Michael Zadora        (2–Appian APR 6008)
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Michael Zadora        (2–Appian APR 6008)
P0717. MICHAEL ZADORA: The Complete Recordings, 1922-38, incl. Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Raff, Zgambati, Scarlatti, Pergolesi, Brahms, Amadis, Field, Lamare, Delibes, Jensen, Debussy, Offenbach, Henselt, Hummel, Busoni, Rubinstein & Prokofiev. (England) 2–Appian APR 6008, recorded 1922-38. Transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn. Specially priced. - 5024709160082

CRITIC REVIEWS:

“Zadora will never bore you. At his best – and fastest – he has full command of his instrument. If given the opportunity to hear these, I suggest you head directly for the electrical recordings since they show the pianist to best advantage….Four of List’s Consolations find him fully in sympathy with their lyrical charm….Some transcriptions and two of Zadora’s own compositions in charming drawing room style complete disc 1.”

- Alan Becker, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, March/April, 2010



“Michael Zadora is one of the most obscure pianists to have recorded prolifically in the 78rpm era. Only a handful of 78s have ever been reissued, and no LP or CD has ever been devoted to him. It would appear that his concert career was also not particularly high profile, yet from these recordings it seems he was a very significant artist. Perhaps the answer lies in his background. He was born in the New York of aristocratic Polish parents but returned to Europe to study and was a pupil of Leshetizky and Barth (who also taught Rubinstein). After the First World War he became a disciple of Busoni and indeed played for the great artist on his deathbed. Zadora seems to have been a rather reserved character, much more an intellectual than someone who enjoyed public performance and it is likely that family wealth allowed him the luxury of not have to pursue his career too aggressively. On the other hand, studio recording suited him very well indeed and he seems equally at home in the standard repertoire, such as Chopin, and in more rarefied material, such as the Busoni Sonatinas, where we are undoubtedly hearing an interpretation very close to that of the composer himself. Of particular interest are Zadora's own unusual transcriptions and also the works of 'Pietro Amadis' who was actually a pseudonym of the pianist. These very rare recordings should be of particular interest to all lovers of historic piano playing.”

- APR - The Russian Piano Tradition