Sunday, June 14, 2015

Joseph Villa Plays Scriabin

American pianist Joseph Villa (1948-1995) was one of the major talents emerging from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Sasha Gorodnitzky. Later he studied with Claudio Arrau, who greatly supported him. He enjoyed an international career as a soloist and accompanist of A.O. Jessey Norman and Mstislav Rostropovich, until his life was tragically cut short as a victim of AIDS. His Liszt recordings won him the prestigious Grand Prix du Disque Liszt of Budapest. His Scriabin recordings for the label Dante enjoy a near legendary status : the sizzling passion, tenderness and fury of this music in Villa’s performance are still memorable. These recordings are unavailable for a long time...

Source : http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=721949

Joseph Villa
Plays
Scriabin
(1872-1915)

Complete Works for Piano
vol. 1 & 2

Tracks

Cd. 1

Piano Sonata n° 3 in F-sharp, Op. 23
(1897/98)
1 I. Drammàtico  6:33
2 II. Allegretto  2:36
3 III. Andante  4:43
4 IV. Presto con Fuoco  5:29

5 Poème Op. 32 n° 1  3:30
(1903)

Piano sonata n° 4 Op. 30
(1903)
6 I. Andante  2:34
7 II. Prestissimo volando  4:39

8 Feuillet d'album Op. 45 n° 1  1:29
(1904)

9 Piano sonata n° 5 Op. 53  12:06
(1907)

10 Mazurka Op. 25 n° 3  2:02
(1898/99)

11 Piano sonata n° 7 Op. 64 "White Mass"  12:45
(1911/12)

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Cd. 2

Etudes Op. 42
(1903)
1 N° 1 in D-Flat major [Presto 3/4]  1:46
2 N° 2 in F-Sharp minor [2/4]  0:54
3 N° 3 in F-Sharp major [Prestissimo 6/8]  0:39
4 N° 4 in F-Sharp major [Andante 3/4]  2:43
5 N° 5 in C-Sharp minor [Affanato 12/8]  2:53
6 N° 6 in D-Flat major [Eslatato 3/4]  1:59
7 N° 7 in in F minor [Agitato 2/4]  0:47
8 N° 8 in E-Flat major [Allegro 4/4]  1:44

Mazurkas Op. 3
(1888/89)
9 N° 1 in B minor [Tempo giusto]  3:28
10 N° 2 in F-Sharp minor [Allegretto non tanto]  2:01
11 N° 3 in G minor [Allegretto]  2:06
12 N° 4 in E major [Moderato]  4:07
13 N° 5 in D-Sharp minor [Doloroso - poco rubato]  4:50
14 N° 6 in C-Sharp minor [Scherzando]  2:07
15 N° 7 in E minor [Con passione]  3:30
16 N° 8 in B-Flat minor [Con Moto]  2:54
17 N° 9, in G-Sharp minor  3:03
18 N° 10, in E-Flat minor [Sotto voce]  5:57

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[Twelve Poems - 1908/14]

Two pieces Op. 57
(1908)
19 I. Désir [12/8]  2:06
20 II. Caresse dansée [3/8]  1:43

21 Feuillet d'album Op. 58 [Delicatezza 3/4]  1:50
(1909/10)

Two pieces Op. 59
(1910)
22 I. Poème [Allegro 6/8]  1:52
23 II. Prélude [Sauvage, belliqueux 6/8]  1:25

Two Poems Op. 63
(1911/12)
24 I. Masque [Allegretto 6/8]  1:03
25 II. Etrangeté [Gracieux, délicat 9/8]  1:32

Poèmes Op. 69
(1913)
26 I. [Allegretto 3/4]  2:07
27 II. Poème [Allegretto 6/8]  1:31

Poèmes Op. 71
(1914)
28 I. [Fantastique 6/8]  1:29
29 II. [En rêvant, avec une grande douceur 3/4]  2:27

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Joseph Villa - p

Recorded in New York, 1986 [cd. 1] ; & at RCA Studio, New York ; Wednesday, 15th March 1989 [cd. 2]

7 comments:

jazzmusician said...

a remarkable work for piano.
merci bien

jmvince said...

Bonjour Melanchthon
Quel dommage que les liens ne soient plus opérationnels !
J'avais, à l'époque où la maison de disque Dante existait encore, acheté le volume 2 que ce prodigieux pianiste (lui aussi disparu trop) qu'était J. Villa avait consacré à Scriabine. J'avais écarté pour une raison certainement idiote (probablement saturé de voir encore une 3ème sonate enregistré, alors que le programme du volume 2 était bien plus homogène et audacieux) le volume 1 (ce que je regrette désormais). La maîtrise de J. Villa dans ce répertoire était exceptionnelle, et ces CD sont définitivement indisponibles.
Bien à vous.
J.M. Bertrand

joshcackett said...

Does anyone know where these CDs are available ?

Melanchthon said...

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BachRocks44 said...

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