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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.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player Nocturne No. 5 in F - Sharp Major, Op. 15, No. 2 00:04:06
  Fantasy-Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 66
4.   Play with flash player Fantasy - Impromptu in C - Sharp Minor, Op. 66 00:04:13
  Berceuse, Op. 57
5.   Play with flash player Berceuse, Op. 57 00:03:17
  Polonaise No. 3 in A Major, Op. 40, No. 1, "Military"
6.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player Chopin - 6 chants polonais, S480/R145 (Chopin, from Op. 74): No. 5. Mein Freuden (Moja pieszczotka, My Joys) 00:03:55
8.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106: No. 2 in C - Sharp Minor 00:08:32
  12 Lieder von Schubert, S558/R243: No. 4. Erlkonig
12.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player La jongleuse, Op. 52, No. 4 00:01:39
  Caprice espagnol, Op. 37
17.   Play with flash player Caprice espagnol, Op. 37 00:04:35

Paderewski, Ignacy Jan

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

Rachmaninov, Sergey

  10 Preludes, Op. 23: No. 5 in G Minor: Alla marcia
19.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player 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, Sergey

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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Release Date: 08/2008

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