Great Pianists of the 20th Century is a 200-CD box set released by Philips Records. In 1999 and sponsored by Steinway & Sons. The box set comprises 100 volumes featuring 72. Pianists of the 20th century, each volume with two CDs and a booklet about the life and work of the featured pianist.
The set contains a variety of composers from different eras, from Baroque to Contemporary classical. The material was the result of a collaborative association between Philips who had access to the Polygram Records. Back catalogue and a number of other labels, notably EMI Classics.
As no single label possessed a representative set of recordings for every pianist considered to be significant. The majority of the pianists feature on one set only, with sixteen appearing on a second set (set number 8, dedicated to Wilhelm Backhaus, is titled "Wilhelm Backhaus I", which suggests that a second set was planned at some point but never published, and the set dedicated to Daniel Barenboim is correctly numbered as number 9). Seven artists (Arrau, Brendel, Gilels, Horowitz, Kempff, Richter and Rubinstein) are featured across three sets. The nature and size of the project meant that popular works such as Beethoven.
S Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. And other solo pieces appear several times. Perceptive pianophiles have pointed out various errors in the set, including misattributed recordings and use of unauthorized takes. Volume contains a performance of Liszts La Leggierezza. Which was actually recorded by Benno Moiseiwitsch.Also included in the latters volume. Further, the liner notes claim the cadenza of the piece was by Moiseiwitsch, while it was actually by Theodor Leschetizky. The first of two Cortot. Volumes was withdrawn when it was discovered that a previously rejected performance of Schumanns Kreisleriana. The volume was reissued with the correct take. The series has also been criticized for the lack of remastering of historic recordings, notably in the Hofmann. Reissue which degraded the transfers originally issued by Ward Marston. The German edition of the set (and possibly others) includes a bonus CD with Clara Haskil. (Sonderausgabe zur Edition) raising to 5 the total number of CDs with her. This bonus CD contains her interpretation of some of Scarlatti. S piano sonatas from her 1947 Westminster LP, and is the first printing on CD of these recordings, according to the CD cover (Erstveröffentlichung auf CD). Both boxes and all CD'S in excellent condition. Kept safely and in near mint condition. 4 DAYS DOOR TO DOOR SIGNED AND INSURED EXPRESS SERVICE. Watch our store for many more rare judaica, jewish , yiddish , hazzanut , cantorial, israeli records.
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