1 800 222 6872

Virtuoso Showpieces by Schumann, Falla, Liszt & Guion / Byron Janis

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124
>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125
>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
>Liszt, Franz : Valses oubliees (4) for Piano, S 215
>Schumann, Robert : Romances (3) for Piano, Op. 28
>Schumann, Robert : Novellette for piano in F major, Op. 21/1
>Falla, Manuel de : El sombrero de tres picos
>Liszt, Franz : Sonetto del Petrarca no 104 (Pace non trovo; I) for piano (Tre sonetti no 1), S. 158/1
>Guion, David : The Harmonica Player
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"The solo pieces are also attractive. Janis is a very expert player, and covers a variety of moods with success ... the little Valse oubliée is charming, as is the deeply romantic Petrarch Sonnet. The Falla "Miller's Dance" is no less colourful, while the Hungarian Rhapsody No.6 ... has great panache, not least in the hair-raising octave passages." - Gramophone

"Janis's glittering articulation is matched by his sense of poetry and drama, and there is plenty of dash in these very compelling performances, which are afforded characteristically brilliant Mercury sound." -Penguin Guide

A former child prodigy and student of Horowitz, Byron Janis was chosen in 1960 to spearhead a cross-cultural exchange between the US and USSR, making such an impact that the American Mercury recording team went to the USSR to record this collaboration. "Janis's glittering articulation is matched by his sense of poetry and drama, and there is plenty of dash in these very compelling performances, which are afforded characteristically brilliant Mercury sound." - Penguin CD Guide

American Record Guide
... Janis performances rank with the very best and deserve to be made widely available again



Reviews

This disc rocks!
In these recordings from the early 1960’s Byron Janis shows that he is a force to be reckoned with, playing Liszt Piano Conertos No. 1 & 2, with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra respectively, with aplomb and character. Piano Concerto No. 1 is just a bold showpiece, with all of the emphasis in just the right places, and no sign of how insanely difficult it is to play. Piano Concerto No. 2 is similarly impressive, with texture and depth of feeling from both the soloist and orchestra that grabs the listener by the ears and makes him forget about everything else except the music coming out of the speakers. It’s *that* good. The remainder of the disc consists of various show pieces from Liszt, Schumann, de Falla, and Guion. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 is loaded with sass and joie de vivre, while the Valse oubliee No. 1 is delicate and playful – Mr. Janis has a delightful touch. Schumann’s Romanza Op. 28, No. 2 in F sharp is played with just the right amount of pensiveness and longing, while his Novellette Op. 21, No. 1 in F is simply charming – this one just feels right. As for de Falla’s “The Miller’s Dance”, it sounds much easier to play than it is, and Mr. Janis makes it seem effortless. Liszt’s Sonetto 104 del Petrarca is just flat out gorgeous, and David Guion’s “The Harmonica Player” is jaunty and enjoyable from start to finish. It is difficult to believe that Byron Janis did not have the full use of his left pinky due to a childhood accident, because his technique and sensitivity are astonishing. Buy this disc! You won’t be sorry!!!
Submitted on 06/13/11 by KlingonOpera 
Login or Create an Account to write a review
 

Also Purchased

Works Details

>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124
  • Performer: Byron Janis (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin
  • Ensemble: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1835-1856

>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125
  • Performer: Byron Janis (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  • Ensemble: Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1839

>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
  • Performer: Byron Janis (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Liszt, Franz : Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215
  • Performer: Byron Janis (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1881

>Schumann, Robert : Romances (3) for Piano, Op. 28
  • Performer: Byron Janis (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

>Schumann, Robert : Novellette for piano in F major, Op. 21/1
  • Performer: Byron Janis (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Falla, Manuel de : El sombrero de tres picos :: The Miller's Dance
  • Performer: Byron Janis (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Liszt, Franz : Sonetto del Petrarca no 104 (Pace non trovo; I) for piano (Tre sonetti no 1), S. 158/1
  • Performer: Byron Janis (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843-1845

>Guion, David : The Harmonica Player
  • Performer: Byron Janis (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern