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WILHELM KEMPFF Bach, Mozart, Schubert & Schumann - the complete Polydor recordings 1927-1936

APR5638

1CD (74'38)

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
1-7. French Suite No 5 in G major BWV816 recorded in July 1935
8-9. Prelude and Fugue No 3 in C# major, BWV848 (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1) recorded in 1928
10-11. Prelude and Fugue No 5 in D major, BWV850 (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1) recorded in 1928
12-13. Prelude and Fugue No 5 in D major, BWV850 (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1) recorded in 1931
14. Italian Concerto in F major, BWV971 (first movement) recorded in 1931
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH/WILHELM KEMPFF
15. Largo from Keyboard Concerto No 5 in F minor, BWV1056 recorded in 1927
16. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV645 recorded on 13 January 1936
17. Siciliano from Sonata for flute in E flat major, BWV1031 recorded in 1931
18. Wir danken dir, Gott BWV29 (Sinfonia) recorded in 1931
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
19-21. Sonata in A major, K331, ‘Alla turca’ recorded in July 1935
FRANZ SCHUBERT/FRANZ LISZT/WILHELM KEMPFF
22. Horch, horch! die Lerch’ S558/9 recorded on 26 June 1935
FRANZ SCHUBERT
23-24. Moments musicaux D780 (Op 94) Nos 3 & 4 recorded on 26 June 1935
25. Impromptu in B flat major D935/3 (Op 142 No 3) recorded on 26 June 1935
ROBERT SCHUMANN
26. Aufschwung No 2 of Fantasiestücke, Op 12 recorded on 26 June 1935
27. Träumerei No 7 of Kinderszenen, Op 15 recorded on 27 July 1936


WILHELM KEMPFF’s 78-rpm recordings were very much focused on Beethoven, as can be heard on seven previously issued APR discs, but this release presents everything by other composers he set down from the start of electrical recording until the war. Notable among the titles are four of his own Bach transcriptions and, revealing the pianist in an unexpected light, his own virtuosic elaboration of the Schubert/Liszt ‘Hark, Hark! The Lark’ transcription.


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HAROLD SAMUEL The complete solo recordings

APR6036

2CDs

COMPACT DISC 1 (79.28)

J S BACH

1. Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor BWV903 recorded on 10 October 1923

3. Prelude & Fugue in C major BWV846 from The Well-Tempered Clavier I recorded on 30 September 1926

5. Prelude & Fugue in C minor BWV847 from The Well-Tempered Clavier I recorded on 30 September 1926

7. Prelude & Fugue in B flat major BWV866 from The Well-Tempered Clavier I recorded on 10 October 1923

9. Prelude & Fugue in G major BWV884 from The Well-Tempered Clavier II recorded on 28 June 1927

11. English Suite No 2 in A minor BWV807 recorded in 1923, 1926 & 1927

17. Partita No 1 in B flat major BWV825 recorded on 20 January & 30 September 1926

23. Partita No 2 in C minor BWV826 recorded on 6 November 1931

COMPACT DISC 2 (78.24)

1. J S BACH Fantasia in C minor BWV906 recorded on 10 October 1923

2. C P E BACH Sonata in F minor H173 Wq57/6 – I Allegro assai recorded on 1 January 1932

3. C P E BACH Sonata in B minor H245 Wq55/3 – IIb Cantabile recorded on 1 January 1932

4. J C BACH Sonata in E major Op 5 No 5 – III Rondo: Prestissimo recorded on 1 January 1932

5. CLEMENTI Piano Sonata in E flat major Op 12 No 4 – I Allegro recorded on 1 January 1932

6. SCHUBERT Moment musical in F minor D780/3 recorded on 20 June 1928

7. SCHUBERT Valse sentimentale in A major D779/13 recorded on 20 June 1928

8. SCHUBERT Waltz in F major D365/33 recorded on 20 June 1928

9. GLUCK/BRAHMS Gavotte from Iphigénie en Aulide recorded on 20 June 1928

10. BRAHMS Intermezzo in E flat major Op 117 No 1 recorded on 13 December 1928

11. J S BACH Violin Sonata No 3 in E major BWV1016, with ISOLDE MENGES violin recorded on 20 November 1928

15. Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D major BWV1050, with FRANK BLACK / NBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, JOSEF STOPAK violin, ARTHUR LORA flute recorded live on 11 December 1935

20. Partita No 1 in B flat major BWV825 – alternative takes


HAROLD SAMUEL (1879–1937) was the first pianist to specialise in the performance of Bach’s original keyboard works in the concert hall and achieved worldwide acclaim in doing so. His pioneering HMV and Columbia recordings of the composer (all the Bach works included here, except for the first Prelude & Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier, were premiers on disc) sound as fresh and inspiring today as they did when new and reveal that great Bach playing is timeless. A unique live 5th Brandenburg Concerto from New York and a studio E major Violin Sonata with Isolde Menges round out his Bach and this landmark release also includes his remaining solo discs, notably some rare repertoire by Clementi and two of Bach’s sons which was recorded for the ambitious Columbia History of Music educational project. These new 2021 transfers by Seth Winner were made using the latest technology and present these historic documents in the best possible sound, revealing more detail of Samuel’s playing than has ever previously been captured.


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CYRIL SMITH The complete solo recordings

APR7313

3CDs

COMPACT DISC 1 (76.52) HMV recordings, Abbey Road Studios, London 
1. BALAKIREV Islamey recorded on 29 January 1935

2. GÄRTNER/FRIEDMAN Viennese Dance No 2 recorded on 27 January 1935
3. RUBINSTEIN ‘Staccato’ Etude Op 23/2 recorded on 27 January 1935
Decca recording, Chenil Galleries, London 
4. BLISS Polonaise No 2 from Suite for piano recorded on 12 September 1935
Columbia recordings, Abbey Road Studios, London 1944–1952
5. SCHUBERT Impromptu in G flat D899/3 Recorded on 22 May 1950

6. CHOPIN Impromptu in B flat D935/3 recorded on 24 May & 25 September 1950
7. CHOPIN Barcarolle in F sharp Op 60 recorded on 22 May 1950

8. CHOPIN Nocturne in F sharp Op 15/2 recorded on 19 November 1951
9. CHOPIN Waltz in D flat Op 64/1 recorded on 19 November 1951

10. CHOPIN Waltz in G flat Op 70/1 recorded on 19 November 1951
11. CHOPIN Scherzo No 1 in B minor Op 20 recorded on 22 August 1946

12. SCHUMANN Romance in F sharp Op 28/2 recorded on 25 May 1950
13. ALBÉNIZ Seguidillas from Cantos de España, Op 232 recorded on 4 June 1952
14. ALBÉNIZ/GODOWSKY Tango from España, Op 165 recorded on 19 November 1951

15. ALBÉNIZ Triana from Iberia recorded on 13 July 1944


COMPACT DISC 2 (72.08) Columbia recordings 1944–1950 
1. RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini Op 43 recorded on 1 October 1948
MALCOLM SARGENT / PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA
2. PAGANINI/LISZT La campanella Grandes Études de Paganini, S141/3 recorded on 13 July 1944
3. BACH/SAINT-SAËNS Bourrée from Violin Partita in B minor, BWV1002 recorded on 22 May 1950
4. BACH/RUMMEL Mortify us by Thy grace No 5 from Cantata No 22 recorded on 22 May 1950
5. RACHMANINOV Prelude in G minor Op 23/5 recorded on 16 August 1946

6. RACHMANINOV Prelude in G Op 32/5 recorded on 16 August 1946
7. RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor Op 18 recorded on 12–14 & 16 June 1947
MALCOLM SARGENT / LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA


COMPACT DISC 3 (68.53) Columbia recordings 1929–1946
1. DOHNÁNYI Variations on a Nursery Song Op 25 recorded on 8 February 1944
MALCOLM SARGENT / LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
2. DOHNÁNYI Capriccio in F minor Op 28/6 recorded in January 1929

3. DELIBES/DOHNÁNYI Naïla Waltz recorded on 19 May 1944
4. RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No 3 in D minor Op 30 recorded on 22–23 January 1946
GEORGE WELDON / CITY OF BIRMINGHAM ORCHESTRA


We tend to remember CYRIL SMITH (1909–1974) these days as the pianist who overcame the misfortune of a paralysing stroke to form a hugely successful duo for three hands with his wife, pianist Phyllis Sellick. Before then though, he had conquered the virtuoso repertoire in a most un-British fashion – making Rachmaninov the centre of his art and recording a series of warhorses in spectacular style. The Dohnányi Capriccio of 1929, his earliest recording, and part of a prize for a competition win, lays down the gauntlet in a coruscating performance to rival the Horwitz version released the same year. His recordings of the 2nd and 3rd Rachmaninov concertos and Rhapsody were for a time best-sellers. But there is poetry and charm too, particularly in the various encore-like transcriptions he set down. This set brings together for the first time all the recordings he made as a solo player before his stroke.


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