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Legendary Piano Recordings (Grieg etc)

MR 52054 (2cd)

Legendary Piano Recordings

The complete Grieg, Saint-Saens, Pugno and Diemer

Plus other G&T rarities

Edvard Grieg, Camille Saint-Saens, Jules Massenet, Claude Debussy, Raoul Pugno, Louis Diemer, piano

Recorded 1903-1919


In 1903, the Paris branch of the Gramophone and Typewriter Company made 27 incredibly important piano records. These documented the pianism of Edvard Grieg (1843–1907) and Raoul Pugno (1852–1914). The Grieg and Pugno recordings are some of the most rare and sought after discs and are unfortunately some of the most primitive and problematic. We are pleased to say that very recent technology has allowed us to greatly reduce these problems to produce these recordings in startlingly improved versions. This set also includes the equally rare 1904 G&T sides (five in total) of Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921) playing various selections from his own works, the eight sides Saint-Saëns recorded for the Gramophone Company in 1919, and other important piano recordings made by G&T.


Track Listing

CD 1 (77:47)

EDVARD GRIEG (1843–1907)
Gramophone and Typewriter Limited
Paris, 2 May 1903

GRIEG:
1. Alla Menuetto, from Sonata in E Minor, op. 7 2:42
(2146F) 35514
2. Finale (Molto Allegro), from Sonata in E Minor, op. 7 (abridged) 2:41
(2153F) 35512
3. Humoreske in G-sharp Minor, op. 6, no. 2 1:45
(2150F) 35516
4. Bridal Procession, op. 19, no. 2 3:00
(2151F) 35517
5. Butterfly, op. 43, no. 1 1:58
(2145F) 35509
6. To Spring, op. 43, no. 6 1:55
(2147F) 35510
7. Gangar [Norwegian Peasants’ March], op. 54, no. 2 2:02
(2144F) 35513
8. Wedding-Day at Troldhaugen, op. 65, no. 6 2:03
(2149F) 35515
9. Remembrances, op. 71, no. 7 2:24
(2152F) 35511

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS (1835–1921)
Gramophone and Typewriter Limited
Paris, 26 June 1904

SAINT-SAËNS:
10. Andante sostenuto- Molto animato, from Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, op. 22 (extracts) 3:54
(3467f) 035509
11. Rhapsodie d’Auvergne, op. 73 1:52
(3474f) 035510
12. Improvised cadenza on Africa, op. 89 2:48
(3464f) 035506
13. Valse mignonne, op. 104 2:30
(3465f) 035507
14. Valse nonchalante, op. 110 3:11
(3466f) 035508
 
Gramophone Company Limited
Paris, 24 November 1919

SAINT-SAËNS:
15. Mazurka No. 1 in G Minor , op. 21 2:58
(03286v) 2-035502
16. Rêverie du soir à Blidah, op. 60, no. 3 from Suite Algerienne 3:47
(03284v) 035520
17. Marche militaire française, op. 60, no. 4 from Suite Algerienne 3:39
(03285v) 035521
18. Valse mignonne, op. 104 2:26
(03287v) 2-035503

Gramophone Company Limited
Saint-Saëns accompanying Gabriel Willaume, violin (1873–?)

SAINT-SAËNS:
19. Prélude, arr. from Le déluge, op. 45 3:28
Paris, 24 November 1919; (03280v) 037920
20. Elégie, op. 143 4:33
Paris, 24 November 1919; (03281v) 037921
21. Havanaise, op. 83 8:04
Paris, 26 November 1920; (03392v and 03393v) 037922 and 037923

Gramophone and Typewriter Limited
Paris, 26 June 1904
Saint-Saëns accompanying Meyriane Héglon, mezzo-soprano (1867–1942)
SAINT-SAËNS:
22. ASCANIO: La, la, la… “Fiorentinelle!” Ah! qui m’appelle? 2:27
(3469F) 33470
23. SAMSON ET DALILA: Printemps qui commence 3:38
(3471F) 33472
24. Rêverie 3:07
(3470F) 33471
25. La solitaire, op. 26, no. 3 2:26
(3473F) 33473

JULES MASSENET (1842–1912)
Massenet accompanying Georgette Leblanc, soprano (1875–1941)
Gramophone and Typewriter Limited
Paris, 1903

MASSENET:
26. SAPHO: Pendant un an je fus ta femme 2:14
(1421 C.S. -1) unpublished

CD 2 (79:50)

CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862–1918)
Debussy accompanying Mary Garden, soprano (1874–1967)
Gramophone and Typewriter Limited
Paris, 1904

DEBUSSY:
1. PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE: Mes longs cheveux descendent 1:47
(3078F) 33447
2. Il pleure dans mon coeur (Ariettes oubliées No. 2) 2:15
(3075F) 33449
3. L’ombre des arbres (Ariettes oubliées No. 3) 2:24
(3076F) 33450
4. Aquarelles-Green (Ariettes oubliées No. 5) 1:39
(3077F) 33451

RAOUL PUGNO (1852–1914)
Gramophone and Typewriter Limited
Paris, 1903

SCARLATTI:
5. Sonata in A, L. 495 (K. 24) 2:06
(2035F) 35500
HANDEL:
6. Gavotte Varié, from Suite No. 14, HWV 411 2:41
(2034F) 35501
WEBER:
7. Rondo brillante in E-flat, op. 62 2:35
(2052F) 35506
MENDELSSOHN:
8. Scherzo in E Minor, op. 16, no. 2 2:01
(2570F) 35541
9. Song Without Words in A, op. 19, no. 3, “Hunting Song” 1:53
(2053F) 35507
10. Song Without Words in C, op. 67, no. 4, “Spinning Song” 1:30
(2512F) 035501
CHOPIN:
11. Impromptu in A-flat, op. 29 3:10
(2566F) 35518
12. Berceuse in D-flat, op. 57 3:33
(2568F) 35540
13. Nocturne in F-sharp, op. 15, no. 2 3:32
(2511F) 035500
14. Waltz in A-flat, op. 34, no. 1 2:46
(2037F) 35503
15. Marche funebre: Lento, from Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, op. 35 4:02
(2569F) 035505
LISZT:
16. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 11 in A Minor 4:14
(2050F and 2051F) 35504 and 35505
CHABRIER:
17. Scherzo-valse, No. 10 from Pièces pittoresques 3:32
(2564F) 035503
MASSENET:
18. Valse folle 2:59
(2563F) 035502
PUGNO:
19. Valse lente 3:16
(2565F) 035504
20. Sérénade à la lune 2:33
(2054F) 35508
21. Impromptu 2:42
(2036F) 35502
22. Page d’amour (1)
Sung by Maria Gay, mezzo-soprano (1879–1943) 2:07
(2518F) 33386

LOUIS DIÉMER (1843–1919)
Gramophone and Typewriter Limited
Paris, 1904

MENDELSSOHN:
23. Song Without Words in C, op. 67, no. 4, “Spinning Song” 1:43
(2980Fii) 35545
CHOPIN:
24. Nocturne No. 8 in D-flat, op. 27, no. 2 (abridged) 3:43
(2981Fii) 35544
GODARD:
25. Valse chromatique 3:09
(2979Fii) 35546
DIÉMER:
26. Grande valse de concert in D-flat, op. 37 2:34
(2976Fii) 35543
27. Caprice de concert in D, op. 12, from Chant du Nautonier 3:15
(2977Fii) 35542

Gramophone and Typewriter Limited
Paris, 1906
DIÉMER
28. Grande valse de concert in D-flat, op. 37 2:47
(6081o) 35543
29. Caprice de concert in D, op. 12, from Chant du Nautonier 3:05
(6084o) 35542
 
(1) Possibly accompanied by Pugno

Languages: French

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