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Great Pianists - Legendary Recordings from Arrau, Cherkassky, Cziffra, Gilels, Katchen

Beethoven / Arrau / Cherkassky / Cziffra
Release Date: 10/29/2013 
Label:  Ica Classics   Catalog #: 5114   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenFrédéric ChopinJohannes BrahmsFranz Liszt,   ... 
Performer:  Emil GilelsClaudio ArrauJulius KatchenGyörgy Cziffra,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Adrian BoultChristoph von DohnányiOtto KlempererRudolf Kempe,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonic OrchestraCologne Radio Symphony OrchestraBBC Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The intellect of Claudio Arrau, the poetry of Shura Cherkassky, the coruscating brilliance of Georges Cziffra and the classical mystery of Emil Gilels and Julius Katchen are combined in this set, featuring legendary performances of Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Grieg, Liszt and Tchaikovsky concertos.

R E V I E W S:

"Boult proves his sagacious self... The playing [in Concerto no 1] is excellent, even droll in places. Gilels sweeps into the first movement cadenza – the more concise of the two is played. The slow movement is highly expressive, whilst the finale is vital and engaging, with ensemble at its tightest. In the C minor Gilels can be trenchant, almost gruff in places, but he is also precise in
Read more articulation, with fine, even trills. He reserves poetry of a direct kind for the slow movement where the winds’ phraseology is admirable, and fine spirits are released in the finale, but are ever subject to the firmest of rhythmic control. The triumph of the playing is an index of Gilels own priorities, and strongly to be admired." -- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International, reviewing the Gilels disc

"This valuable release nicely complements two existing live Katchen accounts of the Brahms concerto, adding a late one, from near the end of his tragically short life, to an early one with Ernest Bour at Southwest German Radio in 1951 (so-so sound on Urania), and a mid-career one with Franz Konwitschny at the Leipzig Gewandhaus in 1960 (excellent sound on Weitblick). The 1967 performance is vintage Katchen in its bigness of conception, mercurial reflexes, and expressive fullness and generosity, with that distinctive metallic glint to his piano tone... The sound is consistently good for its time and provenance, and ICA’s transfers and production values are of a high standard. This marvelous new label (successor to the late lamented BBC Legends) is a class act, and I wish it a long life. Highly recommended." -- Boyd Pomeroy, FANFARE, reviewing the Katchen disc

"Here we have [Cziffra] in all his glory, playing 'live' in the late 1950s in Paris... The delicacy of his lyricism in the second movement [of the Grieg Concerto] (it is at moments like these that you really appreciate how much more deeply felt and musical his performances are than Horowitz’s) is extraordinarily restrained, but then to hear the way he explodes in the last movement has the effect of a firecracker. The same is also true of the Liszt Concerto No. 1... This one is very highly recommended." -- Lynn René Bayley, FANFARE, reviewing the Cziffra disc

"From the very first note, Hickox is on edge, and I mean that almost literally…he makes Chopin’s orchestration sound almost like Beethoven or Schumann, full of drama and bringing out all sorts of inner voices with tremendous clarity... There’s a particularly delicious passage in the second movement when the piano’s descending chromatics clash on one note with the orchestra’s chord—exactly as written, but a detail that normally escapes one’s attention in most performances of the concerto. And Cherkassky’s last-movement cadenza is incendiary, as advertised. It’s a heck of a performance that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Cherkassky’s changes to the text of the score are certainly evident but, like Glenn Gould, they generally enliven and enhance the music." -- Lynn René Bayley, FANFARE, reviewing the Cherkassky disc Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 7/10/1967 
2. Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 7/13/1967 
3. Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 4/6/1959 
4. Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 10/25/1954 
5. Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Julius Katchen (Piano)
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
6. Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Julius Katchen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
7. Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Julius Katchen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859-1860; Weimar, Germany 
8. Waldszenen, Op. 82: no 7, Vogel als Prophet by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Julius Katchen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848-1849; Germany 
9. Suite Iberia, Book 2: no 3, Triana by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Julius Katchen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; France 
10. Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Tzipine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
11. Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1856; Weimar, Germany 
12. Hungarian Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra, S 123 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1852; Weimar, Germany 
13. Gavotte en rondeau for Keyboard in D minor by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
14. Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 96/L 465 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
15. Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Conductor:  Christopher Adey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
16. Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 

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