Arthur de Greef: Solo & Concerto Recordings | APR APR7401

Arthur de Greef: Solo & Concerto Recordings

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Label: APR

Cat No: APR7401

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 4

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 31st March 2014

Contents

Works

Albeniz, Isaac

Chants d'Espagne, op.232
» V Seguidillas

Chopin, Frederic

Nocturnes (21)
» no.5 in F sharp major, op.15 no.2
Piano Sonata no.2 in B flat minor, op.35 'Funeral March'
Waltzes (19)
» no.1 in E flat major, op.18 'Grande valse brillante'
» no.5 in A flat major, op.42
» no.6 in D flat, op.64 no.1 'Minute'
» no.11 in G flat major, op.posth.70 no.1

Franck, Cesar

Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra

Gretry, Andre

Danses villageoises (7) (arr. Arthur de Greef)
» no.3 Danse en rond
» no.5 Entr'acte

Grieg, Edvard

Album Leaves (4), op.28
» no.3 Vivace in A major
Humoresques, op.6
» no.2 Tempo di Menuetto
Lyric Pieces: Book 1 (8), op.12
» no.1 Arietta
Lyric Pieces: Book 3 (6), op.43
» no.1 Butterfly
» no.6 To Spring
Lyric Pieces: Book 5 (6), op.54
» no.3 March of the Dwarfs
Lyric Pieces: Book 8 (6), op.65
» no.6 Wedding Day at Troldhaugen
Lyric Pieces: Book 10 (8), op.71
» no.3 Puck
Piano Concerto in A minor, op.16
Pictures from Life in the Country (3), op.19
» no.2 Brudefolget drar forbi (Wedding Procession)

Liszt, Franz

Fantasia on Hungarian Folk Themes, S123
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19), S244
» no.12 in C sharp minor
Piano Concerto no.1 in E flat major, S124
Piano Concerto no.2 in A major, S125
Polonaises (2), S223
» no.2 in E major
Soirees de Vienne: Valses caprices (9) d'apres Schubert S427
» no.6 in A minor

Moszkowski, Moritz

Piano Pieces (5), op.18
» no.3 Etude in G major
Pieces (6), op.15
» no.1 Serenata
Valse in E major, op.34 no.1

Prokofiev, Sergei

Symphony no.1 in D major, op.25 'Classical'
» III Gavotte (piano)

Raff, Joachim

La Fileuse, op.157 no.2

Ronald, Landon

Pensee musicale

Rubinstein, Anton

Melodies (2), op.3
» no.1 in F major

Saint-Saens, Camille

Piano Concerto no.2 in G minor, op.22

Schumann, Robert

Arabeske in C major, op.18
Faschingsschwank aus Wien (Carnival in Vienna), op.26

Artists

Arthur de Greef (piano)
Royal Albert Hall Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
New Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Landon Ronald

Works

Albeniz, Isaac

Chants d'Espagne, op.232
» V Seguidillas

Chopin, Frederic

Nocturnes (21)
» no.5 in F sharp major, op.15 no.2
Piano Sonata no.2 in B flat minor, op.35 'Funeral March'
Waltzes (19)
» no.1 in E flat major, op.18 'Grande valse brillante'
» no.5 in A flat major, op.42
» no.6 in D flat, op.64 no.1 'Minute'
» no.11 in G flat major, op.posth.70 no.1

Franck, Cesar

Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra

Gretry, Andre

Danses villageoises (7) (arr. Arthur de Greef)
» no.3 Danse en rond
» no.5 Entr'acte

Grieg, Edvard

Album Leaves (4), op.28
» no.3 Vivace in A major
Humoresques, op.6
» no.2 Tempo di Menuetto
Lyric Pieces: Book 1 (8), op.12
» no.1 Arietta
Lyric Pieces: Book 3 (6), op.43
» no.1 Butterfly
» no.6 To Spring
Lyric Pieces: Book 5 (6), op.54
» no.3 March of the Dwarfs
Lyric Pieces: Book 8 (6), op.65
» no.6 Wedding Day at Troldhaugen
Lyric Pieces: Book 10 (8), op.71
» no.3 Puck
Piano Concerto in A minor, op.16
Pictures from Life in the Country (3), op.19
» no.2 Brudefolget drar forbi (Wedding Procession)

Liszt, Franz

Fantasia on Hungarian Folk Themes, S123
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19), S244
» no.12 in C sharp minor
Piano Concerto no.1 in E flat major, S124
Piano Concerto no.2 in A major, S125
Polonaises (2), S223
» no.2 in E major
Soirees de Vienne: Valses caprices (9) d'apres Schubert S427
» no.6 in A minor

Moszkowski, Moritz

Piano Pieces (5), op.18
» no.3 Etude in G major
Pieces (6), op.15
» no.1 Serenata
Valse in E major, op.34 no.1

Prokofiev, Sergei

Symphony no.1 in D major, op.25 'Classical'
» III Gavotte (piano)

Raff, Joachim

La Fileuse, op.157 no.2

Ronald, Landon

Pensee musicale

Rubinstein, Anton

Melodies (2), op.3
» no.1 in F major

Saint-Saens, Camille

Piano Concerto no.2 in G minor, op.22

Schumann, Robert

Arabeske in C major, op.18
Faschingsschwank aus Wien (Carnival in Vienna), op.26

Artists

Arthur de Greef (piano)
Royal Albert Hall Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
New Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Landon Ronald

About

Belgian pianist Arthur de Greef studied with Franz Liszt and also became a close friend of Grieg, who strongly admired his playing. He was a main-stay of the HMV catalogue in the 1920s and this set brings together for the first time his complete recordings, save for acoustic versions of concertante works he subsequently recorded electrically (the Liszt Hungarian Fantasia and abridged versions of the Saint-Saëns and Grieg concertos) and two electric chamber recordings with violinist Isolde Menges.

Given his associations, his recordings of the Liszt concertos and Hungarian Fantasy must be considered important stylistic documents, but perhaps most important of all is his recording of the Grieg concerto. He initially studied this with his teacher Brassin at the time when the latter gave the Belgian premiere of the work. He subsequently worked on it, and gave performances with Grieg, who said of him ‘De Greef is the best interpreter of my music I have met with. It is surprising how he understands my meaning… He is a real Master’.

This is the first time that the bulk of de Greef’s recordings have been released together and they show that a serious reappraisal of a pianist from the earliest generation to record substantially, is overdue.

Contents:
CD 1 HMV acoustic recordings, 1917–1923
(62.57)
- Franck: Variations symphoniques
Royal Albert Hall Orchestra / Landon Ronald

Solo works by Albéniz, Chopin, Grétry/Greef, Grieg, Liszt, Moszkowski, Ronald, Rubinstein, Schumann

CD 2 HMV acoustic & electric recordings, 1922–1930 (72.25)
- Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1
Royal Albert Hall Orchestra / Landon Ronald

- Liszt: Piano Concerto No.2
London Symphony Orchestra / Landon Ronald

- Liszt: Fantasia on Hungarian Folk Themes
Royal Albert Hall Orchestra / Landon Ronald

- Liszt: Polonaise in E major
- Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.12

CD 3 HMV electric recordings, 1925–1931 (56.16)
- Chopin: Sonata No.2 in B flat minor
- Chopin: Nocturne in F sharp major
- Chopin: Four Waltzes
Solo works by Moszkowski, Raff & Schubert/Liszt

CD 4 HMV electric recordings, 1927–1931 (73.14)
- Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No.2
New Symphony Orchestra / Landon Ronald

- Grieg: Piano Concerto
New Symphony Orchestra / Landon Ronald

Solo works by Grétry/Greef, Grieg, Prokofiev

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