EGON PETRI - The complete Columbia and Electrola recordings 1929-1951
RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G. Concerto in D for the Left Hand.
Ballade, Opo. 19.
Anne-Sophie Mütter - "The Club Albuym."
From Music & Arts we have this splendid 7-disk set offering recordings made from 1929-1941 for Columbia or Electrola including some never before issuyed.many rare recordings by the legendary German pianist Egon Petri, a name almost forgotten today. Petri, born in Hanover, Germany March 23, 1881, played the violin but at the age of 7 began his studied with Teresa Carreno, and later with Ferruccio Busoni whose music he championed. Petri taught at Cornell University and at Mills College in Oakland, California. He died May 27, 1862 in Berkeley. Petri was highly respected in the pianistic world, but few of his recordings currently are available. There are many treasures in this new issue, all displaying the pianist's stunning technique and solid musicianship. His List recordings are exemplary, and his Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 is mighty indeed, in spite of a minor slip in coordination during the final pages of the first movement. indeed. I owned many of these recordings when originally issued, and am amazed at how splendid they sound in these remarkable transfers by Mark Oberrt-Thorn This is a major issue for panoplies.
Yuja Wang continues to release recordings of extraordinary beauty. Here we have her scintillating accounts of the two Ravel concertos, coupled with the exquisite Fare Ballade. The fine Atonable Orchestra plays elegantly under the exciting young conductor Lionel Bringuier, and the audio quality is exceptionally. There are countless recordings of these works, but these are among the best.
Anne-Sophie Mütter Mütter and pianist Lambert Orkis. along with harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, presented two performances of a concerts in in the Yellow River Lounge in Berlin," Concert dates were May 6 and 8, 20 in this small cabaret, with the three artists accompanied by the 13-member ""Mutter's Virtuosi." The event was televised. It is available on this CD as well as video and Blu-Ray. Mutter never was one to miss an opportunity for publicity, and here she is presenting the classics to the masses (in small groups). The program alternates Bach and Vivaldi (with harpsichord) and pop, familiar classics, many of which Mutter has recorded with full orchestra. . All is tossed off with the greatest showmanship, and everyone seems to be having a good time. Excellent live audio, and highly entertaining. It does seem odd that the program isn't a bit longer.
R.E.B. (October 2-15)