The Complete RCA Album Collection (23CD)

by Emanuel Ax
$99.00

Configuration: 23 CD set in clamshell box with booklet

Audio playing time: 20:48:53


Emanuel Ax has been classed among the master pianists ever since his victory at the inaugural Arthur Rubinstein Competition in 1974. His long association with RCA began the very next year, with a spellbinding disc of Chopin and Liszt transcriptions (“virtuosity of the Michelangeli or Pollini class here”, wrote Gramophone). Over the next 12 years he released 23 albums on the label, spanning much of the great piano literature, and the complete set of his RCA recordings is now reissued by Sony Classical for the first time.


With a 19th-century focus, the collection contains Ax’s famed Chopin (“all the relaxed fluency and tonal elegance of a master pianist” ” – Gramophone), Beethoven (“Ax is a first-rate Beethoven player” – Gramophone), Brahms (“Deeply felt and exuberant” – New York Times), Schubert (“a diligent and responsive Schubertian” – BBC Music Magazine) and many other classic recordings. 6 LPs appear for the first time on CD in this edition, remastered from the original analog masters using 24 bit / 192 kHz technology. The set comes with facsimiles LP-sleeves and –labels plus booklet with full discographical notes.


DISC 1

Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 58

Schubert-Liszt: Das Wandern

Schubert-Liszt: Der Müller und der Bach

Schubert-Liszt: Liebesbotschaft

Schubert-Liszt: Hark, Hark, the Lark

Liszt: Gnomenreigen

Liszt: Etude in A Minor after Paganini

DISC 2

Chopin: Grande Polonaise brillante précédée d'un Andante spianato for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 22

Chopin: Nocturne in B Major, Op. 62, No. 1

Chopin: Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54 (1975 Recording)

Chopin: Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-Flat Major, Op. 61

DISC 3

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"

Beethoven: Variations and Fugue for Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 35 "Eroica Variations"

DISC 4

Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81

DISC 5

Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit, M. 55

Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61

Ravel: Ma mère l'oye (Piano four hands)

DISC 6

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor

Chopin: Trois Nouvelles Études

Chopin: Scherzo No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 31

DISC 7

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20, KV 466

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-Flat, K.482

DISC 8

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux"

Beethoven: Polonaise in C, Op. 89

DISC 9

Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 in E Minor

DISC 10

Schumann: Humoreske, Op. 20

Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 12

DISC 11

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 17 in G, K.543

Mozart: Piano concerto No. 18 in B-Flat, K.456

DISC 12

Weber: Grand Duo Concertant for Piano and Clarinet in E-Flat Major, J.204, Op. 48

Schubert: Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A Minor, D. 821

DISC 13

Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34

DISC 14

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15

DISC 15

Schubert: Quintet in A, D.667 "Trout"

Mozart: Serenade in G Major, K. 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"

DISC 16

Schubert: Schwanengesang, D. 957

DISC 17

Brahms: Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1, Op. 38 in E Minor

Brahms: Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2, Op. 99 in F

DISC 18

Chopin: Ballades

Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 35

DISC 19

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, Opus 73 "Emperor" in E-Flat Major

Beethoven: Choral Fantasia in C Minor, Op. 80

DISC 20

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 1, Op. 15 in C Major

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 2, Op. 19 in B Flat Major

DISC 21

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3, Op. 37 in C Minor

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op 58

DISC 22

Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-Flat, Op. 47

Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-Flat, Op. 44

DISC 23

Schubert: Die Schöne Müllerin, Op. 25, D. 795