Alexander Uninsky ∙ Concert Tours in Europe 1951-1962 ∙ 2CD


Alexander Uninsky, a native of Kiev, then in the Russian Empire, was educated at the Kiev Conservatory, and the Paris Conservatory. He won the 2nd International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1932, which brought Uninsky tremendous fame. All principal cities of Europe wanted to hear him. He shortly became one of the most sought-after pianists in Europe and continued his busy schedule of performances across Europe, South America and the Far East until the second World War. When living in Paris, Uninsky became a great friend of Prokofiev, spending long evenings playing two-piano music, until the composer returned permanently to the Soviet Union in 1935. Uninsky was one of the first pianists to play Prokofiev’s Third Concerto all over Europe, and the Concerto became an integral part in his entire career. After he immigrated to the United States, he enjoyed a reputation as an interpreter of the Romantic repertory. This double album features piano works that Uninsky never recorded commercially. The major rarities are Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Bach’s Partita No 2, and Schumann’s Carnaval.

Meloclassic would like to thank Philip B. Uninsky, son of Alexander Uninsky, for his assistance with this release and providing rare photos included in this set.

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ALEXANDER UNINSKY Concert Tours in Europe 1951-1962

CD 1

CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No 1 in E Minor, Op 11
Alexander Uninsky ∙ piano
Orchestre de RTL
Carl Melles ∙ conductor

Recorded · 19 November 1958 · Luxembourg · Radiostudio · RTL · Radio Studio Recording

RACHMANINOFF: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op 43
Alexander Uninsky ∙ piano
Rundfunkorchester Hannover des NDR
Willy Steiner ∙ conductor

Recorded · 11 April 1961 · Hannover · Landesfunkhaus · NDR · Radio Studio Recording

CHOPIN: Piano Sonata No 2 in B-flat Minor, Op 35
Recorded · 10 April 1961 · Hannover · Landesfunkhaus · NDR · Radio Studio Recording

CD 2

PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No 3 in C Major, Op 26
Alexander Uninsky ∙ piano
Limburgs Symfonie Orkest
Andre Rieu Senior ∙ conductor

Recorded · 29 June 1951 · Maastricht · Staargebouw · NCRV · Radio Studio Recording

BACH: Partita No 2 in C Minor, BWV 826
Recorded · 16 April 1961 · München · Lothstrasse · BR · Radio Studio Recording

SCHUMANN: Carnaval, Op 9
RAVEL: Ondine, from Gaspard de la nuit

Recorded · 15 February 1962 · Paris · Studio · RTF · Radio Studio Recording

Article number: MC 1058
UPC barcode: 791154050804
Release date: 1 April 2022
Booklet: 12 Pages
Total timing: 79:25 CD1 ∙ 70:46 CD2
From the Original Masters ∙ © 2022 Meloclassic

August 2022 ∙ MusicWeb International ∙ Rob Challinor ∙ Alexander Uninsky ∙ Concert Tours in Europe ∙ 1951-1962
An excellent portrait of this Ukrainian pianist with a passionate and extrovert temperament. Uninsky’s star has faded somewhat and though you can still find his recordings there are several works here that he did not record commercially. The sound quality is wonderful allowing Uninsky’s decidedly full sound and clarity of articulation to shine through. As I often find with Meloclassic releases the notes are excellent, full of biographical information.
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