William Murdoch: The Complete Columbia Solo Recordings | APR APR6029

William Murdoch: The Complete Columbia Solo Recordings

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Label: APR

Cat No: APR6029

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 30th August 2019

Contents

Works

Albeniz, Isaac

Iberia, Book 1
» II El puerto

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Chorale Prelude BWV645 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme' (arr. Busoni)

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Piano Sonata no.8 in C minor, op.13 'Pathetique'
Piano Sonata no.23 in F minor, op.57 'Appassionata'

Bowen, York

Reverie in B major, op.86

Brahms, Johannes

Waltzes (16), op.39
» no.15 in A flat major

Carse, Adam

Miniature Scherzo

Chopin, Frederic

Ballades (4)
» no.3 in A flat major, op.47
Berceuse in D flat major, op.57
Etudes (12), op.25
» no.1 in A flat major
Waltzes (19)
» no.4 in F major, op.34 no.3

Debussy, Claude

Preludes (12), Book 1
» no.5 Les collines d'Anacapri
» no.12 Minstrels
Preludes (12), Book 2
» no.5 Bruyeres

Dunhill, Thomas

Dew Fairies

Dyson, George

Primrose Mount for Piano

Falla, Manuel de

Piezas Espanolas (4)
» no.2 Cubana
» no.4 Andaluza

Grieg, Edvard

Pictures from Life in the Country (3), op.19
» no.2 Brudefolget drar forbi (Wedding Procession)

Ireland, John

Sonatina
» III Rondo

Lee, Ernest Markham

Legend

Liszt, Franz

Grandes Etudes (6) de Paganini, S141
» no.3 in G sharp minor 'La campanella'
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19), S244
» no.12 in C sharp minor
Liebestraume, S541
» no.3 Nocturne in A flat major
Lieder (12) von Franz Schubert, S558
» no.9 Standchen von Shakespeare

Mendelssohn, Felix

Songs without Words (Lieder ohne Worte): Book 3, op.38
» no.6 in A flat major
Songs without Words (Lieder ohne Worte): Book 5, op.62
» no.6 in A major 'Fruhlingslied'

Morgan, Robert Orlando

Le Bal poudre

Paderewski, Ignacy Jan

Minuet in G major, op.14 no.1

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Morceaux de Fantasie, op.3
» no.2 Prelude in C sharp minor
Preludes (10), op.23
» no.5 in G minor
Preludes (13), op.32
» no.12 in G sharp minor

Rowley, Alec

The Rambling Sailor

Schubert, Franz

Marches militaires (3), op.51 D733
» no.1 in D major (arr. Carl Tausig for solo piano)

Schumann, Robert

Romances (3), op.28
» no.2 in F sharp major

Sibelius, Jean

Valse triste, op.44 no.1 (solo piano)

Swinstead, Felix

Serenata

Walthew, Richard

Sun and Shade

Artists

William Murdoch (piano)

Works

Albeniz, Isaac

Iberia, Book 1
» II El puerto

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Chorale Prelude BWV645 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme' (arr. Busoni)

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Piano Sonata no.8 in C minor, op.13 'Pathetique'
Piano Sonata no.23 in F minor, op.57 'Appassionata'

Bowen, York

Reverie in B major, op.86

Brahms, Johannes

Waltzes (16), op.39
» no.15 in A flat major

Carse, Adam

Miniature Scherzo

Chopin, Frederic

Ballades (4)
» no.3 in A flat major, op.47
Berceuse in D flat major, op.57
Etudes (12), op.25
» no.1 in A flat major
Waltzes (19)
» no.4 in F major, op.34 no.3

Debussy, Claude

Preludes (12), Book 1
» no.5 Les collines d'Anacapri
» no.12 Minstrels
Preludes (12), Book 2
» no.5 Bruyeres

Dunhill, Thomas

Dew Fairies

Dyson, George

Primrose Mount for Piano

Falla, Manuel de

Piezas Espanolas (4)
» no.2 Cubana
» no.4 Andaluza

Grieg, Edvard

Pictures from Life in the Country (3), op.19
» no.2 Brudefolget drar forbi (Wedding Procession)

Ireland, John

Sonatina
» III Rondo

Lee, Ernest Markham

Legend

Liszt, Franz

Grandes Etudes (6) de Paganini, S141
» no.3 in G sharp minor 'La campanella'
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19), S244
» no.12 in C sharp minor
Liebestraume, S541
» no.3 Nocturne in A flat major
Lieder (12) von Franz Schubert, S558
» no.9 Standchen von Shakespeare

Mendelssohn, Felix

Songs without Words (Lieder ohne Worte): Book 3, op.38
» no.6 in A flat major
Songs without Words (Lieder ohne Worte): Book 5, op.62
» no.6 in A major 'Fruhlingslied'

Morgan, Robert Orlando

Le Bal poudre

Paderewski, Ignacy Jan

Minuet in G major, op.14 no.1

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Morceaux de Fantasie, op.3
» no.2 Prelude in C sharp minor
Preludes (10), op.23
» no.5 in G minor
Preludes (13), op.32
» no.12 in G sharp minor

Rowley, Alec

The Rambling Sailor

Schubert, Franz

Marches militaires (3), op.51 D733
» no.1 in D major (arr. Carl Tausig for solo piano)

Schumann, Robert

Romances (3), op.28
» no.2 in F sharp major

Sibelius, Jean

Valse triste, op.44 no.1 (solo piano)

Swinstead, Felix

Serenata

Walthew, Richard

Sun and Shade

Artists

William Murdoch (piano)

About

Australian pianist William Murdoch is almost forgotten today but was a major UK Columbia recording artist in the 1920s. A consummate musician, he was known as a chamber player as much as a soloist, as evidenced by many recordings, but was also the first pianist to record Beethovenís third piano concerto (acoustically in 1925). Amongst his solo recordings, pride of place must go to the two Beethoven sonatas which burst with energy and passion while never descending into superficiality.

A little known and fascinating part of his legacy is his recording of the eight test pieces written for the National Piano Competition of 1928 organised by the Daily Express. This unique event was open to pianists of all abilities from beginner to advanced and the specially commissioned pieces, by contemporary British composers, reflected these different levels. Murdochís recordings originally came with spoken commentaries on interpretation.

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