The Creators - Composers Playing Their Own Works at the Piano (10CD)

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At the beginning of the previous century, piano rolls, wax cylinders and shellac discs offered composers the very first opportunity of preserving their own musical works for eternity - through their own fingers, so to speak.

 

The piano recordings of that era form a particularly precious trove of musical treasures, the value of which is difficult to estimate. Although composers cannot always be the best performers of their own works - due to certain deficits in playing techniques - their renditions do convey an impression of their intentions during the creative process.

 

This 10CD set was compiled by Ingo Harden, who has been one of the leading expert observers and critics on the concert scene for some decades; as a co-writer of the book Pianisten-Profile, Ingo Harden has also written an acknowledged reference work on past and present masters on this instrument.

 

These ten CDs have been restored using the very latest in digital audio technology, and convey to today's listeners an authentic impression of the countless works that have been enhancing our concert programmes for decades - now presented through the fingers of the works' creators. Just which emotions are unleashed when listening to the playing of Gustav Mahler, Richard Struass, Edvard Grieg, Claude Debussy or Maurice Ravel, for example? What can be learned from listening to Bartok, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Stravinsky or Gershwin interpreting their own works?

 

This 10CD set is also good for the occasional surprise, however: a recording of Hindemith, for example, "stabbing" his own composition directly into the piano roll - and those legendary pianists Dinu Lupatti and Vladimir Horowitz performing their own works.

 

The 176 recordings chosen by Ingo Harden have been compiled objectively according to style and origin, and have been described in a comprehensive accompanying booklet. The great piano virtuosos were deliberately avoided while putting together this compilation - unless such instrumentalists also proved to be exceptional composers. As such this release remains a true documentation of the musical creators dealing with their own works.

 

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Tracklisting:

 

Track Listing - Disc 1

 

1. Salome, Op. 54 - Fragment 1 - Richard Strauss - 1:15
2. Salome, Op. 54 - Fragment 2 - Richard Strauss - 1:25
3. Salome, Op. 54 - Tanz der Sieben - Richard Strauss - 7:03
4. Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 - Liebesszene - Richard Strauss - 3:46
5. Feuersnot, Op. 50 - Liebesszene - Richard Strauss - 6:27
6. Feuersnot, Op. 50 - Intermezzo, Op. 9/3 (from Stimmungsbilder) - Richard Strauss - 3:35
7. Feuersnot, Op. 50 - Träumerei, Op. 9/4 (from Stimmungsbilder) - Richard Strauss - 2:51
8. Hansel und Gretel - Duet. Abends will ich schlafen gehn - Engelbert Humperdinck - 6:54
9. Tiefland - Pedros Auftritt, Nuris Lied, Spanisches Tanzlied - Eugen d'Albert - 7:28
10. Piano Suite, Op. 1 - Movement 4 - Eugen d'Albert - 3:50
11. Piano Suite, Op. 1 - Scherzo, Op. 16/2 (from Four Piano Pieces) - Eugen d'Albert - 3:46
12. Piano Sonata, Op. 1 - Finale, Passacaglia - Erich Wolfgang Korngold - 5:03
13. Die tote Stadt, Op. 12 - Improvisation - Erich Wolfgang Korngold - 3:19
14. Die Kathrin, Op. 28 - Improvisation - Erich Wolfgang Korngold - 3:12

 

Track Listing - Disc 2

 

1. Ungarischer Tanz, Wo01 - Excerpt (with announcement) - Johannes Brahms - 1:08
2. Ging' heut morgen über's Feld (No. 2, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen) - Gustav Mahler - 3:01
3. Ich ging mit Lust durch einen grünen Wald (from Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit) - Gustav Mahler - 3:05
4. Symphony No. 4 - Movement 4 - Gustav Mahler - 6:27
5. Symphony No. 5 - Movement 1 - Gustav Mahler - 12:55
6. Five Humoresques, Op. 20 - No. 5. Vivace assai - Max Reger - 2:33
7. Aus meinem Tagebuch, Op. 82 - No. 3. Andante sostenuto - Max Reger - 4:17
8. Aus eminem Tagebuch, Op. 82 - No. 5. Moderato - Max Reger - 4:00
9. Aus meinem Tagebuch, Op. 82 - No. 6. Sostenuto - Max Reger - 3:37
10. Aus meinem Tagebuch, Op. 82 - No. 10. Andante innocente - Max Reger - 3:16
11.Aus meinem Tagebuch, Op. 82 - No. 11. Sostenuto ed espressivo - Max Reger - 4:43
12. Six Intermezzos, Op. 45 - No. 5. Mit großer Leidenschaft und Energie - Max Reger - 3:26
13. Toccata for mechanical piano - Paul Hindemith - 2:08
14. Foxtrot in C major - Eduard Erdmann - 3:02

 

Track Listing - Disc 3

 

1. Samson und Delilah, Op. 47 - Improvisation - Camille Saint-Saëns - 4:50
2. Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 22 - Movement 1 (Auszüge) - Camille Saint-Saëns - 3:45
3. Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 22 - Valse mignonne, Op. 104 - Camille Saint-Saëns - 2:21
4. Suite algérienne, Op. 60 - No. 4. Marche - Camille Saint-Saëns - 3:35
5. Rhapsodie d'Auvergne, Op. 73 - Camille Saint-Saëns - 8:07
6. Pavane, Op. 50 - Gabriel Fauré - 4:23
7. Doctor Gradus und Parnassus (from Children's Corner) - Claude Debussy - 1:42
8. The Little Shepherd (from Children's Corner) - Claude Debussy - 1:44
9. Golliwog's Cake Walk (from Children's Corner) - Claude Debussy - 2:42
10. La Soirée dans Grenade (No. 2, Estampes) - Claude Debussy - 5:26
11. La plus que lente - Claude Debussy - 3:31
12. Danseuses de Delphes (No. 1, Préludes, Book 1) - Claude Debussy - 2:59
13. Le vent (No. 3, Préludes, Book 1) - Claude Debussy - 2:10
14. La Cathedrale engloutie (No. 10, Préludes, Book 1) - Claude Debussy - 5:38
15. La danse de Puck (No. 11, Préludes, Book 1) - Claude Debussy - 2:24
16. Minstrels (No. 12, Préludes, Book 1) - Claude Debussy - 2:03
17. Sonatina - 1. Modéré - Maurice Ravel - 3:22
18. Sonatina - Pavane pour une infante défunte - Maurice Ravel - 5:07
19. Sonatina - Valses nobles et sentimentales - Maurice Ravel - 12:52

 

Track Listing - Disc 4

 

1. Saudades do Brazil, Op. 67 - 1. Sorocabo / 3. Leme - Darius Milhaud - 3:17
2. Scaramouche, Op. 165b - 1. Vif - Darius Milhaud - 2:41
3. Scaramouche, Op. 165b - 2. Modéré - Darius Milhaud - 3:32
4. Scaramouche, Op. 165b - 3. Brazileira - Darius Milhaud - 2:06
5. Firebird Suite - Schluss des 1. Bildes / 2. Bild - Igor Stravinsky - 7:59
6. Study for pianola - Igor Stravinsky - 2:34
7. Piano Sonata - Movement 1 - Igor Stravinsky - 3:28
8. Piano Sonata - Movement 2 - Igor Stravinsky - 4:45
9. Piano Sonata - Movement 3 - Igor Stravinsky - 3:08
10. Trois mouvements perpétuels - Francis Poulenc - 4:55
11. Suite française - 1. Bransle de Bourgogne - Francis Poulenc - 1:07
12. Suite française - 2. Pavane - Francis Poulenc - 2:53
13. Suite française - 3. Petite marche - Francis Poulenc - 0:58
14. Suite française - 4. Complainte - Francis Poulenc - 1:32
15. Suite française - 5. Bransle de Champagne - Francis Poulenc - 2:23
16. Suite française - 6. Sicilienne - Francis Poulenc - 2:16
17. Suite française - 7. Carillon - Francis Poulenc - 1:39
18. Visions de l'Amen - No. 4. Amen du Désir - Olivier Messiaen - 10:32
19. Visions de l'Amen - No. 7. Amen de la Consommation - Olivier Messiaen - 3:47

 

Track Listing - Disc 5

 

1. Schmetterling, Op. 43/1 (from Lyric Pieces) - Edvard Grieg - 2:02
2. Vöglein, Op. 43/3 (from Lyric Pieces) - Edvard Grieg - 1:33
3. Norwegischer Brautzug im Vorüberziehen, Op. 19/2 (from Aus dem Volksleben) - Edvard Grieg - 3:29
4. Improvisations - Improvisation 1 (with announcement) - Isaac Albéniz - 1:23
5. Improvisations - Improvisation 2 - Isaac Albéniz - 0:47
6. Andaluza (No. 5, Danzas españolas) - Enriqué Granados - 4:00
7. Goyescas - 1. Los Requiebros - Enriqué Granados - 8:01
8. Goyescas - 3. El Fandango de Candil - Enriqué Granados - 6:19
9. Goyescas - 4. Quejas ò la Maya y el Ruiseñor - Enriqué Granados - 7:06
10. Cuatro piezas españolas - 1. Aragonesa - Manuel de Falla - 2:54
11. Cuatro piezas españolas - 2. Cubana - Manuel de Falla - 3:41
12. Cançons i dansas No. 3 - Federico Mompou - 4:06
13. Pagliacci - Intermezzo - Ruggero Leoncavallo - 3:06
14. Pagliacci - Romance in A minor - Ruggero Leoncavallo - 2:19
15. Berceuse triste, Op. 14 - Alfredo Casella - 2:40
16. Barcarola, Op. 15 - Alfredo Casella - 3:46
17. Inezie - Alfredo Casella - 3:35

 

Track Listing - Disc 6

 

1. Prélude, Op. 3/2 (Morceaux de Fantaisie) - Sergey Rachmaninov - 3:36
2. Polka d V.R. - Sergey Rachmaninov - 3:48
3. Prélude No. 5 in G minor, Op. 23/5 - Sergey Rachmaninov - 3:33
4. Prélude No. 5 in G major, Op. 32/5 - Sergey Rachmaninov - 2:59
5. Prélude No. 12 in G sharp minor, Op. 23/12 - Sergey Rachmaninov - 2:29
6. Prélude No. 10 in G flat major, Op. 23/10 - Sergey Rachmaninov - 3:16
7. Prélude No. 3 in E major, Op. 32/3 - Sergey Rachmaninov - 2:18
8. Prélude No. 6 in F minor, Op. 32/6 - Sergey Rachmaninov - 1:19
9. Prélude No. 7 in F major, Op. 32/7 - Sergey Rachmaninov - 2:13
10. 6 Moments musicaux, Op. 16 - 2. Allegretto - Sergey Rachmaninov - 2:51
11. Pieces - Oriental Sketch - Sergey Rachmaninov - 1:48
12. Etude in D sharp minor, Op. 8/12 - Alexander Scriabin - 1:48
13. Prélude No. 1 in C major, Op. 11/1 - Alexander Scriabin - 0:47
14. Prélude No. 2 in A minor, Op. 11/2 - Alexander Scriabin - 1:34
15. Prélude No. 13 in G flat major, Op. 11/13 - Alexander Scriabin - 1:34
16. Prélude No. 14 in e flat minor, Op. 11/14 - Alexander Scriabin - 0:44
17. Poème in F sharp major, Op. 32/1 - Alexander Scriabin - 3:05
18. Mazurka in F sharp major, Op. 40/2 - Alexander Scriabin - 0:50
19. Désir, Op. 57/1 (from Deux Morceaux) - Alexander Scriabin - 1:29
20. Élégie sur la mort de Franz Liszt, Op. 11/2 (from Douze Études d'éxécution transcendantes) - Sergey Lyapunov - 10:56
21. Vergessene Weisen, Op. 38 - Excerpt - Nikolay Medtner - 4:41
22. 6 Märchen, Op. 51 - No. 5 in F sharp minor - Nikolay Medtner - 2:07
23. 4 Märchen, Op. 25 - No. 3 in F minor - Nikolay Medtner - 2:17

 

Track Listing - Disc 7

 

1. Four Piano Pieces, Op. 4 - 4. Suggestion diabolique - Sergey Prokofiev - 2:23
2. Symphonie classique, Op. 25 -  3. Gavotte - Sergey Prokofiev - 1:20
3. Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - Nos. 9, 3, 17, 18, 11, 10, 16, 6, 5 - Sergey Prokofiev - 9:07
4. March and Scherzo from "The Love of Three Oranges" - March - Sergey Prokofiev - 1:34
5. Prélude in C major, Op. 12/7 - Sergey Prokofiev - 2:08
6. Sarcasms, Op. 17 - Nos. 1 & 2 - Sergey Prokofiev - 2:52
7. Toccata, Op. 11 - Sergey Prokofiev - 4:24
8. Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93 - Movement 2 - Dmitry Shostakovich - 3:44
9. Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93 - Movement 3 - Dmitry Shostakovich - 11:54
10. Concertino for 2 pianos, Op. 94 - Dmitry Shostakovich - 8:03
11. Prélude and Fugue No. 3 in G major, Op. 87/3 - Dmitry Shostakovich - 2:56
12. Prélude and Fugue No. 24 in D minor, Op. 87/24 - Dmitry Shostakovich - 11:36
13. Prélude and Fugue No. 2 in A minor - Rodion Shchedrin - 4:03
14. Prélude and Fugue No. 3 in G major - Rodion Shchedrin - 3:29

 

Track Listing - Disc 8

 

1. Capriccio in B minor, Op. 2/4 - Ernst von Dohnányi - 5:56
2. Ruralia hungarica, Op. 32a - 6. Adagio ma non troppo - Ernst von Dohnányi - 6:23
3. Canzonetta, Op. 41/3 - Ernst von Dohnányi - 1:55
4. Cascades, Op. 41/4 - Ernst von Dohnányi - 2:53
5. Ländler, Op. 41/5 - Ernst von Dohnányi - 1:56
6. Burletta, Op. 44/1 - Ernst von Dohnányi - 2:33
7. Sonatina - Béla Bartók - 3:44
8. 6 Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56 - Béla Bartók - 4:50
9. Allegro barbaro - Béla Bartók - 2:21
10. Suite, Op. 14 - 1. Allegretto - Béla Bartók - 1:44
11. Suite, Op. 14 - 2. Scherzo - Béla Bartók - 1:43
12. Suite, Op. 14 - 3. Allegro molto - Béla Bartók - 1:57
13. Suite, Op. 14 - 4. Sostenuto - Béla Bartók - 2:36
14. Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion - Movement 1- Béla Bartók - 12:37
15. Improvisations, Op. 20 - No. 1. Allegro moderato, attaca / No. 2 Molto capriccioso - Béla Bartók - 3:57
16. Improvisations, Op. 20 - No. 6. Allegro moderato, molto capriccioso - Béla Bartók - 1:51
17. Improvisations, Op. 20 - No. 7. Sostenuto, rubato, attaca / No. 8. Allegro - Béla Bartók - 2:00
18. Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 - Pablo de Sarasate - 7:30
19. Sonatina for the Left Hand - 3. Allegro - Dinu Lipatti - 2:52

 

Track Listing - Disc 9

 

1. Two Pieces (1921) - Amberley Wild Brooks - John Ireland - 3:13
2. Lotus Land, Op. 47/1 - Cyril Scott - 3:06
3. Symphonic Dance No. 1 - Cyril Scott - 4:12
4. Country Gardens - Percy Grainger - 1:51
5. Molly on the Shore - Percy Grainger - 3:09
6. Warriors A - Percy Grainger - 3:30
7. Turkey in the Straw - Percy Grainger - 2:37
8. The Gum-Suckers March (No. 4, In a Nutshell) - Percy Grainger - 3:19
9. Symphony No. 1 - Largo - Charles Ives - 1:59
10. Study No. 11 - Charles Ives - 1:34
11. Piano Sonata No. 2 'Concord, Mass., 1840-60' - 3. The Alcott - Charles Ives - 4:57
12. Rhapsody in Blue - George Gershwin - 14:23
13. 3 Préludes - George Gershwin - 5:01
14. Sweet and Low - George Gershwin - 2:46
15. That Certain Feeling - George Gershwin - 2:28
16. My One and Only - George Gershwin - 2:41
17. Danzón Cubano - Aaron Copland - 6:54
18. Seven Anniversaries - 1. For Aaron Copland - Leonard Bernstein - 1:16
19. Seven Anniversaries - 6. For Serge Koussevitzky - Leonard Bernstein - 1:41
20. Seven Anniversaries - 7. For William Schuman - Leonard Bernstein - 0:34

 

Track Listing - Disc 10

 

1. Menuet à l'antique, Op. 14/1 - Ignace Jan Paderewski - 3:45
2. Nocturne in B flat mJor, Op. 16/4 - Ignace Jan Paderewski - 4:17
3. Caprice à la Scarlatti, Op. 14/3 - Ignace Jan Paderewski - 2:41
4. Cracovienne fantastique, Op. 14/6 - Ignace Jan Paderewski - 2:59
5. The Two Larks, Op. 2/1 - Theodor Leschetizky - 2:41
6. Serenade, Op. 32 - Alfred Grünfeld - 2:30
7. Mazurka à la Viennoise, Op. 51 - Alfred Grünfeld - 2:08
8. Ungarische Fantasie, Op. 55 - Alfred Grünfeld - 4:35
9. Polish Dance, Op. 3/1 - Franz Xaver Scharwenka - 3:16
10. Air de Ballet, Op. 30 - Cécile Chaminade - 2:46
11. Danses anciennes, Op. 95 - 3. Courante - Cécile Chaminade - 1:19
12. L'Enjoleuse, Op. 50 - Cécile Chaminade - 2:43
13. Pierette, Op. 41 - Cécile Chaminade - 2:21
14. Spanish Rhythms - Nos. 2, 4, 6 - Raoul Laparra - 4:19
15. Barcarola - George Liebling - 2:43
16. Moment exotique - Vladimir Horowitz - 2:34
17. Chaconne in D minor (transcription from Bach, BWV 1004) - Ferruccio Busoni - 15:27

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