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HOFMANN, Josef: Historical Recordings (1916-1923)

    

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HOFMANN, Josef: Historical Recordings (1916-1923)

Josef Hofmann was one of the greatest pianists of any age. His unique abilities incorporated a technique second to none, and a clarity and pureness of tone that has probably never been heard since his death. Always in total command of everything he played, Hofmann presented each work with an impression of complete facility of execution. The acoustic recordings on this disc include stunning performances of Liszt’s Tarantella from Venezia e Napoliand Moszkowski’s Caprice espagnole, both notable for supremely accurate repeated notes. In the extraordinary performance of Chopin’s Nocturne in F sharp, Op. 15, No. 2, Hofmann’s wonderful singing legato tone is coupled with his understanding of passages of filigree decoration that are played as an integral part of the melodic line, the descending chromatic passages sounding like vocal slides.


Chopin, Fryderyk

  Waltz No. 2 in A-Flat Major, Op. 34, No. 1, "Grande Valse brillante"
1.   Waltz No. 2 in A - Flat Major, Op. 34, No. 1, "Grande Valse brillante" 00:03:50
  Waltz No. 7 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2
2.   Waltz No. 7 in C - Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2 00:03:17
  Nocturne No. 5 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 15, No. 2
3.   Nocturne No. 5 in F - Sharp Major, Op. 15, No. 2 00:04:06
  Fantasy-Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 66
4.   Fantasy - Impromptu in C - Sharp Minor, Op. 66 00:04:13
  Berceuse, Op. 57
5.   Berceuse, Op. 57 00:03:17
  Polonaise No. 3 in A Major, Op. 40, No. 1, "Military"
6.   Polonaise No. 3 in A Major, Op. 40, No. 1, "Military" 00:03:12

Liszt, Franz

  Chopin - 6 chants polonais, S480/R145 (Chopin, from Op. 74): No. 5. Mein Freuden (Moja pieszczotka, My Joys)
7.   Chopin - 6 chants polonais, S480/R145 (Chopin, from Op. 74): No. 5. Mein Freuden (Moja pieszczotka, My Joys) 00:03:55
8.   Chopin - 6 chants polonais, S480/R145 (Chopin, from Op. 74): No. 1. Madchens Wunsch (Zyczenie, The Maiden's Wish) 00:03:16
  2 Concert Etudes, S145/R6: No. 1. Waldesrauschen (Forest Murmurs)
9.   2 Concert Etudes, S145/R6: No. 1. Waldesrauschen (Forest Murmurs) 00:03:24
  Annees de pelerinage, 2nd year, Italy supplement, S162/R10: Venezia e Napoli: No. 3. Tarantella
10.   Annees de pelerinage, 2nd year, Italy supplement, S162/R10: Venezia e Napoli: No. 3. Tarantella 00:04:41
  19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106: No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor
11.   19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106: No. 2 in C - Sharp Minor 00:08:32
  12 Lieder von Schubert, S558/R243: No. 4. Erlkonig
12.   12 Lieder von Schubert, S558/R243: No. 4. Erlkonig 00:04:34

Mendelssohn, Felix

  Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 6, Op. 67: No. 34 in C Major, Op. 67, No. 4, "Spinnerlied" ("Spinning Song")
13.   Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 6, Op. 67: No. 34 in C Major, Op. 67, No. 4, "Spinnerlied" ("Spinning Song") 00:01:50
  Rondo capriccioso in E Major, Op. 14
14.   Rondo capriccioso in E Major, Op. 14 00:03:46
  Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 1, Op. 19: No. 3 in A Major, Op. 19, No. 3, "Jagerlied" ("Huntsman's Song")
15.   Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 1, Op. 19: No. 3 in A Major, Op. 19, No. 3, "Jagerlied" ("Huntsman's Song") 00:02:10

Moszkowski, Moritz

  La jongleuse, Op. 52, No. 4
16.   La jongleuse, Op. 52, No. 4 00:01:39
  Caprice espagnol, Op. 37
17.   Caprice espagnol, Op. 37 00:04:35

Paderewski, Ignacy Jan

  Humoresques de concert, Op. 14: No. 1. Menuet celebre
18.   Humoresques de concert, Op. 14: No. 1. Menuet celebre 00:03:40

Rachmaninov, Sergei

  10 Preludes, Op. 23: No. 5 in G Minor: Alla marcia
19.   10 Preludes, Op. 23: No. 5 in G Minor: Alla marcia 00:03:35
  Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3: No. 2. Prelude in C-Sharp Minor
20.   Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3: No. 2. Prelude in C - Sharp Minor 00:03:32

Total Playing Time: 01:15:04






Composer(s):
Chopin, Fryderyk; Liszt, Franz; Mendelssohn, Felix; Moszkowski, Moritz; Paderewski, Ignacy Jan; Rachmaninov, Sergei

Artist(s):
Hofmann, Josef

Label: Naxos Historical

Series: Great Pianists

Genre: Instrumental

Period: 20th Century; Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.111326

Barcode: 0747313332625

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Physical Release: 08/2008

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