Louis Kentner plays Brahms, Bartok, Walton, Balakirew, Dvorak, et al

Release Date: 4/2/2021
Label: Profil
Catalog Number: PH20085
Number of Discs: 10
Length: 692 Minutes

Physical Format:

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In Stock
$41.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews

The present 10-album compilation illustrates Louis Kentner as a successful soloist, chamber musician and concert pianist. A highly gifted musician, Kentner studied from 1911 to 1922 at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, attracting early attention in 1916 with a concert performance of Chopin. At the Music Academy, he studied piano with Arnold Székely, chamber music with Leó Weiner and composition with Hans Koessler and Zoltán Kodály. He made his official debut at the age of 15 (1920) and began concert tours of European cities, attracting particular attention for his interpretations of Chopin and Liszt. He won the Liszt Prize in Budapest and the Chopin Prize in Warsaw. In 1933, Kentner gave the first Hungarian performance of Béla Bartók’s Second Piano Concerto (conducted by Otto Klemperer); in London in 1946, the first performance in Europe of the composer’s Third Piano Concerto under Sir Adrian Boult. Bartók’s artistic oeuvre found a special place in Kentner’s heart.

 

REVIEW:

 

Profil’s 10-disc Louis Kentner collection offers a diverse, if somewhat skewed, representation of the Hungarian-born/London-based pianist’s large recorded output. Among his sessions with violinist Yehudi Menuhin included here, the 1961 Ravel Trio, 1954 Chausson concerto, the 1956/57 Brahms sonatas, and 1950 Walton sonata represent their collaboration at its equitable best. However, two entire CDs given over to their 1951 Bach sonatas capture Menuhin on raspy and intonationally tenuous form, notwithstanding Kentner’s sensitive contributions. On the other hand, Kentner’s Dvorák “Dumky” Trio with violinist Henry Holst and cellist Anothony Pini was the 78 era’s point of reference.

 

I like the genial interaction between Kentner, clarinetist Reginald Kell, and violist Frederick Riddle in Mozart’s wonderful “Kegelstatt” Trio, while the pianist’s intense and angular partnership with violinist Jeno Lener in Beethoven’s A major Op. 30 No. 1 sonata makes the music sound positively contemporary. Kentner’s otherwise run-of-the-mill 1959 Mozart C minor K. 491 concerto stands out for the pianist’s own harmonically wild first-movement cadenza. The 1958 Brahms B-flat concerto with Adrian Boult is riddled with slapdash articulation and glaring wrong notes from the soloist, compounded by slack ensemble elsewhere (the slow movement’s misaligned clarinet/piano in measures 59 and 61).

 

The day after presenting its European premiere, Kentner and Boult played Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in a BBC studio broadcast, first issued on CD by Pearl. Aside from the pianist’s momentary stumble in the final bars, Kentner offers a direct and clear reading of the piano part. Kentner’s 1930s and ’40s Liszt recordings generally make up in proficiency for what they lack in inspiration. For example, in La Leggierezza, Kentner almost always slows down before a climax, and generally keeps the left hand parked in neutral. The E-flat Paganini Etude’s descending octaves sound expertly rehearsed rather than demonic in the way of the great Horowitz and Arrau shellac versions. He brings brooding drama to the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2’s opening section, but the “friska” doesn’t match the insouciance of Friedman or Moiseiwitsch.

 

While Kentner’s 1948 Liszt Sonata misses the fantasy and volatility of Cortot or Barerre, its clarity and classicism warrant respect. The same applies to Balakirev’s Islamey. In his pioneering Balakirev Sonata and the first of his two recorded Liapunov Transcendental Etudes cycles, Kentner’s tone opens up as his effortless fingers fuse bravura and poetry. Kentner is also on top form in Constant Lambert’s curious arrangement of Liszt’s Dante Sonata for piano and orchestra.

 

To sum up, Profil’s Kentner box offers undeniable attractions, not to mention its modest cost. But why waste two discs on Menuhin’s lousy Bach, when Kentner’s Chopin Scherzi and Ballades, 1963 Beethoven Hammerklavier, and 1963 EMI Liszt Années de Pèlerinage excerpts have yet to be reissued?

 

– ClassicsToday.com (Jed Distler)

Works on This Recording
1. I. Vivace ma non troppo by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1879 ;
2. II. Adagio by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1879 ;
3. III. Allegro molto moderato by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1879 ;
4. I. Allegro amabile by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1886 ;
5. II. Andante tranquillo - Vivace by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1886 ;
6. III. Allegro grazioso (quasi andante) by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1886 ;
7. I. Allegro by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1888 ;
8. II. Adagio by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1888 ;
9. III. Un poco presto e con sentimento by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1888 ;
10. IV. Presto agitato by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1888 ;
11. I. Allegretto by Béla Bartók
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Conductor: Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1945 ;
12. II. Adagio religioso by Béla Bartók
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Conductor: Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1945 ;
13. III. Allegro vivace by Béla Bartók
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Conductor: Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1945 ;
14. No. 22. Allegretto by Béla Bartók
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1910 ;
15. No. 33. Andante sostenuto by Béla Bartók
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1910 ;
16. No. 32. Allegro ironico by Béla Bartók
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1910 ;
17. No. 42. Allegro vivace by Béla Bartók
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1910 ;
18. I. Allegro tranquillo by William Walton
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1949 ;
19. II. Variazioni: Tema: Andante by William Walton
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1949 ;
20. II. Variazioni: Variation 1: a tempo poco più mosso by William Walton
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1949 ;
21. II. Variazioni: Variation 2: a tempo quasi improvvisando by William Walton
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1949 ;
22. II. Variazioni: Variation 3: Alla marcia molto vivace by William Walton
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1949 ;
23. II. Variazioni: Variation 4: Allegro molto by William Walton
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1949 ;
24. II. Variazioni: Variation 5: Allegretto con moto by William Walton
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1949 ;
25. II. Variazioni: Variation 6: Scherzando by William Walton
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1949 ;
26. II. Variazioni: Variation 7: Andante tranquillo - Coda: Molto vivace - Presto by William Walton
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1949 ;
27. Rêverie in F Major by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
28. Mazurka No. 6 in A-Flat Major by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1902 ;
29. Islamey, Op. 18 by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1869 ;
30. I. Allegro non troppo by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Conductor: Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1881 ;
31. II. Allegro appassionato by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Conductor: Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1881 ;
32. III. Andante by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Conductor: Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1881 ;
33. IV. Allegretto grazioso by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Conductor: Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1881 ;
34. Trio for Piano and Strings no 4 in E minor, Op. 90/B 166 "Dumky" by Antonín Dvořák
Performer: Anthony Pini (Cello), Henry Holst (Violin), Louis Kentner (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1890-1891 ; Bohemia
35. No. 1. Lullaby by Sergei Mikhailovich Lyapunov
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1905 ;
36. No. 2. Dance of the Ghosts by Sergei Mikhailovich Lyapunov
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1905 ;
37. No. 3. Pealing of Bells by Sergei Mikhailovich Lyapunov
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1905 ;
38. No. 4. Terek by Sergei Mikhailovich Lyapunov
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1905 ;
39. No. 5. Summer Night by Sergei Mikhailovich Lyapunov
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1905 ;
40. No. 6. Storm by Sergei Mikhailovich Lyapunov
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1905 ;
41. No. 7. Idyll by Sergei Mikhailovich Lyapunov
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1905 ;
42. No. 8. Epic Song by Sergei Mikhailovich Lyapunov
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1905 ;
43. No. 9. Aeolian Harps by Sergei Mikhailovich Lyapunov
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1905 ;
44. No. 10. Lesghinka by Sergei Mikhailovich Lyapunov
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1905 ;
45. No. 11. Dance of the Elves by Sergei Mikhailovich Lyapunov
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1905 ;
46. No. 12. Elegy in Memory of Franz Liszt by Sergei Mikhailovich Lyapunov
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1905 ;
47. Piano Sonata in B Minor, S178/R21 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1853 ;
48. Csárdás macabre, S224/R46 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1882 ;
49. En rêve (Nocturne), S207/R87 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1885 ;
50. I. Andantino by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1905 ;
51. II. Mazurka: Moderato by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1905 ;
52. III. Intermezzo: Larghetto by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1905 ;
53. IV. Allegro non troppo, ma con fuoco by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1905 ;
54. 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106: No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor by Franz Liszt
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1885 ;
55. No. 2 in F Minor, "La Leggierezza" by Franz Liszt
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1849 ;
56. No. 3 in D-Flat Major, "Un Sospiro" by Franz Liszt
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1849 ;
57. 12 Études d'exécution transcendante, S139/R2b: No. 5 in B-Flat Major, "Feux follets" by Franz Liszt
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1851 ;
58. No. 1. Waldesrauschen (Forest Murmurs) by Franz Liszt
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1862 ;
59. No. 2. Gnomenreigen (Dance of the Gnomes) by Franz Liszt
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1862 ;
60. No. 2 in E-Flat Major by Franz Liszt
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1851 ;
61. No. 3 in G-Sharp Minor, "La campanella" by Franz Liszt
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1851 ;
62. No. 5 in E Major, "La Chasse" by Franz Liszt
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1851 ;
63. Années de pèlerinage, 1st year, Switzerland, S160/R10: No. 4. Au bord d'une source (Beside a Spring) by Franz Liszt
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1855 ;
64. Illustrations du Prophète de Meyerbeer, S414/R223: No. 2. Les patineurs: Scherzo by Franz Liszt
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1850 ;
65. Années de pèlerinage, 2nd year, Italy supplement, S162/R10: Venezia e Napoli: No. 1. Gondoliera (Gondolier's Song) by Franz Liszt
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1859 ;
66. Années de pèlerinage, 2nd year, Italy supplement, S162/R10: Venezia e Napoli: No. 3. Tarantella by Franz Liszt
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1859 ;
67. Annees de pelerinage, 2nd year, Italy, S161/R10b No. 7. Apres une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata (arr. C. Lambert for piano and orchestra) by Franz Liszt
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Conductor: Constant Lambert
Orchestra/Ensemble: Sadler Wells Orchestra
68. I. Adagio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1725 ;
69. II. Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1725 ;
70. III. Andante by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1725 ;
71. IV. Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1725 ;
72. I. Dolce by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1725 ;
73. II. Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1725 ;
74. III. Andante un poco by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1725 ;
75. IV. Presto by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1725 ;
76. I. Adagio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1725 ;
77. II. Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1725 ;
78. III. Adagio ma non tanto by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1725 ;
79. IV. Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1725 ;
80. I. Siciliano: Largo by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1725 ;
81. II. Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1725 ;
82. III. Adagio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1725 ;
83. IV. Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1725 ;
84. I. (Adagio) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1725 ;
85. II. Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1725 ;
86. III. Adagio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1725 ;
87. IV. Vivace by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1725 ;
88. I. Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1725 ;
89. II. Largo by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1725 ;
90. III. Allegro (Cembalo Solo) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1725 ;
91. IV. Adagio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1725 ;
92. V. Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1725 ;
93. I. Andante by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Frederick Riddle (Viola), Louis Kentner (Piano), Reginald Kell (Clarinet)
Written: 1786 ;
94. II. Menuetto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Frederick Riddle (Viola), Louis Kentner (Piano), Reginald Kell (Clarinet)
Written: 1786 ;
95. III. Rondo: Allegretto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Frederick Riddle (Viola), Louis Kentner (Piano), Reginald Kell (Clarinet)
Written: 1786 ;
96. I. Allegro (cadenza by L. Kentner) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Conductor: Harry Blech
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1786 ;
97. II. Larghetto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Conductor: Harry Blech
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1786 ;
98. III. Allegretto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
Conductor: Harry Blech
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1786 ;
99. I. Allegro by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Jeno Lener (Violin), Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1802 ;
100. II. Adagio molto espressivo by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Jeno Lener (Violin), Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1802 ;
101. III. Allegretto con variazioni by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Jeno Lener (Violin), Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1802 ;
102. I. Modéré by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Gaspar Cassadó (Cello), Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1914 ;
103. II. Pantoum: Assez vif by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Gaspar Cassadó (Cello), Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1914 ;
104. III. Passacaille: Tres large by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Gaspar Cassadó (Cello), Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1914 ;
105. IV. Finale: Anime by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Gaspar Cassadó (Cello), Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Written: 1914 ;
106. I. Décidé - Calme - Anime by Ernest Chausson
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Pascal String Quartet
Written: 1891 ;
107. II. Sicilienne by Ernest Chausson
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Pascal String Quartet
Written: 1891 ;
108. III. Grave by Ernest Chausson
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Pascal String Quartet
Written: 1891 ;
109. IV. Finale: Très animé by Ernest Chausson
Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Pascal String Quartet
Written: 1891 ;
110. Blumenleben (La vie d'une fleur, The Flower's Tale), Op. 30: V. Zefir (Zephyr) by Jenö Hubay
Performer: Erika Morini (Violin), Louis Kentner (Piano)
Written: 1889 ;
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