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Byron Janis - True Romantic - Chopin, Liszt: Piano Works


Release Date: 10/30/2001 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 56780   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinFranz Liszt
Performer:  Byron Janis
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For while it would be idle to pretend that this 70-year-old virtuoso, struck down at the height of his career with psoriatic arthritis, still commands the velocity and reflex of his earlier years, his later Chopin and Liszt are a tribute to a devotion and commitment gloriously enriched by experience. The First Impromptu is piquantly voiced and phrased while the C sharp minor Etude, Op. 25 No. 7, could hardly be more hauntingly confided, more ‘blue’ or inturned. How you miss the repeat in the C sharp minor Mazurka, Op. 50 No. 3 (not Op. 15, as the jewel-case claims), given such cloudy introspection and if there are moments when you recall how Rubinstein – forever Chopin’s most aristocratic spokesman – can convey a world of feeling in a Read more scarcely perceptible gesture, Janis’s brooding intensity represents a wholly personal, only occasionally overbearing, alternative; an entirely different point of view. Time and again he tells us that there are higher goods than surface polish or slickness and in the valedictory F minor Mazurka, Op. 68 No. 4 he conveys a dark night of the soul indeed, an emotion almost too desolating for public utterance... Janis is no less remarkable in Liszt, whether in the brief but intriguing Sans mesure (a first performance and recording), in a Sonetto 104 del Petrarca as tear-laden as any on record and in a final Liebestod of an exhausting ardour and focus. Chopin’s E flat Waltz is played with interesting variants in the Yale edition and, overall, this record confirms a daunting legend. Janis remains in every sense a ‘true romantic’; beneath a now-frail exterior burns an inner light of an overwhelming and transcending strength.

-- Bryce Morrison, The Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Impromptu for Piano no 1 in A flat major, B 110/Op. 29 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 7 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 6 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 145/Op. 50: no 3 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
4.
Petrarca Sonnets (3) for Piano, S 158: no 2, Sonetto 104 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1839-46; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 6 Minutes 42 Secs. 
5.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37: no 2 in G major, B 127 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 6 Minutes 18 Secs. 
6.
Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: This is an early version of the "Grande valse brillante" discovered in the Yale University manuscript collection. 
7.
Sans Mesure by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
8.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
9.
Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172: no 5 in E major, Andantino by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1850; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
10.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 68: no 4 in F minor, B 168 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
11.
Isolde's "Liebestod" from Wagner's "Tristan", S 447 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 9 Minutes 20 Secs. 

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