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APR5625 - Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 5 – Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2 & appendices
APR5625

Recording details: Various dates
Carnegie Hall, USA
Release date: October 2005
Total duration: 74 minutes 18 seconds

Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 5 – Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2 & appendices
No 8 in F major: Allegro  [2'03]  recorded 1929
Interview  [7'37]  recorded September 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
This fifth and final volume of Simon Barere’s live Carnegie Hall performances contains just one recording which qualifies for inclusion under the series heading, namely the Rachmaninov concerto, though the recording cannot be fully documented at the time of writing. We now know that this performance is conducted by Antonia Brico (1902–1989), that indefatigably brave pioneer of female conductors , though the date of the performance and the orchestral identity remain a mystery. As Brico worked extensively with her own New York orchestras between 1935 and 1942 it is conceivable that her ensemble is partnering Barere. However, Boris Barere is of the opinion that the performance might have taken place in 1944 which would place the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in the spotlight.

The remaining programme consists of an intriguing collection of ‘appendices’. We still have no notion as to where or when the off-air broadcast was made though it might have been recorded for transmission to American forces serving abroad during the period 1944–46. The Odeon recordings were made in Sweden shortly after Barere succeeded in leaving the Soviet Union. For all the primitive quality of the recording and their less-than-probing performances, these discs provide the very first documentation of this particular pianistic legend. Finally we hear Barere in interview, recorded during his Australasian tour of 1947. The stilted, rehearsed replies (to unbelievably inane questions) might be typical of broadcast interviews of this period but are offset by that positively luminous extract of Glazunov’s Etude in C. (Incidentally, the critical reception to this tour was exceptional with Barere greeted as ‘virtually a visitor from a lost world. His music was figured mahogany in a world that has become addicted to chromium-plated tubular steel’.)

Finally mention must be made of two performances which are not included in this series but which did appear when this material was first published by APR fifteen or more years ago: Liszt’s Spanish Rhapsody and Schumann’s Toccata. It transpires that both performances, attributed to being recorded on 9 March 1947 and 18 November 1946 respectively, were not live Carnegie Hall recordings but are, in fact, Barere’s HMV recordings (on APR6002) to which fake audience applause had been applied by Remington for inclusion on an LP containing genuine live Carnegie Hall recordings. Barere, of course, played both works at Carnegie Hall—Boris Barere recalls at least two performances of the Rhapsody in 1941 and 1950, others remember the Toccata being served up as a dumbfounding encore on at least one occasion—but sadly these recitals were not recorded.

Bryan Crimp © 2005


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