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APR5624 - Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 4 – 1949
APR5624

Recording details: Various dates
Carnegie Hall, USA
Release date: June 2002
Total duration: 70 minutes 16 seconds

Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 4 – 1949
Andante spianato  [3'52]  recorded 7 February 1949
Grande Polonaise  [8'49]  recorded 7 February 1949
Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck  [5'12]  recorded 18 November 1949
Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen  [6'32]  recorded 18 November 1949
No 1: Préambule: Quasi maestoso  [2'00]  recorded 18 November 1949
No 2: Pierrot: Moderato  [1'15]  recorded 18 November 1949
No 3: Arlequin: Vivo  [1'02]  recorded 18 November 1949
No 4: Valse noble: Un poco maestoso  [1'01]  recorded 18 November 1949
No 5: Eusebius: Adagio  [1'39]  recorded 18 November 1949
No 6: Florestan: Passionato  [0'45]  recorded 18 November 1949
No 7: Coquette: Vivo  [0'59]  recorded 18 November 1949
No 8a: Réplique: L'istesso tempo  [0'28]  recorded 18 November 1949
No 8b: Sphinxes  [0'23]  recorded 18 November 1949
No 9: Papillons: Prestissimo  [0'43]  recorded 18 November 1949
No 10: ASCH–SCHA (Lettres dansantes): Presto  [0'47]  recorded 18 November 1949
No 11: Chiarina: Passionato  [1'12]  recorded 18 November 1949
No 12: Chopin: Agitato  [1'37]  recorded 18 November 1949
No 13: Estrella: Con affetto  [0'20]  recorded 18 November 1949
No 14: Reconnaissance: Animato  [1'36]  recorded 18 November 1949
No 15: Pantalon et Colombine: Presto  [0'53]  recorded 18 November 1949
No 16: Valse allemande: Molto vivace  [0'40]  recorded 18 November 1949
No 17: Paganini (Intermezzo): Presto  [1'26]  recorded 18 November 1949
No 18: Aveu: Passionato  [1'04]  recorded 18 November 1949
No 19: Promenade: Comodo  [1'39]  recorded 18 November 1949
No 20: Pause: Vivo  [0'16]  recorded 18 November 1949
Waltz in A flat major Op 42  [3'39]  Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)  recorded 18 November 1949
No 8 in F major: Allegro  [2'08]  recorded 18 November 1949
No 4 in C sharp minor: Presto  [1'50]  recorded 18 November 1949
No 5 in G flat major, 'Black Keys': Vivace  [1'47]  recorded 18 November 1949
No 5 in G flat major, 'Black Keys': Vivace  [1'29]  recorded 18 November 1949

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
The recordings included on this fourth volume devoted to Simon Barere’s Carnegie Hall performances originate from two 1949 recitals. The first, given on 7 February, was devoted to Chopin with the exception of three Liszt pieces: La leggerezza, Un sospiro and Funérailles. His Chopin selections included, aside from the Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise included here, the Fantaisie, Ballade 4, Scherzo 3 and Nocturne 8 together with a potpourri of four Etudes from Opp.10 & 25.

Barere chose a similar method of concluding his recital of 18 November—though this time he confined himself to the Etudes Op. 10—by which time he had once again brought his audience to fever pitch. And we are indeed fortunate that his performances of two large-scale works have survived: Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 90 and Schumann’s Carnaval. But was this Beethoven sonata included in his 18 November 1949 recital? The work is not listed as being part of the official programme and, as those who are familiar with volume three in this series (APR 5623) will be aware, this was the very sonata he chose to open his 11 November 1947 recital, for which acetates were not found. It is more than conceivable that the Beethoven performance included here does indeed date from 11.11.1947 even though the acetates from which this transfer was made definitely specify ‘18.11.1949’.

Again critics were in awe not least Noel Straus who wrote glowingly of the November 1949 recital in The New York Times. ‘Pianism in its highest estate was heard from Simon Barere, who enthralled his large audience with a display of overwhelming artistry at his recital last night. Truly a giant of the keyboard, Mr. Barere provided a series of performances which were not only marvels of technical skill, but equally remarkable from the standpoint of tone color and poetry.’ Carnaval came in for particular praise: it was a performance ‘which captured the real spirit of that composer in a strikingly impressive account of the many pieces it contains. Unforgettable was the way Mr. Barere, after exceedingly imaginative and fascinatingly tinted treatment of the rest of the composition, led the whole to an unfoldment of the finale, which made for majesty, vividness and scintillation this reviewer has never heard equalled.’

Bryan Crimp © 2002


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