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Erik Then-Bergh: The Complete Electrola & Deutsche Grammophon Recordings


Release Date: 01/27/2017 
Label:  Apr   Catalog #: 1505257  
Composer:  George Frideric HandelJohann Sebastian BachLudwig van BeethovenRobert Schumann,   ... 
Performer:  Erik Then-Bergh
Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baden-Baden Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Erik Then-Bergh (1916-1982) is almost forgotten today, content as he was to confine his career, the last twenty years of which were devoted to teaching, to Germany. But to hear this favorite of Furtwangler in his early recordings is to hear playing of the highest order- his combination of superlative technique at the service of deeply profound interpretation can only be compared with the very greatest of artists. We present here his almost complete 78rpm recordings, which were mostly made in Germany during the war and hence had littler international circulation. Then-Bergh was renowned as a Reger player and in this centenary year of Reger’s death, which is also the centenary of Then-Bergh’s birth, we include his stereo LP recording of the Read more Reger Piano Concerto from 1958 which completes his Reger recordings. Perhaps this quote from ‘The Record Book’ (USA 1948) reviewing Beethoven’s Op101 still sums up Then-Bergh’s 78 recordings today: “The performance by a pianist of whom we know nothing, Erik Then-Bergh, is spectacularly fine, and is backed by some of the best reproduction of piano tone we have ever heard.”

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REVIEW:

Erik Then-Bergh was much respected as both pedagogue and performer. His stereo recording of Max Reger's Piano Concerto, with Hans Rosbaud conducting, is thought through from the first bar to the last. It has a naturalness to it that eluded even Rudolf Serkin's otherwise fine versions for Columbia. The solo piano Telemann-Reger Variations in particular are joyous, elegant, and crisply articulated. A highly desirable memorial collection overall to a much-undervalued pianist. Excellent transfers.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Harpsichord in E minor, HWV 429 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Erik Then-Bergh (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1720; London, England 
2.
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 5th movement, Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Erik Then-Bergh (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: Arr. by F. Busoni 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Erik Then-Bergh (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Erik Then-Bergh (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833-1838; Germany 
5.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62: no 1 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Erik Then-Bergh (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
6.
Silhouettes (7) for Piano, Op. 53: Excerpt(s) by Max Reger
Performer:  Erik Then-Bergh (Piano)
7.
Bagatelles (7) for Piano, Op. 33: no 1 in E flat major, Andante grazioso by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Erik Then-Bergh (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Bagatelles (7) for Piano, Op. 33: no 4 in A major, Andante by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Erik Then-Bergh (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Variations and Fugue on a Theme of G.P. Telemann for piano, Op. 134 by Max Reger
Performer:  Erik Then-Bergh (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 08/15/1914 
10.
Concerto for Piano in F minor, Op. 114 by Max Reger
Performer:  Erik Then-Bergh (Piano)
Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baden-Baden Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Germany 

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