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Elly Ney

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Elly Ney was a disciple of both Theodor Leschetizky and of Emil von Sauer. Her Second World War German radio recordings are turning up on this CD release for the first time. She did have a big career prior to the Nazi regime, but Ney went with the times and adopted the Nazi ideology, becoming a heroic figure for a regime she wished to fully represent. Ney’s post-war career was haunted by her Nazi past and her career somehow decayed. But this is an important recording for admirers of the German piano tradition. Her idea about Mozart style reflect late-19th-century practice in the frequent cadential and transitional ritards, and tapered phrasings.

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ELLY NEY plays Schumann, Mozart and Schubert

1-4. Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op.44 [33:37]
I. Allegro brillante [09:40]
II. In modo d’una marcia. Un poco largamente [11:19]
III. Scherzo: Molto vivace [04:51]
IV. Allegro ma non troppo [07:46]
Elly Ney ∙ piano
Hoffmann String Quartet:
Norbert Hoffmann 1st violin ∙ Wilhelm Martens 2nd violin ∙ Fritz Laur viola ∙ Hans Adomeit cello

Recorded ∙ 14 March 1944 ∙ Breslau ∙ Senderaum ∙ Reichssender Breslau ∙ Radio Studio Recording

5-7. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.15 in B Major, KV.450 [26:54]
I. Allegro [11:36]
II. Andante [07:08]
III. Allegro [08:10]
Elly Ney ∙ piano
Kammerorchester des Deutschen Opernhauses Berlin
Ernst Schrader ∙ conductor

Recorded ∙ 19 October 1944 ∙ Berlin ∙ Funkhaus Masurenallee ∙ Saal 1 ∙ Reichssender Berlin ∙ Live Recording

8. Schubert: 14 German Dances, D.783 [07:17]
Elly Ney ∙ piano
Recorded ∙ 01 December 1944 ∙ Berlin ∙ Funkhaus Masurenallee ∙ Saal 2 ∙ Reichssender Berlin ∙ Radio Studio Recording

Article number: MC 1029
UPC barcode: 791154054055
Recording dates: 1944
Release date: March 2015
Total timing: 67:56

Producer and Audio Restoration: Lynn Ludwig
Booklet Notes: Michael Waiblinger
Design: Alessia Issara
Photographs: Valentin Kubina
With special thanks to Dr. Klaus Linsenmeyer
From the Original Masters ∙ © 2015 Meloclassic