Fun To Do The Impossible, Albert Einstein
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Byron Janis: The RCA Recordings 1950-1959

CD 1
Schumann: Piano Concerto
Liszt: Totentanz · Strauss: Burleske
Chicago Symphony Orchestra · Fritz Reiner
CD 2
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3
Chicago Symphony Orchestra · Fritz Reiner
CD 3
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Liszt: Paraphrase de concert sur Rigoletto
Liebestraum No. 3 · Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6
J. Strauss II / Schulz-Evler: Concert Arabesques
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Hugo Winterhalter and his Orchestra
CD 4
Beethoven:
Piano Sonata No. 17 “The Tempest”
Piano Sonata No. 21 “Waldstein”
Piano Sonata No. 30
Schubert: Impromptu in E-flat major
Brahms: Waltzes op. 39: Nos. 1, 2, 6 & 15
CD 5
Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 “Funeral March”
Impromptu No. 1 · “Black Keys” Étude
Mazurka in A minor · Scherzo No. 3
Grande Valse brillante in A minor
Waltz in E minor · Ballade No. 1 · Étude in F major

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Liszt Piano Concertos Nos. 1&2

Front:

            Liszt Piano Concertos Nos. 1&2

            Liszt    Schumann      Falla    Guion

            Byron Janis

            Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

            Kirill Kondrashin

            Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra

            Gennady Rozhdestvensky

Back:

            Liszt: Piano Concertos

                        Virtuoso showpieces by Shumann, Falla, Liszt & Guion

                        Byron Janis, piano

            Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

            Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Flat S 124

  1. Allegro maestoso 5:07
  2. Quasi adagio- Allegretto vivace- Allegro Animato 8:13
  3. Allegro marziale animato 4:07

            Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra Kirill Kondrashin

            Piano Concerto No. 2 in A S 125

  1. Adagio sostenuto assai                         4:39
  2. Allegro agitato assai 2:06
  3. Allegro moderato 4:57
  4. Allegro deciso 2:43
  5. Marziale un poco meno allegro 3:36
  6. Allegro animato 1:41

            Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra

            Gennady Rozhdestvensky

  1. Hungarian Rhapsody No.6 in D Flat S 244 6:21
  2. Valse oubliee No. 1 in F Sharp S 215 2:53
  3. Romanza Op. 28 No.2 in F Sharp 3:10
  4. Novellette Op. 21 No.1 in F 5:00
  5. El sombrero de tres picos- The Miller’s Dance 1:42
  6. Sonnetto 104 del Petrarca 5:59
  7. The Harmonica Player 1:14

            Recorded June 1961, Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow and October 1961, Fine Recording Studio, New York City

            Art Direction & Design

                        Jan Martin Wilschut BNO

                        Amsterdam Hotsprings

            Cover Image

                        Lebrecht/HH

            Total Playing Time 63:28

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Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos Nos. 2&3

Front:

            Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos Nos. 2&3

            Brailowsky     Janis

            San Fransisco Symphony Orchestra           Jorda Boston Symphony      Munch

Back:

            Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

            Concerto No. 3, Op. 30 (37:32)

            In D Minor

  1. Allegro ma non tanto 14:36
  2. Intermezzo: Adagio 10:03
  3. Finale: Alla breve 12:48

                                    Byron Janis, Piano

                                    Boston Symphony Orchestra

                                    Charles Munch, Conductor

            Concerto No. 2,Op.18 (31:50)

            In C Minor

  1. Moderato; Allegro 9:51
  2. Adagio sostenuto 10:45
  3. Allegro scherzando 11:04

                                    Alexander Brailowsky, Piano

                                    San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

                                    Enrique Jorda, Conductor

            Recorded 1957 & 1958

            Producted by Richard Mohr; Recording Engineer : Lewis Layton

            Total Playing Time 69:32

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Byron Janis 2

Front:

            Byron Janis 2

            Liszt    Prokofiev       Schumann

            Rachmaninoff                        Tchaikovsky

Back:

            Disc 1

            Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S. 124 (LW H4

  1. Allegro maestoso 5:14
  2. Quasi adagio – Allegretto vivace – Allegro animato 8:19
  3. 3. Allegro marziale animato 4:07

            Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1

  1. Vivace 12:03
  2. Andante 5:38
  3. Allegro vivace 7:24

            Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

  1. Andante – Allegro 9:02
  2. Tema con variazioni 9:00
  3. Allegro ma non troppo 9:04
  4. Toccata for piano in D minor, Op. 11 4:08

Disc 2

            Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

  1. Moderato 10:14
  2. Adagio sostenuto 9:55
  3. Allegro scherzando 10:45

            Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor (“Concerto Without Orchestra”), Op. 14

  1. Quasi variazioni (Variations on a theme by Clara Wieck) 7:29

            Romances (3) for piano, Op. 28

  1. No. 2 in F sharp 3:19

            Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

  1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso – Allegro con spirit 18:55
  2. Andantino semplice – Prestissimo – Tempo 1 6:50
  3. Allegro con fuoco 6:33

            Recorded 1960,1962, 1964

            Total Playing Time 2:27:47

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Byron Janis

Front:

            Byron Janis

            Beethoven      Brahms

            Chopin            Liszt

Back:

            Disc 1

            Preludes and Fugues (6), transcription for piano (after J.S. Bach), S. 462 (LW                                                A92)

  1. Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV. 543 3:18
  2. Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV. 543 6:04

            Piano Sonata No.17 in D Minor (“Tempest”), Op. 31/2

  1. Largo- Allegro 12:03
  2. Adagio 5:38
  3. Allegretto 4:50

            Impromptus (4) for piano, D. 899 Op. 90

  1. No. 2, Impromptu in E- Flat Major 4:20

            Waltzes (16) for piano, 4 hands (or piano), Op.39

  1. No. 15 in A-Flai Major 1:45
  2. No. 1 in B Major 0:48
  3. No. 2 in E Major 1:26
  4. No. 6 in C Sharp 0:57
  5. Arabesques on J Strauss II’s “The Blue Danube Waltz” for piano

                                                                                                                                    7:11

  1. Liebestraume, notturno for piano No.3 in A Flat Major (“O Lieb, so             lang du lieben kannst”), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3)               4:30
  2. Hungarian Rhapsody, for piano No.6 in D Flat Major, S. 244/6 (LW             A 132/6)                                                                                7:11
  3. Consolation for piano No. 5 in E Major “Andantino”, S. 172/5 (LW             A111a/2/5)                                                                           2:33

            Sonetto del Petrarco No. 104 (Pace non trovo; II) for Piano (Annees 11/5) S.                                                161/5 (LW A55/5)

  1. Sonetto 104 del Petrarca 5:30
  2. Rigoletto: paraphrase de concert (after Verdi), for Piano, S. 434             (LW A187)                                                                             5:47

            Disc 2

  1. Ballade for piano No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23, CT. 2 9:26
  2. Impromptu for piano in A flat major, Op. 29, CT. 43 3:46
  3. Waltz for piano in E minor, KK IVa/15, CT. 222 (B. 56) 2:50
  4. Waltz for piano No. 3 in A minor, Op. 34/2, CT. 209 5:16
  5. Mazurka for piano No. 45 in A minor, Op. 67/4. CT. 95 2:37
  6. Etude for piano No. 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16 3:55
  7. Etude for piano No. 15 in F major, Op. 25/3, CT 28. 1:45
  8. Etude for piano No. 5 in G flat major, Op. 10/5, CT. 18 1:33
  9. Etude for piano No. 8 in F major, Op. 10/8, CT. 21 2:34

            Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, CT. 202

  1. Grave – Doppio movimento 5:20
  2. Scherzo 6:09
  3. Marche funebre 7:44
  4. Finale: Presto                         1:27
  5. Scherzo for piano No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39, CT. 199 7:16

            Recorded 1947, 1950, 1952, 1956

            Total Playing Time 2:12:22

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Byron Janis: Beethoven- Waldstein Sonata, Op. 53 Sonata in E, Op109

Back:

            Beethoven Sonata No. 21, in C, Op. 53 (“Waldstein”)

            Beethoven Sonata No. 30, in E, Op. 109

            Byron Janis, Pianist

  1. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 “Waldstein”: I Allegro con             brio                                                     7:56
  2. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 “Waldstein”: II Adagio molto

                                                                                                3:15

  1. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 “Waldstein”: III Rondo.             Allegretto moderato                         9:09
  2. Sonata No. 30 in E Major for Piano, Op. 109: I Vivace, ma non troppo

                                                                                                3:32

  1. Sonata No. 30 in E Major for Piano, Op. 109: II Prestissimo

                                                                                                2:27

  1. Sonata No. 30 in E Major for Piano, Op. 109: Andante molto             cantabile ed espressivo                    12:14

            Recorded 1953

            Total Play Time: 39:32

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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Front:

            Gershwin

            Rhapsody in Blue

                        Complete

            Byron Janis, Pianist

            Hugo Winterhalter and his Orchestra

            Grofe

            Grand Canyon Suite

                        Excerpts

            Hugo Winterhalter and his Orchestra

Back:

  1. Rhapsody in Blue                                                  13:45
  2. Grand Canyon Suite: II. Painted Dessert                        4:53
  3. Grand Canyon Suite: III. On the Trail                  7:08
  4. Grand Canyon Suite: V. Cloudburst                    7:00

            Recorded 1950

            Total Play Time: 33:16

 

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Beethoven “Tempest” Sonata

Front:

            Beethoven “Tempest” Sonata in D Minor, Op. 31, No.2

            Byron Janis, Pianist

Back:

            Beethoven Sonata in D Minor, Op. 31, No.2 (“Tempest”)

            Byron Janis, Panist

  1. Sonata No,17 for Piano in D Minor, Op.31 No.2”Tempest”:I Largo-             Allegro                                                7:45
  2. Sonata No,17 for Piano in D Minor, Op.31 No.2”Tempest”: II Adagio

                                                                                                6:55

  1. Sonata No,17 for Piano in D Minor, Op.31 No.2”Tempest”: III             Allegretto                                           4:45
  2. Impromptus, D. 899 Op.90: Impromptu No. 2 in E-Flat Major,             Allegro                                                4:19

            Recorded 1948

            Total Play Time: 24:24

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Strauss, Burleske, Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 1

Front:

            Byron Janis

            Fritz Reiner

            Chicago Symphony

Back:

            Rachmaninoff

            Concerto No.1, in F-Sharp Minor, Op.1

            Richard Strauss         Burleske

            Byron Janis, Pianist

            Chicago Symphony Orchestra         Fritz Reiner, Conductor

  1. Vivace                         12:14
  2. Andante 5:41
  3. Allegro vivace 7:28
  4. Burleske 20:01

            Recorded 1957

            Total Play Time: 46:34

 

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Byron Janis: The Early Recordings

Front:

            RCA Victor

            The Early Recordings

            Bach/Liszt      Chopin

            Byron Janis

Back:

            Johann Sebastian Bach 1685- 1750

            Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV 543

                        Prelude (Moderato)                                                  3:01

                        Fugue (Allegretto moderato)                                  5:32

            Frederic Chopin 1810- 1849

                        Etude in E Major Op. 10/3                                       3:55

                        Etude in F Major Op. 25/3                                       1:42

                        Etude in G-Flat Major Op. 10/5 “Black Keys”         1:30

            Byron Janis Piano

            Recorded 1948,1949

            Total Play Time: 16:10

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Living Stereo Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3

Front:

            Rachmaninoff Concerto No.3

            Janis…Boston Symphony…Munch

Back:

            Rachmaninoff

            Concerto No. 3, in D Minor, Op.30

            Byron Janis, Pianist

            Boston Symphony Orchestra- Charles Munch, Conductor

            Musical Director: Richard Mohr      Engineer: Lewis Layton

            Piano Concerto No.1 in F-Sharp Minor, Op.1

  1. No. 1, Vivace – Moderato             12:15
  2. No. 2, Andante             5:41
  3. No. 3, Allegro vivace             7:37

            Piano Concerto No.3 in D Minor, Op. 30

  1. No.1, Allegro ma non tanto 14:39
  2. No. 2, Intermezzo: Adagio – attaca subito 10:02
  3. No.3, Finale: Alla breve 12:47

            Recorded 1961

            Total Play Time: 63:02

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Byron Janis Plays Blue Danube and Other Favorites

Back:

            Byron Janis Plays Blue Danube and Other Favorites

            Byron Janis, Pianist

            Side 1

  1. On The Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz, Op 314 7:04
  2. Waltzes, Op. 39, Nos. 1-16: Waltz in A-Flat Major, Op. 39/15 1:45
  3. Waltzes, Op. 39, Nos. 1-16:Waltz in B Major, Op. 39/1:Tempo giusto 0:45
  4. Waltzes, Op. 39, Nos. 1-16: Waltz in E Major, Op. 39/2: Dolce 1:27
  5. Waltzes, Op. 39, Nos. 1-16: Waltz in C-Sharp Major, Op.39/6: Vivace 0:52
  6. Valse brilliant, in E Minor, No. 2 from Waltzes Op.34 5:14
  7. Waltz No. 1 in G Minor, Op. posth 2:44
  8. Ballade No.1 in G Minor, Op.23 9:32
  9. Etude No. 8 in F Major from 12 Etudes, Op. 10 2:28
  10. Liebestraum No. 3 in A-Flat 4:29
  11. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D-Flat 7:07

            Recorded between 1947-1959

            Total Length: 43:18

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Byron Janis: True Romantic

Front:

            Chopin & Liszt

Back:

  1. Chopin: Impromptu in A flat, Op. 29 4:30
  2. Chopin: Etude in C-sharp minor Op. 25, No. 7 6:13
  3. Chopin: Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op. 15, No. 3 5:15
  4. Liszt: Sonetto del Petrarca, No. 104 6:42
  5. Chopin: Nocturne in G major, Op. 37, No. 2 6:18
  6. Chopin: Waltz Brilliante in E flat, Op. 18 (Yale Version) 4:01
  7. Liszt: Sans Mesure 2:35
  8. Chopin: Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2 3:54
  9. Liszt: Consolation No.5 3:17
  10. Chopin: Muzurka in F minor, Op. 68, No. 4 3:47
  11. Wagner- Liszt: Liebestod 9:20

Inside Back Cover of Booklet:

            Recorded October 4-7 1998 at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City

Photography: Nora Feller

Creative Direction: Gordon H Lee
Art Direction & Design: Carla Leighton @ Gloo Design

Recorded 1998

Total Playing Time 56:28

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Living Stereo Byron Janis/ Fritz Reiner

Front:

            Byron Janis/ Fritz Reiner

                        Chicago Symphony Orchestra

            Liszt – Todtentanz

            Rachmaninoff – Concerto No.1

            Schumann Concerto, Op. 54

Back:

            Franz Liszt (1811- 1886)

                        Totentanz S 126                                                                                15:28

                                    Paraphrase on “Dies irae” for Piano and Orchestra

            Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873- 1943)

                        Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.1 in F-sharp minor Op.1  25:26

            Robert Schuuman (1810- 1856)

                        Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minoe Op. 54                  30:37

            Byron Janis, piano

            Chicago Symphony Orchestra

            Fritz Reiner, conductor

            Total play time 71:41

            Recording (1/5-7) 1959, (2-4) 1957

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Byron Janis Plays Chopin

Front:

            Waltzes, Nocturnes, & Mazurkas

Back:

            Byron Janis Plays Chopin

            Waltzes, Nocturnes, & Mazurkas

  1. Mazurka in G minor, Op. 24, No.1
  2. Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 55, No. 2
  3. Mazurka in C major, Op. 56, No. 2
  4. Mazurka in F minor, Op. 63, No. 2
  5. Nocturne in B major, Op. 32, No. 1
  6. Mazurka in A minor, Op. 67, No. 4
  7. Waltz in A minor, Op. 34, No. 2
  8. Nocturne in E major, Op. 62, No. 2
  9. Mazurka in B flat minor, Op. 24, No. 4
  10. Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op. 30, No. 4
  11. Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 1
  12. Nocturne in F sharp major, Op. 15, No. 2
  13. Waltz in A flat major, Op. 69, No. 1
  14. Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 27, No. 2
  15. Waltz in G flat major, Op. 70, No. 1

Inside Cover of Booklet:

            Recorded at the American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York , New York, 8,11,12, &15 October 1995

            Art direction: Robert Abriola

            Art by: Maria Jannis

            Photography: Carolyn Jones

 

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Mercury Living Presence Schumann Concerto in A minor, Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1

Front:

            Byron Janis

            Schumann

                        Piano concerto in A minor, Op. 54

                        Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra

                        Stanislaw Skrowaczewski conducting

                        Arabeske in C, Op. 18

            Tchaikovsky

            Piano concerto No.1 in B-flat minor, Op.23

                        London Symphony Orchestra

                        Herbert Menges conducting

Back:

            An Original 35mm Magnetic Film Recording

            Byron Janis, Piano

            Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

            Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

                        Allegro affettuoso                                                                             14:34

                        Intermezzo. Andantino grazioso                                                     4:47

                        Allegro vivace                                                                                    10:30

            Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra

            Conducted by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

                        Arabeske, Op.18                                                                                7:12

            Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

            Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor, Op.23

                        Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso- Allegro con spirit                       18:53

                        Andantino simplice- Prestissimo- Tempo |                                                6:50

                        Allegro con fuoco                                                                              6:31

            London Symphony Orchestra

            Conducted by Herbert Menges

            This compilation 1991

            Recorded 4/1962 (1-), USA; 12/1963 (4), USA; 6/1960 (5-7), Great Britain

            Total playing time: 69:21

            Cover photo by Peter Gravia

            Art direction: Artventure

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Mercury Living Presence: Pictures at an Exhibition

Front:

            Byron Janis plays Moussorgsky

            Pictures at an Exhibition (Never before released)

            Also includes:

                        Moussorgsky-Ravel

            Pictures at an Exhibition

                        Antal Dorati

                        Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra

Back:

            Byron Janis, Piano

            Antal Dorati conducting the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra

            Modeste Moussorgsky (1839-1881)

            Pictures at an Exhibition (for piano)- First Release

                        Promenade                                                                1:29

                        Gnomus                                                                      2:25

                        Promenade                                                                0:55

                        I1 Vecchio Castello                                                    4:25

                        Promenade                                                                0:28

                        Tuileries                                                                     1:00

                        Bydlo                                                                          2:49

                        Promenade                                                                0:43

                        Ballet of the Chicks in their Shell                             1:13

                        Two Polish Jews, One Rich, the other Poor                        1:51

                        Limoges, The Market Place                                      1:20

                        Catacombae (Sepulcrum Romanum)                      1:47

                        Cum Mortuis in Lingua Mortua                               2:00

                        The Hut on Fowl’s Legs (Baba-Yaga)                     2:59

                        The Great Gate of Kiev                                             4:11

            Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)

                        Etude in F major                                                       1:37

                        Waltz in A minor                                                       4:50

            Modeste Moussorgsky (1839-1881)

            (Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel, 1875-1937)

            Pictures at an Exhibition

                        Promenade                                                                1:34

                        Gnomus                                                                      2:20

                        Promenade                                                                0:46

                        I1 Vecchio Castello                                                    3:47

                        Promenade                                                                0:31

                        Tuileries                                                                     0:56

                        Bydlo                                                                          2:23

                        Promenade                                                                0:34

                        Ballet des Poussins dans Leurs Coques                 1:09

                        Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle                                     1:52

                        Limoges- Le Marche                                                 1:26

                        Catacombae (Sepulcrum Romanum)                      1:54

                        Cum Mortuis in Linqua Mortua                               1:42

                        La Cabane sur des Pattes de Poule                         3:14

                        La Grande Porte de Kiev                                          4:59

            The compilation 1994

            Recorded 9/1961 (1-15), USA; 6/1962 (16&17), Russia; 4/1959 (18-32), USA

            Total playing time 66:02

            Cover photo: Arnold Newman

            Art direction: Ton Friessen

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Mercury Living Presence Liszt Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Front:

            Byron Janis

            Liszt, Piano concertos Nos. 1&2

            Encore Byron Janis

            Liszt, Schumann, Falla, Guion

            First recordings ever made in the Soviet Union by American technicians and musical staff and equipment

            Recorded by Mercury on location in Moscow

Back:

            An Original 35mm Magnetic Film Recording

            Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

            Piano Concerto No.1 in E glat

                        Allegro maestoso                                          5:07

                        Quasi Adagio;                                                 8:13

                        Allegretto vivace;

                        Allegro animato

                        Allegro marziale animato                             4:07

            Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

            Conducted by: Kyril Kondrashin

            Piano Concerto No. 2 in A

                        Adagio sostenuto assai                                 4:39

                        Allegro agitao assai                                       2:06

                        Allegro moderato                                          4:57

                        Allegro deciso                                                2:43

                        Marziale un poco meno allegro                   3:36

                        Allegro animato                                             1:41

            Moscow Radio Syphony Orchestra

            Conducted by: Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

                        Hungarian Rhapsody                                                6:21

                        No.6 (Liszt)

                        Valse Oubliee (Liszt)                                     2:53

                        Romance in F sharp                                      3:10

                        (Schumann)

                        Novellette in F (Schumann)                         5:00

                        The Miller’s Dance (Falla)                            1:42

                        (Publishers: J&W Chester Ltd.)

                        Sonetto del Petrarco CIV                              5:59

                        (Liszt)

                        The Harmonica Player                                 1:14

                        (Guion)

            Byron Janis, piano

            Total playing time 1:03:28

            Cover photo by Peter Gravina taken in Bolshoi Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow

            Art Direction: Janet Ponsteen

            This compilation 1990

            Recorded 1-9, 12-14, 16 USSR, 6/1962; 10,11, 15, USA. 10/1961

 

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Living Stereo: The Reiner Sound

Front:

            Fritz Reiner

            Chicago Symphony

Back:

            The Reiner Sound is one of the most sought-after recordings in the entire Living Stereo series. Coveted by collectors for its magnificent blend of orchestral virtuosity and sonic brilliance, this Living Stereo classis features the unparalleled artistry of the Chicago Symphoany Orchestra under legendary conductor Fritz Reiner. Also featured is the superb artistry of piano virtuoso Byron Janis.

            Maurice Ravel (1875- 1937)

                        Rapsodie espagnole                          16:55

                        Pavan for a Dead Princess               6:28

            Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

                        Totentanz                                           15:25

                                    Byron Janis, piano

            Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)

            Orch. Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)

                        Invitation to the Dance                     8:51

            Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

                        Isle of the Dead, Op.29                     20:00

            Chicago Symphony Orchestra

            Fritz Reiner, conductor

            (Recorded in 1956, 1957, 1959)

            Produced by Richard Mohr

            Recording Engineer: Lewis Lyton

Total playing time : 68:16

1993, 1958, 1961, BMG Music

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Mercury Living Presence Prokofiev Concerto No. 3, Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 1

Front:

            Byron Janis

            Prokofiev

            Piano concerto No. 3

            Rachmaninoff

            Piano Concerto No. 1

            Kyril Kondrashin

            Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

            Solo works by Prokofiev

            Schumann, Mendelssohn & Pinto

            Recorded by Mercury on location in Moscow

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            This Mercury Living Presence SACD of piano concertos by Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff presents, for the first time, Byron Janis’s celebrated recordings in their original 3-channel (left, right, centre) versions. In addition to this direct-to-DSD 3-channel stereo, the disc includes a new DSD stereo, plus the original CD transfer.

            Recorded by Mercury on location in Moscow

            Byron Janis piano

            Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

            Kyril Kondrashin conductor

            Serge Prokofiev (1891-1953)

                        Piano Concerto No.3 in C major, Op.26                                          26:49

            Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

                        Piano Concerto No.1 in F sharp minor, Op.1                                 24:51

            Serge Prokofiev

                        Toccata                                                                                               4:06

            Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

                        Variations on the Theme by Clara Wieck (“Quasi Variazioni)     7:16

            Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

                        Song without words, Op. 62, No.1                                                   2:46

            Octavio Pinto (1890-1950)

                        Three Scenes from Childhood                                                         3:07

            Total timing                                                                                                   68:55

            Cover photo: Brice Somers

            SACD 3-Channel Stereo, SACD Stereo, CD Audio

            2005 Decca Music Group Limited

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Mercury Living Presence Rachmaninoff Concertos No. 2 & 3

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            Byron Janis

            Rachmaninoff

            Piano Concerto No. 2

            Piano Concerto No.3

            Antal Dorati

            Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra

            London Symphony Orchestra

            Prelude in C-sharp minor

            Prelude in E-flat major

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            Byron Janis, Piano

            Antal Dorati, Conductor

            Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

                 Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op.30

  1. Allegro ma non troppo 14:48
  2. Intermezzo: Adagio 10:08
  3. Finale: Alla breve 12:49

            London Symphony Orchestra

                 Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op.18

  1. Moderato 10:15
  2. Adagio sostenuto 9:54
  3. Allegro scherzando 10:42

            Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra

                        Prelude in E-flat major, Op.23, No. 6           2:49

                        Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op.3, No.2         3:50

            Mercury

            This compilation 1991

            Recorded 6/1961 (1-3), Great Britain; 4/1960 (4-8), USA

            Total playing time: 75:18

            Cover photo by Henry Ries

            Art Direction: Ton Friesen