Thursday, August 25, 2016

John Ogdon - Legendary British Virtuoso (Part. 2 - cd. 10-17)

John Ogdon was born on 27th January, 1937 in Mansfield Woodhouse in Nottinghamshire and died on 1st August, 1989 in London. His first serious study of the piano was at the Royal Manchester College of Music where his contemporaries were Alexander Goehr, Harrison Birtwistle and Peter Maxwell Davies ; he also studied composition with Richard Hall, all of whom have music recorded in this collection. His prowess was noticed when he replaced an indisposed soloist in Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto in Liverpool and played almost at sight. At the age of 21 he made his London debut at the Proms in 1958 with Busoni’s Concerto (which he recorded in 1967).
In 1961 he was awarded the Liszt Prize in Budapest and the following year shared the coveted first prize at the Moscow Tchaikovsky competition with Vladimir Ashkenazy ; this achievement launched his international career. His recordings from this time not only attest to his remarkable virtuosity and intense musicianship but also his determination to explore both rarer and modern repertoire and give them the performances that show them to their best advantage.
This collection therefore contains not merely the classics — concertos by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Schumann and Grieg and solos by Liszt and Chopin — but rarer concertos by Mendelssohn, Glazunov Bartók as well as the aforementioned Busoni. The major contribution to the catalogue of recorded music must be the solo piano works by the 20th century composers : Sir Michael Tippett, Alan Rawsthorne, Alun Hoddinott, Christopher Headington, David Blake, Robert Sherlaw Johnson and his teacher and colleagues from his days in Mancheser : Richard Hall and the previously mentioned Goehr, Birtwistle and Maxwell Davies as well as works by himself. One further work requires especial mention : Ronald Stevenson’s Passacaglia on DSCH, the composer’s tribute to Dmitri Shostakovich.
At over 85 minutes duration it has to be split across two CDs and the work together with Ogdon’s support of it yielded the highest praise.

Source : http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/EMI/7046372

John Ogdon
Legendary British
Virtuoso
[part. II]

Tracks

Cd. 10

Béla Bartók
(1881-1945)

Piano Concerto n° 1, Sz83
1 I. Allegro moderato - Allegro - Allegro moderato  8:36
2 II. Andante  5:59
3 III. Allegro molto  7:07

Piano Concerto n° 3 in E major, Sz119
4 I. Allegretto  7:13
5 II. Adagio religioso  10:08
6 III. Allegro vivace  7:32

Sonata for Two Pianos & Percussion, Sz110
7 I. Assai lento - Allegro molto  12:49
8 II. Lento, ma non troppo  6:28
9 III. Allegro non troppo  6:27

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John Ogdon - p
Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent - dir. [# 1-6]
Brenda Lucas, piano [# 7-9]
James Holland & Tristan Fry - perc [# 7-9]

Recorded at N° 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London ; October 14 & 18, 1965 [# 1-6] ; & March 31, 1967 [# 7-9]

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Cd. 11

Paul Dukas
(1865-1935)

Piano Sonata in E-Flat minor
1 Modérément vite  10:09
2 Calme - Un peu lent - Très soutenu  9:57
3 Vivement, avec légèreté  8:51
4 Très lent - Animé  12:25

Florent Schmitt
(1870-1958)

Deux Mirages, Op. 70
5 N° 1. Et Pan, au fond des blés lunaires, s'accouda  5:39
6 N° 2. Le Tragique Chevauchée  5:59

Henri Dutilleux
(1916-2013)

Piano Sonata
7 I. Allegro con moto  8:30
8 II. Lied - assez lent  6:11
9 III. Choral et Variations  11:06

Recorded same place as above ; June 21 [# 5-6] ; 26 [# 7-9] ; & 29 & 30, 1972 [# 1-4]

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Cd. 12

Sir Michael Tippett
(1905-1998)

Piano Concerto
1 I. Allegro non troppo  15:57
2 II. Molto lento e tranquillo  8:14
3 III. Vivace  8:29

Piano Sonata n° 1
4 I. Allegro  7:54
5 II. Andante molto tranquillo  4:58
6 III. Presto  3:28
7 IV. Rondo giocoso con moto  4:22

8 Piano Sonata n° 2  11.39

Alan Rawsthorne
(1905-1971)

9 Ballade  10.42

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Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis - dir. [# 1-3]

Recorded same place as above ; December 23 & 24, 1963 [# 1-3] ; August 24, 1966 [# 4-7] ; December 30, 1963 [# 8] ; & September 12, 15 & 20, 1969 [# 9]

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Cd. 13

Dmitri Shostakovich
(1906-1975)

Piano Concerto n° 2 in F, Op. 102
1 I. Allegro  7:15
2 II. Andante  7:36
3 III. Allegro  5:28

John Ogdon
(1937-1989)

Piano Concerto n° 1
4 I. Energico  14:39
5 II. Moderato languido  6:41
6 III. Presto 5:37

Piano Sonata
7 I. Allegro  6:57
8 II. Andante  11:08
9 III. Allegro  5:48

Theme & Variations
10 Theme. Moderato  0:54
11 Var. 1. Con fuoco  0:52
12 Var. 2. Vivace  0:52
13 Var. 3. Allegretto  0:43
14 Var. 4. Andante  1:03
15 Var. 5. Andante  0:34
16 Var. 6. Prestissimo  0:29
17 Var. 7. Andantino  0:59
18 Var. 8. Marziale  0:28
19 Var 9. Scherzando  0:27
20 Var 10. Quodlibet. Capriccioso  0:38

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lawrence Foster - dir. [# 1-6]


Recorded same place as above ; December 21 & 22, 1970 [# 1-6] ; July 21, 1972 [# 7-9] ; & August 24, 1966 [# 10-20] 

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CD 14

Richard Hall
(1903-1982)

Suite
1 I. Prelude  0:58
2 II. Ostinto  1:54
3 III Intermezzo  1:58
4 IV. Scherzo  2:20
5 V. Second Ostinato  2:57
6 V. Recitative and Chorale  3:33

Alexander Goehr
(born 1932)

7 Sonata in one movement, Op. 2  13.32

Three Pieces, Op. 18
8 N° 1. Largamete  4:09
9 N° 2. Andante  2:44
10 N° 3. Molto allegro  4:17

Sir Harrison Birtwistle
(born 1934)

11 Précis  4.12

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
(born 1934)

Five Pieces, Op. 2
12 N° 1. Andante  1:22
13 N° 2. Allegro  1:50
14 N° 3. Andante  4:21
15 N° 4. Adagio non troppo  1:43
16 N° 5. Allegreto  3:23

David Blake
(born 1936)

17 Variations for Piano  6.38

Christopher Headington
(1930-1996)

18 Toccata  4.07

Recorded same place as above ; September 29 & 30*, 1964 [# 1-7 , 11-16 & 18*] ; September 12, 15 & 20, 1969 [# 8-10 & 17]

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CD 15

Alun Hoddinott
(1929-2008)

Sonata n° 2, Op. 27
1 I. Moderato  4:30
2 II. Adagio  4:55
3 III. Allegro  2:56

Robert Sherlaw Johnson
(1932-2000)

Piano Sonata n° 2
4 I. Tempo I & II  4:06
5 II. L'istesso tempo  9:05
6 III. Flexible tempo  8:39

Ronald Stevenson
(born 1928)

Passacaglia on DSCH – Opening

Pars prima
7 Sonata. Allegro moderato - Andantino - Allegro moderato  7:15
8 Waltz in rondo form  4:06
9 Comodo 'improvisando' -  12:47
Suite : Prelude - Sarabande - Jig - Sarabande - Minuet - Jig -
Gavotte - Polonaise
10 Pibroch Urlar. Lament for the Children  2:20
11 Episode. Arabesque variations - Nocturne  3:00

Recorded same place as above ; September 29 & 30, 1964 [#1-3] ; September 12, 15 & 20, 1969 [# 4-6] ; & August 22/24, 1966 [# 7-11]

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CD 16

Ronald Stevenson
(born 1928)

Passacaglia on DSCH

Pars altera
1 Fantasy-reverie/ Moderato - Fantastico  4:15
2 Fanfare. Allegro moderato - Forebodings - Alarm. Glimpse of a War Vision  2:13
3 Variations. 'Peace, Bread and the Land' (1917). Allegro moderato  2:19
4 Symphonic March. Alla marcia - Episode  3:11
5 Nello stile di un Fandango  1:53
6 Pedal-point. 'To emergent Africa' - Episode  1:57
7 Variations in C minor. Prestissimo  7:25

Pars tertia
8 Tribute to Bach. Adagio  2:24
Triple fugue over ground bass
9 1st subject. Allegro moderato  6:09
10 2nd subject. B-A-C-H  7:27
11 3rd subject. Dies irae (in memoriam the six million)  6:41
12 Final Variations on theme derived from ground bass. Adagissimo barocco  10:37

Olivier Messiaen
(1908-1992)

13 Cantéyodjayã  9.58

Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750)
(arr. Hess)

14 Prelude & Fugue in D, BWV 850 3.08
(from “The Well-Tempered Clavier, n° 5)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(1756-1791)

15 Fantasia in D minor, K.397  4.32

Recorded same place & date as above [# 1-12] ; March 29 & 30, 1961 [# 14 & 15] ; & July 25, 1972 [# 13]

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Cd. 17

Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827)

1 Andante favori in F, WoO 57  9.23

Robert Schumann
(1810-1856)

2 Nachtstück in F, Op. 23 n° 4  3.39

Claude Debussy
(1862-1918)

3 Clair de lune (from Suite bergamasque, n° 3)  4.58
4 La danse de Puck (from Prélude Book 1 n° 11)  2.26
5 La fille aux cheveux de lin (from Prélude Book 1 n° 8)  2.25

Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750)
(arr. Hess)

6 Chorale Prelude: Jesus bleibet meine Freude  3.52
(Jesu, joy of man’s desiring] (from Cantata n° 147)

Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827)

7 Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 60 “Für Elise”  3.00

Moritz Moszkowski
(1854-1925)

8 Valse in E Major, Op. 34 n° 1  6.41

Cécile Chaminade
(1857-1944)

9 Études de concert, Op. 35 n° 2 "Automne"  6.34

Jacques Ibert
(1890-1952)

10 Histoires n° 2. "Le Petit âne blanc"  2.16

Francis Poulenc
(1899-1963)

11 Mouvements Perpétuels n° 1. Assez modéré  1.20

Isaac Albéniz 
(1860-1909)

12 Tango in D, Op. 165 n° 2  2.09

Enrique Granados
(1867-1916)

13 Goyescas n° 4 - "Quejas o la maja y el ruiseñor"  6.13
("The Maiden and the Nightingale")

Edvard Grieg
(1843-1907)

14 Bryllupsdag pa Troldhaugen (from Lyric Pieces, Book 8), Op. 65  6.32
(Wedding Day at Troldhuagen)

Christian Sinding
(1856-1941)

15 Concert Study “Rustle of Spring”, Op. 32 n° 3  2.22

John Ireland
(1879-1962)

16 The Holy Boy  4.02
17 April  3.41

Cyril Scott
(1879-1970)

18 Lotus Land, Op. 47 n° 1  4.14
19 Danse nègre, Op. 58 n° 5  2.00

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Recorded same place as above [# 1-5] ; & July 14, 1972 [# 6-19]

9 comments:

Chesco said...

Hello Mel from Spain and thank you very much for this. You are good, you are good. Gracias, muchas gracias.

rubingould said...

Thank you so much!!!

CM said...

thanks, with the recent death of Stevenson, this will even more appreciated. Thanks again, C

BachRocks44 said...

It is such a treat to discover these classical gems. Thank you for the Ogdon and the Magaloff!

Paul Brigg said...

Many thanks!

Apart from all the other wonderful pieces, I've been hoping to find the Headington Toccata for many years!

Anonymous said...

Hello! First of all, many thanks for sharing so many treasures on your blog. Would a reupload of the Ogdon - Legendary British Virtuoso be possible? Many thanks in advance.

Melanchthon said...

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Anonymous said...

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Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

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Awesome
Thanks Mel
Pedro