Eileen Joyce: The Complete Studio Recordings | Australian Eloquence ELQ4826291

Eileen Joyce: The Complete Studio Recordings

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4826291

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 10

Release Date: 15th December 2017



Eileen Joyce (piano)


Eileen Joyce (piano)


For the first time, Eileen Joyce’s complete studio recordings, made between 1933 and 1959, are issued collectively as a 10-CD box with a lavishly illustrated and annotated booklet.

‘In every way the most transcendentally gifted young piano student I have heard in the last 25 years’ was Percy Grainger’s pronouncement of the young Eileen Joyce (1908–1991) when he first heard her play in 1926.

The Tasmanian-born pianist Eileen Joyce was still a student of Tobias Matthay at the Royal Academy of Music in London when she made her first recording, at her own expense, in June 1933. Parlophone was sufficiently impressed by the recording to purchase it from her and request a side B. So began a 27-year-long recording career, stretching almost to her retirement in 1960.

‘Extraordinary technical dexterity … a fine musical intelligence, subtle feeling for nuance… An inspired Press agent might christen her “The Feminine Horowitz” or “Menuhin of the Piano”.’ - The Broadcaster, September 1936

CD1: The Parlophone Recordings
J.S. Bach · Paradies · Mozart · Schubert · Chopin · Schumann

CD2: The Parlophone Recordings
Liszt · J.S. Bach/Liszt · Schumann/Liszt · Wagner/Liszt · Gounod/Liszt · Brahms

CD3: The Parlophone Recordings
Hummel · Henselt · Schlözer · Moszkowski · Albéniz/Godowsky · Granados · Sinding · Grieg · Sibelius · Stavenhagen · Palmgren · Friedman · Fauré · Debussy · Turina

CD4: The Parlophone Recordings
Arensky · Rachmaninov · D’Albert · Strauss/Gieseking · Dohnányi · Bergman · Scott · Pick-Mangiagalli · Farjeon · Shostakovich

CD5: The Columbia Recordings
Haydn · Mozart · Beethoven · Chopin

CD6: The Columbia Recordings
Mendelssohn · Grieg · Scriabin · Ravel · Ireland · Shostakovich

CD7: The Decca Recordings
Mozart · Beethoven · Schumann · Chopin · Franck

CD8: The Decca Recordings
Tchaikovsky · Rachmaninov · Bliss

CD9: The Decca, HMV & Saga Recordings
Mendelssohn · J.S. Bach · Vivaldi/Bach · Vivaldi/Dart · Malcolm · Beethoven · Schumann · Schumann/Liszt

CD10: The Saga Recordings
Liszt · Fauré · Debussy · Granados · Dohnányi · Grieg


Pianophiles will be slavering at the prospect of having access to all this great artist’s recordings. ... for me it is the Arensky Trio that shows Joyce at her brilliant best. In the company of Henri Temianka and Antoni Sala, she finds a perfect balance of stunning virtuosity, nimble wit and, in the lovely third movement, a deeply affecting lyrical repose that gives the lie to those who say that Joyce’s playing was all surface glitter. I’d buy the set for this performance alone, with the Haydn Gypsy Trio as an accompanying amuse boucheJeremy Nicholas
Gramophone February 2018
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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