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Byron Janis: The RCA Recordings 1950-1959


Release Date: 10/28/2016 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 88985313302   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert SchumannFranz LisztRichard StraussAndrey Schulz-Evler,   ... 
Performer:  Byron Janis
Conductor:  Fritz ReinerCharles MunchHugo Winterhalter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony OrchestraBoston Symphony OrchestraHugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The performances include Beethoven sonatas (“bracing, virile interpretations [that] sound as fresh and modern today as they must have 60-plus years ago – ClassicsToday.com), extensive Chopin and Liszt selections, as well as concertos by Schumann, Rachmaninoff (the First and Third), Liszt (Totentanz) and Strauss (Burleske) with the Chicago and Boston Symphony orchestras under Fritz Reiner and Charles Munch, all played with “steel-edged articulation, nervous energy, and gauntly singing lines” (ClassicsToday.com). The performances include Beethoven sonatas (“bracing, virile interpretations [that] sound as fresh and modern today as they must have 60-plus years ago – ClassicsToday.com), extensive Chopin and Liszt selections, as well as concertos by Schumann, Rachmaninoff (the First and Third), Liszt (Totentanz) and Strauss (Burleske) with the Chicago and Boston Symphony orchestras under Fritz Reiner and Charles Munch, all played with “steel-edged articulation, nervous energy, and gauntly singing lines” (ClassicsToday.com). Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
2.
Totentanz, S 126 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1859; Weimar, Germany 
3.
Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 
4.
Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
5.
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 
6.
Burleske for Piano and Orchestra in D minor, AV 85 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1886; Germany 
7.
An die schönen Blauen Donau by Andrey Schulz-Evler
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
8.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
9.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891/1917; Russia 
10.
Pictures at an Exhibition for Piano by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
11.
Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Conductor:  Hugo Winterhalter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
12.
Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31 no 2 "Tempest" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
14.
Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 2 in E flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 6 in C sharp major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
16.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 2 in E major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
17.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 15 in A flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
18.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 1 in B major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
19.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 
20.
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 
21.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 6 in E flat minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
22.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 5 in G flat major "Black Keys" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
23.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 67: no 4 in A minor, B 163 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
24.
Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Mallorca (Majorca),  
25.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 2 in A minor, B 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
26.
Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
27.
Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 

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