Music of Schubert, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Schumann, Beethoven, Chopin and Tchaikovsky.
SONY 19075911432 (8 disks)

Vladimir Feltsman had a distinguished career in Russia before coming to the United States. He studied at the Moscow Conservatory with the legendary pianist Yakov Flier, and won first prize at the prestigious Long-Thibaud Competition in Paris when only 19. It wasn't until he was 35 that the Soviet government permitted him to come to the U.S. and when h did it was with great anticipation. The musical world expected another Horowitz, which they did not get. But they did encounter a solid musician of taste and refinement, virtuosity as well. He was invited by Ronald Reagan to appear at the White House, and began to record for Columbia. They recorded his Carnegie Hall debut November 11,1987, that consisted of Schubert's Sonata No. 13, Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus, Schumann's Symphonic Etudes and as encores, Rachmaninoff's Prelude in G sharp minor, Op. 32 No. 12, and Beethoven's Six Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 76. This entire concert can be heard in this new set. Also we have Chopin's Preludes, Op. 28 recorded in Moscow October 1, 1984. In December 1978, Feltsman recorded in Paris Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy and Six Moments musicaux, D. 780. Also included is a List program (Sonata in B minor, excerpts from Années de pèlerinage, and Saint Françoise d'Assise, from a concert in Princeton University's Richardson Auditorium, November 7/8, 1988.

It was inevitable concerto recordings would be made, and we have Prokofiev's Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 with the London Symphony directed by Michael Tilson Thomas recorded in Abbey Road Studios September 1988, and Tchaikovsky's Concertos 1 and 3 with Mistislav Rostropovich and the National Symphony recorded n the Kennedy Center July 18 1989. We also have Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 3 and Paganini Rhapsody with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic recorded Februar y /March 1988 (Feltsman opts for the lighter first movement cadenza in the concerto). Feltsman later recorded profusely for Nimbus. Many disks were made of Bach, Schubert and Schumann as well as Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, and Mussorgsky. There also is another recording of Rachmaninoff Concerto No 3 this time with the Russian National Orchestra directed by Mikhail Pletnev.

Feltsman became an American citizen in 1995. He and his wife live in upstate New York where he teaches at the Mannes College The New School for Music and the State University of New York. He Founded and is Artistic Director of the International Festival-Institute Piano Summer.

This reissue of Sony recordings includes a 28-page booklet with many photos.

R.E.B. (July 2019)