Notes & Reviews:
Gramophone Magazine, February 2016
[this collection] serves to focus on a quite different side to Istomin's art, a far more assertive player and, in Rachmaninov's Second Concerto with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, a virtuoso very much in the Byron Janis league... [it is] altogether a very valuable collection... and an effective prompt not so much to re-evaluate Eugene Istomin as to grant him a status he was previously denied, at least within these shores.
Eugene Istomin (1925 - 2003), one of America's most respected pianists, was highly esteemed by audiences and colleagues alike for his all-encompassing virtuosity and unusually wide-ranging repertoire. 2015 marks Istomin's 90th-anniversary year, a milestone that Sony Classical celebrates with the first ever release of his complete concerto and solo recordings for Columbia Masterworks in a limited edition original jackets collection. Many of the performances appear in their first authorized CD editions, including the 19-year-old pianist's recorded debut in Bach's D minor Concerto led by Adolf Busch; his youthful concerto collaborations with Pablo Casals; Chopin's complete Nocturnes; Brahms's Handel Variations; Schubert's D major Sonata, D 850; plus the long-out-of-print Rachmaninoff 2nd, Tchaikovsky 1st, Brahms 2nd, Chopin 2nd, and Beethoven 4th and 5th Concertos with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
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