Milestones of a Piano Legend - Magda Tagliaferro (10CD)

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Magda Tagliaferro, Manoug Parikian, Denise Soriano, Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française, Orchestre Pasdeloup, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Reynaldo Hahn

The Brazilian pianist Magda Tagliaferro was one of the few musicians who made it to the top of the classical music scene in the first half of the 20th century. Her artistic path is paved with some of the biggest names. Fauré personally attended to the advancement of the gifted pupil of the Paris Conservatoire, who at the age of thirteen won first prize in piano and whose art was largely influenced by her teacher Cortot. She soon belonged to the illustrious circle around theComtesse Edmond de Polignac, the billionaire heiress of the sewing machine empire Singer and one of the most important patrons of the 20th century, whose salon hosted a veritable Who’s Who of Paris. This, of course, included icons such as Marcel Proust, as well as the elite of the music scene, as the Comtesse was "as much in love with music as the sewing machine with fabric". Tagliaferro was an absolute exception during the 1920s and 1930s and played under every major conductor. She was well known to composers such as Ravel and Poulenc and friends with Reynaldo Hahn, who dedicated his piano concerto to her. A recording under the direction of the composer is included in this compilation of 17 original albums from the years 1931 to 1961; among them are real rarities, guarded jealously by collectors and extremely hard to come by. The artist, generously gifted with musicality, style and esprit, can be heard with compositions by Beethoven, Mozart, Fauré, Schumann, Chopin, Saint-Saens, Weber, Mendelssohn, Debussy, Mompou, Albeniz, Villa-Lobos, de Falla and others.

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  • Albéniz: Córdoba (No. 4 from Cantos de España, Op. 232)
  • Albéniz: Evocación (from Iberia, book 1)
  • Albéniz: Seguidillas (No. 5 from Cantos de España, Op. 232)
  • Albéniz: Sevilla (from Suite Española, Op. 47)
  • Albéniz: Triana (from Iberia, book 2)
  • Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 'Spring'
  • Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer'
  • Chabrier: Idylle (No. 6 from Pièces pittoresques)
  • Chabrier: Scherzo-valse (No. 10 from Pièces pittoresques)
  • Chopin: Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22
  • Chopin: Impromptu No. 4 in C sharp minor, Op. 66 'Fantaisie-Impromptu'
  • Chopin: Waltz No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42
  • Debussy: Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)
  • Debussy: Estampe No. 3 - Jardins sous la pluie
  • Debussy: L'isle joyeuse
  • Debussy: Pour le piano
  • Debussy: Pour le Piano: Toccata
  • Falla: Danse Espagnole No. 1 (from La Vida Breve)
  • Falla: El sombrero de tres picos: Danza del molinero (farruca)
  • Fauré: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major, Op. 13
  • Granados: Danza española, Op. 37 No. 2 'Orientale'
  • Granados: Danza española, Op. 37 No. 5 'Andaluza'
  • Granados: Goyescas: Quejas ó La Maja y el Ruiseñor
  • Hahn, R: Piano Concerto in E major
  • Hahn, R: Sonatine in C
  • Mendelssohn: Etude in F major, Op. 104b No. 2
  • Mompou: Jeunes Filles au Jardin
  • Mompou: La Rue, le Guitariste et le Vieux Cheval
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, K537 'Coronation'
  • Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 32 in B flat major, K454
  • Saint-Saëns: Etude en forme de valse (No. 6 from Six Études, Op. 52)
  • Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 5 in F major, Op. 103 'Egyptian'
  • Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26
  • Schumann: Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 11
  • Schumann: Romance in F sharp major, Op. 28 No. 2
  • Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 8 for orchestra
  • Villa-Lobos: Festa no sertão
  • Villa-Lobos: Impressões Seresteiras
  • Villa-Lobos: Mômoprecóce, fantasy for piano & orchestra, A. 240
  • Villa-Lobos: O Polichinelo (from Prole do Bebê, book 1)
  • Weber: Rondo Brillante in E flat major (La Gaité), J.252 (Op. 62)