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Andre Watts: The Complete Columbia Album Collection

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Label: Sony

Cat No: 88875119792

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 12

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 22nd April 2016

Contents

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Bagatelle no.25 in A minor, WoO59 'Fur Elise'
Piano Sonata no.7 in D major, op.10 no.3
Rondo a capriccio in G major, op.129 'Rage over a lost penny'
Variations (32) on an original theme, WoO80

Brahms, Johannes

Klavierstucke (4), op.119
» no.2 Intermezzo in E minor
» no.3 Intermezzo in C major
Piano Concerto no.2 in B flat major, op.83

Chopin, Frederic

Etudes (12), op.10
» no.1 in C major
Etudes (12), op.25
» no.7 in C sharp minor
» no.12 in C minor
Fantasy in F minor, op.49
Nocturnes (21)
» no.13 in C minor, op.48 no.1
Piano Concerto no.2 in F minor, op.21
Piano Sonata no.2 in B flat minor, op.35 'Funeral March'

Debussy, Claude

Children's Corner
Preludes (12), Book 1
» no.10 La Cathedrale engloutie

Franck, Cesar

Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra

Gershwin, George

George Gershwin's Songbook for piano (18)
» no.3 Do it again
» no.5 I got rhythm
» no.6 I'll build a stairway to Paradise
» no.7 Liza (All the clouds'll roll away)
» no.8 The man I love
» no.10 Nobody but you
» no.11 Oh, lady be good!
» no.12 Somebody loves me
» no.14 Swanee
» no.15 Sweet and low-down
» no.16 'S wonderful
» no.17 That certain feeling
» no.18 Who cares so long as you care for me?
Preludes (3)
Rhapsody in Blue

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Piano Sonata no.62 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:52

Liszt, Franz

Annees de Pelerinage, 2nd Year, S161
» no.5 Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Grandes Etudes (6) de Paganini, S141
Les Preludes: symphonic poem, S97
Piano Concerto no.1 in E flat major, S124
Piano Sonata in B minor, S178
Totentanz, paraphrase on the 'Dies irae', S126

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Piano Concerto no.3 in D minor, op.30

Ravel, Maurice

Miroirs
» Oiseaux tristes

Scarlatti, Domenico

Keyboard Sonata in A major, K39
Keyboard Sonata in F minor, K481

Schubert, Franz

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'
Piano Sonata no.14 in A minor, D784
Waltzes (12), Landler (17) and Ecossaises (9), op.18 D145
» Waltzes (1-12)

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Piano Concerto no.1 in B flat minor, op.23

Artists

Andre Watts (piano)
London Symphony Orchestra
New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductors

Leonard Bernstein
Erich Leinsdorf
Seiji Ozawa
Thomas Schippers

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Bagatelle no.25 in A minor, WoO59 'Fur Elise'
Piano Sonata no.7 in D major, op.10 no.3
Rondo a capriccio in G major, op.129 'Rage over a lost penny'
Variations (32) on an original theme, WoO80

Brahms, Johannes

Klavierstucke (4), op.119
» no.2 Intermezzo in E minor
» no.3 Intermezzo in C major
Piano Concerto no.2 in B flat major, op.83

Chopin, Frederic

Etudes (12), op.10
» no.1 in C major
Etudes (12), op.25
» no.7 in C sharp minor
» no.12 in C minor
Fantasy in F minor, op.49
Nocturnes (21)
» no.13 in C minor, op.48 no.1
Piano Concerto no.2 in F minor, op.21
Piano Sonata no.2 in B flat minor, op.35 'Funeral March'

Debussy, Claude

Children's Corner
Preludes (12), Book 1
» no.10 La Cathedrale engloutie

Franck, Cesar

Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra

Gershwin, George

George Gershwin's Songbook for piano (18)
» no.3 Do it again
» no.5 I got rhythm
» no.6 I'll build a stairway to Paradise
» no.7 Liza (All the clouds'll roll away)
» no.8 The man I love
» no.10 Nobody but you
» no.11 Oh, lady be good!
» no.12 Somebody loves me
» no.14 Swanee
» no.15 Sweet and low-down
» no.16 'S wonderful
» no.17 That certain feeling
» no.18 Who cares so long as you care for me?
Preludes (3)
Rhapsody in Blue

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Piano Sonata no.62 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:52

Liszt, Franz

Annees de Pelerinage, 2nd Year, S161
» no.5 Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Grandes Etudes (6) de Paganini, S141
Les Preludes: symphonic poem, S97
Piano Concerto no.1 in E flat major, S124
Piano Sonata in B minor, S178
Totentanz, paraphrase on the 'Dies irae', S126

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Piano Concerto no.3 in D minor, op.30

Ravel, Maurice

Miroirs
» Oiseaux tristes

Scarlatti, Domenico

Keyboard Sonata in A major, K39
Keyboard Sonata in F minor, K481

Schubert, Franz

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'
Piano Sonata no.14 in A minor, D784
Waltzes (12), Landler (17) and Ecossaises (9), op.18 D145
» Waltzes (1-12)

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Piano Concerto no.1 in B flat minor, op.23

Artists

Andre Watts (piano)
London Symphony Orchestra
New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductors

Leonard Bernstein
Erich Leinsdorf
Seiji Ozawa
Thomas Schippers

About

On January 15, 1963, sixteen-year-old American pianist André Watts dazzled television audiences with Liszt’s E flat Concerto on a New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concert with Leonard Bernstein, bringing inspiration and hope to a diverse population of music students. When Glenn Gould cancelled a Philharmonic appearance a few weeks later, Watts was called to substitute. His triumphant performances launched an international career.

Long having fulfilled that early promise, Watts remains one of the world’s most successful, consistent and communicative musicians as he enters his seventieth year in 2016. To celebrate this milestone, Sony Classical releases a 12-CD set, André Watts: The Complete Columbia Album Collection. It documents the pianist’s progression from teenage to the youthful maturity revealed in his 1980 Tokyo concerts. In addition to concertos by Chopin, Liszt, Franck, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, Watts’s solo Columbia recordings showcase his natural affinity for a wide gamut of works and styles, as in the elegant virtuosity of the pianist’s Liszt Sonata, his direct and virile Beethoven interpretations, his affectionate Schubert, his delicately nuanced Debussy and his upbeat, idiomatic Gershwin.

Although thrust into the spotlight early, André Watts allowed himself time to develop and ripen, striking a sensible balance between performing and studying. He enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory, where he worked with Leon Fleisher. At 20 he embarked on his first world tour, made his first extensive Japanese tour in 1974, and, in 1976, gave the first complete American live televised solo recital on “Live from Lincoln Center.”

André Watts: The Complete Columbia Album Collection features twelve CDs in a clamshell box with booklet, including notes by Jed Distler, full discographical information and archival photos. The contents and sleeves replicate each album’s original LP packaging. All of the recordings are newly remastered, with 5 LPs released for the first time on CD.

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