Decca Sound - The Piano Edition 55cd Set

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Label: DECCA
Catalog: 4832243
Format: CD

Decca Sound

Decca’s first FFRR concerto recording available for the first time: Eileen Joyce / Tchaikovsky 2nd Piano Concerto – never released on 78rpm and long thought lost, the test pressings were recently found at the International Piano Archives in Maryland. Includes the only Decca recordings by piano luminaries Argerich, Rubinstein, Lipatti, Michelangeli, Bernstein and Haskil. Select recordings played on composers’ own pianos – Thibaudet playing Chopin’s piano, Schiff and Malcolm on Mozart’s fortepiano. Award-winning recordings include: Larrocha Ravel Concertos [Grammy Award], Mustonen Shostakovich 24 Preludes [Edison and Gramophone Awards]. Previously unpublished recordings included – Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.2 with Joyce; Argerich/Schumann with Chailly [first time on CD – her first Decca recording]. First International CD releases include: Rogé: Bartok Concertos 1-3 · Kathleen Long: Mozart Concerto No. 24 (Van Beinum) · Friedrich Gulda’s first Decca recordings · Eden & Tamir: Two-Piano Encores · Kempff’s early Decca recordings of sonatas by Schubert and shorter pieces by Bach, Handel, Rameau. REPERTOIRE All five Beethoven Concertos: Gulda (Nos.1&2), Lupu (Nos.3&5), Haskil (No.4), Mustonen (Violin Concerto, transcription for piano). Both Brahms Concertos: Rubinstein (No.1), Ashkenazy (No.2); the Ravel Concertos with Larrocha (Grammy-Award winning recordings). Chopin’s complete works for piano and orchestra (Kun-Woo Paik). Mozart Concertos on fortepiano (Levin) and pianoforte (Curzon, Long Bernstein). Encores/Transcriptions from Kempff (his own transcriptions of Bach, Beethoven and Handel); Cherkassky’s first Decca recording “Kaleidoscope” (complete on CD internationally for the first time); Grainger’s arrangements of Fauré and Gerswin on “The American Virtuoso” – one of the most captivating Argo recordings from the 90s with the ‘rebirth’ of the label; and Godowsky’s notoriously difficult arrangements of Chopin’s Études and Waltzes. Music-making with friends: Piano Four-Hands and Two Pianos – Schiff & Malcolm, Ashkenazy & Previn, Katchen & Marty, Curzon & Britten; Rogé & Ortiz; Eden & Tamir.

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