Monday, July 13, 2015

Gary Graffman - The Complete RCA & Columbia Album Collection (Part. 3, cd. 17-24)

Sony Classical celebrates Gary Graffman — American pianist, teacher of piano and music administrator — with the first-ever release of Graffman’s complete recordings in a 24 CDs limited original jacket collection. When RCA Red Seal released the first Graffman recordings in 1956 – Schubert’s “Wanderer” Fantasy and Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas n° 2 & 3 – the pianist was 28 years old. Now, after more than 50 years, this debut recording is being released for the first time on CD, together with 13 more LPs worth of music, all newly remastered from the original analogue tapes.
Graffman was born in New York City on October 14, 1928. Having started piano studies aged 3, Graffman entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 1936 when he was seven as a piano student of Isabelle Vengerova. After graduating from Curtis in 1946, he made his debut with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1949, Graffman won the prestigious Leventritt Competition. He went on to further his piano studies with Rudolf Serkin at the Marlboro Music Festival and informally with Vladimir Horowitz. Over the next three decades, Graffman toured extensively, both performing solo recitals and with orchestras around the globe. His recordings have often focussed on the Russian repertoire which is part of his family background. In the late 1970s an injury gradually forced Graffman to stop using his right hand to play but this encouraged him to pursue other interests such as writing, photography, and Oriental art. In 1980 he joined the faculty at the Curtis Institute and took over as the school’s director in 1986 and later President from 1995–2006. He continues on the faculty at Curtis teaching piano. For his service to music Graffman has received doctoral degrees, was honoured by the cities of Philadelphia and New York, and received the Governor’s Arts Award from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Graffman remains active as a teacher and coach of piano and chamber music. His notable students include the piano virtuosos Lang Lang, Yuja Wang, and Haochen Zhang. His 1982 autobiography is entitled I Really Should be Practicing. As a performer, seven left-hand works have been commissioned especially for him, including Ned Rorem’s Piano Concerto n°4, Daron Hagen’s concerto Seven Last Words and, in Baltimore in April 1996, William Bolcom’s Gaea, a concerto for two pianos left hand, written for Graffman and his colleague Leon Fleisher.
Included in Gary Graffman — The Complete Album Collection are notable performances of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (1964 with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic), Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto (1966 with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra), Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Prokofiev Piano Sonatas and one of the first recordings in the West of Tchaikovsky’s Second and Third Piano Concertos (with Ormandy). His solo recital repertoire is represented by a generous selection of Brahms (including the Paganini Variations), Chopin, Liszt and Schumann (Carnaval and the Symphonic Etudes). There is also a reissue of what may be Graffman’s most widely heard recorded performance — George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue from the soundtrack of the 1979 Woody Allen movie Manhattan.

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Gary Graffman
The Complete
RCA and Columbia
Album Collection [III]

Tracks

Cd. 17

Robert Schumann
(1810-1856)

Carnaval, Op. 9
Scènes mignonnes sur quatre notes
1 I. Préambule. Quasi maestoso  2:14
2 II. Pierrot. Moderato  1:07
3 III. Arlequin. Vivo  1:04
4 IV. Valse noble. Un poco maestoso  1:11
5 V. Eusebius. Adagio  1:43
6 VI. Florestan. Passionato  0:56
7 VII. Coquette. Vivo  1:03
8 VIII. Répliques. L'istesso tempo - (Sphinxes)  0:50
9 IX. Papillons. Prestissimo  0:41
10 X. A.S.C.H. - S.C.H.A (Lettres dansantes). Presto  0:52
11 XI. Chiarina. Passionato  0:56
12 XII. Chopin. Agitato  1:24
13 XIII. Estrella. Con affetto  0:27
14 XIV. Reconnaissance. Animato  1:41
15 XV. Pantalon et Colombine. Presto  0:5R
16 XVI. Valse allemande. Molto vivace  0:54
17 XVII. Paganini. Itermezzo. Presto  1:17
18 XVIII. Aveu. Passionato  1:09
19 XIX. Promenade. Comodo  2:31
20 XX. Pause. Vivo  0:17
21 XXI. Marche des "Davidsbündler" contre les Philistins.
Non allegro  3:35

Etudes Symphoniques in C-Sharp Minor, p. 13
22 Thema. Andante  1:26
23 Etude I. Un poco più vivo  1:19
24 Etude II  3:12
25 Etude III. Vivace  1:21
26 Etude IV  0:55
27 Etde V. Vivacissimo  1:16
28 Etude VI. Agitato  0:49
29 Etude VII. Allegro molto  1:04
30 Etude VIII. Andante  2:06
31 Etude IV. Presto possibile  0:46
32 Etude X. Allegro  1:14
33 Etude XI. Con espressione  2:41
34 Etude XII. Finale. Allegro brillante  6:40

Recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City ; March 25, 1964 [# 1-21] ; March 29 & 30, 1965 [# 22-34]

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Cd. 18

Johannes Brahms
(1833-1897)

Variations in A Minor on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35
Book I
1 Thema. Non troppo presto  0:25
2 Variation I  0:25
2 Var. II  0:27
3 Var. III  0:28
4 Var. IV  0:56
5 Var. V 0:34
6 Var. VI  0:26
7 Var. VI  0:26
8 Var. VII  0:25
9 Var. VIII  0:25
10 Var. IX  1:06
11 Var. X  1:06
12 Var. XI. Andante  1:18
13 Var. XII  1:02
14 Var. XIII  0:30
15 Var. XIV. Allegro - Presto, ma non troppo  2:05
Book II
16 Thema. Non troppo presto  0:27
17 Variation I  0:50
18 Var. II. Poco animato  0:36
19 Var. II  0:33
20 Var. IV. Poco allgretto  0:52
21 Var. V  0:27
22 Var. VI. Poco più vivace  0:24
23 Var. VII  0:22
24 Var. VIII. Allegro  0:26
25 Var. IX  0:59
26 Var. X. Feroce, energico  0:27
27 Var. XI. Vivace  0:26
28 Var. XII. Un poco andante  1:13
29 Var. XIII. Un poco più andante  0:50
30 Var. XIV. Presto, ma non troppo  1:22

Variations and Fugue in B-Flat Major on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
31 Thema. Aria  0:42
32 Variation I  0:50
33 Var. II  O:42
34 Var. III  0:43
35 Var. IV  0:36
36 Var. V  1:03
37 Var. V  0:56
38 Var. VII  0:34
39 Var. VIII  0:35
40 Var. IX  1:10
41 Var. X  0:41
42 Var. XI  0:55
43 Var. XII  1:04
44 Var. XIII  1:37
45 Var. XIV  0:34
46 Var. XV  0:40
47 Var. XVI  0:34
48 Var. XVII  0:29
49 Var. XVIII  0:47
50 Var. XIX  1:01
51 Var. XX  1:12
52 Var. XXI  0:46
53 Var. XXII  0:48
54 Var. XXIII  0:34
55 Var. XXIV  0:34
56 Var. XXV  0:38
57 Fuga  4:49

Recorded same place as above ; November 30, 1967 [# 1-30] ; & December 14, 1965 [# 31-57]

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Cd. 19

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
(1840-1893)

Piano Concerto n° 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23
1 I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso -  19:53
Allegro con spirito
2 II. Andante semplice - Prestissimo -  7:07
Tempo I
3 III. Allegro con fuoco - Allegro vivo  6:48

Gary Graffman - p
The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell - cond.

Recorded at Severance Hall, Cleveland ; January 25 & 25, 1969 [concerto] ; & Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York ; March 20, 1969 [cadenzas]

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Cd. 20

Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827)

Piano Sonata n° 21 in C Major, Op. 53
"Waldstein"
1 I. Allegro con brio  10:26
2 II. Introduzione. Adagio molto -  5:09
3 III. Rodo. Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo  10:10

Piano Sonata n° 23 in F Minor, Op. 57
"Appassionata"
4 I. Allegro assai  9:25
5 II. Andante con moto -  6:48
6 III. Allegro, ma non troppo - Presto  8:03

Recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York ; August 9, 1968 [# 1-3] ; March 2, 1970 [# 4-6]

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Cd. 21

Graffman Plays Chopin

Frédéric Chopin
(1810-1849)

1 Scherzo n° 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 31. Presto  9:32
2 Prélude in D-Flat Major, Op. 28 n° 15. Sostenuto  6:02
"Raindrop"
3 Prélude in D Minor, Op. 28 n° 24. Allegro appassionato  2:30
4 Ballade n° 1 in G Minor, Op. 23  8:44
Largo - Meno mosso - Presto con fuoco
5 Andante spianato in G Minor & Grande Plonaise brillante  13:24
in E-Flat Major, Op. 22
Tranquillo - Seplice - Allegro molto - Meno mosso
6 Noctune in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 n° 1  4:58
Larghetto
7 Noctune in D-Flat Major, Op. 27 n° 2  5:37
Lento sostenuto

Recorded same place as above ; December 28, 1971 [# 1-3, 6 & 7] ; Aprl 16, 1963 [# 4] ; & February 26, 1965 [# 5]

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Cd. 22

Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827)

Piano Sonata n° 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110
1 I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo  6:25
2 II. Allegro molto  2:07
3 III. Adagio ma non troppo -  10:51
Fuga. Allegro ma non troppo

Piano Sonata n° 32 in C Minor, Op. 111
4 I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato  8:34
5 II. Arietta. Adagio molto semplice e cantabile  16:27

Recorded same place as above ; April 8, 1975

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Cd. 23

Benjamin Lees
(1924-2010)

Piano Sonata n° 4
1 I. Allegro con energia  9:35
2 II. Adagio  8:23
3 III. Allegro deciso  7:02

Béla Bartók
(1881-1945)

Suite for Piano, Op. 14
4 I. Allegreto  1:59
5 II. Scherzo  1:40
6 III. Allegro molto  1:59
7 IV. Sostenut  2:51

Sergei Prokofiev
(1891-1953)

Piano Sonata n° 2 in D Minor, Op. 14
1 I. Allero, ma non toppo  6:05
2 II. Scherzo. Allegro marcato  1:49
3 III. Andante  4:25
4 IV. Vivace  4:13

Recorded same place as above ; Jun e 23, 1964 & April 3, 1967 [# 1-3] ; February 26, 1965 [# 4-7] ; & December 26, 1962 [# 8-11]

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Cd. 24

Music from the Woody Allen Film "Manhattan"

George Gershwin
(1898-1937)
Music orchestrated & adapter by Tom Pierson

1 Rhapsody in Blue  16:35
2 Land of the Gay Caballero  0:35
3 Someone to Watch Over Me  3:26
4 I've Got a Crush on You  0:44
5 Do, Do, Do  1:56
6 Mine  3:00
7 He Loves and She Loves  1:19
8 Bronco Busers  1:18
9 Oh, Lady Be Good !  0:58
10 'S Wonderful  1:04
11 Love is Here to Stay  2:46
12 Sweet and Low-Down  0:47
13 Blue Blue BLue  0:40
14 Embraceable You  1:49
15 He Loves and She Loves  1/19
16 Love is Sweeping the Country / Land of  0:43
the Gay Caballero
17 Strike Up the Band  0:37
18 But Not for Me  1:12

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Personnel
Gary Graffman - p [# 1]
Lewis Eley - vl [# 11]
Brian Konin - g [# 11]
Dick Hyman - p [# 6-11]
Milt Hinton - b [# 6-11]
Eric Cohen - dr [# 6-11]
New York Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta - cond.

Recorded same place as above ; March 7, 1979

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