38.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 15 in a "Rákóczy March" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1886 
39.
Années de pčlerinage, deuxičme année, S 161 "Italie": no 7, Aprčs une lecture du Dante by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
40.
Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859-1860; Weimar, Germany 
41.
Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172: no 3 in D flat major, Lento placido by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1850; Weimar, Germany 
42.
Rhapsodie espagnole for Piano, S 254 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1863; Rome, Italy 
43.
Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
44.
Impromptu for Piano no 4 in C sharp minor, B 87/Op. 66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
45.
Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
46.
Sonata for Piano no 15 in D major, Op. 28 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  György Sándor (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
47.
Symphony no 21 in F sharp minor, Op. 51 by Nikolay Myaskovsky
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USSR 

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