Monday, August 22, 2016

John Ogdon - Legendary British Virtuoso (Part. 1 - cd. 1-9)

To tie in with the 75th birthday year of John Ogdon, EMI Icons brings out its largest anthology devoted to the late British pianist, who died at 52 in 1989. It includes items that have been out of the catalog for some time, along with the contents of a 2007 four-CD set that I reviewed for Classicstoday.com. The present 17 discs embrace a wide spectrum of the pianist’s catholic repertoire from Bach to Bartók and beyond, providing ample evidence both of Ogdon’s remarkable pianistic gifts and his erratic interpretive temperament.
Most of the encore-type fare on Disc 17 sounds like extremely accomplished sight-reading : the square Bach-Hess Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, the listless Debussy Clair de lune, and a “just the notes, ma’am” attitude toward the Albéniz Tango in D at far remove from Alicia de Larrocha’s lovingly detailed traversal. Yet Ogdon catches you off guard with a passionate, almost explosive rendition of Sinding’s once-popular salon piece Rustle of Spring, an energetic and characterful Moszkowski Valse Op. 34 n° 1, and a cool, debonair Poulenc Mouvements perpétuels n° 1. Ogdon’s Chopin hits and misses, between a slapdash “Revolutionary” Etude and an unusually terse, well-thought-out Scherzo n° 3. Ogdon also could be incandescent and perfunctory in the same performance, as the Rachmaninov Second and Tchaikovsky First concertos, Liszt’s Fifteenth Rhapsody, Valse Oubliée n° 1, and B minor sonata bear out.
But when it came to new music, oddball repertoire, or large-scale works containing millions of notes, Ogdon usually rose to the occasion. His extremely rare recording of Ronald Stevenson’s massive Passacaglia on DSCH (the musical notes D, E-Flat, C, B that spell out Shostakovich’s signature motto theme) surpasses both of the composer’s own recordings for dynamic variety and virtuosic sheen, as well as more extreme, dramatically contrasted tempos. He similarly sails through Busoni’s Piano Concerto, the Dukas Piano Sonata, plus the Piano Concerto and first two sonatas of Michael Tippett (sound sample below).
He serves up an atypically impetuous, driven Messaien Cantéyodjaya while making a lovingly nuanced case for Robert Sherlaw Johnson’s quite Messiaenic Piano Sonata n° 2 (incidentally, Sherlaw Johnson made some superb Messiaen piano recordings for Argo in the late 1960s ; they deserve reissue). Rehearing the masterfully lithe 1971 Rachmaninov Etudes-Tableaux reconfirms their standing among the crown jewels in Ogdon’s discography. No matter how thick or unwieldy the textures, Ogdon takes Rachmaninov’s challenges in easy stride.
Jeremy Nicholas’ frank and informative booklet notes discuss these recordings in the context of Ogdon’s life and career, although I noticed one small error. Nicholas writes that the aforementioned Busoni Concerto represents conductor/Busoni scholar Daniell Revenaugh’s only commercial recording. In fact, the Busoni Concerto sessions also yielded the same composer’s Sarabande & Cortège for orchestra, while at least three commercial releases feature Revenaugh as pianist.
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Source : http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/Name/Richard-Hall/Composer/75992-1

John Ogdon
Legendary British
Virtuoso

Tracks
Cd. 1

Felix Mendelssohn
(1809-1847)

Piano Concerto n° 1 in G minor, Op. 25
1 I. Molto allegro con fuoco  7:32
2 II. Andante  6:47
3 III. Presto - Molto allegro e vivace  6:06

Piano Concerto n° 2 in D minor, Op. 40
1 I. Allegro appassionato  9:59
2 II. Adagio  9:20
3 III. Finale. Presto scherzando  6:45

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London Symphony Orchestra, Aldo Ceccato - dir.

Recorded at N° 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London ; September 7/9, 1969

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Cd. 2

Felix Mendelssohn
(1809-1847)

1 Rondo brillant in E-Flat, Op. 29  9.26

Edvard Grieg
(1843-1907)

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
2 I. Allegro molto moderato  11:37
3 II. Adagio  6:51
4 III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato  10:13

Alexander Glazunov
(1865-1936)

Piano Concerto n° 1 in F minor, Op. 92
5 I. Allegro moderato/II. Tema con variazioni  10:53
6 Tema. Andantino tranquillo  1:38
7 Variation 1  1:09
8 Variation 2. Cromatica (Andantino)  0:51
9 Variation 3. Eroica (Allegro moderato)  1:00
10 Variation 4. Lyrica (Adagio)  2:14
11 Variation 5. Intermezzo (Allegro)  2:14
12 Variation 6. Quasi una fantasia (Lento)  2:02
13 Variation 7. Mazurka (Allegretto)  1:22
14 Variation 8. Scherzo (Allegro ma non roppo)  1:33
15 Variation 9. Finale (Allegro moderato)  3:09

Ferruccio Busoni
(1866-1924)

16 Ten Variations on Chopin’s Prelude in C minor, Op. 22  8.52


John Ogdon - p
London Symphony Orchestra, Aldo Ceccato [# 1]
New Philharmonia Orchestra, Paavo Berglund - dir. [# 2-4]
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Berglund - dir. [# 5-15]

Recorded same place and date as above [# 1] ; December 21, 1971 [# 2-4] ; January 8/9, 1976 [# 5-15] ; & December 19 & 23, 1960 [# 16]

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Cd. 3

Peter Il’yich Tchaikovsky
(1840-1893)

Piano Concerto n° 1 in B-Flat minor, Op. 23
1 I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito  19:23
2 II. Andante semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I  7:09
3 III. Allegro con fuoco  6:55

César Franck
(1822-1890)

Symphonic Variations
4 Poco Allegro -  4:16
5 Allegretto quasi andante - 3:57
6 Molto più lento - 3:46
7 Allegro non troppo  4:15

Franz Liszt
(1811-1886)

Fantasia on Hungarian Folktunes, S.123
8 Andante mesto -  3:28
9 Allegro eroico -  2:58
10 Molto adagio, quasi fantasia -  1:51
11 Allegreto alla Zingarese -  3:40
12 Vivace assai  3:24

Franz Liszt
(1811-1886)
arr. Ferruccio Busoni
(1866-1924)

Rhapsodie espagnole, S.254
13 Lento -  1:16
14 Andante moderato (Folies d'Espagne) -  4:16
15 Allegro (Jota aragonese) -  7:49
16 Non troppo allegro  1:21

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John Ogdon - p
Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli - dir. [# 1-7]
Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir John Pritchard - dir. [# 8-16]

Recorded same place as above ; December 17 & 18, 1962 [# 1-7] ; & December 22, 1962 [# 8-16]

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Cd. 4

Ferruccio Busoni
(1866-1924)

Concerto for piano, orchestra and male chorus, Op. 39
1 I. Prologo e introit  16:12
2 II. Pezzo giocoso  9:05
3 III. Pezzo serioso (Introductio - Prima pars -  20:01
Altera pars - Ultima pars)
4 IV. All'italiana (Tarantella)  12:47
5 V. Cantico*  10:22

6 Turandots Frauengemach (Intermezzo) (N° 4 of Elegies)  3:27
7 Sonatina n° 6 (Chamber fantasy on Bizet’s Carmen)  7:33


John Ogdon - p
*Men’s voices of the John Alldis Choir
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniel Revenaugh - dir. [# 1-5]

Recorded same place as above ; July 20/22, 26 & 28, 1967 [# 1-5] ; & December 19 & 23, 1960 [# 6 & 7]

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Cd. 5

Sergei Rachmaninov
(1873-1943)

Piano Concerto n° 2 in C minor, Op. 18
1 I. Moderato  11:25
2 II. Adagio sostenuto  12:18
3 III. Allegro scherzando 11:36

Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43
4 Introduction. Allegro vivace  0:10
5 Variation I. Precedente  0:21
6 Thema. L'Istesso tempo  0:19
7 Variation II. L'Istesso tempo  0:19
8 Variation III. L'Istesso tempo  0:25
9 Variation IV. Più vivo  0:31
10 Variation V. Tempo precedente  0:30
11 Variation VI. L'Istesso tempo  1:08
12 Variation VII. Menomosso, a tempo moderato  0:58
13 Variation VIII. Tempo 1  0:34
14 Variation IX. L'Istesso tempo  0:33
15 Variation X Variation X (♩ = ♩)  0:53
16 Variation XI. Moderato  1:19
17 Variation XII. Tempo di minuetto  1:28
18 Variation XIII. Allegro  0:29
19 Variation XIV. L'Istesso tempo  0:43
20 Variation XV. Più vivo, scherzando  1:09
21 Variation XVI. Allegretto  1:41
22 Variation XVII (♩ = ♩.)  1:55
23 Variation XVIII. Andante cantabile  2:57
24 Variation XIX. A tempo vivace  0:33
25 Variation XX. Un poco più vivo  0:35
26 Variation XXI. Un poco più vivo  0:26
27 Variation XXII. Un poco più vivo (alla breve)  1:43
28 Variation XXIII. L'Istesso tempo  0:56
29 Variation XXIV. A tempo un poco meno mosso - Più vivo  1:17

Gabriel Fauré
(1845-1924)

30 Ballade in F-Sharp major, Op. 19  13:14

Henry Litolff
(1818-1891)

31 Scherzo (Concerto symphonique n° 4 in D minor, Op. 102)  6:47

John Ogdon - p
Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir John Pritchard - dir. [# 1-29]
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Louis Frémaux - dir. [# 31]

Recorded same place as above ; January 29/31, 1962 [# 1-3] ; December 21, 1963 [# 4-29] ;  & at De Montfort Hall, Leicester ; June 17 & 18, 1971 [# 30 & 31]

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Cd. 6

Frédéric Chopin
(1810-1849)


Études, Op. 10
1 N° 3 in E major  4:12
2 N° 12 in C minor “Revolutionary”  2:25


Nocturnes
3 Op. 9 n° 2 in E-Flat  5:13
4 Op. 15 n° 2 in F-Sharp  3:40


5 Ballade n° 1 in G minor, Op. 23  8:30

Préludes, Op. 28
6 N° 7 in A. Andantino  0:50
7 N° 15 in D-Flat “Raindrop”. Sostenuto  5:58


Mazurkas
8 Op. 7 N° 1 in B-Flat  1:50
9 Op. 33 N° 2 in D  1:52


10 Scherzo N° 3 in C-Sharp minor, Op. 39  7:12

Polonaises
11 Op. 40 n° 1 in A major “Military”  3:23
12 Op. 53 in A-Flat major “Héroique”  6:01


Waltzes, Op. 64
13 N° 1 in D-Flat “Minute”  1:45
14 N° 2 in C-Sharp minor  3:00

15 Fantaisie-impromptu in C-Sharp minor, Op. 66  4:20

Franz Liszt
(1811-1886)


16 Un sospiro (Trois Études de concert, S144)  5:33


Liebesträume
17 N° 1 in A-Flat  5:36
18 N° 3 in A-Flat  4:34



Recorded at N° 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London ; June 14/16, 1968 [# 1-9, 13-15] ; March 14/16, 1961 [# 10] ; & July 25 & 26, 1967 [# 16-18]

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Cd. 7

Franz Liszt
(1811-1886)


Piano Sonata in B minor, S178
1 Lento assai - Allegro energico - Grandioso -  7:51
2 Allegro energico - Recitaivo -  4:09
3 Andante sostenuto - Quasi adagio -  8:11
4 Allegro energico (Fugue) -  1:36
5 (Recapitulation) - Più mosso - Stretta quasi presto -  4:36
6 (Coda) Presto - Prestissimo - Andante sostenuto - Allegro moderato - Lento assai  4:36


Zwei Konzertstüdien, S145
7 N° 1. Waldesrauschen  4.26
8 N° 2. Gnomenreigen  2.13


Trauervorspeil und Trauermarsch, S206
9 Trauervorspeil  1:45
10 Trauermarsch  6:17


11 En rêve - Nocturne. Andantino S207  2:37
12 Réminiscenses de Don Juan, S418 (Mozart)  16:57
13 Réminiscences de Simone Boccanegra, S438 (Verdi)  11:51


Recorded same place as above ; April 24, 1964 [# 1-6] ; July 25 & 26, 1967 [# 7 & 8] ; & August 9/12, 1965 [# 9-13]

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Cd. 8


Franz Liszt
(1811-1886)


1 Après une lecture du Dante : Fantasia quasi Sonata  17:01
(Années de pélerinage 2e année: Italie, S161)
2 Mephisto Waltz n° 1. Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S514  11:14
3 Mephisto Waltz n° 3, S216  8:45
4 Csardas macabre, S224  6:23
5 Polonaise n° 2 in E major, S.223  8:55
6 Hungarian Rhapsody n° 15 in A minor (Rákóczi March), S244  6:30


Étude d’exécution transcendante d’après Paganini, S140
7 N° 2 in E-Flat (Octaves)  4:21
8 N° 3 in G-Sharp minor (La Campanella)  4:13
(arr. Busoni)


9 Funérailles (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S173)  10:.19
10 Valse oubliée n° 1, S215  2:22


Recorded same place as above ; March 29 & 30, 1961 [# 1, 2 & 8] ; August 10, 1965 [# 3 & 4] ; July 25 & 26, 1967 [# 5-7, 9 & 10] 

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Cd. 9

Sergei Rachmaninov 
(1873-1943)

Études tableaux, Op. 33
1 N° 1 in F minor Allego non troppo.  2:11
2 N° 2 in C major Allegro.  1:52
3 N° 3 in C minor Grave.  3:30
4 N° 4 in D minor Moderato.  2:43
5 N° 5 in E-Flat minor Non allegro - Presto.  1:23
6 N° 6 in E-Flat major Allegro con fuoco.  1:51
7 N° 7 in G minor Moderato.  3:51
8 N° 8 in C-Sharp minor. Grave  2:27


Études tableaux, Op. 39
9 N° 1 in C minor. Allegro agitato  3:17
10 N° 2 in A minor. Lento assai  5:45
11 N° 3 in F-Sharp minor. Allegro molto  2:32
12 N° 4 in B minor. Allegro assai  3:50
13 N° 5 in E-Flat minor. Appassionato  4:15
14 N° 6 in A minor. Allegro  2:25
15 N° 7 in C minor. Lento  7:05
16 N° 8 in D minor.  Allegro moderato  3:32
17 N° 9 in D major. Allegro moderato  3:49


18 Prelude in C-Sharp minor, Op. 3 n° 2  4:03

Recorded same place as above ; March 23/25, 1971 [# 1-17] ; & July 14, 1972 [# 18]

8 comments:

carrolin said...

Muchas gracias

CM said...

Thanks! Will you be posting part 2? I am very interested in hearing the Stevenson DSCH work, thanks again! Kind regards, Craig

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