Poldi Mildner · Piano Recitals in Germany 1955-1959


As a child prodigy, Poldi Mildner captivated music critics and left them in awe. With her mesmerizing piano skills and impeccable technique, her performances presented a remarkable aptitude for tackling challenging and virtuosic passages. This release allows listeners to immerse themselves in her passionate temperament, astonishing finger dexterity, commanding tonal prowess, and personal expression that have captivated numerous piano enthusiasts.

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POLDI MILDNER Piano Recitals in Germany 1955-1959

CHOPIN: Waltz in D-flat Major, Op 70, No 3
CHOPIN: Waltz in A-flat Major, Op 42
LISZT: Rhapsodie espagnole, HS 254 (Arr. by M. Rosenthal)
ROSENTHAL: Carnaval de Vienne
SMETANA: Polka No 2 in A Minor (from Czech Dances, Book 1)
SMETANA: Polka No 3 in F Major (from Czech Dances, Book 1)
SCRIABIN: Étude in D-flat Major, Op 8, No 10
SCRIABIN: Étude in D-sharp Minor, Op 8, No 12
PROKOFIEV: Suggestion diabolique No 4, Op 4

Recorded · 09 December 1955 · Hamburg · Studio · NDR · Radio Studio Recording

LISZT: Tarantella di bravura, HS 386
FRANCK: Prélude, Choral et Fugue, FWV 21
POULENC: Suite Napoli, FP 40

Recorded · 19 November 1959 · Hamburg · Studio · NDR · Radio Studio Recording

DEBUSSY: Images I, L 110
Recorded · 08 December 1955 · Bremen · Studio J · RB · Radio Studio Recording

Article number: MC 1055
UPC barcode: 791154050675
Release date: 14 September 2020
Booklet: 8 Pages
Total timing: 79:37
From the Original Masters ∙ © 2020 Meloclassic

April 2021 ∙ British Gramophone ∙ Rob Cowan ∙ Poldi Mildner · Piano Recitals in Germany 1955-1959
Years ago, exposure to a temple-swelling 1930s recording of Liszt’s Rhapsodie espagnole by the Russian pianist Simon Barère (now available on APR) left me lost for words, as it did most others who heard it. Then, a few weeks ago, Melo Classic’s CD of Poldi Mildner’s 1955-59 German piano recitals landed on my mat, and that same Rhapsodie caught fire again, just as it had done all those years ago in Barère’s hands. Here is a pianist to reckon with and make no mistake; the reckless, wild temperament, the dynamism, tonal power, dazzling finger velocity and overall virtuosity beyond measure, all dispatched at such amazing speeds, even though, inevitably given such breathless abandon, there’s the occasional stumble. Here we also have his Tarantella di bravura, and there’s the way Mildner ambles through Franck’s Prélude, choral et fugue like a spontaneous improvisation, her bittersweet charm and fearsome rhythmic drive in Poulenc’s rarely heard Suite Napoli and her energetic wrestling with Rosenthal’s exuberant Carnaval de Vienne. Pieces by Smetana, Scriabin and especially Prokofiev (she raises the roof with his ‘Suggestion diabolique’) will have you goggle-eyed. The recital ends with Mildner’s color conscious and interestingly idiosyncratic way with Debussy’s first set of Images, shifting hues made manifest, and thus her immense versatility is confirmed in just under 80 minutes. All I can say is that, having treated us to two such magnificent tasters, maybe Melo Classic could search out other Mildner tapes. The sound is perfectly acceptable.
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