P0878. IGNAZ PADEREWSKI: Paderewski’s Final Recordings, incl. Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Chopin, Schubert, Wagner-Liszt & Paderewski. (England) Appian APR 5636, recorded 1937-38, HMV. Transfers by Bryan Crimp. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 5024709156368
"A year ago we issued, to great critical acclaim. A double album of Paderewski’s first recordings, made in Europe in 1911-12 (APR6006). Between 1914 and 1931 the pianist recorded for Victor in the US but in 1937, after it appeared Paderewski had retired from the studio, he was persuaded to return to the HMV studios in London to make a final series of recordings. At first the plan was to record the repertoire which featured in the film ‘Moonlight Sonata’, a huge blockbuster success at the time which featured Paderewski playing himself, but in addition to this repertoire Paderewski went on to record works by Haydn and Mozart which were new to his discography. It has often been said that in later life Paderewski’s technique was not what it had been, and to an extent this is undoubtedly true, but this is not an issue in the classical works featured here, and the Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven in particular reveal the extreme poetry that had mesmerised audiences for fifty years and had made Paderewski the most famous pianist of his generation.
This is the first time all Paderewski’s 1930’s HMV recordings have been assembled together and two unissued tracks from the 1938 sessions are also included."
“This style of playing has largely vanished….With performances full of personality....this is beyond criticism save the occasional mannerisms that were [Paderewski’s] stock in trade....hear music making from a different time and different world.”
- Allen Becker, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Nov. / Dec., 2008