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A New Release!
Cembal d'amour, CD 173
Mordecai Shehori, Piano

Dances and Visions
A colorful collection of works that concludes with the rarely played and fantastic 1942 paraphrase of Saint-Saëns/Liszt Danse Macabre by Vladimir Horowitz

1-5. Jean-Baptiste Lully: suite de pièces

6. Claude Debussy: Reflets dans l’eau 
(Reflections in the Water, from Images, Book. 1)

7. Frédéric Chopin:
Bolero in A Minor, Op. 19

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Six Works:

8. Etude-Tableau in A Minor, Op. 39, No. 6
9. Etude-Tableau in D Minor, Op. 39, No. 8
10. Prelude in G Major, Op. 32, No. 5
11. Prelude in C Minor, Op. 23, No. 7
12. “Daisies” in F Major, Op. 38, No. 3
13. Etude-Tableau in D Major, Op. 39, No. 9


14. Camille Saint-Saëns/Franz Liszt/Vladimir Horowitz: Danse Macabre


Total playing time: 63:42

Price: $13.50



Cembal d'amour, CD 150
Bidú Sayão, Lyric Soprano

Bidu Sayao, Lyric  Soprano

Hommage à BIDÚ SAYÃO
Vol. 3


MOZART:  The duet “Lá ci darem la mano” (Give Me Thy Hand)
From the opera Don Giovanni. With Giuseppe Valdengo, Baritone (2/26/1951)
VERDI: The duet “Tutte le feste al tempio” (On the blessed days)
from the opera Rigoletto. With Giuseppe Valdengo, Baritone (2/26/1951)
VERDI: “Addio del passato” (Farewell past) from La Traviata (10/31/1949)
PUCCINI: “Un bel di, vedremo” (One good day, we will see) from the opera Madama Butterfly (11/17/1952)
THOMAS: “Connais-tu le pays” (Do You Know the Land) from the opera Mignon (6/1/1953)
CHOPIN: “Tristesse” (Sadness) Arrangement by Marx of the Etude in E Major, Op. 10, No. 3
((6/7/1954)
CHOPIN: “Volla Farfalletta” (Little Butterfly) Arrangement by Sandoval of the Etude in G-flat Major, Op. 25, No. 9 (4/20/1946)
HAHN: “Si mes vers avaient des ailes” (If My Songs Had Wings) (5/23/1949)
FRENCH TRADITIONAL: “Maman, dites moi” (Mother, Please Explain) (Arrangement by Weckerlin)
(6/1/1953)
FONTENAILLES: “Obstination” (Steadfast) (3/24/1952)
MARX: “Senhorinha Brasiliera” (A Brazilian Lady) (3/24/1952)
VILLA-LOBOS: Selections from the “Forest of the Amazon” (1957)
“Cair da Tarde” (Twilight Song)
“Veleiros” (Sails)
“Tarde Azul” (Blue Dusk)
“Os Indios á Procura del Moç” (Indians in Search of a Girl)
“Canção de Amor” (Love Song)
LONGAS: “El Piropo” (The Amorous Compliment) (1/3/1948)
SANDOVAL: “Mi Ranchito” (My Little Ranch) (6/1/1953)
SANDOVAL: “Eres tú” (You are) (9/17/1951)
OBRADORS: “Del Cabello Más Sutil” (Of the Softest Hair) (4/20/1946)
BRAGA: Engenho Novo (The New Engine) (6/7/1954)
SALTA: “Till the Sandman Comes” (6/1/1953)
YOUNG: “Mountain Girl’s Lament” (1/2/1948)
BLAND: “Carry Me Back to Old Virginny” (5/23/1949)
LEHÁR: “I Love You So” from the operetta “The Merry Widow” (6/7/1954) 

Total Playing Time: 64:46

Price: $13.50



Cembal d'amour, CD 149
Mordecai Shehori, Piano

Mordecai Shehori Plays Bach-Busoni

Mordecai Shehori Plays Bach-Busoni

Only the second recording ever on one CD of the complete Ten Chorale Preludes by J.S. Bach as arranged by Busoni for piano together with the celebrated Chaconne in D Minor and the mighty Toccata in C Major.

Johann Sebastian Bach- Ferruccio Busoni
Ten Chorale-Preludes
After the original organ works by J. S. Bach “transcribed for piano in chamber style” 1907-09. Dedicated to Mr. Jose Vianna da Motta

 1.  “Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist”
(Come, God Creator)(BWV 667,
ca. 1708-17)                                                  
2.  “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme”
(Awake, the Voice commands)       
(BWV 645, from the cantata BWV 140,
ca. 1731)                                  
3.  “Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland”
(Now comes the gentiles’ Savior)(BWV 659,
ca. 1708-17)                                                  
4.  “Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein” (Rejoice, beloved Christians)
(BWV 734a, ca. 1708-17)                                                 
5.  “Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ” (I call on Thee, Lord Jesus Christ)
(BWV 639, from Das Orgelbüchlein,
Part III, 1713-17)             
6.  “Herr Gott, nun schleuß den Himmel auf”
(Lord God, now open heaven’s gate)(BWV 617, from Das Orgelbüchlein, Part III, 1713-17)    
7. “Durch Adam Fall ist ganz verderbt”
(All is lost through Adam’s fall)  (First version) (BWV 637, from Das Orgelbüchlein, Part III, 1713-17)
8.  “Durch Adam Fall ist ganz verderbt”
(
All is lost through Adam’s fall) 
(Second version)(BWV 705)                                     
9.  “In dir ist Freude” (In You is joy)
(BWV 615, from Das Orgelbüchlein, Part III,
1713-17)             
10.  “Jesus Christus, unser Heiland” (Jesus Christ, Our Savior) (BWV 665,
ca. 1798-9)                                                    
11.  Chaconne in D Minor (From the second violin partita, BWV 1004)      
Organ Toccata in C Major (BWV 564)
12.  Preludio, quasi improvvisando                                            
13.  Intermezzo, adagio- il soprano con intimo e sempre cantando   
14.  Fuga, Moderatamente scherzando, un poco umoristico             

Total Playing Time: 64:46

Price: $13.50



Cembal d'amour, CD 151

David Nadien, Violin

David Nadien, Vioiin

With: RUGGIERO RICCI, VIOLIN (tracks 10-13)
DAVID HANCOCK, PIANO (tracks 1-8)
ABBA BOGIN, PIANO (track 9)

Destined to become a collectors’ sought after  recording, the legendary violinist David Nadien in the long out-of print and never available before on CD studio recordings as well as a live recording of the Rachmaninoff-Heifetz “Daises”  together with an historically significant collaboration with the  great violinist Ruggiero Ricci in the Porkofieff Sonata for two violins.

CÉSAR FRANCK: Sonata for Piano and Violin in A Major
Dedicated to Eugène Ysaye
(Recorded 1968, New York)

CLAUDE DEBUSSY: Sonata for Violin and Piano
(Recorded 1968, New York)

GABRIEL FAURÉ: Berceuse                                
(Recorded 1968, New York)

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF: Daisies
(Transcription by Jascha Heifetz)
(Recorded live 1970, Mohawk Trails, MA)

SERGEI PROKOFIEFF: Sonata for Two Violins, Op. 56
(Recorded 1970, New York)

Total playing time: 54:51

Price: $13.50



Cembal d'amour, CD 155
Shura Cherkassky, Piano

Shura Cherkassky, Piano

Never-before-available live recordings of Rachmaninoff Concertos No. 2 & 3.
Arguably the finest renditions of these works and certainly the most technically brilliant, transparent and imaginative interpretations even when compared to famed Horowitz and Rachmaninoff discs.
Until is passing in 1995, Shura Cherkassky was Considered as the last representative of the Golden Age of the Piano. Still today, he commands  a cult following all over the world who admire his superb pianism, imagination and the ability to make well known works sound fresh and delightful.
Cherkassky had a distinguish lineage leading all the way to Liszt via his disciple Anton Rubinstein, who was Josef Hofmann’s teacher.
Never standard or dull (as concerts so often are these days) Shura Cherkassky’s performances were musical happenings of superb workmanship, inspiration, quirky sense of humor and pyrotechnics. 

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18
The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Sergiu Comissiona, Conductor
(Recorded live 9 February, 1970, Gothenburg, Sweden

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF
Piano Concerto No. 3  in D Minor, Op. 30
The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Sten Frykberg, Conductor
(Recorded live 3 March, 1968, Gothenburg, Sweden)

Total playing time: 76:44

Price: $13.50



Cembal d'amour, CD 153
Bidú Sayão, Lyric Soprano

Bidu Sayao, Lyric Soprano

Hommage à BIDÚ SAYÃO
Vol. 4

The Unrivaled Lyric Soprano in Never-Before-Published and Rare Live Radio Performances, and Long Out-of-Print Studio Recordings.

Considered by many music and opera lovers as one of the greatest lyric sopranos of all times, Bidú Sayão had a legendary career which was launched by Arturo Toscanini after hearing  her in Milan in Traviata, Maestro engaged her for her U.S. concert debut with him and  the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in 1936. From 1937-1952 she was the star of the Metropolitan Opera and the San Francisco Opera, loved and acclaimed by audiences and critics alike.

Donald Voorhees conducts the Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra
Tracks:1, 3-6, 11, 15, 17-20
Orchestra conducted by Wilfred Pelletier
Tracks: 2, 12-14, 16
With  Milne Chernley, Piano
Tracks: 7-10

 1. PUCCINI: Musetta’s Waltz from the opera La Bohème
(9/8/1947)
2. VERDI: Caro Nome (Dearest Name) from the opera Rigoletto
(1938) LP
3. LEONCAVALLO: Ballatella from the opera I Pagliacci
(9/6/1948)
4. GOUNOD: Le roi de Thule & Air des Bijous (The King of Thul & Jewel Song)
from the Opera Faust
(6/9/1947)
5. MASSENET: Adieu notre petit Table (Goodbye our little Table)  from the opera Manon
(6/7/1954)
6. MASSENET: Gavotte from the opera Manon
(10/31/1949)
7. AUBER: L’éclat de rire (Laughing Aria)  from the opera Manon Lescaut
(1938)
8. BARROSO: Para Ninar (Lullaby)
(1939)
9. CAMPRA: Chanson de Papillon (Song of the Butterfly) (1939)
10. BUZZI-PECCIA: La Bella Colombetta- Serenata Veneziana
(1939)
11. TURINA: CANTARES (Songs) 
(9/11/1950)
12. COSTA: Canto da Saudade (Song of Longing)
(1940)
13. COSTA-SALUSSE: Cysnes (Swans)
(1938)
14. LONGAS: Lavandera (The Laundress)
(1938)
15. DUKE: The Bird
(9/8/1947)
16. CAREY: A Spring Morning
(1938)
17. DOUGHERTY: Sonatina (A comical work portraying an reluctant and not quite advance young piano student) (9/6/1948)
18. DOUGHERTY: The Children’s Letter
(10/31/1949)
19. SEAVER: Just for Today
(9/17/1951)
20. ROMBERG: New Moon, Lover, Come Back to Me
(6/1/1953)

Total playing time: 72:11

Price: $13.50

 



Cembal d'amour, CD 159
Emanuel Vardi, Viola, Violin

Emanuel Vardi, Viola, Violin

Emanuel Vardi, Viola/Violin
In Memoriam
When Emanuel Vardi passed away in January 2011, the music world lost a remarkable musician and a unique human being.  Very few, if any, can compare with his remarkable achievements as one of the greatest violists within memory, as well as his excellence as a violinist, conductor, and composer.  The program includes rare long-out-of-print performances and a never-available-before live recording of the Walton Viola Concerto.

ODEON PARTOS: Yizkor            
(In Memoriam)
Emanuel Vardi, Viola
MGM String Orchestra conducted by Isler Solomon
(Recorded 1957)

PAUL HINDEMITH: Trauermusik
(Music of Mourning)
Emanuel Vardi, Viola                             
MGM String Orchestra conducted by Isler Solomon
(Recorded 1957)

MICHAEL COLGRASS: Variations for Four Drums and Viola
Emanuel Vardi, Viola
Michael Colgrass, Percussion
(Recorded 1959)

TIBOR SERLY: Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra with Percussion  
Emanuel Vardi, Violin
The Vienna Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Tibor Serly
(Recorded 1976)

WILLIAM WALTON: Concerto for              Viola and Orchestra
Emanuel Vardi, Viola
American Broadcasting Symphony conducted by Joseph Stopak
(Recorded 1943)

Total playing time: 75:02

Price: $13.50

Cembal d'amour, CD 161
David Nadien, Violin

David Nadien, Violin

The Legendary Violinist David Nadien in Live and Never-Before-Available Exceptional Performances!

With:
Barry Finclair, Violin/Viola (tracks 1-6 and 8)
Jonathan Feldman, Piano (tracks 7 and 8)
American Ballet Theater Orchestra
conducted by Akiro Endo (track 9)

Tracks 1-8 Recorded April 17, 1977, L’Ensemble, New York.
Track 9 Recorded July 10, 1974, for the Ballet
“Le Jardin aux Lilacs,” New York.

1. Handel-Halvorsen: Passacaglia for Violin and Viola in G Minor                    
2-6. Mozart: Duo for Violin and Viola  in B-flat Major,  K. 424                                                                    
7. Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
in A Minor, Op. 28                                              

8.  Sarasate: Navarra for Two Violins, Op. 33                

9.  Chausson: Poem for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 25  

Total playing time: 53:58

Price: $13.50

 

 
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Cembal d'amour, CD 172

Mordecai Shehori, Piano

Mordecai Shehori, Piano

The CD highlights including the first recording ever of Khachaturian’s last piano composition: “Vocalise,” created in 1978, the year of his passing, as well as the seldom played and recorded Tchaikovsky’s magnificent sonata in G Major, Op. 37. The  Clementi sonata as well as the Liszt Polonaise from Tchaikovsky’s opera “Eugene Onegin” are also rarities in the recorded repertoire.

“Shehori is rock solid and deeply musical. This is a big-hearted interpretation, with a beautiful variety of tone colour and a sense of empathy with the composer.”
BBC Music Magazine

Program:

1-3. CLEMENTI: Sonata in F-sharp Minor, OP.  26, No. 2
4-7. TCHAIKOVSKY: “Grande Sonate” in G Major, Op. 37
8. KHATCHATURIAN: Vocalise                               
9. LISZT: Paraphrase after Tchaikovsky’s
     Opera “Eugene Onegin”                              

ENCORES:
10. BACH-MARCELLO: Adagio                   
(From the Keyboard Concerto in D Minor)
11. MOSZKOWSKI: Etude in F Major, Op. 72         
12. CHOPIN: Mazurka in G Minor, Op. 24, No. 1    
13. CHOPIN: Polonaise in A-flat Major,  Op. 53, “Heroic”     

Total playing time: 69:02
      
                

Price: $13.50



Cembal d'amour, CD 154

Mindru Katz, Piano

The legendary pianist Mindru Katz in never-before-available and stunning live performances of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in A  Major and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor.

“Mindru Katz’s Superb Pianism” (headlines)
“It was an afternoon of superb pianism. Everything he did was admirably controlled, however breath-taking as a feat of virtuosity, with tone that never  lost its mellowness and beauty even when most strained in moments of grandeur and might with outstanding range and quality of keyboard sonority.”
THE TIMES

“One of the most brilliant expositions of the Tchaikovsky B-flat Minor Concerto that I have ever heard, an electrifying performance.”
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

FRANZ LISZT
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major
Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
Harold Byrns, Conductor
(Recorded 1961, Jerusalem, Israel)

PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Sergiu Comissiona, Conductor
(Recorded 10 January, 1969, Gothenburg, Sweden)

Total playing time: 54:53

Price: $13.50



Cembal d'amour, CD 148
Mindru Katz, Piano

Mindru Katz, Piano

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major,
Op. 73, "Emperor"
The Halle Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli, Conductor
(Recorded April 1959, Manchester, England)

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVITCH
Prelude in E-flat Minor, Op. 34
(Recorded 1958, England)

GEORGES ENESCO
Suite for Piano, Op. 10
(Recorded 1958, England)

FREDERIC CHOPIN
[9] Polonaise in A-flat Major, Op. 53, "Heroic"(Recorded 1959, England)

Total playing Time: 71:51

Price: $13.50



Cembal d'amour, CD 145
Bidú Sayão, Lyric Soprano

Bidu Sayao

Hommage à BIDÚ SAYÃO
Vol. 2


The Supreme Lyric Soprano in Extremely Rare Live Radio Performances

1. PERGOLESI: Tré giorni son che Nina (18 February, 1946)
2. TRAETTA: Tantin, tantino-Ma che vi costa, signor tutore
(8 May, 1950)
3. ARDITI: Il bacio (1948)
4. ROSSINI: Una voce poco fa from the opera Il Barbiere di Siviglia
(10 April, 1943)
5. ROSSINI: Bel Raggio Lusinghier from the opera Semiramide
(10 April, 1944)
6. VERDI: Ah, fors' é lui...Sempre libera from the opera La Traviata
(30 September, 1946)
7. BIZET: Micaëla’s aria: Je dis que rien ne  m'épouvante from the opera Carmen (6 December, 1948)
8. MASSENET: Voyons, Manon, plus de chimères from the opera Manon (19 June, 1944)
9.  PONCE: Estrellita (8 May, 1950)
10. CRIST: C'est  mon ami (8 September, 1947)
11. MARTINI: Plaisir d’amour (11 September, 1950)
12. FAURÉ: Clair de lune (1 October, 1945)
13. GRIEG: The Last Springtide (1946)
14. DVOŘÁK: Songs My Mother Taught Me (20 July, 1942)
15. TRADITIONAL:  Roving in the Dew (14 September, 1953)
16. SCOTT: Think on Me (30 September, 1946)
17. YOUNG: The Teakettle Song (1946)
18. NILES: Go Away from My Window (11 September, 1950)
19. WATTS: The Poet Sings (1946)
20. COWARD: I’ll Follow My Secret Heart (1947)

Total playing time: 71:27

Price: $13.50

UNRIVALED!

Cembal d'amour DVD 123
Extremely rare film and video footage with sound

Cembal d'amour DVD 123 UNRIVLED! (Front cover) Cembal d'amour DVD 123 UNRIVLED!

Featuring some of the greatest musicians in history. Featured in order of appearance:

Emanuel Feuermann, Cellist

Popper: Spinning Song Dvorák: Rondo Op. 94, in G minor,with Theodore Saidenberg, Piano, 1941

Josef Hofmann, Pianist

Beethoven: Concerto in E-flat Major, “Emperor” Third Movement, Rondo-Allegro ma non troppo, (abbreviated) Donald Voorhees Conductor The Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra
Rachmaninoff: Prelude Op. 3, No. 2, in C-sharp minor, 1945

Mindru Katz, Pianist

Beethoven: Sonata Op. 27, No. 2, in C-sharp minor, “Moonlight” 1. Adagio sostenuto 2. Allegretto 3. Presto Chopin: Etude Op. 10, No. 3, in E Major, 1978

Felix Weingartner, Conductor

Weber: Der Freichütz Overture Paris Symphony Orchestra, 1932

Bruno Walter, Conductor

Weber: Oberon Overture Berlin Philharmonic, 1931

Marian Anderson, Contralto
Sings the spiritual: “I Hope I’ll Join the Band” (segment) with Franz Rupp, Piano, 1943

Art Tatum, Pianist

Grimes & Hayes “Tiny’s Exercise” (segment), 1943

George Gershwin, Composer/Pianist

“I Got Rhythm” (segment), 1931 Total playing Time: 58:25, Format: 4:3, NTSC Regions: All Regions,

Rating: Exempt from rating DVD Video.

Price: $13.50



Cembal d'amour, CD 152

Mordecai Shehori, Piano

Mordecai Shehori Pianist

An Historically Significant Release!

It took 169 years since its initial publication but it is finally here: the first recording ever of the complete “Methode des Methodes” by Moschelès and Fétis.

Pianist Mordecai Shehori performs the Complete Moschelès and Fétis “Methode des Methodes”  20 Études de Perfectionnement
(Etudes for attaining perfection/refinement/sophistication)

In 1838, the pianist, composer and theorist François-Joseph Fétis (25 March 1784 – 26 March 1871), together with the celebrated pianist, composer, conductor and pedagogue Ignaz Moschelès collaborated on an ingenious project of commissioning twelve renowned pianists/composers of their time: Chopin, Thalberg, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Rosenhain, Döhler, Heller, Wolff, Henselt, Méreaux, Benedict, and Taubert, to create one or two etudes each (Chopin composed three) concentrating on what each one considered the most vital element(s) of refined piano playing.
Fétis wrote an extensive analysis (now lost) of the history and direction of piano technique and esthetics up to their time, and Moschelès arranged the etudes with great mastery according to their moods, texture, and most importantly, tonalities, so that they formed into a single large musical structure.
It resulted in a unique and significant collection named “Method of Methods.”  The title certainly lives up to its claim by opening a rare window into the 19th Century Golden Age of the piano concepts, style and philosophy.  By intense study of these works or even by listening alone, one can get a clear picture of how music was conceived and performed in that era.
This work also allows us to understand with greater depth the three celebrated composers that made it to our times, namely Chopin, Liszt and Mendelssohn.  We must remember that such greatness could not develop in an artistic vacuum but was in fact a result of fertile exchanges of ideas with the now mostly forgotten other ten composers.

Total playing time: 62:54

Price: $13.50

 



Cembal d'amour, CD 158
Mordecai Shehori, Piano

Mordecai Shehori, Piano

The Celebrated New York Concerts, Vol. 5

CARL MARIA von WEBER: Aufforderung zum Tanze, in D-flat Major, Op. 65   (Invitation to the Dance)
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: 32 Variations on an Original Theme in C Minor     
FRANZ SCHUBERT: Impromptu in E-flat Major, Op. 90, No. 2, Impromptu in G-flat Major, Op. 90, No. 3                 
FRÉDÉRICK CHOPIN: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 35 (Funeral March)
ROBERT SCHUMANN-FRANZ LISZT: Frühlingsnacht (Spring Night)                                     
FRANZ LISZT: Spanish Rhapsody  (Folies d’Espagne et Jota aragonesa)

Total playing time: 70:57

Price: $13.50



Cembal d'amour, CD 160
Mordecai Shehori, Piano

Shehori Plays Chopin

Shehori Plays Chopin, Vol. 2

1.  Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23, BI 66 (1835)              
2.  Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38, BI 102 (1836-39)   
3.  Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47, BI 136 (1841)
4.  Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52, BI 146 (1842)      
5.  Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54, BI 148 (1842)    
6.  Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise
Brillante, Op. 22, BI 58/88 (1830-39)                       

Total Playing time: 62:49

Price: $13.50



Cembal d'amour, CD 157
Mindru Katz, Piano

Mindru Katz Plays Schumann

The legendary pianist Mindru Katz in never-before-available and stunning live performances of Robert Schumann’s two master works: Kinderszenen, Op. 15, (Scenes from Childhood) and the mighty C Major Fantasie Op. 17.

“Mindru Katz’s Superb Pianism” (headlines)
“It was an afternoon of superb pianism. Everything he did was admirably controlled, however breath-taking as a feat of virtuosity, with tone that never  lost its mellowness and beauty even when most strained in moments of grandeur and might with outstanding range and quality of keyboard sonority.”
The Times

Total playing time: 56:42

Price: $13.50



Cembal d'amour, CD 156
Mordecai Shehori, Piano

Mordecai Shehori Plays Chopin Waltzes

Mordecai Shehori Plays Chopin, Vol. 1
The 19 Waltzes
Presented for the first time in  Chopin’s original progression and not by the usual and less meaningful
opus numbers.

“Mordecai Shehori is a marvelous pianist in almost every conceivable category. Indeed if elegance had a middle name, it would be Shehori. At last there is a pianist who not only understands the power of gentleness but puts it to work at every opportunity. Though it goes without saying that his technique is impeccable, sometimes more is afoot when he plays, as if he had found a way to harness the storm before the calm.”
American Record Guide

Total playing time: 63:58

Price: $13.50


Cembal d'amour, CD 171
Mindru Katz, Piano

Mindru Katz, Piano

Never-before-available live recordings by the legendary pianist Mindru Katz in unsurpassed performances of the Schumann and Grieg Piano Concertos.

“Mindru Katz, a pianist of unbounded strength, vitality, and assurance. It was supremely musical and poetic playing as well as a great technical tour de force.”
The Times, London

ROBERT SCHUMANN
Concerto for Piano & Orchestra in A Minor, Op. 54 
The Israel Broadcast Authority Orchestra
 conducted by Mendi Rodan                           
 Recorded: 1963, Jerusalem, Israel

EDVARD GRIEG
Concerto for Piano & Orchestra in A Minor, Op. 16
The Israel Broadcast Authority Orchestra
 conducted by Sergiu Comissiona                               
 Recorded: 1962, Jerusalem, Israel

Total playing time: 61:19

Price: $13.50



Cembal d'amour, CD 170
Mordecai Shehori, Piano

Shehori Plays Chopin Etudes

A new recording of the complete Chopin Etudes based on a thorough study of the Stichvorlage (fair copy autographs, located at the Fryderyk Chopin museum in Warsaw)

Studying  Chopin’s Autographs
Although not all the Etudes are actually in Chopin’s hand writing, his ink corrections, and pedal markings are evident in all of them. There are hundreds of disagreements between the facsimiles and even the Urtext edition of Henle and others.  The most frequent errors are found in Henle’s stubbornness in striving for symmetry while Chopin invariably employed asymmetrical patterns by making tiny changes in articulation markings, in varying locations of ritardandos and accelerandos or even the absence of them in repeating passages. Moreover, all editions including Henle are quite careless about the direction of stems that are vital for correct voice leading.

Program
12 Etudes Opus 10 (1829-1832)
12 Etudes Opus 25 (1832-1836)
3 Nouvelles Etudes for the “Méthode des Méthodes” by Moschelès and Fétis (1839)

Total playing time: 67:52

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Cembal d'amour, CD 169
Mindru Katz, Piano

Mindru Katz, Piano CD 169

Never-before-available live recordings by the legendary pianist Mindru Katz in unrivaled performances of Beethoven’s celebrated sonatas:
The "Tempest" and the formidable "Hammerklavier"

LUDWIG  VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2,
“The Tempest” (1802)
 Recorded: 20 April, 1971, Jerusalem, Israel

Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106,
“For the Hammerklavier” (1816-18)
 Recorded: 9 December, 1972, Jerusalem, Israel

Total playing time: 69:50

“I know of no one outside Horowitz who can produce such a thrilling brio, and Katz is a far better Beethoven player than Horowitz.”
Gramophone Record Review

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Cembal d'amour, CD 168
Mordecai Shehori, Piano

Shehori Plays Schubert

Shehori Plays Schubert, Vol. 1

FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828)

Four Impromptus Op. posth. 142
Deutsch-Verz. 935 (1827)

1. No. 1 in F Minor                              
2. No. 2 in A-flat Major                             
3. No. 3 in B-flat Major                            
4. No. 4 in F Minor                                
 
Recorded 2 June, 1997, New York

Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. posth.
Deutsch-Verz. 960 (1828)
5. Molto moderato                                  
6. Andante sostenuto                                
7. Scherzo-Allegro vivace con delicatezza    
8. Allegro, ma non troppo                      

Recorded 5 June, 1997, New York

Total playing time: 75:06

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Cembal d'amour, CD 167
Mindru Katz, Piano

Cd 167 Mindru Latz, Piano

Never-Before-Published Live Recordings of the Legendary Pianist Mindru Katz

MARCELLO—J.S. BACH: Adagio from Marcello’s Oboe Concerto in D Minor         
(Recorded 4 November 1974, Tel-Aviv, Israel)

CHOPIN: 24 Preludes Op. 28
(Recorded 4 November 1974, Tel-Aviv, Israel)

KABALEVSKY: 3 Preludes from Op. 38
Prelude No. 8 in F-sharp Minor       
Prelude No. 6 in B Minor                 
Prelude No. 14 in E-flat Minor        
 (Recorded 4 November 1974, Tel-Aviv, Israel)

“Mindru Katz, a pianist of unbounded strength, vitality, and assurance. It was supremely musical and poetic playing as well as a great technical tour de force.”
The Times, London

“Mindru Katz Reveals his Genius”
“A musician literally to his finger tips, Mr. Katz is an exception even in a world teeming with pianists of high repute.”
Yorkshire Post

Total playing time: 51:34

Price: $13.50

 



Cembal d'amour, CD 166
Mordecai Shehori, Piano

Mordecai Shehori, Piano CD 166

The Celebrated New York Concerts, Vol. 6

The Cd contains extremely rare live performances of Vladimir Horowitz’s original compositions including a first ever live performance (1993)  of  his Etude-Caprice “Les Vagues” (The Waves), As well as seldom played works by Czerny and Debussy.

“Shehori gave a large audience the opportunity to hear some unusually thoughtful and thought-provoking playing.”
The New York Times

Program

1. CZERNY: Variations on a Theme by Rode,
Op. 33, in E-flat Major, “La Ricordanza”   

MENDELSSOHN: 3 Songs without Words
2.  Op. 38, No. 2 in C Minor                         
3.  Op. 53, No. 3 in G Minor                        
4.  Op. 67, No. 2 in F-sharp Minor             

BRAHMS: 4 Piano Works Op. 119
5.  Intermezzo in B Minor                             
6.  Intermezzo in E Minor                              
7.  Intermezzo in C Major                             
8.  Rhapsodie in E-flat Major                       

9.  DEBUSSY: Valse Romantique in F Minor  

     VLADIMIR HOROWITZ: 3 Works
10. Etude-Caprice “Les Vagues” (The Waves)   
11. Waltz in F Minor                                     
12. Dance Excentrique in C Major                     

1.3 RAVEL: La Valse (Poéme chorégraphique)

     Encores:
14.  J. S. BACH-SHEHORI: Sicilienne in
G Minor (from the Flute Sonata No. 2)       

15.  DAQUIN: Le Coucou       

16.  PROKOFIEV: Prelude Op. 12, No. 7,
in C Major                           

17.  CONFREY: Humorestless
(After Dvorák)                     

Recording information:
Tracks:  1, 13, 15, Merkin Concert Hall*
4/20/1983.  Tracks: 2-4, 10, 16, 17, Weill
Recital Hall, 2/6/1993.  Tracks: 5-8, 9, 11, 12,
14, Alice Tully Hall* 6/14/2003.

Total playing time: 66:05

Price: $13.50



Cembal d'amour, CD 165
Erick Friedman, Violin
Emanuel Vardi, Viola
Jascha Silberstein, Cello

Beethoven String Trios

Beethoven’s 3 String Trios Opus 9

Trio No. 1 in G Major
Trio No. 2 in D Major
Trio No. 3 in C Minor

Three legendary string players collaborated in a 1977 performance which can be considered the ultimate in playing of great beauty and refinement.

Violinist Erick Friedman was the celebrated Jascha Heifetz student and recorded with his teacher for RCA. Emanuel Vardi was widely regarded as one of the greatest viola players in history and cellist Jascha Silberstein was the first cellist of the Metropolitan Opera for 30 years and had a distinguished solo career as well.

Total playing time: 71:06

Price: $13.50



Cembal d'amour, CD 164
Mordecai Shehori, Piano

Mordecai Shehori Plays Beethoven

Shehori Plays Beethoven, Vol. 1

1. Rondo in G Major, Op. 51, No. 2 (1800)
  (Recorded 28 June, 1996, New York)                     

2-4. Sonata in C Minor, Op. 13, “Grande Sonata Pathétique” (1798/99)
 (Recorded 5 August, 2002, New York)

5-7. Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein” (1803/04)
 (Recorded 13 February, 2009, Las Vegas)

8-10. Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata” (1804/05)
 (Recorded 10 September, 2001, New York)

Total Playing time: 74:32

“Making a Lost Style Speak to Today’s Ears” (Headlines)
The New York Times

“Shehori, Poetry in Music” (Headlines)
 The Washington Post

“When Shehori at last executes the main theme legato, the gods themselves must give pause and weep.”
Audiophile Edition

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Cembal d'amour, CD 163
Mindru Katz, Piano

Mindru Katz, Piano

The Most Musically Satisfying and Pianistically Astonishing Performances of These Concertos within Memory.

MINDRU KATZ, PIANO
(1925-1978)

With the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Gary Bertini (1927-2005)
(Tracks 1-3, recorded: Jerusalem, 1/7/1977)
With the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Mendi Rodan (1929-2009)
(Tracks 4-6, recorded: Jerusalem, 1/13/1970)

MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466         
(Cadenzas by Beethoven)

BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37 (Cadenzas by Beethoven)

Total Playing Time: 69:24

Price: $13.50

 



Cembal d'amour, CD 162
Mordecai Shehori, Piano

  Shehori Plays Liszt VOL 2

Shehori Plays Liszt, Vol. 2
On Nature’s Beauty and Man’s Torment

1.  Impromptu in F-sharp Major                 

2.  Au Bord d’une Source in A-flat Major
(Mr. Shehori plays the extended ending composed
by Liszt in 1863 for his student Giovanni Sgambati)

 3.  Vallée d’Obermann                                 
(From Années de pèlerinage, première annèe: Suisse)

 4.  Les jeux d’eau á la Villa d’Este               
(From Années de pèlerinage, troisième annèe: Italie)

5.  Canzone “Nessùn maggior dolore”                   
(after Rossini’s opera ‘Otello’ from Venezia e Napoli)

6.  Funérailles                                                  
(From Harmonies poétiques et religieuses)

Three Petrarca Sonnets from Années de pèlerinage, 
deuxième annèe: Italie
7.  Sonetto 47                                               
8.  Sonetto 104                                             
9.  Sonetto 123                                             

10. “Faust Waltz” after Gounod

(Recorded February 2009, Las Vegas)              

Total Playing Time: 76:37

“Mr. Shehori, who was born in Israel and studied at the Juilliard School, has developed a cult following in New York piano circles, for good reason. He certainly possesses a suitably big technique — one does not offer the public Brahms's Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel and Liszt's arrangement of the Polonaise from Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin" without reliable fingers. Still, mindless and heartless keyboard fluency is not uncommon nowadays and perhaps never was. What sets Mr. Shehori apart from most virtuosos with their off-the-shelf performances is the poetic inwardness and rapturous intensity of his playing.”
The New York Times

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