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William Kapell - Frick Collection Recital


Release Date: 02/09/1999 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 68997   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Aaron CoplandFrédéric ChopinModest MussorgskyRobert Schumann,   ... 
Performer:  William Kapell
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Most of the recordings on RCA's William Kapell Edition have seen the light of day before, albeit usually in less polished sound, but this 1953 recital from the Frick Collection in New York has never been issued before. Although edition performances up to this point featured fine remastered sound, this recital was the real revelation of the Kapell Edition. For as amazing as Kapell's other performances had been, this Frick recital is simply astounding.

It starts well enough with what must be the definitive recording of Aaron Copland's drowsy Piano Sonata, gets better with a couple of short but effective Chopin performances, turns on the heat for a sizzling "Polonaise-Fantaisie" -- and then Kapell really gets going.
Read more There have been several great recordings of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition in the world: Horowitz's slam-dunk performance, Richter's take-no-prisoners performance, and maybe one or two others. And now there is Kapell's, a performance as exciting as Horowitz's but less haughty, as magisterial as Richter's but with fewer dropped notes, a performance of staggering virtuosity and stunning insights, and a performance that can meet Mussorgsky's impossible technical requirements and find the musical heights and depths in every note and the unity in the whole. If Kapell had left no recordings but this Pictures, he would still be one of the great pianists of the twentieth century. The two encores are short but sweet: a tender slice of Kinderszenen and a tart bite of Scarlatti. As great a piano recital as has ever been recorded; sublime.

-- James Leonard, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano by Aaron Copland
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1941; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/01/1953 
Venue:  Live  Frick Collection, New York City 
Length: 21 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 03/01/1953 
Venue:  Live  Frick Collection, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
3.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 115/Op. 33: no 3 in C major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 03/01/1953 
Venue:  Live  Frick Collection, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 
4.
Polonaise-fantaisie for Piano in A flat major, B 159/Op. 61 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Poland 
Date of Recording: 03/01/1953 
Venue:  Live  Frick Collection, New York City 
Length: 12 Minutes 44 Secs. 
5.
Pictures at an Exhibition for Piano by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/01/1953 
Venue:  Live Frick Collection, New York City 
Length: 29 Minutes 12 Secs. 
6.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 1, Von fremden Ländern und Menschen by Robert Schumann
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/01/1953 
Venue:  Live  Frick Collection, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 380/L 23 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 03/01/1953 
Venue:  Live  Frick Collection, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Molto moderato
Vivace
Andante sostenuto
Nocturne in E-Flat, Op.55, No. 2
Mazurka in C, Op.33, No. 3
Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-Flat, Op.61
Promenade
The Gnome
Promenade
Il vecchio castello
Promenade
Tuileries
Bydlo
Promenade
Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
Promenade
Limoges -- The Market
Catacombs (Sepulchrum romanum)
Con mortuis in lingua mortua
The Hut on Fowl's Legs
The Great Gate at Kiev
About Foreign Lands and People
Sonata in E, K.380/L.23

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