Cherkassky’s appearances in Germany in the 1950s confirm his status as a master colorist. Shura Cherkassky, piano = HAYDN: Piano Sonata No. 34 in e minor; CHOPIN: Ballade No. 1 in g minor, Op. 23; Impromptu No. 3 in G-flat Major, Op. 51; Fantasie-Impromptu in c-sharp minor, Op. 66; Scherzo No. 1 in b minor, […]
Friedrich Wuehrer. piano = BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 29 “Hammerklavier”; 12 Variations; SCHUBERT: “Wanderer” Fantasy – MeloClassic
Friedrich Wuehrer makes a powerful impression in music by two of his specialty composers, Beethoven and Schubert. Friedrich Wuehrer = BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106 “Hammerklavier”; 12 Variations on a Russian Dance, WoO 71; SCHUBERT: “Wanderer” Fantasy in C Major, D. 760 – Friedrich Wuehrer, piano – MeloClassic MC 1023, […]
Paul Makanowitzky and Noel Lee = Works of BEETHOVEN, SCHUMANN, STRAVINSKY, BRAHMS, MOZART, SCHOENBERG & MONDONVILLE for violin and piano – Makanowitzky & Vitas – MeloClassic (2 discs)
The impressive art of violin virtuoso and pedagogue Paul Makanowitzky has several vehicles in diverse styles to exemplify his fierce approach to music-making.
Poldi Mildner, piano = SCHUBERT: Fantasie in C, “Wanderer”; CHOPIN: Piano Sonata No. 2, “Funeral March”; LISZT: Sonata in B Minor; DEBUSSY: Estampes – Poldi Mildner, p. – MeloClassic
MeloClassic scores another triumph of historical keyboard restoration with an artist we must reckon among the formerly unsung titans of her art.
Monique Haas, Vol. 2 = SCHUMANN: Kreisleriana, Op. 16; MOZART: Piano Sonata No. 8 in A Minor; DEBUSSY: Pour le Piano; BACH: Partita No. 2 – Monique Haas, piano – MeloClassic
A second MeloClassic recital from the inimitable Monique Haas confirms her authority in repertory old and new.
A Holocaust survivor with a grand musical gift, Marian Filar gives us Chopin and Brahms with bountiful panache and style, 1949-1952.
Rudolf Firkusny, piano = MOZART: Fantasia in C Minor; SCHUMANN: Davidsbuendlertaenze; Kinderszenen; SCHUBERT: Drei Klavierstuecke – Rudolf Firkusny, p. – MeloClassic
Always brilliant and elegant at once, the impassioned Rudolf Firkusny delivers and Austro-German recital culled from recitals 1957-1964.
Conductor Kirill Kondrashin = WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll; RAVEL: Ma mere l’oye; TCHAIKOVSKY: Serenade in C Major – Staatskapelle Dresden – MeloClassic
Spirited, rare readings from East Germany by Kirill Kondrashin, made shortly after his international “emergence” from Moscow, 1958.
The often under-rated Jakob Gimpel in music by Chopin, Liszt, and Scriabin, extending his limited recorded legacy.
Rosl Schmid, piano = BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19; WEBER: Konzertstueck in F Minor, Op. 79; R. STRAUSS: Burleske in D Minor – with various German orch. – MeloClassic
Long-forgotten Rosl Schmid emerges with blistering intensity in three staples from the grand German repertory.
Joseph Keilberth = MOZART: Symphony No. 33; Serenade in G Major, “Eine kleine Nachtmusik”; Serenade in D Major, “Serenata notturna”; HAYDN: Symphony No. 55; DVORAK: Scherzo capriccioso – Deutsches Philharmonisches Orch., Prague/ Joseph Keilberth – MeloClassic
Superbly restored readings from the Keilberth legacy, 1942-1945, guarantee a satisfying tour of the mainstream Austro-German tradition.
The Menuhin recital from 1952 Asconia presents the 36-year-old artist in peak form.
Hans Richter-Haaser = MOZART: Piano Sonata in D Major; Piano Sonata in F Major/Rondo ; BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 16 in G Major; HAYDN: Piano Sonata No. 59 – Hans Richter-Haaser, p. – MeloClassic
The often under-rated Hans Richter-Hasser offers a classical recital of taste, power, and persuasive colors.
Christian Ferras, violin = BACH: Solo Sonatas No. 2 and No. 3; TARTINI: Violin Sonata in G Minor, “Devil’s Trill”; MOZART: Violin Sonata in A Major – Christian Ferras, v./ Pierre Barbizet, p. – MeloClassic
Various concerts recorded by Hessian Radio 1956-1960 remind us of the rarified art of Christian Ferras, a great but tragic artist.
Siegfried Borries = DVORAK: Sonatina in G Major; Three Romantic Pieces; BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major; SCHUBERT: Violin Sonata in A Major – Siegfried Borries, v./ Michael Raucheisen, p. – MeloClassic
Selected recitals from wartime studios highlight Siegrfried Borries, concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic and Prussian State Orchestra.
Julian von Karolyi, piano, in works of LISZT, DEBUSSY & RAVEL – Grosses Berliner Rundfunkorchester = MeloClassic
Hungarian virtuoso Julian von Karolyi has his hour of fame in this dazzling restoration from MeloClassic.
Polish violin virtuoso Henryk Szerying displays his exceptional prowess in concerts from Frankfurt, Germany in the mid-fifties.
Erick Friedman, violin = BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor; LALO: Symphonie espagnole – Erick Friedman, v./ Orch. National de France and Orch. de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire/ Georges Pretre – MeloClassics
The gifted Heifetz protégé Erick Friedman makes lovely and electric sparks in two Romantic staples performed in Paris, 1964.
Myriam Solovieff, violin = BACH: Chaconne from Solo Partita No. 2 in D Minor; MOZART: Violin Sonata in E Minor; BRAHMS: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor – Myriam Solovieff, v./ Julius Katchen, p. – MeloClassic
Myriam Solovieff strikes us an artist we would like to know better, here paired with pianist Julius Katchen.
A collection of wartime studio recordings attests to Erich Roehn’s versatility in various ensembles.
Two fine German performers who unfortunately supported the Nazis.
Wilhelm Kempff = MOZART: Fantasia in D Minor; RAMEAU: Les trios mains; COUPERIN: Le carillon de Cythere; BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 15 “Pastoral”; SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata “Fantasie-Sonata” – Wilhelm Kempff, piano – MeloClassic
A combination of two French recitals by Wilhelm Kempff, whose unassuming approach to music motivated Alfred Brendel to call Kempff “the perfect virtuoso.”