Stefan Askenase Vol.2 ∙ 2CD

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The playing of Stefan Askenase was a marvel of tender poetry, subtle rubato, and lucid clarity. This release features much music that is not otherwise available in Askenase’s discography, including, the complete set of Op 10 Études by Chopin, Schumann’s Kreisleriana, Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales, and two Soler sonatas.

STEFAN ASKENASE Piano Recitals in Germany 1952-1968

CD 1

CHOPIN: 12 Études, Op 10
Recorded ∙ 01 December 1959 ∙ Frankfurt ∙ Studio 3 ∙ HR ∙ Radio Studio Recording

CHOPIN: Nocturne in B-flat Minor, Op 9, No 1
CHOPIN: Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op 9, No 2
CHOPIN: Nocturne in B Major, Op 9, No 3
CHOPIN: Nocturne in F Major, Op 15, No 1
CHOPIN: Nocturne in G Minor, Op 15, No 3
CHOPIN: Nocturne in B Major, Op 32, No 1
CHOPIN: Nocturne in A-flat Major, Op 32, No 2
CHOPIN: Nocturne in G Minor, Op 37, No 1
CHOPIN: Nocturne in F-sharp Minor, Op 48, No 2

Recorded ∙ 02 February 1962 ∙ Hamburg ∙ Studio ∙ NDR ∙ Radio Studio Recording

CD 2

CHOPIN: Polonaise in F-sharp Minor, Op 44
Recorded ∙ 26 April 1952 ∙ Frankfurt ∙ Funkhaus ∙ HR ∙ Radio Studio Recording

CHOPIN: Waltz in D-flat Major, Op 64, No 1
CHOPIN: Waltz in C-sharp Minor, Op 64, No 2
CHOPIN: Waltz in A-flat Major, Op 34, No 1
SCHUMANN: Kreisleriana, Op 16

Recorded ∙ 09 September 1955 ∙ Hamburg ∙ Studio ∙ NDR ∙ Radio Studio Recording

RAVEL: Valses nobles et sentimentales, M 61
SOLER: Piano Sonata in F-sharp Major, R 90
SOLER: Piano Sonata in C-sharp Minor, R 21

Recorded ∙ 05 May 1968 ∙ Berlin ∙ Funkhaus Nalepastraße ∙ Radio GDR ∙ Radio Studio Recording

Article number: MC 1051
UPC barcode: 791154050637
Release date: 14 September 2020
Booklet: 8 Pages
Total timing: 78:05 CD1 ∙  79:25 CD2
From the Original Masters ∙ © 2020 Meloclassic

May 2021 ∙ British Gramophone ∙ Rob Cowan ∙ Stefan Askenase ∙ Piano Recitals in Germany 1952-1968
Askenase revelations: There will doubtless be cause for considerable excitement within the ranks of Stefan Askenase’s many admirers when they discover Melo Classic’s collection of German piano recitals. These feature much music that is not otherwise available in the pianist’s discography (principally on DG), including, surprisingly perhaps, the complete set of Op 10 Études by Chopin which are consistently absorbing. More interesting still is Schumann’s fantastical Kreisleriana, the tumbledown opening section sparely pedalled. And what of Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales? Full of atmosphere, though heavily etched – in fact, to be honest, possibly the least ‘French’ performance I’ve ever heard. More idiomatic by far are the two relatively familiar Soler sonatas (R90 and 21) that close the selection, both of them pert and well paced. All in all, then, this excellent and nicely recorded recital extends our knowledge of a major pianistic figure from the relatively recent past. I’d certainly recommend you investigate further. View here

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