Albert Ferber – Decca Recordings 1945-1951
Albert Ferber
Catalogue No.

JOSEPH HAYDN (1732–1809)

1 Fantasia in C major, Hob.XVII:4°


2 Minuet in D major, KV 355°
3 Gigue in G major, KV 574°


4–6 Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a ‘Les Adieux’*

FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797–1828)

7 Impromptu in F minor, D.935 (Op. 142) No. 1*
8–10 Piano Sonata in A major, D. 664 (Op. 120)*


Lieder ohne Worte*

Songs without Words

11 Book I No. 1 in E major, Op. 19 No. 1 ‘Sweet Remembrance’
12 Book VIII No. 3 in C major, Op. 102 No. 3 ‘Children’s Piece’
13 Book VIII No. 4 in G minor, Op. 102 No. 4 ‘The Sighing Wind’
14 Book V No. 3 in E minor, Op. 62 No. 3 ‘Funeral March’
15 Book II No. 6 in F sharp minor, Op. 30 No. 6 ‘Venetian Gondola Song’
16 Book VI No. 4 in C major, Op. 67 No. 4 ‘Spinning Song’


17–29 Kinderszenen, Op. 15*                                                                                        

Albert Ferber, piano


Track previews
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: 13. Der Dichter spricht
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: 3. Hasche-Mann
Minuet in D Major, K. 355/576b
Fantasia in C Major, Hob.XVII:4
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 102: No. 3 in C Major "Tarantelle". Presto
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 19: No. 1 in E Major "Sweet Remembrance". Andante con moto
Piano Sonata No. 13 in A Major, D. 664: 3. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 13 in A Major, D. 664: 2. Andante
Piano Sonata No. 13 in A Major, D. 664: 1. Allegro moderato
4 Impromptus, Op. 142, D. 935: No. 1 in F Minor: Allegro moderato
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux": 3. Das Wiedersehen. Vivacissimamente
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux": 2. Abwesenheit. Andante espressivo
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux": 1. Das Lebewohl. Adagio - Allegro
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: 4. Bittendes Kind
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: 2. Kuriose Geschichte
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: 5. Glückes genug
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: 1. Von fremden Ländern und Menschen
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 67: No. 4 in C Major "Spinning Song". Presto
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 30: No. 6 in F-Sharp Minor "Venetian Gondola Song". Allegretto
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 62: No. 3 in E Minor "Funeral March". Andante maestoso
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 102: No. 4 in G Minor "The Sighing Wind". Un poco agitato
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: 12. Kind im Einschlummern
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: 11. Fürchtenmachen
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: 10. Fast zu ernst
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: 9. Ritter vom Steckenpferd
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: 8. Am Kamin
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: 7. Träumerei
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: 6. Wichtige Begebenheit
Gigue in G Major, K. 574
Recording information

Recording Producers: unknown (Haydn, Mendelssohn, Schumann); Terence Gibbs (Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert)
Balance Engineers: unknown (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann); Arthur Lilley (Schubert)
Recording Location: Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London, UK, 19 December 1945 (Mozart), 17 July 1946 (Beethoven), 27 May 1946 (Schubert), 8 May 1947 (Haydn), 28-30 May 1951 (Mendelssohn, Schumann)
Transfers and Audio Restoration: Mark Obert-Thorn


‘Not another keyboard-racer, but a pianist of outstanding musical quality … a very warm-hearted and intimate performance of Beethoven’s beautiful sonata … Albert Ferber is very successful at catching the changing moods of the music … His scale passages are beautifully even and his singing tone is a joy.’ Gramophone, March 1947 (Beethoven)

‘His feathery touch in the last movement is delightful … and there are some lovely moments in the slow movement and a fine feeling for the delicate harmonic clashes which are one of [the sonata’s] most beautiful features.’ Gramophone, October 1948 (Schubert)

‘[Ferber] produces some beautiful tonal gradations; that he is not wanting in feeling may be seen in the admirably handled Träumerei.’ Gramophone, March 1952 (Schumann)