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APR5623 - Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 3 – 11 November 1947
APR5623

Recording details: November 1947
Carnegie Hall, USA
Release date: June 2001
Total duration: 71 minutes 46 seconds

Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 3 – 11 November 1947
No 8 in G major, (after Corelli): Pastorale  [4'20]  recorded 11 November 1947
No 12 in E major, (after Loeillet): Gigue  [3'18]  recorded 11 November 1947
No 6 in E minor, (after Rameau): Tambourin  [2'46]  recorded 11 November 1947
Movement 1a: Lento assai – Allegro energico  [3'15]  recorded 11 November 1947
Movement 1b: Grandioso  [7'55]  recorded 11 November 1947
Movement 2: Andante sostenuto  [6'35]  recorded 11 November 1947
Movement 3: Allegro energico – Più mosso  [3'09]  recorded 11 November 1947
Movement 5: Andante sostenuto  [2'38]  recorded 11 November 1947
Ballade No 1 in G minor Op 23  [7'49]  Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)  recorded 11 November 1947
Islamey 'Oriental fantasie' Op 18  [8'14]  Mili Balakirev (1837-1910)  recorded 11 November 1947
No 12: D sharp minor  [2'07]  recorded 11 November 1947
Polka de W R  [3'20]  Franz Behr (1837-1898), arr. Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)  recorded 11 November 1947
Movement 4: Rondo: Presto  [3'27]  recorded 11 November 1947

APR's Musique-Vérité label is devoted to live recordings. The exceptional musical interest and historical significance of these recordings have taken precedence over sonic considerations.

Since its foundation in 1986, Appian Publications & Recordings Ltd (to quote the full title) has won an enviable reputation as a quality label devoted predominantly—though not exclusively—to historic piano recordings. In particular APR has won countless laurels for the high standard of its 78rpm restoration work—"Transfers of genius" to quote one critic—as well as the detail and content of its booklets.


Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Even by Barere’s own phenomenal standards the evening of 11th November 1947 at Carnegie Hall proved to be an exceptional one. Perhaps he was buoyed up by the unqualified success of a freshly completed Australasian tour: perhaps he was simply pleased to be home. Whatever the reason he was, as Francis D. Perkins observed in the New York Tribune, ‘hailed with unusual enthusiasm’—something of an understatement given what can be heard on these recordings. Rarely had a Carnegie Hall audience witnessed such a colossal, all-embracing demonstration of keyboard wizardry or been whipped up into such a frenzy.

The complete programme, with the exception of the opening item—Beethoven’s Sonata in E minor, Op. 90—survives and is presented (as has been established in this series) in the order in which it was played. It found the critics, including Perkins, in awe of Barere’s ‘thorough and comprehensive mastery, displayed not only in the pianist’s agility and brilliance, but also in a sense of thorough control. He seemed to know and to be able to do just what he wanted, in dynamic level and in color or timbre of tone; there was consistent lucidity of medium and clarity of detail.’

Lastly, mention must be made of the final two ‘eneores’. Although the acetates from which these transfers were made are dated 11.11.1947 there is a probability that the performances are actually from another recital as will be apparent not only from the differences in recorded quality and piano tone but also from the somewhat less feverish temperature of the hall!

Bryan Crimp © 2001


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