Leonard Pennario - The Complete Rca Album Collecti

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Label: RCA
Catalog: 19075899272
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Leonard Pennario

“Nobody plays the piano better than Leonard Pennario,” wrote the eminent critic Andrew Porter in London’s New Statesman in 1952, when the competition would have included none less than Horowitz in his prime. That year, Pennario began recording for Capitol Records in Los Angeles, and a decade later he moved to RCA Victor, for which label he made a series of distinguished albums. To mark the tenth anniversary of Pennario’s death, Sony Classical is now pleased to reissue all of the pianist’s RCA recordings together for the first time in a single box.Born in 1924 in Buffalo, New York, Pennario gave his first public performance there at the age of seven, later moving with his family to Los Angeles, where his teachers included the legendary Isabella Vengerova. His breakthrough came in 1936, when he made his orchestral debut deputizing for an indisposed soloist with the Dallas Symphony. On that memorable occasion, the twelve-year-old performed the Grieg Piano Concerto, a work he had never heard, let alone played, until a few days earlier. Dazzling concertos would, of course, feature prominently in Pennario’s discography, and his first RCA Victor releases in 1964 included Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and the Franck Symphonic Variations with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops (High Fidelity: “immense dexterity and bravura”) and the two Liszt concertos with René Leibowitz conducting the London Symphony (Gramophone: “magisterial accounts of both works … it is a constant delight to listen to his effortless brilliance and power … vivid ‘hi-fi’ recording”).Among the acclaimed solo recital albums in this set are a collection of popular short pieces by Beethoven, Schubert, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, Rubinstein, Grieg, Falla, Debussy, Gershwin and Rachmaninoff which Pennario plays “with admirable care and impeccable taste” (High Fidelity) as well as both books of Debussy Préludes: “This is a most beautifully played set” (Gramophone).Although Pennario became best known as a formidable virtuoso, he was also renowned for his performances of chamber music, and RCA documents his participation in the famous series given by Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky. Their performance of the Mendelssohn C minor Piano Trio was praised by High Fidelity for its “conception of restraint and grandeur … consistently maintained throughout all four movements”, and in the coupling of cello sonatas by Mendelssohn and Strauss, wroteGramophone, “Pennario plays admirably, matching Piatigorsky’s forceful musical characterization.” SET CONENTSDISC 1: Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 (Remastered)Franck: The Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra, M. 46 (Remastered)Litolff: Concerto symphonique No. 4, Op. 102: Scherzo (Remastered)Piano: Leonard Pennario  Conductor: Arthur Fiedler Orchestra: Boston Pops Orchestra DISC 2: Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, S. 124 (Remastered)Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S. 125 (Remastered)Piano: Leonard Pennario  Conductor: René Leibowitz Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  DISC 3: J. Strauss Jr.- Pennario: Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437 (Remastered)Mendelssohn-Rachmaninoff: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61: No 1 Scherzo (Remastered) Saint-Saëns-Liszt: Danse macabre, Op. 40 (Remastered)Dimitri Shostakovich: The Age Of Gold Ballet, Op. 22b: Polka (Remastered)Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges, Op. 33: March (Remastered)Ravel: La Valse, M. 72 (Remastered)Kreisler-Rachmaninoff: Liebesleid (Remastered)Gounod-Liszt: Faust: Waltz (Remastered)DISC 4: Dvořák: 8 Humoresques, Op. 101, No. 7 in G-Flat Major (Remastered)Tchaikovsky: 2 Pieces, Op. 10, No. 2: Humoresque (Remastered)Rachmaninoff: 7 Morceaux de salon, Op. 10, No. 5: Humoresque in G Major (Remastered)Rachmaninoff: Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3, No. 4: Polichinelle in F-Sharp Minor (Remastered)Debussy: Children' Corner, L. 113, No. 6: Golliwog's Cake-walk (Remastered)Gershwin: 3 Preludes, IGG 25 (Remastered)Schubert: Moments musicaux, D. 780, No. 3 in F Minor (Remastered)Beethoven: Für Elise, WoO 59 (Remastered)Tchaikovsky: Th

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