Box Set of the Month
• All five Beethoven Concertos: Gulda (Nos.1&2), Lupu (Nos.3&5), Haskil (No.4), Mustonen (Violin Concerto, transcription for piano)
• Both Brahms Concertos: Rubinstein (No.1), Ashkenazy (No.2); the Ravel Concertos with Larrocha (Grammy-Award winning recordings)
• Chopin’s complete works for piano and orchestra (Kun-Woo Paik)
• Mozart Concertos on fortepiano (Levin) and pianoforte (Curzon, Long Bernstein)
• Encores/Transcriptions from Kempff (his own transcriptions of Bach, Beethoven and Handel); Cherkassky’s first Decca recording “Kaleidoscope” (complete on CD internationally for the first time); Grainger’s arrangements of Fauré and Gerswin on “The American Virtuoso” – one of the most captivating Argo recordings from the 90s with the ‘rebirth’ of the label; and Godowsky’s notoriously difficult arrangements of Chopin’s Études and Waltzes
• Music-making with friends: Piano Four-Hands and Two Pianos – Schiff & Malcolm, Ashkenazy & Previn, Katchen & Marty, Curzon & Britten; Rogé & Ortiz; Eden & Tamir
Decca Sound- The Piano Edition
This 55-CD box set puts the spotlight on a wealth of piano recordings from the Decca catalogue spanning eight decades and five continents. The curation of this set is passionate, scholarly, and features a number of unpublished and new to CD material. Complemented by original jackets, the set includes fantastic booklet notes by Cyrus Meher-Homji and Mike Gray.
This spectacular set encompasses eight decades of Pianism on Decca from the 1940s – 2010s, sequenced alphabetically by artist. It features composers from Bach and Scarlatti to the 20th century, including a brush with Jazz, solo repertoire, piano concertos and concertante works.
Six important ‘schools’ of piano playing are also represented – German, French and Russian, Spanish, English and American.
From the great sovereigns of the piano to the younger generation of artists of today, this is a truly international release with artists from five continents. It includes previously unpublished recordings and many of the featured recordings making their first appearance on CD.
This release is accompanied by an extensive booklet with notes by Cyrus Meher-Homji on the artists and recordings, and Mike Gray on the evolution of the recording technology.