Early Piano

Release Date: 9/27/2019
Label: Alpha
Catalog Number: ALPHA569
Number of Discs: 10

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Of all the instruments that have marked the course of musical history, the piano has certainly gone through one of the most remarkable evolutions. It began as an intermediary, transitory stage between two instrumental traditions. Following its invention by Bartolomeo Cristofori at the beginning of the 18th century, the piano gradually replaced the plucked strings of the harpsichord with a hammered, striking action; this innovation enabled a far wider range of dynamic nuance, increasingly winning over musicians and composers in the 18th and above all in the 19th century. After Cristofori, the German keyboard maker Gottfried Silbermann further developed the instrument, and its sound eventually became more like that of the modern piano as we know it. In the quest for interpretations that get as close as possible to those of past eras, some of today’s pianists have adopted the early pianoforte, offering the listener the opportunity to discover the sounds the composer would have heard and conceived. Firmly convinced of the rightness of this approach, Alpha has collected 10 albums of these recordings, in an attractively produced set, presenting works by a number of different composers, including Haydn, Chopin, Beethoven and Schumann, performed by some of the label’s iconic pianists, such as Freddy Eichelberger, Jos van Immerseel, Alexei Lubimov, and Eric Le Sage.

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Excerpts of select reviews from previously released volumes included in this set:

Schumann: Piano Trios/ Le Sage, Nikolic, Coin

Le Sage and friends are really attuned to the Schumann spirit, and you will search high and low for a recording that can top them.

– Fanfare

Schubert: Die Winterreise / Bauer, van Immerseel

The final five songs, certainly the apex of the song-cycle, are gripping. The last explosion of courage in Mut! is followed by a superb Die Nebensonnen; few have caught the song's sorrow and resignation more visually. With Jos van Immerseel a music partner on the same wavelength, a recorded sound that ranks with the best and an essay by Bauer on the poet Wilhelm Müller’s sufferings during his own Winterreise this is a disc to be snapped up and at once and then savoured.

– MusicWeb International

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op. 109, 110, 111 / Lubimov

There is a deep humanity expressed in his playing. In a way, these readings are incomparable. Musicians and listeners worship this music and so there have been many fine performances over the years. I wonder if anyone will ever match the depth of Schnabel’s interpretations, now more than three quarters of a century old. Among many excellent modern recordings, I especially admire Uchida. I will now add this very special recording to an exalted short list.

– Fanfare
Works on This Recording
1. Sonata for violin & keyboard in D major, H. 502, Wq. 71 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Period: Classical
Written: 1731 ;
2. Trio (Sinfonia), sonata for 2 violins & continuo in A minor, H. 582, Wq. 156 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Period: Classical
Written: 1754 ;
3. Sonata: "Sanguineus et Melancholicus", trio for 2 violins (or 1 violin) & continuo in C minor, H. 57 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Period: Classical
Written: 1749 ;
4. Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard in D major (Amalien Bibliothek 585, attributed) by Ludwig Christian Hesse
Period: Classical
5. Trio for harpsichord, viola da gamba & continuo in C major, Wendt 87 by Johann Gottlieb Graun
Period: Baroque
6. Sonata for Keyboard no 38 in F major, H 16 no 23 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Bobby Mitchell (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1773 ; Eszterhazá, Hungary
7. Improvised transition from F major to E flat major by Bobby Mitchell
Performer: Bobby Mitchell (Fortepiano)
8. Sonata for Keyboard no 43 in E flat major, H 16 no 28 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Bobby Mitchell (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical
Written: by 1776 ; Eszterhazá, Hungary
9. Improvised transition from E flat major to C major by Bobby Mitchell
Performer: Bobby Mitchell (Fortepiano)
10. Sonata for Keyboard no 58 in C major, H 16 no 48 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Bobby Mitchell (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1789 ;
11. Improvised transition from C major to F major by Bobby Mitchell
Performer: Bobby Mitchell (Fortepiano)
12. Adagio for Keyboard in F major, H 17 no 9 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Bobby Mitchell (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical
Written: by 1786 ; Eszterhazá, Hungary
13. Sonata for Keyboard in F minor, H 17 no 6 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Bobby Mitchell (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1793 ; Vienna, Austria
14. Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Alexei Lubimov (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1820 ; Vienna, Austria
15. Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Period: Classical
Written: 1821-1822 ; Vienna, Austria
16. Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Period: Classical
Written: 1821-1822 ; Vienna, Austria
17. Variations (32) for Piano in C minor on an Original Theme, WoO 80 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Olga Pashchenko (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1806 ; Vienna, Austria
18. Sonata for Piano no 19 in G minor, Op. 49 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Olga Pashchenko (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1797 ; Vienna, Austria
19. Fantasia for Piano in G minor, Op. 77 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Olga Pashchenko (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1809 ; Vienna, Austria
20. Sonata for Piano no 20 in G major, Op. 49 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Olga Pashchenko (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1796 ; Vienna, Austria
21. Variations (15) and Fugue for Piano in E flat major, Op. 35 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Olga Pashchenko (Fortepiano)
Written: 1802 ;
22. Les infiniments petits by Pierre-Jean de Béranger
Performer: Arnaud Marzoratti (Bass Baritone), Yves Rechsteiner (Harmonium), Freddy Eichelberger (Piano)
Period: Romantic
23. L'Alchimiste by Pierre-Jean de Béranger
Performer: Arnaud Marzoratti (Bass Baritone), Yves Rechsteiner (Harmonium), Freddy Eichelberger (Piano)
Period: Romantic
24. Le soir des noces by Pierre-Jean de Béranger
Performer: Arnaud Marzoratti (Bass Baritone), Yves Rechsteiner (Harmonium), Freddy Eichelberger (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Performer: Arnaud Marzoratti (Bass Baritone), Yves Rechsteiner (Harmonium), Freddy Eichelberger (Piano)
Period: Romantic
26. La mort du Diable by Pierre-Jean de Béranger
Performer: Arnaud Marzoratti (Bass Baritone), Yves Rechsteiner (Harmonium), Freddy Eichelberger (Piano)
Period: Romantic
27. La Pape musulman by Pierre-Jean de Béranger
Performer: Arnaud Marzoratti (Bass Baritone), Yves Rechsteiner (Harmonium), Freddy Eichelberger (Piano)
Period: Romantic
28. Ce n'est plus Lisette by Pierre-Jean de Béranger
Performer: Arnaud Marzoratti (Bass Baritone), Yves Rechsteiner (Harmonium), Freddy Eichelberger (Piano)
Period: Romantic
29. Laideur et Beauté by Pierre-Jean de Béranger
Performer: Arnaud Marzoratti (Bass Baritone), Yves Rechsteiner (Harmonium), Freddy Eichelberger (Piano)
Period: Romantic
30. Mon enterrement by Pierre-Jean de Béranger
Performer: Arnaud Marzoratti (Bass Baritone), Yves Rechsteiner (Harmonium), Freddy Eichelberger (Piano)
Period: Romantic
31. Le vieux Caporal by Pierre-Jean de Béranger
Performer: Arnaud Marzoratti (Bass Baritone), Yves Rechsteiner (Harmonium), Freddy Eichelberger (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Performer: Arnaud Marzoratti (Bass Baritone), Yves Rechsteiner (Harmonium), Freddy Eichelberger (Piano)
Period: Romantic
33. Le vieux vagabond by Pierre-Jean de Béranger
Performer: Arnaud Marzoratti (Bass Baritone), Yves Rechsteiner (Harmonium), Freddy Eichelberger (Piano)
Period: Romantic
34. Les cinq étages by Pierre-Jean de Béranger
Performer: Arnaud Marzoratti (Bass Baritone), Yves Rechsteiner (Harmonium), Freddy Eichelberger (Piano)
Period: Romantic
35. La bonne vieille by Pierre-Jean de Béranger
Performer: Arnaud Marzoratti (Bass Baritone), Yves Rechsteiner (Harmonium), Freddy Eichelberger (Piano)
Period: Romantic
36. Notre Globe by Pierre-Jean de Béranger
Performer: Arnaud Marzoratti (Bass Baritone), Yves Rechsteiner (Harmonium), Freddy Eichelberger (Piano)
Period: Romantic
37. Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Thomas Bauer (Baritone), Jos van Immerseel (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1827 ; Vienna, Austria
38. Polonaises (2) for Piano, B 90/Op. 26: no 1 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1834-1835 ; Paris, France
39. Ecossaises (3) for Piano, B 12/Op. 72 no 3 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1826 ; Poland
40. Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830 ; Poland
41. Tarantella for Piano in A flat major, B 139/Op. 43 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1841 ; Paris, France
42. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 3 in F major, B 118 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1838 ; Paris, France
43. Polonaises (2) for Piano, B 90/Op. 26: no 2 in E flat minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1834-1835 ; Paris, France
44. Contredanse for Piano in G flat major, B 17 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1827 ; Poland
45. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1847 ; Paris, France
46. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1847 ; Paris, France
47. Cantabile for Piano in B flat major, B 84 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1834 ; Paris, France
48. Bolero for Piano in C major/A major, B 81/Op. 19 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1833 ; Paris, France
49. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 2 in A minor, B 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831 ; Poland
50. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 60/Op. 6 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830 ; Vienna, Austria
51. Ländler and Trio for Piano in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic
52. Polonaises (2) for Piano, B 90/Op. 26: no 1 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1834-1835 ; Paris, France
53. Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830 ; Poland
54. Tarantella for Piano in A flat major, B 139/Op. 43 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1841 ; Paris, France
55. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 3 in F major, B 118 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1838 ; Paris, France
56. Polonaises (2) for Piano, B 90/Op. 26: no 2 in E flat minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1834-1835 ; Paris, France
57. Contredanse for Piano in G flat major, B 17 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1827 ; Poland
58. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1847 ; Paris, France
59. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1847 ; Paris, France
60. Cantabile for Piano in B flat major, B 84 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1834 ; Paris, France
61. Bolero for Piano in C major/A major, B 81/Op. 19 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1833 ; Paris, France
62. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 2 in A minor, B 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831 ; Poland
63. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 60/Op. 6 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830 ; Vienna, Austria
64. Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 63 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Christophe Coin (Cello), Eric Le Sage (Piano), Gordan Nikolic (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ; Germany
65. Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in F major, Op. 80 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Christophe Coin (Cello), Eric Le Sage (Piano), Gordan Nikolic (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ; Germany
66. Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in G minor, Op. 110 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Christophe Coin (Cello), Eric Le Sage (Piano), Gordan Nikolic (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Germany
67. Phantasiestücke for Piano, Violin and Cello, Op. 88 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Christophe Coin (Cello), Eric Le Sage (Piano), Gordan Nikolic (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842 ; Germany
68. Etudes (6) in Canon Form for Pedal Piano, Op. 56 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Christophe Coin (Cello), Paul [Clarinet] Meyer (Clarinet), Eric Le Sage (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845 ; Germany
69. Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, S 173: no 7, Funérailles by Franz Liszt
Performer: Patrick Scheyder (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845-1852 ; Weimar, Germany
70. Transcendental Etudes (12) for Piano, S 139: no 3, Paysage by Franz Liszt
Performer: Patrick Scheyder (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Weimar, Germany
71. Transcendental Etudes (12) for Piano, S 139: no 4, Mazeppa by Franz Liszt
Performer: Patrick Scheyder (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Weimar, Germany
72. Polish Songs (6) for Piano (Chopin), S 480: no 2, Spring by Franz Liszt
Performer: Patrick Scheyder (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847-1860 ; Weimar, Germany
73. Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie": no 1, Sposalizio by Franz Liszt
Performer: Patrick Scheyder (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1837-1849 ; Weimar, Germany
74. Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie": no 2, Il penseroso by Franz Liszt
Performer: Patrick Scheyder (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1837-1849 ; Weimar, Germany
75. Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 2, Gestorben war ich by Franz Liszt
Performer: Patrick Scheyder (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1850 ; Weimar, Germany
76. Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer: Patrick Scheyder (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1850 ; Weimar, Germany
77. Improvisation by Patrick Scheyder
Performer: Patrick Scheyder (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
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