Byron Janis – The Chopin Collection
U.S. Release Date – April 3
Contact: Andrew Ousley | 212.786.8607
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Piano legend Byron Janis releases The Chopin Collection
An album of his greatest Chopin recordings, featuring, for the first time on a single album, the two ‘lost’ waltzes he discovered in 1973
“One of the greatest pianists of our time.”
-The New York Times
The Chopin Collection is a new compilation featuring 18 peerless Chopin recordings by piano legend Byron Janis, who is internationally recognized as one of the world’s greatest pianists and perhaps the foremost interpreter of Chopin’s music. The album will be released on April 3rd on EMI Classics, and will bring together for the first time on a single album both recordings of the two previously unknown versions of Chopin waltzes which Byron discovered: the ‘Grande Valse Brilliante’ in Eb major (Op. 18) and the Waltz in Gb major (Op. 70, No.1).
Janis’ unearthing of the two waltz manuscripts was considered one of the most dramatic musical discoveries of the age, a feat made all the more remarkable by the fact that he discovered them not once, but twice – first at the Chateau Thoiry in France in 1967 and then again at Yale University in 1973 (the latter being the versions recorded here)! In addition to these two remarkable works, The Chopin Collection also includes Janis’ benchmark recordings of favorites such as the Impromptu for Piano No. 1 in Ab major, the Mazurka No. 4 in Bb minor, the meditative Nocturne no. 2 in Eb major, and the Waltz in Ab major – Chopin’s bittersweet farewell to his former fiancée.
Few other musicians, classical or otherwise, can lay claim to the level of cultural and political impact that Byron Janis has had throughout his career. In addition to having been invited to perform at the White House six times by four sitting Presidents, Janis was also recently written into the Congressional Record of both the Senate and the House of Representatives, honoring him as, "a musician, a diplomat and an inspiration." He was the first American artist chosen to participate in the 1960 Cultural Exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union and was hailed on the front page of The New York Times as, "an ambassador in breaking down 'cold war' barriers." Even Cuba, which had a 40-year ban on American performers, made sure that he was the last to play before the ban and the first to play once it was lifted.
A third area where Janis has had a profound effect is personal health. He developed psoriatic arthritis in both hands and wrists in 1973, but continued to perform and record despite the pain, keeping his condition a secret until Nancy Reagan announced it after a 1986 White House performance and named him as a spokesperson for the Arthritis Foundation as its National Ambassador to the Arts. Since then, Byron has continued to play and inspire, standing as a powerful example of mind over matter and the triumph of the human will.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR BYRON JANIS
The Yamaha Music & Wellness Institute with the support of the Yamaha Artist Services and the Arthritis Foundation, will be presenting its Lifetime Achievement Award to Byron Janis during an event on May 30, 2012 at the Walter E Reade Theater at Lincoln Center. This celebratory gala will focus on Janis’ personal journey as a legendary virtuoso pianist, a world ambassador and composer, and a man who overcame great physical adversity and multiple hand surgeries and who continues to extend his mind over matter approach and extraordinary gift to those in need. The tribute will include various notable presentations and high-profile performances to be announced in a special release coming in April.
1. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 89/Op. 24: no 1 in G minor by Frédéric Chopin
2. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
3. Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 153/Op. 56: no 2 in C major by Frédéric Chopin
4. Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 162/Op. 63: no 2 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
5. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32: no 1 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
6. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 67: no 4 in A minor, B 163 by Frédéric Chopin
7. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 2 in A minor, B 64 by Frédéric Chopin
8. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62: no 2 in E major by Frédéric Chopin
9. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 89/Op. 24: no 4 in B flat minor by Frédéric Chopin
10. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 105/Op. 30: no 4 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
11. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 1 in C sharp minor, B 91 by Frédéric Chopin
12. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 2 in F sharp major by Frédéric Chopin
13. Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69: no 1 in A flat major, B 95 "L'adieu" by Frédéric Chopin
14. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 2 in D flat major, B 96 by Frédéric Chopin
15. Impromptu for Piano no 1 in A flat major, B 110/Op. 29 by Frédéric Chopin
16. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 7 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
17. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70: no 1 in G flat major, B 92 by Frédéric Chopin
18. Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
iTunes bonus track, from the Oscar-nominated short documentary “God Is Bigger Than Elvis”
Waltz In C-Sharp Minor, Opus 64, No.2
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