Legends of the Piano  (Naxos 8.112054)
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Legends of the Piano  (Naxos 8.112054)
P0776. LEGENDS OF THE PIANO, incl. Camille Saint-Saëns, Vincent d’Indy, Cécile Chaminade, Edvard Grieg, Enrique Granados, Ilona Eibenschütz, Alfred Grünfled, Marie Baumayer, Natalia Janotha, Aleksander Michalowski, Armand von Koczalski, Vassily Sapellnikoff, Mark Hambourg, Arthur de Greef, Frederic Lamond & Arthur Friedheim. (Germany) Naxos 8.112054, recorded 1901-24. Transfers by Richard Warren, Jr. & Ward Marston. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 636943205471


“Frustration that only samples of the recorded legacies of Grieg, d’Indy, Granados and Saint-Saëns are presented here soon yields to appreciation of the scope of Naxos’s bargain offering. Hopefully the samples will tempt curious purchasers to look further. Ilona Eibenschütz’s two Brahms offerings are important, since she knew the composer and was a Clara Schumann pupil. Vassily Sapellnikov plays Tchaikovsky’s Humoresque, Op. 10: he also made the first recording of the composer’s First Concerto, a work that he had played with Tchaikovsky conducting. It’s good to have Raoul Koczalski in Chopin’s Polonaise No. 6. In common with Aleksander Michałowski, who plays a Chopin waltz (and Moriz Rosenthal, who only made later recordings) he was a pupil of Karel Mikuli and thus a grand-pupil of Chopin himself. The Liszt pupil Arthur Friedheim is mightily impressive in an abridged Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, but other contributors such as Alfred Grünfeld, Natalia Janotha and Mark Hambourg play to lesser effect. They may well have been inhibited by the primitive recording conditions.”


"Despite the tremendous technical difficulties involved at the very beginning of the recording era, many composers and performers eagerly embraced the opportunities offered by the new technology. This disc presents rare and valuable tracks from the earliest days, such as Cécile Chaminade’s 1901 recording of her most famous piece, L’Enjôleuse, Brahms’s favourite pianist Ilona Eibenschütz’s 1903 recordings of three of his works, great Chopin interpretations by Janotha, Michalowski and von Koczalski, Saint-Saëns, d’Indy, Grieg and Granados playing their own music, and many other treasures."

- Z. D. Akron