Rudolf Serkin - The Complete Columbia Album Collection

Rudolf Serkin - The Complete Columbia Album Collection
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Rudolf Serkin - The Complete Columbia Album Collection

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Description of Rudolf Serkin - The Complete Columbia Album Collection

"Expansive yet forbidding, imperious yet embracing, pianist Rudolf Serkin mixed charm with guilt to build a towering legacy. His recordings confirm him as a titan of the old school, a European who branded piano’s core repertoire with an air of authenticity."

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This is the first-ever collection of Rudolf Serkin's complete recordings for Columbia Masterworks on 75 discs: Concertos, sonatas, chamber music and vocal performances, all recorded between 1941 and 1985. An all-embracing survey of Rudolf Serkin's recorded achievements, spanning over 44 years. Some collaborations include Adolf Busch, Pablo Casals, Peter Serkin, Jaime Laredo, Frtiz Reiner, George Szell, Eugene Ormandy, and Arturo Toscanini. Peter Serkin, Rudolf's son wrote some notes about the album: ''The Complete Columbia Album Collection - My Father's recordings for Columbia and my years growing up were somewhat contemporaneous. He had recorded for HMV on 78s up until then, and made some marvelous recordings, some solo, but largely sonatas, trios and quintets with my grandfather, Adolf Busch. Many of those are very exciting, wonderful performances. In the 1940's he began to record for Columbia. I can still remember him mentioning his friend Goddard Lieberson's excitement at the possibility o fmaking longer playing discs, on which one could hear a few movements of a piece without interruption, or often an entire composition. I love the very early recordings that my dad made for Columbia. I grew up with them. The Brahms D minor Concerto recorded with Fritz Reiner and the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Fifth Concerto by Beethoven with Bruno Walter and the New York Philharmonic, Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Opp. 13, 53, 81a, 109 and others. And, as I got older, more nad more works were recorded. I would hear my father practicing these pieces at home and playing them in concerts, and then later records would appear of those same works. Calling him to lunch, he would sometimes be at the end of the Strauss Burleske and, when I would appear, he would play its final pages, with the final string pizzicato, and then leave it to me to play the final timpani note, low D, in the bass. That was great fun for me. Later, the album of that piece came out, coupled with the Schumann Concerto, with Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and with a cover of oranges in a bowl. Many of these recordings from the 1950's and 1960's were so loved by many people, and still are cherished by many, even now. Many people have mentioned them to me. The Beethoven concertos, also with Ormandy, and the two Brahms, and Mendelssohn and others, are beautiful performances. So too are the Mozart concertos recorded with Alexander 'Sasha' Schneider leading the orchestra in the dining hall of Marlboro.''