Saturday, November 19, 2016

Anatole Kitain - Complete Columbia Recordings (1936-1939)

What factors determine your admission into the pantheon of great artists ? Talent, of course, but also luck — or the lack of it — must play a part. How else could Anatole Kitain (1903-80) have been so completely forgotten ? APR first issued this collection nearly 20 years ago, yet Kitain’s status has remained exactly the same as it was : nowhere. Now repackaged in the label’s smart standard livery, Bryan Crimp’s exemplary transfers present a compelling portrait of a player who, while detached and emotionally cool (the heights of passion elude him), is among the most glittering, elegant pianists on disc.
Look no further than the first item, Chopin’s Rondo in E-Flat (its earliest recording and, for me, still the finest), tossed off with suave panache and, like all these discs, bathed in a warm, pearly tone that enchants the ear. This is followed by the minor masterpiece that is the Mazurka in A minor, Op 17, n° 4, in which Kitain allows its baleful tale to unfold without any added self-indulgent sentimentality. The rest of the Chopin selection has many passing felicities – the gracefully graded return to the main subject of the Scherzo n° 1, for example, the veiled left hand in the E-Flat minor Etude (doubtless not to everyone’s taste) and the fabulous articulation in the Revolutionary Etude.
Kitain offers a very different perspective on ‘Vallée d’Obermann’ (another first recording ?) to Horowitz’s nerve-shredding ecstasy, one which many will find too glibly matter-of-fact, hardly the case in the two Petrarch Sonnets and the dazzling dispatch of ‘Feux follets’. The Brahms Ballade and Op. 39 Waltzes would not on their own be reasons for investing in this set, nor Schumann’s Toccata, though Kitain sends it spinning on its tedious way with more musicality than Barere could muster. What clinches it for me is the fabulous account of Godowsky’s potpourri on themes from Die Fledermaus, in which Kitain’s phenomenal technique, aristocratic poise and lucid handling of the contrapuntal textures (mischievously witty as surely intended) are in a class attained by only a chosen few.
Jeremy Nicholas

Source : http://www.gramophone.co.uk/review/anatole-kitain-the-complete-columbia-recordings-1936-39

Anatole Kitain
The Complete Columbia Recordings
(1936-1939)

Tracks

Cd. 1

Frédéric Chopin
(1810-1849)

1 Introduction in C minor & Rondo in E-Flat Major, Op. 16  8:26
2 Mazurka n° 13 in A Minor, Op. 17, n° 4  3:35
3 Ballade n° 2 in F Major, Op. 38  6:02
4 Ballade n° 3 in A-Flat Major, Op. 47  6:30
5 Scherzo n° 1 in B Minor, Op. 20  7:57

Etudes, Op. 10
6 N° 5 in G-Flat Major 'Black Keyes'  1:21
7 N° 6 in E-Flat Minor  2:15
8 N° 7 in C Major  1:26
9 N° 8 in F Major  2:05
10 N° 12 in C minor 'Revolutionary'  2:19

Franz Liszt
(1811-1886)

11 Waldesrauschen, S. 145, n° 1  3:22
12 Vallée d'Obermann (Années de Pèlerinage, I,6), S. 160, n° 6  9:59
13 Sonetto del Petrarca n° 47 (Benedetto sia'l giorno- II), (Années de Pèlerinage II,4), S. 161, n° 4  4:42
14 Sonetto del Petrarca n° 123 (I'vidi in terra angelica costumi- II, Années de Pèlerinage II,6), S. 161, n° 6  4:24
15 Feux-follets (Transcendental Etude n° 5 in B-Flat Major, S. 139, n° 5)  3:57

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Cd. 2

Robert Schumann
(1810-1856)

1 Toccata in C Major, Op. 7  4:41

Johannes Brahms
(1833-1897)

2 Ballade in D minor ('Edward'), Op. 10, n° 1  3:32

Waltzes, Op. 39
3 N° 1 in B Major  0:48
4 N° 2 in E Major  1:32
5 N° 3 in G-Sharp Major  1:04
6 N° 4 in E Minor  1:29
7 N° 5 in E Major  1:01
8 N° 6 in C-Sharp Major  0:51
9 N° 7 in C-Sharp Minor  2:22
10 N° 8 in B-Flat Major  1:22
11 N° 9 in D Minor  0:52
12 N° 10 in G Major  0:31
13 N° 11 in B Minor  1:17
14 N° 12 in G Major  1:13
15 N° 13 in B Minor  0:50
16 N° 14 in E Major  1:25
17 N° 15 in B Major  1:25
18 N° 16 in G-Sharp Minor  0:48

Alexander Scriabin
(1872-1915)

19 Etude in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 2, n° 1  2:14
20 Prelude in A minor, Op. 11 n° 2  1:44
21 Mazurka in E minor, Op. 25 n° 3  1:54

Serguei Rachmaninov
(1873-1943)

22 Elégie in E-Flat Minor (Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3, n° 1)  4:48
23 Etude-Tableau in F Minor, Op. 33 n° 1  1:59
24 Prelude n° 23 in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 32 n° 12  2:01

Johannes Strauss
(1825-1899)

25 Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes's 'Die Fledermaus'  7:57
(arr. Godowsky)

Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov
(1844-1908)

26 The Flight of the Bumble-Bee, (from "The Tale of Tsar Saltan")  1:01
(arr. Strimer)

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Anatole Kitain - p

Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London ; July 6, 1937 [Cd. 1, # 4, 6-9] ; February 18, 1938 [Cd. 1, # 1 & 2] ; February 22, 1938 [Cd. 1, # 10 ; Cd. 2, # 21, 22 & 26] ; February 25, 1938 [Cd. 2, # 2] ; June 18, 1938 & February 18, 1938 [Cd. 2, # 3-18] ; June 20, 1938 [Cd. 1, #, 11 ; Cd. 2, # 23 & 24] ; June 27, 1938 [Cd. 1, # 3 & 5 ; Cd. 2, # 1, 19 & 20] ; April 17, 1939 [Cd. 2, # 25] ; April 17/18 & 18*, 1939 [Cd. 1, # 12 & 13*] ; & in Paris ; July 21, 1936 [Cd. 1, # 14 & 15]

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Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Hi,
Nice to see you again!
Thank you very much
Pedro

rubingould said...

Thank you so much, Mel!

Anonymous said...

Thanks MM, unknown to me, and thanks again for coming back!

theblueamos said...

Thank you very much for this new surprise.Best from Jerusalem

Daver88 said...

Many thanks Mel. I have a recording of Kitain playing Bach & Scarlatti on the Siena Pianoforte. To quote the source of this recording we have a mystery pianist playing a mystery piano.

I look forward to hearing these Columbia recordings

Historicus said...

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BachRocks44 said...

I am THRILLED to see you back!! Thank you for this interesting recording. I'm a pianist and have collected piano music for over 50 years, and I have never heard of this pianist. You have contributed a great deal to my ongoing education. Thank you.

JLJ said...

One week without seeing you. It was long and I was afraid that the blog was over.
What a pleasure to see you back !
Thank you and all the best !
Jean-Louis