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Michael Zadora: The Complete Recordings, 1922-1938

Zadora,Michael
Release Date: 12/08/2009 
Label:  Apr (Appian) Catalog #: 6008   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinFranz LisztGiovanni SgambatiDomenico Scarlatti,   ... 
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Back in the 1970s the International Piano Library issued an LP with Ferruccio Busoni's complete disc recordings on one side, and the other side featuring Busoni pupils playing Busoni, including the Sonatina No. 6 (the Carmen Fantasy) played by the New York-born pianist Michael Zadora (1882-1946). Many years later Pearl brought out a superior transfer of this riveting performance, along with further Zadora sides. APR now has gathered all of Zadora's recordings in a two-CD set, evenly divided between acoustic and electric 78s. Most of this material appears for the first time in a long-playing format.

For whatever reason, Zadora's 78s were unusually well engineered for their time, especially the 1929 Polydor sides with their
Read more resonant bloom. Aside from certain items that reflect a tendency to rush--the electrical Chopin Op. 64 No. 1 that ought to be retitled the "half-minute" waltz!, and a rather slapdash Debussy Toccata--Zadora's musical intelligence and keen ear for nuance and tone color impress, even in the numerous light works such as Hummel's Rondo, Lemare's La Passione, and Zadora's own transcriptions of the Barcarolle from Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann, selections from Delibes ballets, and the schmaltzy Vienna Waltz he penned under the pseudonym Pietro Amadis.

The pianist's superb textural layering in Liszt's D-flat and E major Consolations substantiates his unusually fast yet never hectic-sounding tempos. By contrast, Raff's La Fileuse unfolds in delicate, deliberately paced arcs. The Busoni Second and Fifth sonatinas recorded in 1938 for the independent Friends of New Music label suffer from cramped, dynamically constricted sound that probably makes the music sound drier and more austere than it is, although Zadora's affinity for and commitment to this repertoire certainly cuts through the sonic grime. With so many reissues of reissues of reissues on the market, it's heartening that APR continues to lavish considerable time and effort on "virgin territory", so to speak. Jonathan Summers' excellent, informative notes and Mark Obert-Thorn's fine transfers add further value to this release.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69: no 1 in A flat major, B 95 "L'adieu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
2. Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69: no 2 in B minor, B 35 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Poland 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
3. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
4. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32: no 1 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
5. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 2 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
6. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 9 in G flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1834; Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 2 Secs. 
7. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 1 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
8. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
9. Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172: no 1 in E major, Andante con moto by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1850; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
10. Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172: no 2 in E major, Un poco più mosso by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1850; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
11. Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172: no 3 in D flat major, Lento placido by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1850; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
12. Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172: no 5 in E major, Andantino by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1850; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
13. Op. 6: Prelude in E flat minor by Giovanni Sgambati
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
14. Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 9/L 413 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
15. Se tu m'ami by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
16. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 6 in B minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
17. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 7 in A major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 47 Secs. 
18. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 13 in F sharp major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
19. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 23 in F major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 47 Secs. 
20. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 67: no 4 in A minor, B 163 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
21. Soirées à Saint-Pétersbourg, Op. 44: no 1, Romance in E flat major by Anton Rubinstein
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
22. Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117: no 2 in B flat minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
23. The Prima Ballerina by Unspecified
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
24. Vienna Waltz by Unspecified
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
25. Pieces (10) for Piano, Op. 12: no 7, Prelude in C major by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1913; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
26. La Passion by Unspecified
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
27. Gesänge (7) aus dem Spanischen Liederbuch, Op. 21: no 4, Murmelndes Lüftchen by Adolf Jensen
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1864; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
28. Suite for Piano "Pour le piano": no 1, Prélude by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896-1901; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
29. Suite for Piano "Pour le piano": no 3, Toccata by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896-1901; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
30. Les contes d'Hoffmann: Barcarolle by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
31. Meine Puppe Tanzt by Unspecified
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
32. Concerto for Piano in F minor, Op. 16: Larghetto by Adolf Henselt
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
33. Rondo for Piano in E flat major, Op. 11 "Favori" by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1804; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
34. Sonatina ad usum infantis, K 268 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1916; Berlin, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 35 Secs. 
35. Sonatina in diem Nativitatis Christi 1917, K 274 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Berlin, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
36. Nocturne for Piano no 5 in B flat major, H 37 by John Field
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Ireland 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
37. Sonatina sopra Carmen, for piano (No. 6), KiV 284 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 03/20/1920 
Length: 6 Minutes 18 Secs. 
38. Ecossaises (6) for Piano, WoO 83 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
39. Sarabande con Partite in C major, BWV 990: Excerpt(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1726 
Length: 7 Minutes 32 Secs. 
40. Sylvia: Valse lente by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
41. Coppélia: Valse lente by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
42. Sylvia: Pizzicati by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Written: 1876 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
43. Etude for piano ("La fileuse"), Op. 157/2 by Joachim Raff
Performer:  Michael Von Zadora (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 

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