The Complete Columbia Album Collection (75CD)

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Artist:
Rudolf Serkin

The first ever collection of Rudolf Serkin’s complete recordings for Columbia Masterworks on 75 CDs.

Concertos, sonatas, chamber music and vocal performances, recorded 1941 to 1985. 45 recordings newly transferred, mixed and mastered from the original analogue tapes using 24 bit / 192 kHz technology (13 recordings for the first time on CD, 15 recordings as first authorized releases, 17 recordings remastered). An all-embracing survey of Rudolf Serkin’s recorded achievements, spanning over 44 years of recording. Includes collaborations with Adolf Busch, Pablo Casals, Peter Serkin, Jaime Laredo, Fritz Reiner, George Szell, Eugene Ormandy, Arturo Toscanini and many more.

Hard cover booklet with a foreword by Peter Serkin, a new essay by Jürgen Kestin plus full discographical notes. Facsimile LP sleeves and labels.

“Many of these recordings from the 1950s and 1960s were so loved by many people, and still are cherished by many. [... ] In these earlier recordings for Columbia one hears my dad’s great qualities. I remember him often telling me that, after studying a piece as thoroughly as one can, and after practicing and rehearsing it diligently, one then goes out to play it, forgetting everything. In his passionate devotion to music he researched everything he could about a composition and its composer. There was a selflessness to his approach that resulted in something not at all anonymous, but brimming with energy and character.

One hears in these recordings a kind of playing that is a model for directness, propulsiveness, and dynamic intensity, a radical and fearless approach, with a mindfulness of form, generally presenting a composition simply as it is, full of individuality and life. Thankful that these recordings have been collected and reissued now, we can all appreciate and enjoy them so much.”
– Peter A. Serkin

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Tracklisting:

DISC 1:
Brahms: Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 15 (1946) Reiner

DISC 2:
Beethoven: Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor for Piano, Op. 27, No. 2 "Moonlight" (1941)
Beethoven: Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" (1945)

DISC 3:
Beethoven: Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 73 "Emperor" (1941) Walter

DISC 4:
Beethoven: Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" Adolph Busch, violin
Schumann: Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Strings, Op. 44 (1942) Busch Quartet

DISC 5:
Brahms: Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 83 (1945) Ormandy

DISC 6:
Schumann: Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 54 (1946) Ormandy

DISC 7:
Beethoven: Trio No. 4 in D Major, Op. 70 "Ghost" Adolph Busch, violin; Hermann Busch, cello
Beethoven: Fantasie in G minor, Op. 77 (1947)
Beethoven: Sonata No. 24 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 78 (1947)
Mendelssohn: Songs without Words, Op. 62 No 1, in G Major "May Breezes" (1947)

DISC 8:
Beethoven: Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 73 "Emperor" (1950) Ormandy

DISC 9:
Bach: Sonata No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029 Pablo Casals, cello; Paul Baumgartner, piano
Bach: Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903a
Bach: Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971
Bach: Capriccio in B-flat Major, BWV 992 "On the departure of his most beloved brother"
Bach: Toccata in E minor, BWV 914

DISC 10:
Mozart: Concerto No. 20 in D Minor for Piano and Orchestra, K. 466 (1951) Ormandy
Mozart: Concerto No. 22 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 482 Casals

DISC 11:
Beethoven: Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor for Piano, Op. 27, No. 2 "Moonlight" (1951)
Beethoven: Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major for Piano, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" (1951)
Beethoven: Sonata No. 23 in F minor for Piano, Op. 57 "Appassionata" (1947)

DISC 12:
Beethoven: Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" (1952)
Beethoven: Sonata No. 30 in E Major for Piano, Op. 109 (1952)

DISC 13:
Schubert: Trio No. 2 For Violin, Cello And Piano, Op. 100, D. 929 E-flat Major Adolf Busch, violin; Hermann
Busch, cello
Brahms: Trio in C Major, Op. 87 Adolf Busch, violin; Hermann Busch, cello

DISC 14:
Beethoven: Concerto No. 3 in C minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 37 (1953) Ormandy

DISC 15:
Brahms: Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 15 (1952) Szell

DISC 16:
Mozart: Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Winds, K. 452 Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet
Beethoven: Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon, Op. 16 (1953) Philadelphia
Woodwind Quintet

DISC 17:
Beethoven: Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 5, No. 1 Pablo Casals, cello
Beethoven: Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2 Pablo Casals, cello

DISC 18:
Beethoven: Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5, No. 2 Pablo Casals, cello
Beethoven: 7 Variations on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen" (From "Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, WoO.46") Pablo Casals, cello
Beethoven: 12 Variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" (From "Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, WoO.66") Pablo Casals, cello
Beethoven: 12 Variations in G Major on "See, the Conquering Hero Comes" from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus for Cello and Piano, WoO 45 Pablo Casals, cello

DISC 19:
Beethoven: Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69 Pablo Casals, cello
Beethoven: Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1 Pablo Casals, cello

DISC 20:
Beethoven: Concerto No. 1 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 15 (1954) Ormandy

DISC 21:
Beethoven: Concerto No. 4 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 58 (1955) Ormandy
Beethoven: Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 19 (1954/5) Ormandy

DISC 22:
Brahms: Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 83 (1956) Ormandy

DISC 23:
Schumann: Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 54 (1956) Ormandy
Strauss: Burleske in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 11 (1955) Ormandy

DISC 24:
Mozart: Concerto No. 21 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 467 Schneider
Mozart: Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 595 (1955) Schneider

DISC 25:
Schubert: Moments musicaux, D. 780 (Op. 94)
Schubert: Sonata in C Major for Piano, D. 840 "Reliquie"

DISC 26:
Mozart: Concerto No. 17 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 453 (1955) Schneider
Mozart: Concerto No. 25 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 503 Szell

DISC 27:
Mozart: Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 271 "Jeunehomme" Schneider
Mozart: Concerto No. 12 in A Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 414 (1956) Schneider

DISC 28:
Beethoven: 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120

DISC 29:
Mozart: Concerto No. 23 in A Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 488 Schneider
Mozart: Concerto No. 16 in D Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 451 Schneider
Mozart: Concert Rondo in D Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 382 Schneider

DISC 30:
Mozart: Concerto No. 20 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, K. 466 (1957) Schneider
Mozart: Concerto No. 11 in F Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 413 Schneider

DISC 31:
Mendelssohn: Concerto No. 1 in G minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 25 Ormandy
Mendelssohn: Concerto No. 2 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 40 Ormandy

DISC 32:
Brahms: Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 83 (1960) Ormandy

DISC 33:
Reger: Piano Concerto in F minor, Op. 114 Ormandy

DISC 34:
Brahms: Trio in E-flat Major for Horn, Violin and Piano, Op. 40 Myron Bloom, horn; Michael Tree, violin
Schubert: Auf Dem Strom, Op. 119, D. 943 Benita Valente, soprano; Myron Bloom, horn

DISC 35:
Brahms: Liebeslieder, Walzer Op. 52 Leon Fleischer, piano, Rudolf Serkin, piano, Benita Valente, soprano;
Marlena Kleinman, contralto; Wayne Connor, tenor; Martial Singher, bass
Schubert: Der Hirt Auf Dem Felsen, Op. 129, D. 965 Benita Valente, soprano; Harold Wright, clarinet

DISC 36:
Beethoven: Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 73 "Emperor" (1962) Bernstein

DISC 37:
Bartók: Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra Szell
Prokofiev: Concerto No. 4 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 53 "For the Left Hand" Ormandy

DISC 38:
Beethoven: Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor for Piano, Op. 27, No. 2 "Moonlight" (1962)
Beethoven: Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" (1962)
Beethoven: Sonata No. 23 in F minor for Piano, Op. 57 "Appassionata" (1962)
Mendelssohn: Songs without Words, Op. 62 No 1, in G Major "May Breezes" (1962)
Mendelssohn: Spinning Song

DISC 39:
Mozart: Concerto No. 19 in F Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 459 Szell
Mozart: Concerto No. 20 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, K. 466 (1961) Szell

DISC 40:
Beethoven: Concerto For Piano, Violin, Cello And Orchestra, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto" Jaime Laredo, violin;
Leslie Parnas, cello

DISC 41:
Beethoven: Concerto No. 3 in C minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 37 (1964) Bernstein
Beethoven: Choral Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Chorus & Orchestra, Op. 80 (1962) Bernstein

DISC 42:
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 Budapest String Quartet
Schumann: Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Strings, Op. 44 (1963) Budapest String Quartet

DISC 43:
Schumann: Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 54 (1964) Ormandy
Schumann: Introduction and Allegro appassionato for Piano and Orchestra (Konzertstück), Op. 92 Ormandy

DISC 44:
Beethoven: Concerto No. 4 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 58 (1944) Toscanini

DISC 45:
Beethoven: Concerto No. 4 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 58 (1962) Ormandy

DISC 46:
Beethoven: Concerto No. 1 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 15 (1965) Ormandy
Beethoven: Eleven Bagatelles, Op. 119

DISC 47:
Beethoven: Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 19 (1965) Ormandy
Mozart: Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 595 (1962) Ormandy

DISC 48:
Bach: Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Three Pianos and String Orchestra, BWV 1063 Mieczysław Horszowski, piano; Ruth Laredo, piano
Bach: Concerto No. 2 in C Major for Three Pianos and String Orchestra, BWV 1064 Mieczysław Horszowski, piano; Peter Serkin, piano
Mozart: Concerto No. 10 in E-Flat Major for Two Pianos and Orchestra, K. 365 Peter Serkin, piano

DISC 49:
Schubert: Sonata in A Major for Piano, Op. posth. (D. 959)

DISC 50:
Mozart: Concerto No. 14 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 449 Schneider
Mozart: Concerto No. 17 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 453 (1962) Schneider

DISC 51:
Brahms: Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 15 (1961) Ormandy

DISC 52:
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046 Casals
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049 Casals
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050 Casals

DISC 53:
Brahms: Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 83 (1966) Szell

DISC 54:
Schubert: Quintet in A Major for Piano and Strings, D. 667 (Op. 114) "The Trout" Jaime Laredo, violin; Philipp Naegle, viola; Leslie Parnas, cello; Julius Levine, bass

DISC 55:
Brahms: Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 15 (1968) Szell

DISC 56:
Mendelssohn: Capriccio Brillante for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 22 Ormandy
Schumann: Introduction and Concert Allegro for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 134 Ormandy
Strauss: Burleske in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 11 (1966) Ormandy

DISC 57:
Beethoven: Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major for Piano, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"

DISC 58:
Beethoven: Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101
Beethoven: Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major for Piano, Op. 110 (1971)

DISC 59:
Mozart: Concerto No. 12 in A Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 414 (1962) Schneider
Mozart: Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello, K. 502 in B-flat Major Jaime Laredo, violin; Madeline Foley, cello

DISC 60:
Reger: Sonata in C minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 139 P. Carmirelli, violin; Rudolf Serkin, piano
Reger: Sonata in A minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 116* Mischa Schneider, cello; Peter Serkin, piano

DISC 61:
Beethoven: Sonata No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Op. 22
Beethoven: Fantasie in G minor, Op. 77 (1970)
Beethoven: Sonata No. 24 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 78 (1973)

DISC 62:
Schubert: Sonata in B-Flat Major for Piano, Op. posth., D. 960 (1975)

DISC 63:
Bach: Sonata No. 3 in E Major for Violin and Harpsichord, BWV 1016 Adolf Busch, violin
Beethoven: Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3 Adolf Busch, violin
Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12 Adolf Busch, violin

DISC 64:
Schumann: Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano in A minor, Op. 105 Adolf Busch, violin
Schumann: Grand Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano in D minor, Op. 121 Adolf Busch, violin
Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96 Adolf Busch, violin

DISC 65:
Haydn: Sonata No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Hob. XVI: 49
Mozart: Rondo in A minor for Piano, K. 511
Beethoven: Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major for Piano, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" (1977)

DISC 66:
Schubert: Sonata in B-Flat Major for Piano, Op. posth., D. 960 (1977)

DISC 67:
Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
Brahms: Intermezzo in B minor, Op. 119, No. 1
Brahms: Intermezzo in E minor, Op. 119, No. 2
Brahms: Intermezzo in C Major, Op. 119, No. 3
Brahms: Rhapsody in E-flat Major, Op. 119, No. 4

DISC 68:
Schubert: 4 Impromptus, D.935, Op. 142

DISC 69:
Reger: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.S. Bach, Op. 81
Haydn: Sonata for Piano in C Major, HOB. XVI: 50
Bach: Aria from Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Bach: (14) Verschiedene Canones, BWV 1087

DISC 70:
Beethoven: Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Cello, Op. 11 in B-flat Major Richard Stoltzman, clarinet; Alain Meunier, cello
Beethoven: Quintet in E-flat Major For Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn And Bassoon, Op. 16 (1974) Rudolph Vrbsky, oboe; Richard Stoltzman, clarinet; Robert Routch, horn; Alexander Heller, bassoon
Beethoven: Variations On Wenzel Muller's Lied "Ich Bin Der Schneider Kakadu" For Piano, Violin, & Cello in G Major, Op. 121a Yuzuko Horigome, violin, Peter Wiley, cello

DISC 71:
Beethoven: Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1
Beethoven: Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2
Beethoven: Sonata No. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26

DISC 72:
Beethoven: Sonata No. 13 in E-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1 (Sonata quasi una fantasia)
Beethoven: Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1
Beethoven: Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" (1975)

DISC 73:
Beethoven: Sonata No. 30 in E Major for Piano, Op. 109 (1976)
Beethoven: Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110 (1960)
Beethoven: Sonata No. 32 in C minor for Piano, Op. 111

DISC 74:
Beethoven: Concerto No. 4 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 58 (1974) Schneider
Beethoven: Choral Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Chorus & Orchestra, Op. 80 (1981)

DISC 75:
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op. 28
Mendelssohn: Prelude and Fugue, Op. 35, No. 1

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