Saturday, April 18, 2015

Charles Rosen - The Complete Columbia and Epic Album Collection (Part. II - Cd. 12/21)

Many of renowned pianist Charles Rosen’s highly praised albums slipped out of circulation and became collector’s items. Happily, Sony Classical’s release of Charles Rosen : The Complete Columbia and Epic Album Collection enables a new generation of listeners to savor, in a single collection, the full stature and extraordinarily wide-ranging tastes of an artist whose importance was unfairly obscured by his sheer brilliance as an author, thinker, teacher and lecturer — along with his illustrious music career, he was a professor of French literature at M.I.T. Here, with his complete recordings for Columbia and Epic records on 21 CDs — the majority of them re-mastered from the original analogue tapes — we can trace Rosen’s development from early on in his recording career to the years of his highest maturity. While the pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann and Debussy are to be expected, the virtuosity of encores from the Golden Age and the penetrating accounts of such 20th-century composers as Schoenberg, Webern, Boulez and Carter will prove startling to many. Charles Rosen not only ranged wide, in sympathy and style, he encouraged and enabled his listeners to do the same.

Source : http://www.christinajensenpr.com/sony-masterworks/2014/12/16/sony-classical-releases-charles-rosen-the-complete-columbia.html


Cd. 12

Claude Debussy
(1862-1918)

Images (I)
1ère Série pour Piano à 2 mains
1 I. Reflets dans l'eau. Andantino molto  4:57
2 II. Hommage à Rameau. Lent et grave  6:19
3 III. Mouvement. Animé  3:05

Images (II)
2ème Série pour Piano seul
4 I. Cloches à travers les feuilles. Lent  4:01
5 II. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut. Lent  4:23
6 III. Poisson d'or. Animé  3:22

Estampes
7 Pagodes. Modérément animé  4:41
8 Soirée dans Grenade. Mouvement de Hanabera  5:03
9 Jardins sous la pluie. Net et vif  2:46

10 La Plus que lente  3:37
Valse. Lent (Molto rubato con morbidezza)

11 Hommage à Haydn  1:46
Mouvement de valse lente

12 Berceuse héroïque. Modéré  3:37

13 L'Isle joyeuse  5:14
Modéré et très souple

Recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City ; November 30 & December 1/3, 1965

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Cd. 13

Elliott Carter
(1908-2012)

Double Concerto for Harpsichord and Piano
with 2 Chamber Orchestra
1 Introduction - Cadenza for Harpsichord  6:24
2 Allegro scherzando - Adagio - Presto - Cadenzas for Piano  14:50
3 Coda  2:53

New Philharmonia Orchestra [# 1]
Charles Rosen - p [# 2-4]
Paul Jacobs - hrpschrd [# 2-4]
English Chamber Orchestra, Frederik Prausnitz - dir.

Recorded at EMI Studio n° 1, Abbey Road, London ; September 6, 1966 [# 1] ; & at Olympic Studio, London ; January 4, 1968 [# 2-4]

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Cd. 14

Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750)

Musikalisches Opfer BWV 1079
1 Ricercar a 6  7:44
2 Ricercar a 3  4:46

Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080
3 Contrapunctus I  3:02
4 Contrapunctus II  2:59
5 Contrapunctus III  3:13
6 Contrapunctus IV  4:15
7 Contrapunctus V  5:23
8 Contrapunctus  V, a 4,  4:16
im Stile francese
9 Contrapunctus VII, a 4,  2:30
per Augmentationem et Diminutionem

Recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City ; March 16/22, 1967 [# 1-6] ; & January 16-19, 1967 [# 7-9]

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Cd. 15

Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750)

Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080
[suite]
1 Contrapunctus VIII, a 3  5:51
2 Contrapunctus IX, a 4, alla Duodecima  2:13
3 Contrapunctus X, a 4, alla Decima  4:33
4 Contrapunctus XI, a 4  6:11
5 Contrapunctus XII, a 4 (rectus)  2:14
6 Contrapunctus XII, a 4 (inversus)  2:21
7 Contrapunctus XIII, a 3 (rectus)  2:10
8 Contrapunctus XIII, a 3 (inversus)  2:12
9 Canon per Augmentationem  4:09
in contrario motu
10 Canon alla Ottava  1:52
11 Canon alla Decima.  3:56
Contrapuncto alla Terza  1:47
12 Canon alla Duodecima
13 Contrapunctus XIV, a 4 [Fragment]  9:04

Recorded same place & date as above

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Cd. 16

Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750)

Aria with 30 Variations BWV 988
"Goldberg Variations"
1 Aria  3:54
2 Var. 1 a 1 Clav.  1:49
3 Var. 2 a 1 Clav.  1:34
4 Var. 3. Canone all'Unisono a 1 Clav.  2:46
5 Var. 4 a 1 Clav.  1:14
6 Var. 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.  1:28
7 Var. 6. canone alla Seconda a 1 Clav.  1:10
8 Var. 7 al tempo di Giga a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.  2:01
9 Var. 8 a 2 Clav.  2:03
10 Var. 9. Canone alla Terza a 1 Clav.  2:07
11 Var. 10. Fughetta a 1 Clav.  1:40
12 Var. 11 a 2 Clav.  1:40
13 Var. 12. Canone alla Quarta  3:16
14 Var. 13 a 2 Clav.  4:10
15 Var. 14 a 2 Clav.  2:07
16 Var. 15. Canone alla Quinta a 1 Clav.  4:03
17 Var. 16 Ouverure a 1 Clav.  3:31
18 Var. 17 a 2 Clav.  1:42
19 Var. 18. Canone all Sesta a 1 Clav.  1:32
20 Var. 19 a 1 Clav.  1:05
21 Var. 20 a 2 Clav.  1:58
22 Var. 21. Canone alla Settima  2:31
23 Var. 22. Alla breve a 1 Clav.  1:22
24 Var. 23 a 2 Clav.  2:06
25 Var. 24. Canone all'Ottava a 1 Clav.  3:25
26 Var. 25 a 2 Clav.  7:58
27 Var. 26 a 2 Clav.  1:44
28 Var. 27. Canone alla Nona  1:49
29 Var. 28 a 2 Clav.  1:59
30 Var. 29 a & ovvero 2 Clav.  1:55
31 Var. 30. Quodlibet a 1 Clav.  1:49
32 Aria da capo  2:20

Recorded sameplace as above ; June 1, 2 7 & 8, 1967

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Cd. 17

Joseph Haydn
(1732-1809)

Piano Sonata n° 33 in C minor, Hob. XVI: 20
1 Moderato  7:10
2 II. Andante con moto  4:22
3 III. Finae. Allegro  3:58

Piano Sonata n° 31 in A-Flat major, Hob. XVI: 46
4 I. Allegro moderato  7:19
5 II. Adagio  8:13
6 III. Finale. Presto  2:24

Piano Sonata n° 32 in G minor, Hob. XVI: 44
7 I. Moderao  7:45
8 II. Allegretto  4:18

Recorded place & date are unknown

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Cd. 18

Ludwig Van Beethoven
(1770-1827)

Piano Sonata n° 27 in E minor, Op. 90
1 I. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck  5:41
2 II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen  8:36

Piano Sonata n° 29 in B-Flat major, Op.106
"Grosse Sonate für das Hammerklavier"
3 I. Allegro  10:42
4 II. Scherzo. Assai vivace  2:31
5 III. Adagio sostenuto. Appassionato  18:24
e con molto sentimento
6 IV. Largo - Allegro risoluto  11:49

Piano Sonata n° 28 in A, Op. 101
7 I. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung. Allegretto ma non troppo  4:45
8 II. Lebhaft, marschmäßig. Vivace alla marcia  6:20
9 III. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll. Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto  3:09
10 IV. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr und mit Entschlossenheit. Allegro  7:38

Recorded in London ; November 6 & 7, 1969 [# 1, 2, 7-10] ; & June 23/25 & July 3, 1970 [# 3-6]

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Cd. 19

Ludwig Van Beethoven
(1770-1827)

Piano Sonata n° 30 in E major, Op. 109
1 I. Vivace, ma non troppo  3:51
2 II. Prestissimo  2:19
3 III. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung  13:55

Piano Sonata n° 31 in A-Flat major, op. 110
4 I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo  7:14
5 II. Allegro molto   2:11
6 III. Adagio, ma non troppo - Fuga. Allegro, ma non troppo  12:02

Piano Sonata n° 32 in C minor, op. 111
7 I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato  9:09
8 II. Arietta. Adagio molto semplice e cantabile  19:28

Recorded in London ; May 13 & 14, 1969 [# 1-3] ; June 23/25, 1970 [# 4-6] ; & November 4 & 5, 1968 [# 7 & 8]

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Cd. 20

Pierre Boulez
(*1925)

Piano Sonata n° 1
1 I. Lent - Beaucoup plus allant  6:10
2 II. Assez large - Rapide  5:03

Piano Sonata n° 3
3 Trope  7:28
4 Constellation-Miroir  13:29

Recorded a Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City ; March 6, 1970 [# 1 & 2] ; March 21 & 31 & April 3, 1969 [# 3 & 4]

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Cd. 21

Anton Webern
(1883-1945)

Fünf Lieder Op. 3
Aus "Der Siebente Ring" von Stefan George
1 I. Dies ist ein Lied für Dich allein. Fließend  1:09
2 II. Am Windesweben. Sehr Fließend  0:33
3 III. Am Bachesranft. Ziemlich Rasch  0:52
4 IV. Im Morgentaun. Fließend  1:03
5 V. Kahl Reckt Der Baum. Langsam  1:36

Fünf Lieder Op. 4
Nach Gedichten von Stefan George
6 I. Eingang - Ruhevoll  2:30
7 II. Noch zwingt Mich treue. Bewegt  1:35
8 III. Ja heil und dank. Sehr Langsam  1:56
9 IV. So Ich traurig bin. Sehr Fließend und Zart  0:37
10 V. Ihr tratet zu dem Herde. Langsam  1:15

Vier Stücke für Geige und Klavier Op. 7
11 I. Sehr Langsam  1:06
12 II. Rasch  1:29
13 III. Sehr Langsam  1:19
14 IV. Bewegt  1:02

Drei kleine Stücke für Violoncello und Klavier Op. 11
15 I. Mäßige Achtel  0:59
16 II. Sehr Bewegt  0:28
17 III. Äußerst Ruhig  0:51

Vier Lieder für Singstimme und Klavier Op. 12
18 I. Der Tag ist vergangen (Volkslied). Sehr Ruhig  1:12
19 II. Die Geheimnisvolle Flöte (Li Tai Po/Bethge). Langsam  1:37
20 III. Schien Mir's als Ich sah die Sonne (Aus August Strindbergs   1:33
"Gespenstersonate"). Ruhig Fließend 
21 IV. Gleich Und Gleich (Goethe). Sehr Fließend  0:52

Quartett für Geige, Klarinette, Tenorsaxophon und Klavier Op. 22
22 I. Sehr Mäßig  3:31
23 II. Sehr Schwungvoll  3:40

Drei Gesänge Op. 23
Aus "Viae Inviae" Von Hildegard Jone
24 I. Das dunkle Herr. Getragen  2:56
25 II. Es stürzt aus höhen Frische. Bewegt  1:52
26 III. Herr Jesus mein. Langsam  2:11

Drei Lieder Für Singstimme Und Klavier Op. 25,
Nach Gedichten Von Hildegard Jone
27 I. Wie bin Ich froh !. Langsam  0:57
28 II. Des herzens Purpurvogel. Fließend  1:39
29 III. Sterne, ihr silbernen Bienen. Sehr Rasch  1:19

Variationen für Klavier Op. 27
30 I. Sehr Mäßig  2:05
31 II. Sehr Schnell  0:34
32 III. Ruhig Fließend  3:18

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Personnel
Charles Rosen - p
Heather Harper - spr [# 1-10 & 18-21]
Isaac Stern - vl [# 11-14]
Gregor Piatigorsky - cel [# 15-17]
Daniel Majeske - vl [# 22 & 23]
Robert Marcellus - cl [# 22 & 23]
Abraham Weinstein - s [# 22 & 23]
Pierre Boulez - dir. [# 22 & 23]
Halina Łukomska - spr [# 24-29]

Recorded at EMI Studios, London ; April 20, 1970 [# 1-5 & 18-21] ; April 21, 1970 [# 16-10] ; September 5, 1970 [# 24-29] ; June 13, 1969 [# 30-32] ; Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City ; May 7, 1971 [# 11-14] ; Hollywood ; March 29, 1972 [# 15-17] ; & Severance Hall, Cleveland ; April 4, 1970 [# 22 & 23]

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