GRIEG: In Autumn, Op. 11. Lyric Suite. 4 Songs Op. 33
(Last Spring, The Youth, At Rondane, The Goal). Homage Maarch from
From Monte Pinto. The First Meeting. Hope. A Swan. Eros. I Love You.
MOZART: Piano Concerto No 23 in A, K. 488. TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano
Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23.
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36. Prelude to
Act III of The Maid of Pskov. Scheherazde, Op 35. The
Sea and Sinbad's Ship from
Scheherazade (previously unpublished)
Pristine has been issuing many important performances by
Ukrainian-Australian pianist Jascha Spivakovsk.. This site mentioned
the latest, a collection of solo works by Bach, Beethoven Chopin and
Schumann; for more information about this remarkable
artist, check that REVIEW. Now we have two live
concerto recordings, the Mozart a 1953 BBC performance, the Tchaikovsky
October 15, 1949 in Melbourne Town Hall. The Mozart is what one would
expect, exquisitely detailed, immaculately played. The Tchaikovsky was
one of the pianist's favorite works and he played it more than 400 times,
including a 1919 performance conducted by Furtwängler. It is a unique
interpretation, majestic, insightful and a virtuoso display. Sivakovsky
plays those famous first-movement double octave passages even faster
than Horowitz, a remarkable feat. If you love the Tchaikovsky First,
you must hear This remarkable performance. Andrew Rose's XR remastering
provides a very realistic audio picture.
How fortunate we are Leopold Stokowski and his Philadelphia Orchestra recorded so profusely. Pristine's CD, another in their Stokowski series, offers early recordings of Rimsky-Korsakov. Earliest is the first movement of Scherezade recorded May 1927, never before issued. Then we have the complete symphonic poem, recorded October 8, 10 and 11, 1927. Russian Easter Overture is considerably later, January 26 - 28, 1929, and the latest April 9, 1939 was the excerpt from The Maid of Pskov ,a more impassioned performance than the conductor's National Philharmonic recording made a half-century later Mark Obert-Thorn's transfers are amazing. These early versions are fascinating, essential for collectors.
R.E.B. (May 2018)