The Complete RCA Album Collection (23CD)
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.
Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 58
Schubert-Liszt: Das Wandern
Schubert-Liszt: Der Müller und der Bach
Schubert-Liszt: Hark, Hark, the Lark
Liszt: Etude in A Minor after Paganini
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
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"
Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81
Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit, M. 55
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61
Ravel: Ma mère l'oye (Piano four hands)
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor
Chopin: Trois Nouvelles Études
Chopin: Scherzo No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 31
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20, KV 466
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-Flat, K.482
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
Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 in E Minor
Schumann: Humoreske, Op. 20
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 17 in G, K.543
Mozart: Piano concerto No. 18 in B-Flat, K.456
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
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15
Schubert: Quintet in A, D.667 "Trout"
Mozart: Serenade in G Major, K. 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"
Schubert: Schwanengesang, D. 957
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
Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 35
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, Opus 73 "Emperor" in E-Flat Major
Beethoven: Choral Fantasia in C Minor, Op. 80
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 1, Op. 15 in C Major
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 2, Op. 19 in B Flat Major
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3, Op. 37 in C Minor
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op 58
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-Flat, Op. 47
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-Flat, Op. 44
Schubert: Die Schöne Müllerin, Op. 25, D. 795