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Ivory Classics 5th Anniversary CD - various pianists

Ivory Classics 5th Anniversary CD - various pianists

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Ivory Classics CD-72010
Ivory Classics 5th Anniversary CD

Turina Joaquin (1882-1949):
01. Rapsodia Sinfonica Op. 6608:34 ('68)

piano: Earl Wild
orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
conductor: Massimo Freccia

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849):
02. Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 17, No. 403:49 ('68)
piano: Dame Moura Lympany

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937):
03. Toccata from 'Le Tomeau de Couperin'03:48 ('94)
piano: Ralph Votapek

Franz Liszt (1811-1886):
04. Etudes d'Execution Transcendante No. 5 'Feux Follets'03:43 ('57)

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849):
05. Waltz No. 8 in A Flat Major, Op. 64 No. 302:42 ('84)

piano: Ruth Slenczynska

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924):
06. Barcarolle No. 6 in E Flat Major, Op. 7003:22 ('95)
07. Barcarolle No. 8 in E Flat Major, Op. 9603:07 ('95)

piano: David Korevaar

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791):
Sonata in C Major, K. 545
08. 1st Mvt.: Allegro02:58 ('63)
09. 2nd Mvt.: Andante04:30 ('63)
10. 3rd Mvt.: Rondo, Allegretto01:22 ('63)

piano: Ann Schein

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847):
11. Song without Words in A Minor Op. 38, No. 502:26 ('58)

piano: Shura Cherkassky

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937):
12. Menuet from 'Le Tombeau de Couperin'04:01 ('39)

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953):
13. Prelude in C Op. 1201:53 ('39)
piano: Nadia Reisenberg

Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837):
14. Rondo in E Flat04:27 ('00)

piano: Albert Wong

Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941):
15. Fantaise Polonaise Op. 1919:10 ('70)

piano: Earl Wild
orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
conductor: Arthur Fiedler

Producer: Michael Rolland Davis
Engineer: Ed Thompson
Piano: Baldwin, Steinway

Ivory Classics celebrates its 5th Anniversary with a new release that includes nine Ivory Classics artists. All selections on this new release are being presented on CD for the first time.

Ivory Classics celebrates its 5th Anniversary with a new release that includes nine Ivory Classics artists. The recording dates of these performances (all available on CD for the first time) range from 1939 through the year 2000. Some of the tracks are from concerts and some are studio recordings. The Turina Rapsodia sinfonica Op. 66 and the Paderewski Fantaisie Polonaise Op. 19 are both works for piano and orchestra that feature Grammy Award-winning pianist Earl Wild, conducted by Massimo Freccia and Arthur Fiedler respectively. The additional selections are all solo piano works played by pianists Dame Moura Lympany, Nadia Reisenberg, Ruth Slenczynska, Ann Schein, Shura Cherkassky, Ralph Votapek, David Korevaar and 10-year-old prodigy, Albert Wong. This is a unique disc - you will not be able to find these recorded works performed by the above artists on any other label. An interesting and highly unusual release all around! As unusual for Ivory, all selections have been remastered in 24-bit, HDCD encoded sound.


To commemorate their Fifth Anniversary, Ivory Classics has issued this disk featuring many artists heard on the label, all recordings never before released on CD. Earl Wild is featured on fifteen IC sets in repertory ranging from Beethoven and Brahms, Chopin, Schumann and Liszt, to 21st Century piano sonatas - as well as the pianist's historic Gershwin performances highlighted by Rhapsody in Blue in the 1945 recording conducted by Paul Whiteman... Two major Wild performances are on this new CD, Turina's Rapsodia sinfonica recorded in Walthamstow Hall in London in April 1968 for Readers Digest, three years after Wild made his superb recording of all of Rachmaninoff's concerted works with the Royal Philharmonic conducted by Jascha Horenstein. Again Wild shows his versatility in the Spanish idiom, with Massimo Freccia and the RPO offering strong support, and wonderfully natural sound from the Gerhardt/Wilkinson production team. Even more important is Paderewski's Fantasie-Polonaise recorded in 1970 with Arthur Fiedler and the LSO, a perfect supplement to Elan's CD mentioned above.

Many well-known pianists also are heard on this Ivory Classics disk - Moura Lympany, Ruth Slenczynska, Shura Cherkassky; other performances by Ralph Votapek, David Korevaar, Nadia Reisenberg and Ann Schein are equally impressive. And there is a look to the future. Albert Wong, born New Year's Day 1990 in Boston, has displayed astounding musicality and virtuosity, evidenced by this live recording of Hummel's Rondo in E Flat from Carnegie Hall November 29, 2000 on the occasion of Earl Wild's 85th Birthday Recital.

Highly recommended.

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