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Byron Janis: The Complete RCA Recordings
     

Byron Janis: The Complete RCA Recordings

by Byron Janis
 
From 1947 to 1959, the brilliant American pianist Byron Janis created an impressive, if small, legacy of recordings for RCA. While his later albums on Mercury and EMI were eventually released on CD, most of the RCA recordings languished on vinyl, only to appear on disc with this 2013 box set. Sony has remastered these albums as part of its ongoing "Original Jacket"

Overview

From 1947 to 1959, the brilliant American pianist Byron Janis created an impressive, if small, legacy of recordings for RCA. While his later albums on Mercury and EMI were eventually released on CD, most of the RCA recordings languished on vinyl, only to appear on disc with this 2013 box set. Sony has remastered these albums as part of its ongoing "Original Jacket" reissues of legendary Columbia and RCA recordings, and the compilation includes ten CDs in cardboard sleeves featuring the original album covers, a bonus disc of early recordings of Bach and Chopin, and a DVD of the film by Peter Rosen, The Byron Janis Story. The first-time appearance of Janis' recording of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" is a must for collectors, and fans will take special delight in the powerful performances of Rachmaninov's concertos and Liszt's "Totentanz." However, they should carefully note that while this box contains Janis' complete RCA albums, it does not include every recording he ever made for the label. His recordings of Liszt's "Consolation No. 5 in E major" and the "Sonetto 104 del Petrarca" were released on Philips' Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Vol. 50, so completists have a little extra searching in store. However, most listeners who become enthralled by Janis' spectacular playing of Romantic masterpieces will find this set more than adequate and a bargain at the low price.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/16/2013
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0887254844020
catalogNumber:
548440

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor ("Tempest"), Op. 31/2

    1. 1. Largo - Allegro  (07:45)
    2. 2. Adagio  (06:55)
    3. 3. Allegretto  (04:49)
  2. Impromptu for piano in E flat major, D. 899/2 (Op. 90/2)  (04:19)

Disc 2

  1. Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé)  (13:50)
  2. Grand Canyon Suite, for orchestra: 2. Painted Desert

    1. 2. Painted Desert  (04:53)
  3. Grand Canyon Suite, for orchestra: 3. On the Trail

    1. 3. On the Trail  (07:08)
  4. Grand Canyon Suite, for orchestra: 5. Cloudburst

    1. 5. Cloudburst  (07:00)

Disc 3

  1. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major ("Waldstein"), Op. 53

    1. 1. Allegro con brio  (07:56)
    2. 2. Introduzione. Adagio molto - attacca  (03:15)
    3. 3. Rondo. Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo  (09:16)
  2. Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

    1. 1. Vivace, ma non troppo  (03:32)
    2. 2. Prestissimo  (02:27)
    3. 3. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo  (12:14)

Disc 4

  1. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, CT. 202

    1. 1. Grave - Doppio movimento  (05:18)
    2. 2. Scherzo - Più lento - Tempo I  (06:05)
    3. 3. Marche funèbre. Lento  (07:38)
    4. 4. Finale. Presto  (01:27)
  2. Impromptu for piano in A flat major, Op. 29, CT. 43  (03:44)
  3. Etude for piano No. 5 in G flat major, Op. 10/5, CT. 18  (01:32)
  4. Mazurka for piano No. 45 in A minor, Op. 67/4, CT. 95  (02:34)
  5. Scherzo for piano No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39, CT. 199  (07:11)

Disc 5

  1. Arabesques on J. Strauss II's "The Blue Danube Waltz," for piano, Op. 12  (07:08)
  2. Waltz for piano in A flat major, Op. 39/15  (01:45)
  3. Waltzes (5) for 2 pianos, Op. 39

    1. No. 1 in B major  (00:45)
    2. No. 2 in E major  (01:27)
  4. Waltz for piano in C sharp major, Op. 39/6  (00:56)
  5. Waltz for piano No. 3 in A minor, Op. 34/2, CT. 209  (05:18)
  6. Waltz for piano in E minor, KK IVa/15, CT. 222 (B. 56)  (02:48)
  7. Ballade for piano No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23, CT. 2  (09:27)
  8. Etude for piano No. 8 in F major, Op. 10/8, CT. 21  (02:30)
  9. Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3)  (04:33)
  10. Hungarian Rhapsody, for piano No. 6 in D flat major, S. 244/6 (LW A132/6)  (07:07)

Disc 6

  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1

    1. 1. Vivace - Moderato  (12:14)
    2. 2. Andante  (05:41)
    3. 3. Allegro vivace  (07:32)
  2. Burleske for piano & orchestra (or 2 pianos) in D minor, o.Op. 85 (TrV 145, AV 85)  (20:01)

Disc 7

  1. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

    1. 1. Allegro ma non tanto  (14:40)
    2. 2. Intermezzo, Adagio - attacca  (10:02)
    3. 3. Finale. Alla breve  (12:47)

Disc 8

  1. Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for piano

    1. Promenade  (01:32)
    2. 1. Gnomus  (02:23)
    3. Promenade  (00:55)
    4. 2. Il vecchio castello  (03:59)
    5. Promenade  (00:29)
    6. 3. Tuileries (Dispute d'enfants après jeux)  (01:06)
    7. 4. Bydlo  (02:59)
    8. Promenade  (00:35)
    9. 5. Ballet des petits poussins dans leurs coques  (01:18)
    10. 6. Samuel Goldenberg und Schmuÿle  (01:53)
    11. 7. Limoge. Le Marché (La Grande Nouvelle)  (01:18)
    12. 8. Catacombae (Sepulcrum romanum)  (01:46)
    13. Cum mortuis in lingua mortua  (02:09)
    14. 9. La Cabane sur des pattes de poule (Baba-Yaga)  (02:54)
    15. 10. La Porte des bogatyrs (à Kiev, l'ancienne capitale)  (04:21)
  2. Rigoletto: paraphrase de concert (after Verdi), for piano, S. 434 (LW A187)  (05:47)

Disc 9

  1. Totentanz, for piano & orchestra, S. 126 (LW H8)  (15:34)
  2. Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1

    1. 1. Vivace  (12:14)
    2. 2. Andante  (05:41)
    3. 3. Allegro vivace  (07:29)

Disc 10

  1. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

    1. 1. Allegro affettuoso  (14:57)
    2. 2. Intermezzo. Andantino grazioso - attacca  (04:46)
    3. 3. Allegro vivace  (10:58)
  2. Totentanz, for piano & orchestra, S. 126 (LW H8)  (15:30)

Disc 11

  1. Prelude and Fugue, for organ in A minor "The Great," BWV 543 (BC J42)

    1. Prelude  (03:01)
    2. Fugue  (05:36)
  2. Etude for piano No. 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16  (03:59)
  3. Etude for piano No. 15 in F major, Op. 25/3, CT 28.  (01:46)
  4. Etude for piano No. 5 in G flat major, Op. 10/5, CT. 18  (01:30)

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