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Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 6790862  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartFrédéric ChopinJohannes BrahmsCésar Franck,   ... 
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg
Conductor:  Carlo Maria GiuliniHerbert von KarajanStanislaw SkrowaczewskiLeonard Bernstein,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraOrchestre de ParisOrchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,   ... 
Number of Discs: 10 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This fine collection has a diverse range of well know piano repertoire from Bach to Gershwin and illustrates Weissenberg’s brilliance and his exciting lyrical playing. Including both orchestral and solo piano works this collection offers a magnificent range of repertoire for the piano enthusiast.Weissenberg is critically acclaimed for his interpretations of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No.1 and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concert No.2 both of which are included in this set. A pianist of virtuoso technique, with wide repertory but a particular interest in the Romantic period (especially the music of Chopin and Schumann), he can give in performance and recordings the impression of a forceful flamboyance of style. Also of key interest to any fan of Read more Weissenberg’s recordings is a fine disc of his concert encores. This delightful collection includes magnificent interpretations of such well-known piano repertoire as Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Liszt’s Liebestraum and Rachmaninov’s Prelude in C# minor.

TRACKLISTING
CD1: Mozart: [1]-[3] Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat, K.271 // [4]-[6] Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K.467: Wiener Symphoniker/Carlo Maria Giulini
CD2: Chopin: [1]-[3] Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 // [4]-[6] Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21: Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire/Stanisław Skrowaczewski
CD3: Brahms: [1]-[3] Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15: London Symphony Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini // Franck: [4] Symphonic Variations: Berlin Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan // [5] Prelude, Fugue & Variation, Op. 18
CD4: Tchaikovsky: [1]-[3] Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11: Orchestre de Paris/Herbert von Karajan // Rachmaninov: [4]-[6] Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: Berlin Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan
CD5: Rachmaninov: [1]-[3] Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30: Orchestre National de France/Leonard Bernstein // Prokofiev: [4]-[6] Piano Concerto No. 3 in C, Op. 26: Orchestre de Paris/Seiji Ozawa
CD6: Gershwin: [1] Rhapsody in Blue // [2] Variations on “I Got Rhythm”: Berlin Philharmoniker/Seiji Ozawa // Ravel: [3]-[5] Piano Concerto in G: Orchestre de Paris/Seiji Ozawa // Mussorgsky: [6]-[20] Pictures from an Exhibition
CD7: Bach: [1]-[9] Transcriptions of works by other composers: [ 1] Chorale Prelude: Jesus bleibet meine Freude [Jesu, joy of man’s desiring] HESS // [ 2] Chorale Prelude: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BUSONI // [ 3] Chorale Prelude: Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g’mein BUSONI // [ 4] Siciliano in G minor (from Flute Sonata No. 2 in E flat, BWV. 1031) LÜSTNER // [ 5] Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV. 543 LISZT // [ 6] Chorale Prelude: Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BUSONI // [ 7] Chaconne in D minor (from Partita No. 2, BWV, 1004) BUSONI // [ 8] Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV. 565 BUSONI // [ 9] Prelude in B minor (from the Notebook of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach) SILOTI // [10]-[11] Chromatic Fantasie and Fugue, BWV.903 // [12]-[14] Italian Concerto in F, BWV.971
CD8: Schumann: [1]-[13] Kinderszenen, Op. 15 // [14]-[16] Fantasie in C, Op. 17 // [17]-[22] Humoresque in B flat, Op. 20
CD9: Schumann: [1]-[44] Album für die Jugend, Op. 66
CD10: ENCORES: van Beethoven: [1] Piano Sonata No. 14 in C# minor, Op. 27 No. 2 “Moonlight” – 1st movement // [2] Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 60 “Für Elise” // [3] Rondo a capriccio in G, Op. 129 “Rage over a lost penny” // Chopin: [4] Etude in E, Op. 10 No. 3 // [5] Impromptu No. 1 in A flat, Op. 29 // Schumann: [ 6] Arabesque in C, Op. 18 // Liszt: [7] Liebestraum (Nocturne), No. 3 in A flat, S541 // [8] Valse-Impromptu in A flat, S213 // Tchaikovsky: [9] Cradle Song in C# minor, Op. 16 No. 1 (arr. Rachmaninov) // Debussy: [10] Etude No. 11 “Pour les arpéges composés // [11] Suite Bergamasque – III. Clair de lune // [12] La plus que lente // Scriabin: [13] Nocturne for the left hand in D flat, Op. 9 No. 2 // [14] Etude in B flat minor, Op. 8 No. 11 // de Sévérac: [15] Valse romantique // Rachmaninov: [16] Prelude in C# minor, Op. 3 No. 2 // Vladiguerov: [17] Improvisation Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 9 in E flat major, K 271 "Jeunehomme" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Salzburg, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
6.
Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra, M 46 by César Franck
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
7.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
8.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
9.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
10.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1921; USA 
11.
Variations on "I got rhythm" for Piano and Orchestra by George Gershwin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
12.
Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
13.
Concerto for Piano in G major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1931; France 
14.
Pictures at an Exhibition for Piano by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
15.
Phantasie for Piano in C major, Op. 17 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1838; Germany 
16.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
17.
Humoreske for Piano in B flat major, Op. 20 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
18.
Album für die Jugend, Op. 68 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Germany 
19.
Bagatelle for Piano in A minor, WoO 59 "Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
20.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight": 1st movement, Adagio sostenuto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
21.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 3 in E major, B 74 "Tristesse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
22.
Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
23.
Valse impromptu for Piano, S 213 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
24.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
25.
Arabeske for Piano in C major, Op. 18 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
26.
Impromptu for Piano no 1 in A flat major, B 110/Op. 29 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
27.
Pieces (2) for Piano left hand, Op. 9: no 2, Nocturne in D major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; Russia 
28.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8: no 11 in B flat minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; Russia 
29.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Book 2: no 11, Pour les arpèges composées by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
30.
Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
31.
La plus que lente by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
32.
En vacances: no 8, Valse romantique by Déodat de Sévérac
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
33.
Songs (6), Op. 16: no 1, Cradle song by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
34.
Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 2, Prélude in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
35.
Improvisation for Piano by Pancho Vladigerov
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)

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