P1241. JOSÉ ITURBI: The Complete Solo Repertoire on RCA Victor & HMV. (France) 3-Appian APR 7307, recorded 1933-52. Transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn. - 5024709173075
López-Chavarri: El viejo castillo moro; Mozart: Piano Sonata #11 in A major, K331 'Alla Turca'; Piano Sonata #12 in F major, K332; Paderewski: Minuet in G major, Op. 14 #1; Paradies: Toccata; Rachmaninov: Prelude, Op. 3 #2 in c sharp minor; Saint-Saëns: Allegro Appassionato in b minor Op. 43; Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata K27 in b minor; Keyboard Sonata K159 in C major 'La caccia'; Schumann: Arabeske in C major, Op. 18; Romance in F sharp major, Op. 28 #2; Tchaikovsky: The Seasons, Op. 37b: June (Barcarolle); November (Troika).
“Spanish pianist José Iturbi (1896-1980) was a pupil of Landowska and Victor Staub at the Paris Conservatoire, and after graduation in 1913 he began a successful career in Europe; however after a sensational US début in 1929 he worked more and more in the USA where he relocated. While continuing as a successful pianist he started a parallel career as a conductor and directed many American orchestras over the next 40 years. Perhaps his greatest claim to popular fame was his appearances in several Hollywood films, which has however tarnished his posthumous reputation, leading him to be dismissed as a ‘cross-over’ artist; this is to do him a disservice, however, as his music making retained the highest standards of craftsmanship. He made comparatively few solo recordings considering his wide repertoire but he excelled at the Spanish and French repertoire, both of which are well represented in these recordings.”
- Ned Ludd