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APR5621 - Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 1 – 1946
APR5621
Recording details: Various dates
Carnegie Hall, USA
Release date: June 2000
Total duration: 73 minutes 50 seconds

Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 1 – 1946
Allegro maestoso: Tempo giusto  [4'51]  recorded 17 May 1946
Quasi adagio  [4'01]  recorded 17 May 1946
Allegretto vivace  [3'24]  recorded 17 May 1946
Allegro marziale animato  [3'50]  recorded 17 May 1946
Fantasia  [6'09]  recorded 18 May 1946
Fugue  [4'28]  recorded 18 May 1946
Movement 1: Moderato cantabile molto espressivo  [5'23]  recorded 18 May 1946
Movement 2: Allegro molto  [1'56]  recorded 18 May 1946
Movement 3a: Adagio ma non troppo  [2'50]  recorded 18 May 1946
Movement 3b: Fuga: Allegro ma non troppo  [5'31]  recorded 18 May 1946
Extract: Opening  [4'19]  recorded 18 May 1946
No 1: Allegro  [2'36]  recorded 18 May 1946
Movement 4: Rondo: Presto  [3'33]  recorded 18 May 1946
Extract: Abridged  [9'00]  recorded 18 May 1946

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 first volume in this series, which restores to the catalogue Simon Barere’s live Carnegie Hall recordings, presents all the known surviving material from 1946.

This recording of the Liszt E flat concerto heralds from what were described as orchestral ‘Pop’ Concerts: unrehearsed events, with the hall’s regular ticket prices drastically lowered to suit the less affluent pocket. Barere’s appearance was considered ‘the stellar attraction’ and certainly the impact of his playing prompted an exceptionally prolonged period of applause. (According to his son, Barere frequently commented—no doubt with tongue in cheek—that the applause was ‘the best part’ of performing in public. Barere later contributed solo pieces to the proceedings; a brace of Chopin pieces—the First Ballade and the Valse brillante—as well as a favourite sequence of three Scriabin etudes.

The surviving recordings from Barere’s 1946 Carnegie Hall recital are presented in the order in which they were performed. Missing from the programme is the completion of the Chopin Fantasie, the ensuing Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise which was followed by Balakirev’s Islamey and Rachmaninov’s Prelude in g sharp. (Subsequent releases in this series will include later complete performances of all four works.)

The Chopin Fourth Ballade, which comprises this volume’s appendix, is shorn of its opening 14 bars, an obvious casualty arising from the difficult conditions under which these recordings were made. The date of this performance is unknown. It was also necessary to marry two incomplete versions of the Liszt-Gounod Faust Waltz: to the opening of the May 1946 version was added the conclusion of a performance given on 7th February 1949.

When APR compiled its original Barere Carnegie Hall releases in 1989 & 1990 some acetates were considered too damaged and worn for consideration. However, thanks to improved transfer technology it is now possible to release in this revised series the previously unpublished Beethoven sonata and Chopin ballade. Although the acetate origins of these recordings remain evident recompense is to be found in the knowledge that here we have two major additions to the Simon Barere discography.

APR is deeply indebted to Boris Barere for his magnaminity in enabling us to place this treasure before a wider public.

Bryan Crimp © 2000


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