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Stephen Kovacevich: The Complete Philips Recordings - works by Beethoven, Dvorák, Brahms, Mozart, Bartók et al. / with Martha Argerich [25 CD Limited Edition Box Set]

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 5 in C minor, Op. 10 no 1
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31/2 "The Tempest"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 18 in E flat, Op. 31
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelles (7) for piano, Op. 33
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelles (11) for piano, Op. 119
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelles (6) for piano, Op. 126
>Chopin, Frédéric : Polonaise-fantasy for piano no 7 in A flat major, Op. 61, CT. 156
>Chopin, Frédéric : Impromptu for Piano no 3 in G flat major, b 149/Op. 51
>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 162/Op. 63
>Chopin, Frédéric : Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62
>Dvorak, Antonin : Quintet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 81/B 155
>Dvorak, Antonin : String Quintet for 2 violins, 2 violas & cello in E flat major ("American"), B. 180 (Op. 97)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E flat major, K 498 "Kegelstatt"
>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15
>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
>Brahms, Johannes : Scherzo for piano in E flat minor, Op. 4
>Brahms, Johannes : Ballades (4) for piano, Op. 10
>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (8) for piano, Op. 76
>Brahms, Johannes : Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116
>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzi (3) for piano, Op. 117
>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (4) for piano, Op. 119
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
>Brahms, Johannes : Rhapsodies (2) for piano, Op. 79
>Brahms, Johannes : Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39
>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (6) for piano, Op. 118
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 25 in C major, K 503
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488
>Grieg, Edvard : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16
>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54
>Bartók, Béla : Mikrokosmos, Sz 107
>Bartók, Béla : Out of Doors, suite for piano, Sz. 81, BB 89
>Bartók, Béla : Sonatina for violin & piano (ar. from piano work by E.Gertler with Bartok's approval), Sz. 55
>Stravinsky, Igor : Concerto for piano & wind instruments
>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Piano no 2, Sz 95
>Bennett, Richard R. : Concerto for Piano no 1
>Bennett, Richard R. : Jazz Calendar, ballet for 12 players
>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Piano no 1, Sz 83
>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Piano no 3, Sz 119
>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion, Sz 110
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Variations (5) on an original theme for piano, 4 hands in G major, K. 501
>Debussy, Claude : En blanc et noir
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:


Stephen Kovacevich: The Complete Philips Recordings - Decca Classics Trailer


Released to celebrate Stephen Kovacevich's 75th birthday this October, this 25-CD Limited Edition box set includes the complete recorded legacy of the pianist for the Philips label. It includes his acclaimed interpretations of works by Beethoven, Bartók, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Dvorák, Grieg, Mozart, Schumann and Stravinsky. Every album is presented with original covers. The booklet features an extensive tracklist and a new essay by former Philips Classics producer David Cairns.

Gramophone, October 2015
Decca's lavish 25-CD tribute to Stephen Kovacevich, The Complete Philips Recordings, celebrates one of the truly great artists of our time. If performers or re-creators divide into the serious and the frivolous, into visionaries rather than entertainers, then Kovacevich falls unmistakably into the first category. Capable of making many of his more celebrated colleagues sound superficial by comparison, he exemplifies what the late Ivan Moravec called 'those who combine the finest insights with a no less equally fine command'. Telescoped phrases and inaccuracies - or anything that obscures the greatness of a composer's stature - are not tolerated...

... overall, you will look in vain for anything less than memorable. These are performances of the rarest integrity in their union of heart and mind, mercifully perpetuated on disc... few more deeply gratifying album reissues have ever come my way."



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Collin Davis
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 48 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1819

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 36 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 5 in C minor, Op. 10 no 1
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alexander Gibson
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1795-97.
  • Running Time: 17 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1795-1797

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Running Time: 29 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1788-1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Running Time: 32 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1805-1806

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Running Time: 35 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1800-1803

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797-1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Running Time: 39 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1809

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1816

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1820

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31/2 "The Tempest"
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 18 in E flat, Op. 31
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelles (7) for piano, Op. 33
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelles (11) for piano, Op. 119
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1822

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelles (6) for piano, Op. 126
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1823

>Chopin, Frédéric : Polonaise-fantasy for piano no 7 in A flat major, Op. 61, CT. 156
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Chopin, Frédéric : Impromptu for Piano no 3 in G flat major, b 149/Op. 51
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842

>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 162/Op. 63
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Chopin, Frédéric : Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845-1845

>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Dvorak, Antonin : Quintet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 81/B 155
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Members of the Berlin Philharmonic Octet (Members)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Dvorak, Antonin : String Quintet for 2 violins, 2 violas & cello in E flat major ("American"), B. 180 (Op. 97)
  • Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Octet members
  • Ensemble: Members of the Berlin Philharmonic Octet (Members)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E flat major, K 498 "Kegelstatt"
  • Performers: Jack Brymer (Clarinet); Patrick Ireland (Viola); Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1786.
  • Running Time: 20 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1786

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Running Time: 47 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1854-1859

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Running Time: 49 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1881

>Brahms, Johannes : Scherzo for piano in E flat minor, Op. 4
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Brahms, Johannes : Ballades (4) for piano, Op. 10
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854

>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (8) for piano, Op. 76
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1871-1878

>Brahms, Johannes : Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzi (3) for piano, Op. 117
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (4) for piano, Op. 119
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (4) for piano, Op. 119
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzi (3) for piano, Op. 117
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Rhapsodies (2) for piano, Op. 79
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Brahms, Johannes : Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1865

>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (6) for piano, Op. 118
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1785

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 25 in C major, K 503
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1785

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1786

>Grieg, Edvard : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1868

>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1841

>Bartók, Béla : Mikrokosmos, Sz 107 :: Vol. 6, progressive pieces (14) for piano, Sz. 107/6
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926-1939

>Bartók, Béla : Out of Doors, suite for piano, Sz. 81, BB 89
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Bartók, Béla : Sonatina for violin & piano (ar. from piano work by E.Gertler with Bartok's approval), Sz. 55
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1915.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1915

>Stravinsky, Igor : Concerto for piano & wind instruments
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Notes: Composition written: 1924.
  • Running Time: 19 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1924

>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Piano no 2, Sz 95
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Running Time: 27 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1930-1931

>Bennett, Richard R. : Concerto for Piano no 1
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alexander Gibson
  • Running Time: 23 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1968

>Bennett, Richard R. : Jazz Calendar, ballet for 12 players
  • Performers: John Lanchbery; The London Jazz Ensemble
  • Conductor: John Lanchbery
  • Ensemble: The London Jazz Ensemble
  • Running Time: 28 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1962-1964

>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Piano no 1, Sz 83
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Running Time: 24 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1926-1929

>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Piano no 3, Sz 119
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Running Time: 24 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1945

>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion, Sz 110
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Willy Goudswaard (Percussion); Stephen Kovacevich (Piano); Michael Roo (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Variations (5) on an original theme for piano, 4 hands in G major, K. 501
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Debussy, Claude : En blanc et noir
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915