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My First Recital / Ruth Laredo


Release Date: 07/15/1993 
Label:  Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog #: 1006   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachWolfgang Amadeus MozartLudwig van BeethovenFrédéric Chopin,   ... 
Performer:  Ruth Laredo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"One of the most charming piano records I have heard in a long time. The performances may inspire young pianists to work harder and will certainly show them what to shoot for, but they are intensely enjoyable for listeners (such as yours truly) who have no hoope of ever playing the piano like that." --Washington Post - January 1991

"Here’s an interesting idea: Take a prominent American pianist and put her in the studio playing a collection of (mostly) beginner’s piano pieces and see what happens. What happens is good. Laredo, better known for her fire-breathing Rachmaninoff, here tones down, delivering splendidly artless readings of old favorites. No matter how sophisticated a performer or listener may be, these
Read more classics always repay study, as Laredo demonstrates. A pleasure."--Michael Walsh – Entertainment Weekly
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Works on This Recording

1. Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 1 in C, BWV 846 - Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ruth Laredo (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY, Purchase 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
2. Two-Part Invention no 1 in C major, BWV 772 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ruth Laredo (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY, Purchase 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
3. Two-Part Invention no 4 in D minor, BWV 775 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ruth Laredo (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY, Purchase 
Length: 0 Minutes 54 Secs. 
4. Two-Part Invention no 8 in F major, BWV 779 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ruth Laredo (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY, Purchase 
Length: 0 Minutes 53 Secs. 
5. Fantasia for Piano in D minor, K 397 (385g) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ruth Laredo (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY, Purchase 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
6. Sonata for Piano no 16 in C major, K 545 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ruth Laredo (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY, Purchase 
Length: 8 Minutes 53 Secs. 
7. Bagatelle for Piano in A minor, WoO 59 "Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ruth Laredo (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY, Purchase 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
8. Sonata for Piano no 20 in G major, Op. 49 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ruth Laredo (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY, Purchase 
Length: 8 Minutes 0 Secs. 
9. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ruth Laredo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY, Purchase 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
10. Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69: no 1 in A flat major, B 95 "L'adieu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ruth Laredo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY, Purchase 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
11. Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ruth Laredo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY, Purchase 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
12. Préludes, Book 1: no 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Ruth Laredo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY, Purchase 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
13. Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Ruth Laredo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY, Purchase 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
14. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 1, Von fremden Ländern und Menschen by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Ruth Laredo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY, Purchase 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
15. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 2, Curiose Geschichte by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Ruth Laredo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY, Purchase 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
16. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 6, Wichtige Begebenheit by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Ruth Laredo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY, Purchase 
Length: 0 Minutes 51 Secs. 
17. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Ruth Laredo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY, Purchase 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
18. Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67: Finale by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Ruth Laredo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USSR 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY, Purchase 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 

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