Fou Ts’ong Complete Westminster Recordings (10CD)
Fou Ts'ong
Label
Westminster Eloquence
Catalogue No.
4843712
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00028948437122
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10-CD
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TRACK LISTING / ARTISTS

CD 1
DOMENICO SCARLATTI (1685–1757)
Keyboard Sonatas
Sonata in C major, Kk 132 (L.457)
Sonata in C minor, Kk 73 (L.217)
Sonata in F major, Kk 82 (L.82)
Sonata in B minor, Kk 27 (L.449)
Sonata in E major, Kk 380 (L.23)
Sonata in F major, Kk 483 (L.483)
Sonata in G major, Kk 124 (L.482)
Sonata in F major, Kk 151 (L.238)
Sonata in F major, Kk 256 (L.256)
Sonata in E major, Kk 206 (L.257)
Sonata in C minor, Kk 11 (L.352)
Sonata in C major, Kk 255 (L.255)

CD 2
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685–1759)
Chaconne in G major, HWV 435
Suite No. 14 in G major, HWV 441
Minuet in G minor, HWV 434/4

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685–1750)
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
Capriccio on the departure of a beloved brother, in B flat major, BWV 992

CD 3
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110

CD 4
FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797–1828)
Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D.784
Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D.960

CD 5
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810–1849)
Mazurkas
Mazurka in E major, Op. 6 No. 3
Mazurka in A minor, Op. 7 No. 2
Mazurka in E minor, Op. 17 No. 2
Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4
Mazurka in G minor, Op. 24 No. 1
Mazurka in C major, Op. 24 No. 2
Mazurka in B flat minor, Op. 24 No. 4
Mazurka in C minor, Op. 30 No. 1
Mazurka in B minor, Op. 30 No. 2
Mazurka in B minor, Op. 33 No. 4
Mazurka in E minor, Op. 41 No. 2
Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op. 50 No. 3
Mazurka in C minor, Op. 56 No. 3
Mazurka in A minor, Op. 59 No. 1
Mazurka in G minor, Op. 67 No. 2
Mazurka in A minor, Op. 67 No. 4
Mazurka in A minor, Op. 68 No. 2
Mazurka in F minor, Op. 68 No. 4

CD 6
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810–1849)
Ballades Nos. 1–4
Prélude in A flat major, Op. posth.
Prélude in C sharp minor, Op. 45
Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

CD 7
ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810–1856)
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810–1849)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
London Symphony Orchestra / Peter Maag

CD 8
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756–1791)
Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat major, KV 271 ‘Jeunehomme’
Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, KV 414
Vienna Radio Orchestra / Brian Priestman

CD 9
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756–1791)
Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, KV 503
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, KV 595
Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper / Victor Desarzens

CD 10
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756–1791)
Concerto for Three Pianos and Orchestra (No. 7) in F major, KV 242 ‘Lodron’
Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra (No. 10) in E flat major, KV 365
Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Fou Ts’ong; English Chamber Orchestra

FOU TS’ONG, piano
STEREO RECORDINGS

Recording information

CD 1
Recording Producer: Dr. Kurt List
Balance Engineer: Josef Kamykowski
Editor: Ursula Stenz
Recording Location: Konzerthaus, Mozart Hall, Vienna, Austria, July 1961
Original Westminster Release: WST 17015: September 1962
STEREO RECORDINGS

CD 2
Recording Producer: Peter Higgins
Balance Engineers: Adolf Enz, Raymond Füglistaler
Editor: Ursula Stenz
Recording Location: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, UK, June 1962
Original Westminster Release: WST 17065: April 1964
STEREO RECORDINGS

CD 3
Recording Producer: Dr. Kurt List
Balance Engineer: Josef Kamykowski
Editor: Ursula Stenz
Recording Location: Konzerthaus, Mozart Hall, Vienna, Austria, July 1961
Original Westminster Release: WST 17002: January 1962
STEREO RECORDINGS

CD 4
Recording Producer: Peter Higgins
Balance Engineers: Adolf Enz, Raymond Füglistaler
Editor: Ursula Stenz
Recording Location: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, UK, June 1962
Original Westminster Release: WST 17038: September 1963
STEREO RECORDINGS

CD 5
Recording Producer: unknown
Balance Engineer: Peter Curiel
Recording Location: Konzerthaus, Mozart Hall, Vienna, Austria, July 1961
Original Westminster Release: WST 17085: October 1964
STEREO RECORDINGS

CD 6
Recording Producers: Dr. Kurt List, Edgar P. Talmus
Balance Engineer: Peter Curiel
Editor: Philip Fradkin
Recording Location: Konzerthaus, Mozart Hall, Vienna, Austria, November 1960
Original Westminster Release: WST 14137: June 1961
STEREO RECORDINGS

CD 7
Recording Producer: Dr. Kurt List
Balance Engineers: Adolf Enz, Raymond Füglistaler
Editor: Ursula Stenz
Mastered by Peter Curiel
Recording Location: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, UK, 15 & 18 June 1962 (Schumann), 19 & 20 June 1962 (Chopin)
Original Release: Westminster WST 17040: November 1963
STEREO RECORDINGS

CD 8
Recording Producer: James Grayson
Musical Supervisor: Kurt Rapf
Editing: Karl Wolleitner, Peter Curiel
Recording Location: Konzerthaus, Mozart Hall, Vienna, Austria, June 1967
Original Westminster Release: WST 17132: 1967
STEREO RECORDINGS

CD 9
Recording Producers: Dr. Kurt List, Edgar P. Talmus
Balance Engineer: Peter Curiel
Editor: Philip Fradkin
Recording Location: Mozart Hall, Vienna, Austria, November 1960
Original Westminster Release: WST 14136: September 1961
STEREO RECORDINGS

CD 10
Recording Producer: Christopher Raeburn
Balance Engineer: Tryggvi Tryggvason
Recording Location: Kingsway Hall, London, UK, 22 April 1972
Original Decca Release: SXL 6716: June 1975
STEREO RECORDINGS

Reviews

“There is a great deal to enjoy on this record, and it is immensely refreshing to come across a Chopin pianist who thinks too much, if anything … I very much hope we shall be hearing more of Fou’s Chopin.” Gramophone, July 1961

“His technical equipment is marvellous, and his interpretive abilities are … ideally suited to the music here.” Stereo Review, January 1962 (Chopin: Ballades)

“Fou Ts’ong makes a notable impression with his clean and well-proportioned renditions of these two masterful concertos … recorded sound that is completely natural both in balance and warmth of tone.” Stereo Review, January 1962 (Mozart: Piano Concertos KV 503 & 595)

“The performances strike me as being within striking distance of ideal … he is a remarkably musical pianist.” Gramophone, April 1962 (Mozart: Piano Concertos KV 503 & 595)

“Fou Ts’ong is a brilliant technician and an inspired keyboard poet … His interpretations are as poetic and romantic as anyone’s, with singing melodic lines and considerable rhythmic license and tonal painting, but unlike the performances one hears so often these build cohesively… I would say that this is quite the best recorded edition of the Ballades.” High Fidelity, February 1962 (Chopin: Ballades, Préludes, Berceuse)

“The feeling for Beethoven’s musical vocabulary is spontaneous, the approach is wholly sympathetic, and all the difficult passages are carried by an unwavering sense of the style.” High Fidelity, June 1962 (Beethoven)

“A beautifully balanced, exquisitely shaped reading of subtle charm. It is now my favourite modern recording.” Stereo Review, June 1964 (Schumann: Piano Concerto)

“Fou Ts’ong’s deeply subjective yet rather severe interpretative outlook and his pointillistic fingerwork find an ideal outlet in this literature. While there is a ringing clarity and sharp linearity in a tonal approach at times suggestive of the harpsichord, Fou fully utilizes the coloristic potentialities of which the piano is capable.” High Fidelity, July 1964 (Bach)

“It is futile to attempt any explanation of the psychic alchemy by which a Chinese pianist has evolved such masterly readings of the most purely Polish and personal of all Chopin’s works. We can only accept such a gift with joy and a sense at fulfilment, as well as with the hope that this artist will one day commit the entire series of mazurkas to discs.” High Fidelity, February 1965 (Chopin: Mazurkas)

“Fou Ts’ong achieves a miraculous blend of the folk-dance, salon, and lyrical aspects of these works … His handling of the trills in Op. 68 No. 4, the last of Chopin’s completed works, makes of this tragic piece a quite shattering experience. The recorded sound is excellent all the way: this is an outstanding disc.” Stereo Review, February 1965 (Chopin: Mazurkas)

“I am very impressed with the vital and sensitive way Fou plays, and delighted that he should join the ranks of true Handelians … He is a pianist with unusually communicative fingers, and a fine control of line, and he is also admirable in Bach.” Gramophone, June 1965 (Bach/Handel)

“[Mozart] finds Fou Ts’ong on good terms with the music, probing deeply into the sadly expressive Andantino with as much intensity as taste. The outer movements tend towards youthful élan” High Fidelity, February 1968 (Mozart: Piano Concertos KV 271 & 414)