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Maria Joao Pires: The Complete Erato Recordings

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Cat No: 2564631065

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 17

Release Date: 16th June 2014

Contents

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Keyboard Concerto no.1 in D minor, BWV1052
Keyboard Concerto no.4 in A major, BWV1055
Keyboard Concerto no.5 in F minor, BWV1056

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Piano Sonata no.8 in C minor, op.13 'Pathetique'
Piano Sonata no.14 in C sharp minor, op.27 no.2 'Moonlight'
Piano Sonata no.17 in D minor, op.31 no.2 'Tempest'
Piano Sonata no.23 in F minor, op.57 'Appassionata'
Piano Sonata no.30 in E major, op.109
Piano Sonata no.31 in A flat major, op.110

Chopin, Frederic

Krakowiak: grand rondo de concert, op.14
Piano Concerto no.1 in E minor, op.11
Piano Concerto no.2 in F minor, op.21
Prelude no.25 in C sharp minor, op.45
Preludes (24), op.28
Waltzes (19)
» no.1 in E flat major, op.18 'Grande valse brillante'
» no.2 in A flat major, op.34 no.1
» no.3 in A minor, op.34 no.2
» no.4 in F major, op.34 no.3
» no.5 in A flat major, op.42
» no.6 in D flat, op.64 no.1 'Minute'
» no.7 in C sharp minor, op.64 no.2
» no.8 in A flat major, op.64 no.3
» no.9 in A flat major, op.posth.69 no.1
» no.10 in B minor, op.posth.69 no.2
» no.11 in G flat major, op.posth.70 no.1
» no.12 in F minor, op.posth.70 no.2
» no.13 in D flat major, op.posth.70 no.3
» no.14 in E minor, B56, KK IVa:15, P1:15

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Fantasia in C minor, K475
Piano Concerto no.8 in C major, K246 'Lutzow'
Piano Concerto no.9 in E flat major, K271 'Jeunehomme'
Piano Concerto no.12 in A major, K414
Piano Concerto no.13 in C major, K415
Piano Concerto no.14 in E flat major, K449
Piano Concerto no.17 in G major, K453
Piano Concerto no.19 in F major, K459
Piano Concerto no.20 in D minor, K466
Piano Concerto no.21 in C major, K467 'Elvira Madigan'
Piano Concerto no.23 in A major, K488
Piano Concerto no.26 in D major, K537 'Coronation'
Piano Concerto no.27 in B flat major, K595
Piano Sonata no.6 in D major, K284
Piano Sonata no.14 in C minor, K457
Rondo for piano and orchestra in A major, K386
Rondo for piano and orchestra in D major, K382
Rondo in A minor, K511

Schubert, Franz

Fantasia in F minor for piano duet, op.103 D940
German Dance (with 2 Trios and 2 Landler), D618
» no.1
» no.2
Impromptus (4), op.90 D899
Marches militaires (3), op.51 D733
Piano Sonata no.18 in G major, D894
Piano Sonata no.21 in B flat major, D960
Rondo in A major for piano duet, D951
Rondo in D major for piano duet, D608

Schumann, Robert

Bunte Blatter, op.99
Kinderszenen, op.15
Waldszenen, op.82

Artists

Maria Joao Pires (piano)
Huseyin Sermet (piano)
Gulbenkian Orchestra
Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne
I Solisti Veneti
Orchestre National de l’Opera de Monte Carlo

Conductors

Michel Corboz
Theodor Guschlbauer
Claudio Scimone
Armin Jordan

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Keyboard Concerto no.1 in D minor, BWV1052
Keyboard Concerto no.4 in A major, BWV1055
Keyboard Concerto no.5 in F minor, BWV1056

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Piano Sonata no.8 in C minor, op.13 'Pathetique'
Piano Sonata no.14 in C sharp minor, op.27 no.2 'Moonlight'
Piano Sonata no.17 in D minor, op.31 no.2 'Tempest'
Piano Sonata no.23 in F minor, op.57 'Appassionata'
Piano Sonata no.30 in E major, op.109
Piano Sonata no.31 in A flat major, op.110

Chopin, Frederic

Krakowiak: grand rondo de concert, op.14
Piano Concerto no.1 in E minor, op.11
Piano Concerto no.2 in F minor, op.21
Prelude no.25 in C sharp minor, op.45
Preludes (24), op.28
Waltzes (19)
» no.1 in E flat major, op.18 'Grande valse brillante'
» no.2 in A flat major, op.34 no.1
» no.3 in A minor, op.34 no.2
» no.4 in F major, op.34 no.3
» no.5 in A flat major, op.42
» no.6 in D flat, op.64 no.1 'Minute'
» no.7 in C sharp minor, op.64 no.2
» no.8 in A flat major, op.64 no.3
» no.9 in A flat major, op.posth.69 no.1
» no.10 in B minor, op.posth.69 no.2
» no.11 in G flat major, op.posth.70 no.1
» no.12 in F minor, op.posth.70 no.2
» no.13 in D flat major, op.posth.70 no.3
» no.14 in E minor, B56, KK IVa:15, P1:15

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Fantasia in C minor, K475
Piano Concerto no.8 in C major, K246 'Lutzow'
Piano Concerto no.9 in E flat major, K271 'Jeunehomme'
Piano Concerto no.12 in A major, K414
Piano Concerto no.13 in C major, K415
Piano Concerto no.14 in E flat major, K449
Piano Concerto no.17 in G major, K453
Piano Concerto no.19 in F major, K459
Piano Concerto no.20 in D minor, K466
Piano Concerto no.21 in C major, K467 'Elvira Madigan'
Piano Concerto no.23 in A major, K488
Piano Concerto no.26 in D major, K537 'Coronation'
Piano Concerto no.27 in B flat major, K595
Piano Sonata no.6 in D major, K284
Piano Sonata no.14 in C minor, K457
Rondo for piano and orchestra in A major, K386
Rondo for piano and orchestra in D major, K382
Rondo in A minor, K511

Schubert, Franz

Fantasia in F minor for piano duet, op.103 D940
German Dance (with 2 Trios and 2 Landler), D618
» no.1
» no.2
Impromptus (4), op.90 D899
Marches militaires (3), op.51 D733
Piano Sonata no.18 in G major, D894
Piano Sonata no.21 in B flat major, D960
Rondo in A major for piano duet, D951
Rondo in D major for piano duet, D608

Schumann, Robert

Bunte Blatter, op.99
Kinderszenen, op.15
Waldszenen, op.82

Artists

Maria Joao Pires (piano)
Huseyin Sermet (piano)
Gulbenkian Orchestra
Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne
I Solisti Veneti
Orchestre National de l’Opera de Monte Carlo

Conductors

Michel Corboz
Theodor Guschlbauer
Claudio Scimone
Armin Jordan

About

Maria João Piresshapes and colours every phrase, and with immaculate taste, and she makes sure the phrases end as eloquently as they begin”, wrote Gramophone in 1974. “She conveys not just the details but the relevance of every note to the whole ... Best of all, she communicates everything she has discovered about the music, and it is worth having.”

With her refined, honest artistry, the Portugese pianist Maria João Pires – who turns 70 in July 2014 – was one of the musicians who defined the Erato label in the 1970s and 1980s. This 17-CD box gathers together all the recordings she made over the period from 1972 to 1987, and it reflects the consistent focus of her repertoire, with its special emphasis on Austro-German composers of the Classical and early-Romantic periods. Embracing solo works, piano duets and concertos, it contains works by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Beethoven, but also by Bach and Chopin.

After initial studies at the Lisbon Conservatory, Maria João Pires moved to Germany where her teachers included the great Wilhelm Kempff and the man who became her mentor: the Swiss-born pianist Karl Engel, a pupil of Alfred Cortot and well known as an accompanist to singers. In 1970, she won the Beethoven Bicentennial Competition in Brussels, which brought her to international attention. Over the years she has become recognised as a pianist in the line of such great figures as Kempff, Edwin Fischer and Clara Haskil – musicians valued by connoisseurs for favouring clarity and putting the composer and his music first, rather than drawing attention to themselves.

The Penguin Guide wrote that “She strikes an ideal balance between poise and expressive sensibility, conveying a sense of spontaneity in everything she does", while in a 2012 interview Pires summed up her philosophy as a musician: “Learning music is learning about life. You don’t learn how to play an instrument without learning how to discover music through yourself. Your relationship to the outside world is very important.” Speaking to Gramophone in 1996, she said: a concert should allow one to experience some kind of emotion ... to dream ... Life is so short – we should try to live things more intensely.

Seeing her performing career as just one part of her life, Pires has never been hungry for publicity and fame. Her family is very important to her and for several years she ran a music education centre on her farm in Portugal.

Pires’ partners on these classic Erato recordings include the Turkish pianist Hüseyin Sermet (in duets by Schubert) and the conductors Michel Corboz, Armin Jordan, Claudio Scimone and Theodor Guschlbauer.

A number of items in the collection (which features the original LP/CD artwork on the individual CD slipcases) have never before been released on CD on Europe: Beethoven, Sonatas op 109 and 110; Chopin, Préludes and Krakowiak; Mozart Concertos Nos 8 & 27 (with Claudio Scimone conducting I Solisti Veneti).

Contents:
CD 1
J S Bach: Keyboard Concertos, BWV1052, 1055 & 1056
Gulbenkian Orchestra / Michel Corboz

CD 2 Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 9 & 17 - Rondo, K.382
Gulbenkian Orchestra / Theodor Guschlbauer

CD 3 Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 21 & 26 - Rondo, K.386
Gulbenkian Orchestra / Theodor Guschlbauer

CD 4 Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 23, 13 & 14
Gulbenkian Orchestra / Theodor Guschlbauer

CD 5 Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 19 & 12 - Rondo, K.511
Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne / Armin Jordan

CD 6 Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 20 & 27
Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne / Armin Jordan

CD 7 Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 8 & 27
I Solisti Veneti / Claudio Scimone

CD 8 Mozart: Piano Sonatas Nos 6 & 14
Fantasia in C minor K.475

CD 9 Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos 23, 17 & 14

CD 10 Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos 31, 8 & 30

CD 11 Schubert: Piano Sonata, D.960 - Impromptus D.899 Nos 3 & 4

CD 12 Schubert: Piano Sonata, D.894 - Impromptus, D.899 Nos 1 & 2

CD 13 Schubert: Fantasy, D.940 - Marches militaires, D.733 - Rondos, D.608 & 951 - Deutscher mit zwei trios und zwei Ländler, D.618 Nos 1 & 2
With Hüseyin Sermet

CD 14 Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - Prelude, Op.45 - Krakowiak, Op.14
Orchestre National de l’Opéra de Monte Carlo / Armin Jordan

CD 15 Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2
Orchestre National de l’Opéra de Monte Carlo / Armin Jordan

CD 16 Chopin: Waltzes

CD 17 Schumann: Kinderszenen - Waldszenen - Bunte Blätter

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