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Sony Classical marks seventieth birthaday of Nelson Freire with a special original newly remastered jacket collection corresponding to the original LP releases, where 3 LPs appear here for the first time on CD, mastered from the original analogue tapes. It contains some of the Brazilian pianist’s earliest and most coveted recorded performances, many of which have been out of print for decades. These include four celebrated concerto collaborations with the legendary conductor Rudolf Kempe, the “Prix Edison” award winning Chopin op. 28 Préludes, and large-scale sonatas by Chopin, Liszt and Brahms.

An enclosed booklet offers an essay by Jed Distler, a photographic retrospective, and full discographical information. Born in Boa Esperança, Brazil, Nelson Freire played his first recital at four. At fourteen he traveled to Vienna to study with Bruno Seidlhofer, and met his longtime friend and piano duo partner Martha Argerich. He began to concertize internationally, winning the first prize at the Lisbon Vianna da Motta International Competition in 1964 and the Dinu Lipatti medal in London. The list of world class orchestras and conductors with whom Freire has worked over the past four decades is a veritable who’s who of classical music luminaries.

TRACKLISTING

I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
II. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo
III. Allegro con fuoco
Totentanz for Piano and Orchestra

I. Allegro molto moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegro moderato molto e maestoso - Quasi presto - Andante maestoso
I. Allegro affettuoso
II. Intermezzo - Andantino grazioso
III. Allegro vivace

Pr̩ambule
Pierrot
Arlequin
Valse noble
Eusebius
Florestan
Coquette
R̩plique
Papillons
A.S.C.H - S.C.H.A.
Chiarina
Chopin
Estrella
Reconnaisssance
Pantalon et Colombine
Valse allemande
Paganini (Intermezzo)
Aveu
Promenade
Pause
March des |DavidsbÌ_ndler| contre les Philistins
Impromptu No. 1 in C Minor
Impromptu No. 2 in E-Flat Major
Impromptu No. 3 in G-Flat Major
Impromptu No. 4 in A-Flat Major

I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante (espressivo)
III. Scherzo - Trio (Allegro energico)
IV. Intermezzo (RÌ_ckblick)
V. Finale (Allegro moderato ma rubato)
KlavierstÌ_cke, Op. 119: No. 4, Rhapsody in E-Flat Major
KlavierstÌ_cke, Op. 76: No. 2, Capriccio in B Minor

No. 1 in C Major. Agitato
No. 2 in A minor - Lento
No. 3 in G Major - Vivace
No. 4 in E Minor- Largo
No. 5 in D Major - Allegro molto
No. 6 in B Minor - Lento assai
Prelude No. 7 in A Major - Andantino
No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor - Molto agitato
No. 9 in E Major - Largo
No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor - Allegro molto
No. 11 in B Major - Vivace
No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor - Presto
No. 13 in F-Sharp Major - Lento
No. 14 in E-Flat Minor- Allegro
No. 15 in D-Flat Major - Sostenuto
No. 16 in B-Flat Minor- Presto con fuoco
No. 17 in A-Flat Major - Allegretto
No. 18 in F Minor - Allegro molto
No. 19 in E-Flat Major - Vivace
No. 20 in C Minor - Largo
No. 21 in B-Flat Major - Cantabile
No. 22 in G Minor - Molto agitato
No. 23 in F Major - Moderato
No. 24 in D Minor - Allegro appassionato

I. Allegro maestoso
II. Scherzo - Molto vivace
III. Largo
VI. Finale - Presto, non tanto
Sonata in B Minor, S. 178

Impromptu No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 66, |Fantaisie-Impromptu| Mazurka No. 25 in B Minor, Op. 33:No. 4
Mazurka No. 23 in D Major, Op. 33:No. 2
Mazurka No. 26 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 41:No. 1
Polonaise No. 6 in A-Flat Major, Op. 53, |H̩roique| Scherzo No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 31
Nocturne No. 5 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 15:No. 2
Waltz No. 6 in D-Flat Major, Op. 64: No. 1, |Minute Waltz| Impromptu No. 2 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 36
Etude No. 5 in G-Flat Major, Op. 10, No. 5, |Black Key|