Welte-Mignon Piano Rolls, 1905-1927

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
The world's finest player pianos, or "reproducing pianos," were manufactured by Welte-Mignon from 1904 to 1932. More than merely copying the notes played, these complex instruments also captured a performer's dynamics, tempi, and pedaling all encoded in ink on paper rolls that were then punched and prepared as masters for copying. Whether the reproduction accurately conveys the subtleties of the original performances is open to some speculation, since both the rolls and the pianos have suffered from time and lost trade secrets. But at the time of their sessions, the performers gave testimonials to Welte-Mignon's accuracy, and these digital recordings of the rolls give ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
The world's finest player pianos, or "reproducing pianos," were manufactured by Welte-Mignon from 1904 to 1932. More than merely copying the notes played, these complex instruments also captured a performer's dynamics, tempi, and pedaling all encoded in ink on paper rolls that were then punched and prepared as masters for copying. Whether the reproduction accurately conveys the subtleties of the original performances is open to some speculation, since both the rolls and the pianos have suffered from time and lost trade secrets. But at the time of their sessions, the performers gave testimonials to Welte-Mignon's accuracy, and these digital recordings of the rolls give the listener a clear idea of how well they sounded. The flashy playing of Paderewski, Lhevinne, Petri, and a young Horowitz are represented, and the sound is stunningly lifelike. The standout track may well be Walter Gieseking's breathtaking rendition of Ravel's "Gaspard de la nuit" since its delicate lines and sweeping runs exceed expectations of what a player piano can reproduce. Also of interest is Saint-Saëns' own performance of his "Rapsodie d'Auvergne," a rarity from 1905. The Steinway-Welte used in this recording was spared damage in World War II and is one of the few remaining pianos that can play the preserved rolls with fidelity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2003
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 636943167724
  • Catalog Number: 8110677

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Humoresques de concert (6), for piano, Op 14, No. 1, Menuett célèbre, Op. 14/1 - Ignace Jan Paderewski & Ignace Jan Paderewski (4:00)
    Composed byIgnace Jan Paderewski
  2. 2 Arabesques on J. Strauss II's "The Blue Danube Waltz" for piano - Adolf Schulz-Evler & Josef Lhevinne (7:54)
    Composed byAdolf Schulz-Evler
  3. 3 Rapsodie d'Auvergne, for piano & orchestra in C major, Op. 73 - Camille Saint-Saëns & Camille Saint-Saëns (7:27)
    Composed byCamille Saint-Saëns
  4. 4 Polonaise for piano No. 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 44, CT. 154 - Josef Hofmann & Frédéric Chopin (9:53)
    Composed byFrédéric Chopin
  5. 5 La Chasse, etude for piano in E Major (Grand Paganini Étude No. 5), S. 141/5 (LW A173/5) - Franz Liszt & Egon Petri (2:44)
    Composed byFranz Liszt
  6. 6 Marche Militaire (after Schubert's D 733:1) for piano - Carl Tausig & Télémaque Lambrino (5:51)
    Composed byCarl Tausig
  7. 7 Der Lebemann, operetta: Dinner Waltz - Alfred Grünfeld & Alfred Grünfeld (3:05)
    Composed byAlfred Grünfeld
  8. 8 Gaspard de la nuit, for piano: No. 1 (Ondine) - Maurice Ravel & Walter Gieseking (6:05)
    Composed byMaurice Ravel
  9. 9 Symphony No. 94 in G major ("Surprise"/"The Drumstroke"/"Mit dem Paukenschlag"), H. 1/94: Andante - Rudolf Ganz & Franz Joseph Haydn (5:53)
    Composed byFranz Joseph Haydn
  10. 10 Menuet in A minor/major (Book I, No. 3) Allegretto grazioso for piano (after Rameau) - Hans Haass & Leopold Godowsky (5:09)
    Composed byLeopold Godowsky
  11. 11 Variations on a Theme from Bizet's "Carmen, " for piano - Vladimir Horowitz & Vladimir Horowitz (4:00)
    Composed byVladimir Horowitz
  12. 12 Etude for piano in E major ("La nuit"), Op. 31/3 - Alexander Glazunov & Rudolf Ganz (4:00)
    Composed byAlexander Glazunov
  13. 13 Staccato Caprice for piano in F sharp major - Vogrich & Yolanda Mero (3:13)
    Composed byVogrich
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