Brilliant Classics

Early Recordings 1953-1966

Early Recordings 1953-1966
Artist Sergio Fiorentino piano
Format 10 CD
Cat. number PCLM0104
EAN code 5060385450390
Release February 2016

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This is the 4th and last issue of the Piano Classics Fiorentino Edition, presenting the early recordings made between 1953 and 1966. Sergio Fiorentino (1927-1998) was one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, but remained largely unknown to the general public. His recordings show a stupendous virtuosity and command, and a natural understanding of an innate musical genius. Not for nothing Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli called him “The only other pianist”. This 10CD set offers a wealth of repertoire, from magnificent Bach, barnstorming Beethoven, elegant ánd passionate Chopin, fantastic Schumann, robust Brahms and red-hot Rachmaninoff. The recordings were originally issued on the “Concert Artist” label . Sadly several of the master tapes have been lost, and the remastering of this set has been done with original LPs. Nevertheless the artistry of this wonderful pianist shines through every note!

Track list

Disk 1

  1. 32 Variations in C Minor, WoO 80
  2. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35: I. Grave - Doppio movimento
  3. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35: II. Scherzo
  4. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35: III. Marche funèbre. Lento
  5. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35: IV. Finale. Presto
  6. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467: I. Allegro maestoso
  7. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467: II. Andante
  8. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467: III. Allegro vivace assai
  9. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57: I. Allegro assai
  10. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57: II. Andante con moto
  11. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57: III. Allegro non troppo – Presto

Disk 2

  1. Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903
  2. Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971: I. —
  3. Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971: II. Andante
  4. Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971: III. Presto
  5. Prelude and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 532
  6. Chaconne in D Minor from Partita No. 2, BWV 1004
  7. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13: I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
  8. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13: II. Adagio cantabile
  9. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13: III. Rondo. Allegro

Disk 3

  1. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27: I. Adagio sostenuto
  2. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27: II. Allegretto – Trio
  3. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27: III. Presto agitato
  4. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53: I. Allegro con brio
  5. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53: II. Introduzione. Adagio molto
  6. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53: Rondo. Allegro moderato – Prestissimo
  7. Ein Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26: I. Allegro. Sehr lebhaft
  8. Ein Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26: II. Romanze. Ziemlich langsam
  9. Ein Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26: III. Scherzino
  10. Ein Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26: IV. Intermezzo. Mit größter Energie
  11. Ein Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26: V. Finale. Höchst lebhaft
  12. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: I. Von fremden Ländern und Menschen - Kuriose Geschichte - Hasche-Mann Bittendes Kind - Glückes genug - Wichtige Begebenheit – Träumerei
  13. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: VIII. Am Kamin - Ritter vom Steckenpferd - Fast zu ernst – Fürchtenmachen Kind im Einschlummern - Der Dichter spricht

Disk 4

  1. Carnaval, Op. 9: I. Préambule
  2. Carnaval, Op. 9: XII. Chopin
  3. Arabeske in C Major, Op. 18
  4. Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13: Theme - Etude I - Etude II - Etude III - Etude IV - Etude V - Etude VI -Etude VII
  5. Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13: Etude VIII - Etude IX - Etude X - Etude XI -Etude XII
  6. Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35: Book I. Theme, Variations 1 – 14
  7. Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35: Book II. Variations 1 – 14

Disk 5

  1. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel, Op. 24: Theme, Variations 1 – 9
  2. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel, Op. 24: Variations 10 – 18
  3. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel, Op. 24: Variations 19 - 25, Fugue
  4. Etude No. 1 in B-Fflat Major, Op. 104
  5. Lieder ohne Worte No. 4 in C Major, Op. 6
  6. Scherzo in A-Flat Major
  7. Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 33: I. Allegro non troppo in F Minor
  8. Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 33: II. Allegro in C Major
  9. Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 33: III. Grave in C Minor
  10. Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 33: IV. Moderato in D Minor
  11. Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 33: V. Non allegro – Presto in E-Flat Minor
  12. Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 33: VI. Allegro con fuoco in E-Flat Major
  13. Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 33: VII. Moderato in G Minor
  14. Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 33: VIII. Grave in C-Sharp Minor
  15. Polka de W. R. in A-Flat Major
  16. Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006
  17. 3 Old Viennese Dances: I. Liebesfreud

Disk 6

  1. Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
  2. Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38
  3. Ballade No. 3 in A-Flat Major, Op. 47
  4. Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52
  5. Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20
  6. Scherzo No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 31
  7. Scherzo No. 3 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 39
  8. Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54

Disk 7

  1. Etudes, Op. 10: I. Allegro in C Major
  2. Etudes, Op. 10: II. Allegro in A Minor
  3. Etudes, Op. 10: III. Lento, ma non troppo in E Major
  4. Etudes, Op. 10: IV. Presto in C-Flat Minor
  5. Etudes, Op. 10: V. Vivace in G-Flat Major
  6. Etudes, Op. 10: VI. Andante in E-Flat Minor
  7. Etudes, Op. 10: VII. Vivace in C Major
  8. Etudes, Op. 10: VIII. Allegro in F Major
  9. Etudes, Op. 10: IX. Allegro, molto agitato in F Minor
  10. Etudes, Op. 10: X. Assai vivace in A-Flat Major
  11. Etudes, Op. 10: XI. Allegretto in E-Flat Major
  12. Etudes, Op. 10: XII. Allegro con fuoco in C Minor
  13. Etudes, Op. 25: I. Allegro sostenuto in A-Flat Major
  14. Etudes, Op. 25: II. Presto in F Minor
  15. Etudes, Op. 25: III. Allegro in F Major
  16. Etudes, Op. 25: IV. Agitato in A Minor
  17. Etudes, Op. 25: V. Vivace in E Minor
  18. Etudes, Op. 25: VI. Allegro in G-Sharp Minor
  19. Etudes, Op. 25: VII. Lento in C-Sharp Minor
  20. Etudes, Op. 25: VIII. Vivace in D-Flat Major
  21. Etudes, Op. 25: IX. Assai allegro in G-Flat Major
  22. Etudes, Op. 25: X. Allegro con fuoco in B Minor
  23. Etudes, Op. 25: XI. Lento - Allegro con brio in A Minor
  24. Etudes, Op. 25: XII. Molto allegro con fuoco in C Minor
  25. 3 Nouvellles études, B. 130: I. Andantino in F Minor
  26. 3 Nouvellles études, B. 130: II. Allegretto in D-Flat Major
  27. 3 Nouvellles études, B. 130: III. Allegretto in A-Flat Major

Disk 8

  1. Waltz No. 1, vivo in E-Flat Major, Op. 18
  2. Waltz No. 2, vivace in A-Flat Major, Op. 34
  3. Waltz No. 3, lento in A Minor
  4. Waltz No. 4, vivace in F Major, Op. 34
  5. Waltz No. 5, vivace in A-Flat Major, Op. 42
  6. Waltz No. 6, molto vivace in D-Flat Major, Op. 64
  7. Waltz No. 7, tempo giusto in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 64
  8. Waltz No. 8, moderato in A-Flat Major, Op. 64
  9. Waltz No. 9, lento in A-Flat Major, Op. 69
  10. Waltz No. 10, moderato in B Minor, Op. 69
  11. Waltz No. 11, molto vivace in G-Flat Major, Op. 70
  12. Waltz No. 12, tempo giusto in A-Flat Major, Op. 70
  13. Waltz No. 13, moderato in G-Flat Major, Op. 70
  14. Waltz No. 14, — in E Minor, BI 56
  15. Waltz in E Major, BI 44
  16. Waltz in D-Flat Major, BI 21
  17. Waltz in E-Flat Major, BI 46
  18. Waltz in A Minor, BI 150
  19. Waltz in E-Flat Major, BI 133
  20. Impromptu No. 1 in A-Flat Major, Op. 29
  21. Impromptu No. 2 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 36
  22. Impromptu No. 3 in G-Flat Major, Op. 51
  23. Impromptu No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 66

Disk 9

  1. Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in E-Flat Major, Op. 22: I. Andante spianato
  2. Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in E-Flat Major, Op. 22: II. Grande polonaise brillante
  3. Polonaise No. 1 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 26
  4. Polonaise No. 2 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 26
  5. Polonaise No. 3 in A Major, Op. 40
  6. Polonaise No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 40
  7. Polonaise No. 5 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 44
  8. Polonaise No. 6 in A-Flat Major, Op. 53
  9. Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-Flat Major, Op. 61

Disk 10

  1. Polonaise in D Minor, Op. 71
  2. Polonaise in B-Flat Major, Op. 71
  3. Polonaise in F Minor, Op. 71
  4. Polonaise in G Minor, BI 1
  5. Polonaise in B-Flat Major, BI3
  6. Polonaise in A-Flat Major, BI 5
  7. Polonaise in G-Sharp Minor, BI 6
  8. Polonaise in B-Flat Minor, BI 13
  9. Polonaise in G-Flat Major, BI 36
  10. Grand Fantasy on Polish Airs in A Major, Op. 13