Saturday, March 21, 2015

Byron Janis - The Complete RCA Album Collection

From 1947 to 1959, the brilliant American pianist Byron Janis created an impressive, if small, legacy of recordings for RCA. While his later albums on Mercury and EMI were eventually released on CD, most of the RCA recordings languished on vinyl, only to appear on disc with this 2013 box set. Sony has remastered these albums as part of its ongoing "Original Jacket" reissues of legendary Columbia and RCA recordings, and the compilation includes ten CDs in cardboard sleeves featuring the original album covers, a bonus disc of early recordings of Bach and Chopin, and a DVD of the film by Peter Rosen, The Byron Janis Story. The first-time appearance of Janis' recording of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition is a must for collectors, and fans will take special delight in the powerful performances of Rachmaninov's concertos and Liszt's Totentanz. However, they should carefully note that while this box contains Janis' complete RCA albums, it does not include every recording he ever made for the label. His recordings of Liszt's Consolation n° 5 in E major and the Sonetto 104 del Petrarca were released on Philips' Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Vol. 50, so completists have a little extra searching in store. However, most listeners who become enthralled by Janis' spectacular playing of Romantic masterpieces will find this set more than adequate and a bargain at the low price.
Blair Sanderson

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/byron-janis-the-complete-rca-album-collection-mw0002487575

Byron Janis
The Complete RCA
Album Collection
(1947-1959)

Tracks

Cd. 1

Ludwig Van Beethoven
(1770-1827)

Piano Sonata n° 17 in D minor Op. 31 n° 2
"Tempest"
1 I. Largo - Allegro  7:45
2 II. Adagio  6:55
3 III. Allegretto  4:49

Franz Schubert
(1797-1828)

4 Impromptu in E-Flat major D 889 n° 2  4:19

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Cd. 2

George Gershwin
(1898-1937)
1 Rhapsody in Blue  13:50

Ferde Grofé
(1892-1972)

Grand Canyon Suite
2 II. Painted Desert  4:53
3 III. On the Trail  7:08
4 V. Cloudburst  7:00

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Cd. 3

Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827)

Piano Sonata n° 21 in C major, Op. 53
"Waldstein"
1 I. Allegro con brio  7:56
2 II. Introduzione. Adagio molto - attacca  3:15
3 III. Rondo. Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo  9:16

Piano Sonata n° 30 in E major Op. 109
4 I. Vivace, ma non troppo  3:32
5 II. Prestissimo  2:27
6 III. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo  12:14

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Cd. 4

Frédéric Chopin
(1810-1849)

Sonata n° 2 in B-Flat minor Op. 35
"Funeral March"
1 I. Grave - Doppio movimento  5:18
2 II. Scherzo - Più lento - Tempo I  6:05
3 III. Marche funèbre. Lento  7:38
4 IV. Finale. Presto  1:27

5 Impromptu n° 1 in A-Flat major Op. 29  3:44
6 Étude in G-Flat major Op. 10 n° 5  1:32
7 Mazurka in A minor Op. Posth. 67 n° 4  2:34
8 Scherzo n° 3 in C-Sharp minor Op. 39  7:11

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Cd. 5

Johann Strauss II
(1829-1899)
Andrey Schulz-Evler
(1852-1905)

1 Concert Arabesques on motifs by Johann Strauss  7:08
By the Beautiful Blue Danube

Johannes Brahms
(1833-1897)
2 Waltz in A-Flat major Op. 39 n° 15  1:45
Waltzs (5) Op. 39
3 N° 1 in B major  0:45
4 N° 2 in E major  1:27

5 Waltz in C-Sharp major Op. 39 n° 6  0:56

Frédéric Chopin
(1810-1849)

6 Grande Valse brillante in A minor Op. 34 n° 2  5:18
7 Waltz in E minor Op. Posth.  2:48
8 Ballade n° 1 in G minor Op. 23  9:27
9 Étude in F major Op. 10 n° 8  2:30

Franz Liszt
(1811-1886)

10 Liebestraum n° 3 in A-Flat major S 541 n° 3  4:33
11 Hungarian Rhapsody n° 6 in D-Flat major S 244 n° 6  7:07

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Cd. 6

Sergei Rachmaninov
(1873-1943)

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra n° 1 in F-Sharp minor Op. 1
1 I. Vivace - Moderato  12:14
2 II. Andante  5:41
3 III. Allegro vivace  7:32

Richard Strauss
(1864-1949)

4 Burleske for Piano and Orchestra in D minor  20:01

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Cd. 7

Sergey Rachmaninov
(1873-1943)

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra n° 3 in D minor Op. 30 
1 I. Allegro ma non tanto  14:40
2 II. Intermezzo, Adagio - attacca
Sergey Rachmaninov  10:02
3 III. Finale. Alla breve  12:47

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Cd. 8

Modest Mussorgsky
(1839-1881)

Pictures at an Exhibition
1 Promenade  1:32
2 I. Gnomus  2:23
3 Promenade  0:55
4 II. Il vecchio castello  3:59
5 Promenade  0:29
6 I. Tuileries (Dispute d'enfants après jeux)  1:06
7 IV. Bydlo  2:59
8 Promenade  0:35
9 V. Ballet des petits poussins dans leurs coques  1:18
10 VI. Samuel Goldenberg und Schmuÿle  1:53
11 VII. Limoge. Le Marché (La Grande Nouvelle)  1:18
12 VIII. Catacombae (Sepulcrum romanum)  1:46
13 Cum mortuis in lingua mortua  2:09
14 IX. La Cabane sur des pattes de poule (Baba-Yaga)  2:54
15 10. La Porte des Bogatyrs (à Kiev, l'ancienne capitale)  4:21

Franz Liszt
(1811-1886)

16 Paraphrase de concert sur Rigoletto S 434  5:47
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Cd. 9

Franz Liszt
(1811-1886)

1 Totentanz: Paraphrase on "Die irae" for Piano and Orchestra  15:34

Sergei Rachmaninov
(1873-1943)

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra n° 1 in F-Sharp minor Op. 1 
2 I. Vivace
Sergey Rachmaninov  12:14
3 II. Andante  5:41
4 III. Allegro vivace  7:29

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Cd. 10

Robert Schumann
(1810-1856)

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor Op. 54
1 I. Allegro affettuoso  14:57
2 II. Intermezzo. Andantino grazioso - attacca  4:46
3 III. Allegro vivace  10:58

Franz Liszt
(1811-1886)

4 Totentanz: Paraphrase on "Die irae" for Piano and Orchestra  15:30

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Cd. 11

Early Recordings

Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750)

Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV 543
1 I. Prelude  3:01
2 II. Fugue  5:36

Frédéric Chopin
(1810-1849)

3 Étude in E major Op. 10 n° 3  3:59
4 Étude in F major Op. 25 n° 3  1:46
5 Étude in G-flat major Op. 10 n° 5  1:30
"Black Key"

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Cd. 12

1 The Byron Janis Story  55:47
A Film by Peter Rosen

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Byron Janis - p
Hugo Winterhalter and his Orchestra [cd. 2]
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch - dir [Cd. 7]
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner - dir [Cd. 6, 9 & 10]

Recorded in London, EMI Studio n° 3, Abbey Road, London ; New York, Webster Hall, Town Hall, Manhattan Center, RCA Studios n° 2 & 6 & 24th Street Studios ; Boston, Symphony Hall ; & Chicago, Orchestra Hall ; between November 24, 1947 & Fevruary 23, 1959

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7 comments:

Melanchthon said...

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Cd. 12 (DVD)
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monkey21 said...

Thank you

mel said...

It's worth seeking out his recording of the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 that he recorded for Mercury with Dorati. It's a marvelous performance.

chuchuni said...

I agree, I do have that Mercury recording - the whole Mercury Living Presence series is worth seeking out, that's what I am doing ;)
Thanks Mel for the HUGE ripping and scanning effort! Any chance we might get the DVD?

eugenia said...

Hi Melanchthon

Thanks for your kind effort. I am a big Janis fan, and particularly interested in cd 3 (Beethoven sonatas), but the links provided are dead.

Can you please reupload them?

Thanks a lot

carlo87 said...

Could you repost the Janis Anthology? Thank - you!!

Elias said...

Any chance of getting new links for the Janis discs 1-11? Many thanks!