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Ogdon,John
Release Date: 09/18/2012 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 4637   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Paul DukasHenri DutilleuxFlorent SchmittBéla Bartók,   ... 
Performer:  John Ogdon
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm SargentLawrence FosterPaavo BerglundJohn Pritchard,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraNew Philharmonia OrchestraRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 17 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

To tie in with the 75th birthday year of John Ogdon, EMI Icons brings out its largest anthology devoted to the late British pianist, who died at 52 in 1989. It includes items that have been out of the catalog for some time, along with the contents of a 2007 four-CD set that I reviewed for Classicstoday.com. The present 17 discs embrace a wide spectrum of the pianist’s catholic repertoire from Bach to Bartók and beyond, providing ample evidence both of Ogdon’s remarkable pianistic gifts and his erratic interpretive temperament.

Most of the encore-type fare on Disc 17 sounds like extremely accomplished sight-reading: the square Bach-Hess Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, the listless Debussy Clair de lune, and a “just the
Read more notes, ma’am” attitude toward the Albéniz Tango in D at far remove from Alicia de Larrocha’s lovingly detailed traversal. Yet Ogdon catches you off guard with a passionate, almost explosive rendition of Sinding’s once-popular salon piece Rustle of Spring, an energetic and characterful Moszkowski Valse Op 34 No. 1, and a cool, debonair Poulenc Mouvements perpétuels No. 1. Ogdon’s Chopin hits and misses, between a slapdash “Revolutionary” Etude and an unusually terse, well-thought-out Scherzo No. 3. Ogdon also could be incandescent and perfunctory in the same performance, as the Rachmaninov Second and Tchaikovsky First concertos, Liszt’s Fifteenth Rhapsody, Valse Oubliée No. 1, and B minor sonata bear out.

But when it came to new music, oddball repertoire, or large-scale works containing millions of notes, Ogdon usually rose to the occasion. His extremely rare recording of Ronald Stevenson’s massive Passacaglia on DSCH (the musical notes D, E-flat, C, B that spell out Shostakovich’s signature motto theme) surpasses both of the composer’s own recordings for dynamic variety and virtuosic sheen, as well as more extreme, dramatically contrasted tempos. He similarly sails through Busoni’s Piano Concerto, the Dukas Piano Sonata, plus the Piano Concerto and first two sonatas of Michael Tippett (sound sample below).

He serves up an atypically impetuous, driven Messaien Cantéyodjaya while making a lovingly nuanced case for Robert Sherlaw Johnson’s quite Messiaenic Piano Sonata No. 2 (incidentally, Sherlaw Johnson made some superb Messiaen piano recordings for Argo in the late 1960s; they deserve reissue). Rehearing the masterfully lithe 1971 Rachmaninov Etudes-Tableaux reconfirms their standing among the crown jewels in Ogdon’s discography. No matter how thick or unwieldy the textures, Ogdon takes Rachmaninov’s challenges in easy stride.

Jeremy Nicholas’ frank and informative booklet notes discuss these recordings in the context of Ogdon’s life and career, although I noticed one small error. Nicholas writes that the aforementioned Busoni Concerto represents conductor/Busoni scholar Daniell Revenaugh’s only commercial recording. In fact, the Busoni Concerto sessions also yielded the same composer’s Sarabande & Cortège for orchestra, while at least three commercial releases feature Revenaugh as pianist.

-- ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Piano in E flat minor by Paul Dukas
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899-1901; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1972 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 41 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Piano by Henri Dutilleux
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1972 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 25 Minutes 46 Secs. 
3. Mirages, Op. 70 by Florent Schmitt
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1921; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1972 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 11 Minutes 37 Secs. 
4. Concerto for Piano no 1, Sz 83 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Budapest, Hungary 
5. Concerto for Piano no 1 by John Ogdon
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1970 
6. Sonata for Piano by John Ogdon
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1972 
7. Concerto for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 92 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910-1911; Russia 
8. Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Conductor:  John Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
9. Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Conductor:  John Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
Date of Recording: 1963 
10. Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
11. Hungarian Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra, S 123 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Conductor:  John Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1852; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1963 
12. Rhapsodie espagnole for Piano, S 254 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Conductor:  John Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1863; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 1963 
13. Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1964 
14. Csárdás macabre for Piano, S 224 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1882; Rome, Italy 
15. Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215: no 1 in F sharp major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Rome, Italy 
16. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 15 in a "Rákóczy March" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1886 
17. Ballade for Piano and Orchestra in F sharp major, Op. 19 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Conductor:  Louis Frémaux
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; France 
18. Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra, M 46 by César Franck
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
19. Concerto symphonique for Piano no 4 in D minor, Op. 102: Scherzo by Henry Charles Litolff
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Conductor:  Louis Frémaux
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1852; France 
20. Theme and Variations for Piano by John Ogdon
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1966 
21. Nocturne for Piano, S 207 "En ręve" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Rome, Italy 
22. Concerto for Piano no 1 in G minor, Op. 25 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Conductor:  Aldo Ceccato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Germany 
23. Concerto for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 40 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Conductor:  Aldo Ceccato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
24. Rondo brillant for Piano and Orchestra in E flat major, Op. 29 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Conductor:  Aldo Ceccato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Germany 
25. Preludes (4) for Piano: no 3, The Holy Boy by John Ireland
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; England 
26. April by John Ireland
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; England 
27. Pieces (2) for Piano, Op. 47: no 1, Lotus land by Cyril Scott
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; England 
28. Danse Negre, Op. 58 no 5 by Cyril Scott
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; England 
29. Concerto for Piano by Michael Tippett
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953-1955; England 
30. Sonata for Piano no 1 by Michael Tippett
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935/1942; England 
31. Sonata for Piano no 2 by Michael Tippett
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; England 
32. Cantéyodjayâ by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Written: 1948 
33. Waltzes, Op. 34: no 1 in E major by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
34. Fantasia for Piano in D minor, K 397 (385g) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
35. Années de pčlerinage, deuxičme année, S 161 "Italie": no 7, Aprčs une lecture du Dante by Franz Liszt
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1961 
36. Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 1, Hohe liebe by Franz Liszt
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1967 
37. Trauervorspiel for Piano, S 206 no 1 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1965 
38. Trauermarsch for Piano, S 206 no 2 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1965 
39. Reminiscences on Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra", S 438 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857/1881; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1965 
40. Concert Etudes (2) for Piano, S 145: no 1, Waldesrauschen by Franz Liszt
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1862-63; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1967 
41. Concert Etudes (2) for Piano, S 145: no 2, Gnomenreigen by Franz Liszt
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1862-63; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1967 
42. Transcendental Etudes (6) after Paganini, S 140: no 2 in E flat major "Octave" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 07/1967 
43. Transcendental Etudes (6) after Paganini, S 140: no 3 "La Campanella" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 03/1961 
44. Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, S 173: no 7, Funérailles by Franz Liszt
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1852; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1967 
45. Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859-1860; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1961 
46. Suite for Piano by Richard Hall
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
47. Toccata for Piano by Christopher Headington
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
48. Sonata for Piano no 2, Op. 27 by Alun Hoddinott
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; Wales, UK 
49. Histoires: no 2, Le petit âne blanc by Jacques Ibert
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; France 
50. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 3 in E major, B 74 "Tristesse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
51. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 12 in C minor, B 67 "Revolutionary" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
52. Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
53. Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Mallorca (Majorca),  
54. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 2 in F sharp major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
55. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
56. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 7 in A major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
57. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 15 in D flat major "Raindrop" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Paris, France 
58. Mazurkas (5) for Piano, B 61/Op. 7: no 1 in B flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Vienna, Austria 
59. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 115/Op. 33: no 2 in D major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; Paris, France 
60. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
61. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
62. Polonaises (2) for Piano, Op. 40: no 1 in A major, B 120 "Military" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Poland 
63. Polonaise for Piano in A flat major, B 147/Op. 53 "Heroic" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 

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