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Liszt: Piano Concertos 1 & 2, Etc / Byron Janis


Release Date: 09/12/1990 
Label:  Mercury Living Presence   Catalog #: 432002   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz LisztRobert SchumannManuel de FallaDavid Guion
Performer:  Byron Janis
Conductor:  Kiril KondrashinGennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic OrchestraMoscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As a teenager in the 1940s, Byron Janis studied with Horowitz for three years and has a sure technique and a big declamatory style that suits the Liszt concertos. Early in his career, he went to perform in the Soviet Union, and these Mercury Living Presence recordings, done in Moscow, save for three of the solo pieces, were the first to be made in the USSR by American engineers using American equipment. Certainly the sound is splendidly immediate and belies its age of nearly three decades. The playing, too, is fresh, and though I have heard more subtle performances of the Liszt concertos these have joie de vivre and offer plenty of exhilarating virtuosity, with the two Soviet orchestras under a pair of fine conductors giving sparkling Read more support. The piano tone is a little steely in forte and brass more brazen than everyone might like (try tracks 7 and 8 for this), but still acceptable. A recommendation is well earned here.

The solo pieces are also attractive. Janis is a very expert player, and covers a variety of moods with success. Although pianists of the next generation may find a more inward-looking poetry in the Schumann Romance in F sharp major, the little Valse oubliee is charming, as is the deeply romantic Petrarch Sonnet. The Falla ''Miller's Dance'' is no less colourful, while the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 (which begins in D flat major and ends in B flat major) has great panache, not least in the hair-raising octave passages. It's adorned effectively by a few embellishments which may well be the pianist's own.'

-- Christopher Headington, Gramophone [9/1991]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1856; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1962 
Venue:  USSR 
Length: 17 Minutes 27 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839/1861; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1962 
Venue:  USSR 
Length: 19 Minutes 42 Secs. 
3.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 6 in D flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1961 
Venue:  USA 
Length: 6 Minutes 21 Secs. 
4.
Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215: no 4 "Valse Impromptu" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1961 
Venue:  USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Rome, Italy (1881 - ?1885). 
5.
Romances (3) for Piano, Op. 28: no 2 in F sharp major by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1962 
Venue:  USSR 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
6.
Novelletten (8) for Piano, Op. 21: no 1 in F major by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1962 
Venue:  USSR 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
7.
El sombrero de tres picos: Miller's Dance "Farruca" by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Spain 
Date of Recording: 06/1962 
Venue:  USSR 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
8.
Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie": no 5, Sonetto 104 del Petrarca by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1961 
Venue:  USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 
9.
The Harmonica Player by David Guion
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1962 
Venue:  USSR 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 

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