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Rudolf Serkin: The Complete Columbia Album Collection (75 CDs)

Rudolf Serkin: The Complete Columbia Album Collection (75 CDs)

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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: 

"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 1940s he began to record for Columbia. I can still remember him mentioning his friend Goddard Lieberson’s excitement at the possibility of making 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 and 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 1950s and 1960s 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 – Marlboro in its early days, when music-making there was so very fresh.​​​​​​​I turned pages for both the Prokofiev Concerto No. 4, for the left hand, recorded with Ormandy and Philadelphia, and for the Bartók Concerto No. 1, which was recorded with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra. I would also sometimes play their orchestra parts on a second piano to help my father prepare. In these earlier recordings for Columbia one hears my dad’s great qualities. I remember him often telling me that, after studying a piece as thoroughly as one can, and after practicing and rehearsing it diligently, one then goes out to play it, forgetting everything. In his passionate devotion to music he researched everything he could about a composition and its composer. There was a selflessness to his approach that resulted in something not at all anonymous, but brimming with energy and character. One hears in these recordings a kind of playing that is a model for directness, propulsiveness, and dynamic intensity, a radical and fearless approach, with a mindfulness of form, generally presenting a composition simply as it is, full of individuality and life.Thankful that these recordings have been collected and reissued now, we can all appreciate and enjoy them so much."

DISC 1:Brahms: Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 15 (1946) Reiner 

DISC 2:Beethoven: Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor for Piano, Op. 27, No. 2 "Moonlight" (1941)Beethoven: Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" (1945) 

DISC 3:Beethoven: Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 73 "Emperor" (1941) Walter 

DISC 4:Beethoven: Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" Adolph Busch, violin Schumann: Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Strings, Op. 44 (1942) Busch Quartet 

DISC 5:Brahms: Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 83 (1945) Ormandy 

DISC 6:Schumann: Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 54 (1946) Ormandy 

DISC 7:Beethoven: Trio No. 4 in D Major, Op. 70 "Ghost" Adolph Busch, violin; Hermann Busch, cello Beethoven: Fantasie in G minor, Op. 77 (1947)Beethoven: Sonata No. 24 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 78 (1947)Mendelssohn: Songs without Words, Op. 62 No 1, in G Major "May Breezes" (1947) 

DISC 8:Beethoven: Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 73 "Emperor" (1950) Ormandy 

DISC 9:Bach: Sonata No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029 Pablo Casals, cello; Paul Baumgartner, piano Bach: Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903aBach: Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971Bach: Capriccio in B-flat Major, BWV 992 "On the departure of his most beloved brother"Bach: Toccata in E minor, BWV 914 

DISC 10:Mozart: Concerto No. 20 in D Minor for Piano and Orchestra, K. 466 (1951) Ormandy Mozart: Concerto No. 22 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 482 Casals 

DISC 11:Beethoven: Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor for Piano, Op. 27, No. 2 "Moonlight" (1951)Beethoven: Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major for Piano, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" (1951)Beethoven: Sonata No. 23 in F minor for Piano, Op. 57 "Appassionata" (1947) 

DISC 12:Beethoven: Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" (1952)Beethoven: Sonata No. 30 in E Major for Piano, Op. 109 (1952) 

DISC 13:Schubert: Trio No. 2 For Violin, Cello And Piano, Op. 100, D. 929 E-flat Major Adolf Busch, violin; Hermann Busch, cello Brahms: Trio in C Major, Op. 87 Adolf Busch, violin; Hermann Busch, cello 

DISC 14:Beethoven: Concerto No. 3 in C minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 37 (1953) Ormandy 

DISC 15:Brahms: Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 15 (1952) Szell 

DISC 16:Mozart: Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Winds, K. 452 Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet Beethoven: Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon, Op. 16 (1953) Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet 

DISC 17:Beethoven: Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 5, No. 1 Pablo Casals, cello Beethoven: Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2 Pablo Casals, cello 

DISC 18:Beethoven: Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5, No. 2 Pablo Casals, celloBeethoven: 7 Variations on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen" (From "Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, WoO.46") Pablo Casals, cello Beethoven: 12 Variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" (From "Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, WoO.66") Pablo Casals, cello Beethoven: 12 Variations in G Major on "See, the Conquering Hero Comes" from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus for Cello and Piano, WoO 45 Pablo Casals, cello 

DISC 19:Beethoven: Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69 Pablo Casals, cello Beethoven: Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1 Pablo Casals, cello 

DISC 20:Beethoven: Concerto No. 1 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 15 (1954) Ormandy 

DISC 21:Beethoven: Concerto No. 4 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 58 (1955) Ormandy Beethoven: Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 19 (1954/5) Ormandy 

DISC 22:Brahms: Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 83 (1956) Ormandy 

DISC 23:Schumann: Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 54 (1956) Ormandy Strauss: Burleske in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 11 (1955) Ormandy 

DISC 24:Mozart: Concerto No. 21 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 467 Schneider Mozart: Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 595 (1955) Schneider 

DISC 25:Schubert: Moments musicaux, D. 780 (Op. 94)Schubert: Sonata in C Major for Piano, D. 840 "Reliquie" 

DISC 26:Mozart: Concerto No. 17 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 453 (1955) SchneiderMozart: Concerto No. 25 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 503 Szell 

DISC 27:Mozart: Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 271 "Jeunehomme" Schneider Mozart: Concerto No. 12 in A Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 414 (1956) Schneider 

DISC 28:Beethoven: 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 DISC 29:Mozart: Concerto No. 23 in A Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 488 Schneider Mozart: Concerto No. 16 in D Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 451 Schneider Mozart: Concert Rondo in D Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 382 Schneider DISC 30:Mozart: Concerto No. 20 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, K. 466 (1957) Schneider Mozart: Concerto No. 11 in F Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 413 Schneider 

DISC 31:Mendelssohn: Concerto No. 1 in G minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 25 Ormandy Mendelssohn: Concerto No. 2 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 40 Ormandy 

DISC 32:Brahms: Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 83 (1960) Ormandy 

DISC 33:Reger: Piano Concerto in F minor, Op. 114 Ormandy 

DISC 34:Brahms: Trio in E-flat Major for Horn, Violin and Piano, Op. 40 Myron Bloom, horn; Michael Tree, violin Schubert: Auf Dem Strom, Op. 119, D. 943 Benita Valente, soprano; Myron Bloom, horn 

DISC 35:Brahms: Liebeslieder, Walzer Op. 52 Leon Fleischer, piano, Rudolf Serkin, piano, Benita Valente, soprano; Marlena Kleinman, contralto; Wayne Connor, tenor; Martial Singher, bass Schubert: Der Hirt Auf Dem Felsen, Op. 129, D. 965 Benita Valente, soprano; Harold Wright, clarinet 

DISC 36:Beethoven: Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 73 "Emperor" (1962) Bernstein 

DISC 37:Bartók: Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra SzellProkofiev: Concerto No. 4 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 53 "For the Left Hand" Ormandy 

DISC 38:Beethoven: Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor for Piano, Op. 27, No. 2 "Moonlight" (1962)Beethoven: Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétque" (1962)Beethoven: Sonata No. 23 in F minor for Piano, Op. 57 "Appassionata" (1962)Mendelssohn: Songs without Words, Op. 62 No 1, in G Major "May Breezes" (1962)Mendelssohn: Spinning Song 

DISC 39:Mozart: Concerto No. 19 in F Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 459 SzellMozart: Concerto No. 20 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, K. 466 (1961) Szell 

DISC 40:Beethoven: Concerto For Piano, Violin, Cello And Orchestra, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto" Jaime Laredo, violin; Leslie Parnas, cello 

DISC 41:Beethoven: Concerto No. 3 in C minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 37 (1964) Bernstein Beethoven: Choral Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Chorus & Orchestra, Op. 80 (1962) Bernstein 

DISC 42:Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 Budapest String Quartet Schumann: Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Strings, Op. 44 (1963) Budapest String Quartet 

DISC 43:Schumann: Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 54 (1964) Ormandy Schumann: Introduction and Allegro appassionato for Piano and Orchestra (Konzertstück), Op. 92 Ormandy 

DISC 44:Beethoven: Concerto No. 4 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 58 (1944) Toscanini 

DISC 45:Beethoven: Concerto No. 4 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 58 (1962) Ormandy 

DISC 46:Beethoven: Concerto No. 1 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 15 (1965) Ormandy Beethoven: Eleven Bagatelles, Op. 119 

DISC 47:Beethoven: Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 19 (1965) Ormandy Mozart: Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 595 (1962) Ormandy 

DISC 48:Bach: Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Three Pianos and String Orchestra, BWV 1063 Mieczysław Horszowski, piano; Ruth Laredo, piano Bach: Concerto No. 2 in C Major for Three Pianos and String Orchestra, BWV 1064 Mieczysław Horszowski, piano; Peter Serkin, piano Mozart: Concerto No. 10 in E-Flat Major for Two Pianos and Orchestra, K. 365 Peter Serkin, piano 

DISC 49:Schubert: Sonata in A Major for Piano, Op. posth. (D. 959) 

DISC 50:Mozart: Concerto No. 14 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 449 Schneider Mozart: Concerto No. 17 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 453 (1962) Schneider 

DISC 51:Brahms: Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 15 (1961) Ormandy 

DISC 52:Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046 Casals Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049 Casals Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050 Casals 

DISC 53:Brahms: Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 83 (1966) Szell 

DISC 54:Schubert: Quintet in A Major for Piano and Strings, D. 667 (Op. 114) "The Trout" Jaime Laredo, violin; Philipp Naegle, viola; Leslie Parnas, cello; Julius Levine, bass 

DISC 55:Brahms: Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 15 (1968) Szell 

DISC 56:Mendelssohn: Capriccio Brillante for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 22 Ormandy Schumann: Introduction and Concert Allegro for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 134 Ormandy Strauss: Burleske in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 11 (1966) Ormandy 

DISC 57:Beethoven: Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major for Piano, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" 

DISC 58:Beethoven: Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101 Beethoven: Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major for Piano, Op. 110 (1971) 

DISC 59:Mozart: Concerto No. 12 in A Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 414 (1962) Schneider Mozart: Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello, K. 502 in B-flat Major Jaime Laredo, violin; Madeline Foley, cello:*K. 413 previously released on MS 6049. K. 581 without Serkin 

DISC 60: Reger: Sonata in C minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 139 P. Carmirelli, violin, Rudolf Serkin, piano Reger: Sonata in A minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 116* Mischa Schneider, cello, Peter Serkin, piano 

DISC 61:Beethoven: Sonata No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Op. 22Beethoven: Fantasie in G minor, Op. 77 (1970)Beethoven: Sonata No. 24 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 78 (1973) 

DISC 62:Schubert: Sonata in B-Flat Major for Piano, Op. posth., D. 960 (1975) 

DISC 63:Bach: Sonata No. 3 in E Major for Violin and Harpsichord, BWV 1016 Adolf Busch, violin Beethoven: Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3 Adolf Busch, violin Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12 Adolf Busch, violin 

DISC 64:Schumann: Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano in A minor, Op. 105 Adolf Busch, violin Schumann: Grand Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano in D minor, Op. 121 Adolf Busch, violin Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96 Adolf Busch, violin 

DISC 65:Haydn: Sonata No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Hob. XVI: 49 Mozart: Rondo in A minor for Piano, K. 511 Beethoven: Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major for Piano, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" (1977) 

DISC 66:Schubert: Sonata in B-Flat Major for Piano, Op. posth., D. 960 (1977) 

DISC 67:Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 Brahms: Intermezzo in B minor, Op. 119, No. 1 Brahms: Intermezzo in E minor, Op. 119, No. 2 Brahms: Intermezzo in C Major, Op. 119, No. 3 Brahms: Rhapsody in E-flat Major, Op. 119, No. 4 

DISC 68:Schubert: 4 Impromptus, D.935, Op. 142 

DISC 69:Reger: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.S. Bach, Op. 81 Haydn: Sonata for Piano in C Major, HOB. XVI: 50 Bach: Aria from Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 Bach: (14) Verschiedene Canones, BWV 1087 

DISC 70:Beethoven: Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Cello, Op. 11 in B-flat Major Richard Stoltzman, clarinet; Alain Meunier, cello Beethoven: Quintet in E-flat Major For Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn And Bassoon, Op. 16 (1974) Rudolph Vrbsky, oboe; Richard Stoltzman, clarinet; Robert Routch, horn; Alexander Heller, bassoonBeethoven: Variations On Wenzel Muller's Lied "Ich Bin Der Schneider Kakadu" For Piano, Violin, & Cello in G Major, Op. 121a Yuzuko Horigome, violin, Peter Wiley, cello 

DISC 71:Beethoven: Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1Beethoven: Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2 Beethoven: Sonata No. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26 

DISC 72:Beethoven: Sonata No. 13 in E-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1 (Sonata quasi una fantasia)Beethoven: Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1Beethoven: Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" (1975) 

DISC 73:Beethoven: Sonata No. 30 in E Major for Piano, Op. 109 (1976)Beethoven: Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110 (1960)Beethoven: Sonata No. 32 in C minor for Piano, Op. 111 

DISC 74:Beethoven: Concerto No. 4 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 58 (1974) Schneider Beethoven: Choral Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Chorus & Orchestra, Op. 80 (1981) 

DISC 75:Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op. 28 Mendelssohn: Prelude and Fugue, Op. 35, No. 1