[ Sony Classics Masters / 6 CD Box Set ]
Release Date: Saturday 20 August 2016
"In 1976, when the cold war was cold indeed," wrote the New York Times, "Lazar Berman appeared virtually unannounced from behind the Iron Curtain and provided the West with an exotic glimpse of a secretive Soviet musical life. On his first United States tour, Mr. Berman made an overwhelming impression as a performer who did more than just overcome technical problems; he seemed to crush them into insignificance." Berman's recordings, though relatively few in number, confirmed that impression. Sony Classical's new 6-CD box of performances issued by CBS between 1976 and 1983, is full of unique treasures. They include his recording of the Rachmaninoff Third Concerto with Claudio Abbado and the London Symphony Orchestra: "For a big, grand, show-stopping spectacular", wrote Gramophone, "with a host of musical merits to boot, the Berman is necessary - nay, compulsive - listening." The same could be said of the rest of this new set, including the Brahms First Piano Concerto, with Erich Leinsdorf conducting the Chicago Symphony, and solo works by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms and Scriabin.
"These can be considered classic interpretations." (Gramophone March 2004)
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'
Piano Sonata No. 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 No. 3 'The Hunt'
The Ruins of Athens: Turkish March
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathetique'
Piano Sonata No. 20 in G major, Op. 49 No. 2
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf
Étude Op. 25 No. 7 in C sharp minor
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre'
Nocturne No. 19 in E minor, Op. 72 No. 1
Piano Sonata in B minor, Op. 40, No. 2
Ritual Fire Dance (from El amor brujo)
Prelude No. 2
Gretchen am Spinnrade (No. 8 from Zwölf Lieder von Franz Schubert, S558)
Erlkönig (No. 4 from Zwölf Lieder von Franz Schubert, S558)
Trauer-Vorspiel und Trauermarsch, S206 (1885)
Rhapsodie espagnole, S254
Rondo in A minor, K511
The Love for Three Oranges: March
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado
Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor
Prelude Op. 32 No. 5 in G major
Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor
Étude Op. 8 No. 11 in B flat minor
Étude Op. 8 No. 12 in D sharp minor