Anatole Kitain: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1936-80 | APR APR6017

Anatole Kitain: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1936-80

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Label: APR

Cat No: APR6017

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 5th May 2015

Contents

Works

Brahms, Johannes

Ballades (4), op.10
» no.1 in D minor
Waltzes (16), op.39

Chopin, Frederic

Ballades (4)
» no.2 in F major, op.38
» no.3 in A flat major, op.47
Etudes (12), op.10
» no.5 in G flat major 'Black Key Study'
» no.6 in E flat minor
» no.7 in C major
» no.8 in F major
» no.12 in C minor 'Revolutionary'
Mazurkas (51)
» no.13 in A minor, op.17 no.4
Rondo in E flat major, op.16
Scherzi (4)
» no.1 in B minor, op.20

Godowsky, Leopold

Symphonic metamorphoses on themes by Johann Strauss
» No.2 Die Fledermaus

Liszt, Franz

Annees de Pelerinage, 1st Year 'Suisse', S160
» no.6 Vallee d'Obermann
Annees de Pelerinage, 2nd Year, S161
» no.4 Sonetto 47 del Petrarca
» no.6 Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
Concert Etudes (2), S145
» Waldesrauschen (Forest Murmurs)
Etudes d'execution transcendante (12), S139
» no.5 in B flat major 'Feux Follets'

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Etudes-Tableaux (8), op.33
» no.1 in F minor
Morceaux de Fantasie, op.3
» no.1 Elegie in E flat minor
Preludes (13), op.32
» no.12 in G sharp minor

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

The Tale of Tsar Saltan
» Flight of the Bumblebee (arr. Strimer)

Schumann, Robert

Toccata in C major, op.7

Scriabin, Alexander

Etude in C sharp minor, op.2 no.1
Mazurkas (9), op.25
» no.3 in E minor
Preludes (24), op.11
» no.2 in A minor

Artists

Anatole Kitain (piano)

Works

Brahms, Johannes

Ballades (4), op.10
» no.1 in D minor
Waltzes (16), op.39

Chopin, Frederic

Ballades (4)
» no.2 in F major, op.38
» no.3 in A flat major, op.47
Etudes (12), op.10
» no.5 in G flat major 'Black Key Study'
» no.6 in E flat minor
» no.7 in C major
» no.8 in F major
» no.12 in C minor 'Revolutionary'
Mazurkas (51)
» no.13 in A minor, op.17 no.4
Rondo in E flat major, op.16
Scherzi (4)
» no.1 in B minor, op.20

Godowsky, Leopold

Symphonic metamorphoses on themes by Johann Strauss
» No.2 Die Fledermaus

Liszt, Franz

Annees de Pelerinage, 1st Year 'Suisse', S160
» no.6 Vallee d'Obermann
Annees de Pelerinage, 2nd Year, S161
» no.4 Sonetto 47 del Petrarca
» no.6 Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
Concert Etudes (2), S145
» Waldesrauschen (Forest Murmurs)
Etudes d'execution transcendante (12), S139
» no.5 in B flat major 'Feux Follets'

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Etudes-Tableaux (8), op.33
» no.1 in F minor
Morceaux de Fantasie, op.3
» no.1 Elegie in E flat minor
Preludes (13), op.32
» no.12 in G sharp minor

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

The Tale of Tsar Saltan
» Flight of the Bumblebee (arr. Strimer)

Schumann, Robert

Toccata in C major, op.7

Scriabin, Alexander

Etude in C sharp minor, op.2 no.1
Mazurkas (9), op.25
» no.3 in E minor
Preludes (24), op.11
» no.2 in A minor

Artists

Anatole Kitain (piano)

About

Anatole Kitain (1903–1980) was an exact contemporary and fellow pupil of Vladimir Horowitz in Kiev, where he studied, as did the slightly older Simon Barere, with Felix Blumenfeld. All three developed fabulous techniques and were romantic pianists in the grand manner, and each fled Russia after the Revolution to make their way in the West.

That Kitain is the least known can only be put down to misfortune, as these pre-War European recordings attest to a pianist of fabulous talent. Sadly he failed to ‘make it’ after his Wartime emigration to the USA and slowly faded from view, giving his last New York concert in 1963.

Critic's Choice - American Record Guide, 1996
I would put this important release into my 'Top Fifty All-time Great Piano Recordings', without a doubt’ - Classic CD

Gramophone Editor's Choice

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