Ruth Slenczynska – Complete American Decca Recordings
Ruth Slenczynska
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4841302
Barcode
00028948413027
Format
10-CD
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CD 1
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810–1849)
12 Études, Op. 10
Impromptu No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 29
Impromptu No. 2 in F sharp major, Op. 36

CD 2
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810–1849)
12 Études, Op. 25
Impromptu No. 3 in G flat major, Op. 51
Impromptu No. 4 in C sharp minor, Op. 66 ‘Fantasie-Impromptu’

CD 3
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810–1849)
Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20
Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31
Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39
Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54

CD 4
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810–1849)
Grande Valse brillante in E flat major, Op. 18
Three Waltzes, Op. 34
Waltz in A flat major, Op. 42 ‘Grande Valse’
Three Waltzes, Op. 64
Two Waltzes, Op. 69
Three Waltzes, Op. posth. 70
Waltz in E flat major, Op. posth.
Waltz in E major, Op. posth.
Waltz in E minor, Op. posth.

CD 5
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810–1849)
24 Preludes, Op. 28
Polonaise in A flat major, Op. 53

CD 6
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810–1849)
Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38
Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47
Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

FRANZ LISZT (1811–1886)
Six Chants polonaise de Frédéric Chopin, S.480
Transcriptions for piano of songs from Chopin’s Op. 74

CD 7
FRANZ LISZT (1811–1886)
Rhapsodie espagnole, S.254
Feux follets (No. 5 of 12 Études d’exécution transcendante)
Six Grandes Études de Paganini, S.141

CD 8
J.S. BACH (1685–1750)
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN
(1810–1849)
Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9 No. 1

FELIX MENDELSSOHN
(1809–1847)
Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14

SERGEI RACHMANINOV
(1873–1943)
Prelude in C sharp minor, Op. 3 No. 2

DOMENICO SCARLATTI
(1685–1757)
Sonata in G major, Kk 455

BÉLA BARTÓK (1881–1945)
Six Romanian Folk Dances, BB 68 (Sz.56)

ROBERT SCHUMANN
(1810–1856)
Arranged by Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
Liebeslied (Widmung), S.566

CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862–1918)
La fille aux cheveux de lin (Préludes: Book I)

FRANZ LISZT
(1811–1886)
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15

CD 9
J.S. BACH (1685–1750)
Prelude in E major, BWV 937

FELIX MENDELSSOHN
(1809–1847)
Spinning Song, Op. 67 No. 1

FRANZ SCHUBERT
(1797–1828)
Moment musical in F minor, Op. 94 No. 3

SERGEI PROKOFIEV (1891–1953)
Suggestion diabolique

FRANZ LISZT (1811–1886)
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12

SERGEI RACHMANINOV (1873–1943)
Prelude in A minor, Op. 23 No. 6

MODEST MUSSORGSKY (1839–1881)
Hopak (Sorochintsy Fair)

ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810–1856)
Der Kontrabandiste (arr. Tausig)

CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862–1918)
Clair de lune (Suite bergamasque)

HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS (1887–1959)
Moreninha (Prole do Bebe)

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810–1849)
Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53

CD 10
FRANZ LISZT (1811–1886)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S. 124
Wiener Symphoniker
Carl Melles

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS (1835–1921)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22
Symphony of the Air
Henry Swoboda

RUTH SLENCZYNSKA, piano
FIRST RELEASE ON CD

Recording information

CD 1
Recording Producer: Israel Horowitz
Balance Engineers: Decca Staff engineers
Recording Location: Pythian Temple Studio, New York, USA, July 1956–September 1956
Original American Decca Release: DL 9890

CD 2
Recording Producer: Israel Horowitz
Balance Engineers: Decca Staff engineers
Recording Location: Pythian Temple Studio, New York, USA, July–September 1956
Original Release: DL 9891

CD 3
Recording Producer: Israel Horowitz
Balance Engineers: Decca Staff engineers
Recording Location: Pythian Temple Studio, New York, USA, June and September 1957
Original American Release: DL 9961

CD 4
Recording Producer: Israel Horowitz
Balance Engineers: Decca Staff engineers
Recording Location: Pythian Temple Studio, New York, 13–15 May 1959
Original Release: DL 710017

CD 5
Recording Producer: Israel Horowitz
Balance Engineers: Decca Staff engineers
Recording Location: Pythian Temple Studio, New York, USA, 16–18 May 1962
Original Release: DL 710059

CD 6
Recording Producer: Israel Horowitz
Balance Engineers: Decca Staff engineers
Recording Location: Pythian Temple Studio, New York, USA, 3–6 May 1960
Original Release: DL 710029

CD 7
Recording Producer: Israel Horowitz
Balance Engineers: Decca Staff engineers
Recording Location: Pythian Temple Studio, New York, USA, 22–28 July 1958
Original American Decca Release: DL 71000

CD 8
Recording Producer: Israel Horowitz
Balance Engineers: Decca Staff engineers
Recording Location: USA, 23-25, 27 September 1957
Original American Decca Release: DL 79991

CD 9
Recording Producer: Israel Horowitz
Balance Engineers: Decca Staff engineers
Recording Location: USA, 15–17 April 1958
Transfers and Restoration: Mark Obert-Thorn
Original American Decca Release: DL 79991

CD 10
Recording Producers: unknown (Liszt); Israel Horowitz (Saint-Saëns)
Balance Engineers: Symphonia Studio (Liszt); Decca Studio engineers (Saint-Saëns)
Recording Locations:, Konzerthaus, Mozartsaal, Vienna, 9–10 April 1963 (Liszt); Manhattan Center, New York, USA, 26 June 1959 (Saint-Saëns)
Original American Decca Release: DL 10084

Reviews

‘Ruth Slenczynska has technique to burn, has it under complete control, and uses it with masculine vigour and shrewd musicianship.’ High Fidelity, May 1957 (Chopin, Etudes)

‘Still in her early 30s, Slenczynska gives a breathtaking display of prestidigitation, accurate, effortless, with pleasant tone and musical sympathy thrown in for good measure.’ The Times, July 1958 (Chopin, Etudes)

‘Her interpretation of the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue is thoughtful and clearly articulated, as is her handling of the Scarlatti sonata… The encore album comes off with equal success.’ High Fidelity, April 1959 (25th Anniversary Album, Encores)

‘Her pianism sounds notably more cohesive and forthright than in the past… Miss Slenczynska sweeps through [the A flat Polonaise] with exciting bravura and propulsion.’ High Fidelity, April 1959 (Chopin, Préludes etc.)