P0028. ROSITA RENARD: Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Debussy & Ravel; plus Boccherini, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Johann Strauss, Santa Cruz, etc. (from rare Brunswick & Victor 78s). 2-VAIA/IPA 1028, Live Recital, Carnegie Hall, 19 Jan., 1949, Carnegie Hall - Initial CD Release of RENARD's Farewell, after an absence in New York since 1927. Transfers by Ward Marston. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 089948102823
“Rosita Renard, a shy and introverted woman off the stage, was a powerhouse of a pianist, wild and exuberant in her playing. Her technical capabilites compared favorably to any of the great pianists of her day, and her musicality was extraordinary.
At the age of fifteen, after having made her debut in Chile the year before playing the Grieg Piano Concerto, she was sent to study at the Stern Conservatory in Berlin. Her teacher was Martin Krause, a pupil of Liszt. One of her fellow students and very good friends was Edwin Fischer. Another friend of Rosita Renard's, Claudio Arrau, came later to Krause's masterclass. It is interesting to note that her approach and Arrau's, with the same formation, were at the very opposite end of the bell-shaped curve.
In 1945, this wonderful pianist who had retired from the concert stage for reasons of temperament, and returned to Chile, was discovered by Erich Kleiber. They performed Mozart concerti together all over South America and her concert career blossomed anew.
In 1949 Rosita Renard gave a recital at Carnegie Hall which the critics determined to be ‘Stirring, impressive, enchanting’. Fortunately for us all, this concert was recorded and can be heard in its entirety [above].
Pianists of today would do well to study Rosita Renard's performances of Beethoven and leard from her use of dynamics. We hear about the mercurial Beethoven and his emotional outbursts, and yet we do not hear evidence of this Beethoven in the overwhelming majority of current performances of his piano sonatas.”
"The [above] recital shows a great pianist on the very highest level. She plays Bach’s Partita #1 and Mozart’s Sonata in a minor, K. 310, very swiftly and cleanly, and with tremendous drama. Her Chopin Etudes are breathtaking. This is, frankly, one of the greatest recorded live piano recitals ever issued. While the material from the 78s isn’t as exciting, lacking the stimulus of the live audience, it’s still consistent with the level of pianism and musicianship heard in the live concert."
- Leslie Gerber