Gina Bachauer ∙ Salle Pleyel Recital in 1963


After Gina Bachauer made her American debut in 1950, Harold Schonberg described her playing in the New York Times as “Putting her into the foremost ranks of pianists, male or female.” It has been stated that Bachauer was an unrelenting critic of herself, an intense woman who was never completely satisfied with her work. “Musical problems are on my mind when I wake up,” she once told an interviewer. If she was critical of her work, she also loved it with a passion that was apparent to critics. She would practice five or six hours a day and, on concert nights, would practice more backstage until the last possible moment. Our album features her complete and previously unreleased recital at the Salle Pleyel in 1963, for which she carefully selected a program of various composers.

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GINA BACHAUER The Salle Pleyel Recital in 1963

HAYDN: Piano Sonata No 53 in E Minor, Hob XVI/34
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No 21 in C Major, Op 53
RAVEL: Gaspard de la nuit
BARTÓK: Suite for Piano, Op 14
BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op 35, Book I
RAMEAU: Minuet
MUSSORGSKY: The Great Gate of Kiev
MOMPOU: Jeunes filles au Jardin

Recorded ∙ 06 November 1963 ∙ Paris ∙ Salle Pleyel ∙ ORTF ∙ Live Recording

Article number: MC 1068
UPC barcode: 791154050903
Release date: 1 April 2022
Booklet: 12 Pages
Total timing: 75:29
From the Original Masters ∙ © 2021 Meloclassic

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