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John Ogdon: Legendary British Virtuoso [Box set]

John Ogdon Audio CD
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  • Performer: John Ogdon
  • Audio CD (3 Sep 2012)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 17
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B008I1572Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,218 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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EMI 7046372; EMI ITALIANA - Italia; Classica in genere

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Repertoire! 5 Sep 2012
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CD1 LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA / ALDO CECCATO - Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor op.25. Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor op.40 (Mendelssohn). NEW PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA / PAAVO BERGLUND - Piano Concerto in A minor op.54 (Schumann).
CD2 LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA / ALDO CECCATO - Rondo brilliant in E flat op.29 (Mendelssohn). NEW PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA / PAAVO BERGLUND - Piano Concerto in A minor op.16 (Grieg). BOURNEMOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA / PAAVO BERGLUND - Piano Concerto No.1 in F minor op.92 (Glazunov). Ten Variations on Chopin's Prelude in C minor op.22 (Ferruccio Busoni).
CD3 PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA / SIR JOHN BARBIROLLI - Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor op.23 (Tchaikovsky). Symphonic Variations (Cesar Franck). PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA / JOHN PRITCHARD - Fantasia on Hungarian Folktunes S123 (Liszt arr. Ferruccio Busoni). Rhapsodie espagnole S254 (Liszt).
CD4 MEN'S VOICES OF THE JOHN ALLDIS CHOIR / ROYAL PHILHARMONIC / DANIEL REVENAUGH - Concerto for piano orchestra and male chorus op.39 (Busoni). Turandots Frauengemach - Intermezzo No.4 of Elegies (Busoni). Sonatina No.6 - Chamber fantasy on Bizet's Carmen (Busoni).
CD5 PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA / JOHN PRITCHARD - Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor op.18. Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini op.43 (Rachmaninov). CITY OF BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA / LOUIS FREMAUX - Ballade in F sharp op.19 (Faure). Scherzo - Concerto symphonique No.4 in D minor op.102 (Henry Litolff).
CD6 Etudes op.10 : No.3 in E / No.12 in C minor Revolutionary. Nocturnes op.9 : No.2 in E flat / op.15 No.2 in F sharp. Ballade No.1 in G minor op.23. Preludes op.28 : No.7 in A: Andantino / No.15 in D flat Raindrop: Sostenuto. Mazurkas op.7 No.1 in B flat / op.33 No.2 in D. Scherzo No.3 in C# minor op.39. Polonaises op.40 No.1 in A Military / op.53 in A flat Heroique.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I bought it 7 Sep 2012
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This is not Ogdon's complete recorded legacy on HMV - there's a 2-CD set of Scriabin, for a start, which isn't included, and at least a couple of rarities from the 'Pianistic Philosophies' LP box are missing, - but it's a substantial collection. The 17CDs are very well filled.

If you're already an Ogdon fan, all you'll really want to know here is that the transfers to CD have been very well done: sound is good throughout. If you're not familiar with this extraordinary pianist's recordings, this is a very good place to start, as it presents a very wide range of repertoire in superb performances. Excellent value and highly recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rarities to treasure 3 Jan 2013
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The real gem here, and alone worth buying this box for, is the Stevenson Passacaglia, which EMI have FINALLY put on CD ( thirty years overdue, in my opinion ) Ogdon's performance of it far surpasses Raymnond Clarke's or Murray McLachlan's. Shame it's split over two discs. But I think it is a pity that Emi didn't make this a COMPLETE Ogdon...the George Lloyd sonata and a few others are missing from the "Pianistic Philosophies" set, as well as the Scriabin. I mean if you like Ogdon enough to buy 17 discs of his playing, surely you'd fork out for say 25 discs. Note to Decca - please gives us something similar for Ogdon's co-Tchaikovsky-winner, Ashkenazy, in 2013, his fiftieth anniversary with Decca...a box set of all Vladimir's piano recordings from 1963 to say 1975 would be an absolute gem.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Close but no cigar 8 Jan 2013
By zargb5
Format:Audio CD
Its great to see a large collection of Ogdon recordings in one place. After the 40th anniversary set (which was a mixed affair)this one tries harder but still lacks that last bit of effort from the compiler.
The inclusion of Ogdon's own works on the 40th set and now this one was a worthy conclusion and replace old poor quality tape recordings from dubious sources. There are many recordings at last seeing life on cd for the first time, but sadly a great many more missing from the EMI archives. What about the Yardumian recordings from 1972/76? the Lutoslawski 'variations on a theme by Paganini'? Williamson 'Sonata for 2 pianos'? Schoenberg 'Chamber Symphony no 2' Mozart 'Sonata for 2 Pianos' Britten's 'Mazurka elegiaca'& 'Introduction and Rondo alla Burlesca' Brahms 'variations and theme on haydn' - the list goes on. It's somewhat annoying to have all those old work horses trundled out yet again such as the grieg/Schumann/Rachmaninov/Tchaikovsky (which any self respecting Ogdon officianado bought years ago)when the rare repertoire is still hidden in dusty archives. In this day of digital downloads is there a reason to keep sitting on stuff till doomsday? Thank goodness over the years that labels like Testament have managed to prize some of these recordings from obscurity.
Not only are there EMI recordings buried, but also some great RCA stuff (Nielson etc)

At least the Scriabin recordings are still available and the less important Beethoven variations. It's just a shame they didn't include everything in the box that they could possibly muster.

Ogdon was a master pianist. The playing on this set gets a 5 star - the compilation only 4.
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