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GH 2349

Great Pianists: Backhaus/ Kraus/Rubinstein

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2009

Originally recorded in 2009

Artists:

Concertgebouw Orchestra


New York Philharmonic Orchestra


Guido Cantelli


Victor De Sabata


Pierre Monteux


Wilhelm Backhaus

(1884-1969) piano

Arthur Rubinstein

(1887-1982) piano

Lili Kraus

(1903-1986) piano

Record Label
Guild Historical

Genre:

Piano


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 70:58
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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

(1770-1827)
 

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

32:51  
1 I Allegro moderato 17:40
2 II Andante con moto 4:49
3 III Rondo (Vivace) 10:22
 Wilhelm Backhaus (1884-1969) piano
 Guido Cantelli
  Recored 'live' 1956  
 

CARL MARIA VON WEBER

(1786-1826)
4 

Konzertstuck for piano and orchestra in F minor, Op. 79 J.282

16:14
 Lili Kraus (1903-1986) piano
 Pierre Monteux
  Recored 'live' 1939  
 

SERGE RACHMANINOFF

(1873-1943)
5 

Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43

21:53
 Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982) piano
 Victor De Sabata
  Recorded 'live' c. 1953  


Three great pianists of the 20th-century are brought together on this unique CD, which features live performances from 1939 and the immediate post-war years. Wilhelm Backhaus gives a superlative account of Beethoven’s Fourth Concerto in New York with the lamented Guido Cantelli offering magnificent orchestral support. Pierre Monteux and the Concertgebouw Orchestra partner the wonderful Hungarian pianist Lili Kraus in Weber’s beautiful Konzertstück – a rare recording, indeed – and Arthur Rubinstein is at his scintillating best in Rachmaninov’s Paganini Rhapsody, with the legendary Victor de Sabata and the New York Philharmonic on top form.
 


"...The nature of these performances more than make up in musicality what they lack in quality of recording."

Robert Matthew-Walker

Classica Record Collector - Spring 2010

"...So, whatever criterion one adopts for this triptych of live performances one thing is for sure; boredom is not on the agenda. There is one indisputably great performance – that of Backhaus. There’s an exciting pre-War survival of a glittery showpiece, and a contentious example of Rubinstein operating at white heat."

Jonathan Woolf

musicweb-international.com - 23 February 2010



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