Byron Janis : Encore

Encore! : works by Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann, Manuel de Falla, David Guion, Sergei Prokofiev, Felix Mendelssohn, Frederic Chopin, Octavio Pinto

Byron Janis, piano (1962)

Mercury Living Presence SR 90305

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

  • Contents & Details

    Franz Liszt (1811-1886) :
    A1 - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6
    A2 - Valse Oubliee

    Robert Schumann (1810-1856) :
    A3 - Romance in F Sharp Major

    Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) :
    A4 - The Miller's Dance, from The Three-Cornered Hat

    Franz Liszt (1811-1886) :
    A5 - Sonetto del Petrarco CIV

    David Guion (1892-1981) :
    A6 - The Harmonica Player

    Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) :
    B1 - Toccata

    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) :
    B2 - Song Without Words (May Breezes)

    Robert Schumann (1810-1856) :
    B3 - Novellette in F Major

    Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) :
    B4 - Etude in F Major
    B5 - Waltz in A minor

    Octavio Pinto (1890-1950) :
    B6 - Three Scenes from Childhood

    It is an unwritten rule of concert life, signalised by the continuous applause of an enthusiastic audience, that no good soloist is allowed to leave the platform before he has given at least one encore. Whether the virtuoso pulls a contemplative, lyrical or thrilling piece out of his hat is entirely up to him or her to decide. But one thing is absolutely imperative: an encore must be short and popular.
    Twelve such little gems, all of them different in their own way, have been chosen by Byron Janis for this coupling. They are all well-loved – from the technically demanding Sixth Rhapsody and the frisky "Valse oubliée" by Liszt, to Schumann’s seemingly weightless Romance in F sharp major and his energetic Novelette with its cascades of chords. Byron Janis displays his deft finger technique in Prokofiev’s furious "Toccata", while tender sentimentality pervades Mendelssohn’s "Lied ohne Worte". Pinto’s three sparkling "Scenes from Childhood" are played with humour and nicely round off this musical pot-pourri.

    Recorded in June 1962 at Bolshoi Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, by C.R. Fine and Robert Eberenz.

    The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

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