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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great British Pianist, 20 Mar 2013
This review is from: Myra Hess | Solo And Concerto Recordings (Myra Hess) (APR: APR7504) (Audio CD)
MYRA HESS The Complete Solo & Concerto Studio Recordings

5CDs
CD1 The American Columbia Recordings, 1928-1931 (78.51)
BACH/HESS Jesu, joy of man's desiring 17 January 1928 (3.18)
BACH Gigue from French Suite No 5 in G, BWV816 17 January 1928 (3.20)
BACH Prelude & Fugue in C sharp BWV848 from WTC I 23 April 1929 (3.21)
BACH Allegro from Toccata in G major, BWV916 23 April 1929 (1.58)
SCARLATTI Sonata in C minor L352 (Kk11) 14 March 1928 (1.58)
SCARLATTI Sonata in C major L104 (Kk159) 14 March 1928 (1.40)
SCHUBERT Sonata in A major D664, 16/17 February 1928
SCHUBERT/GANZ Ballet music from `Rosamunde' 17 February 1928 (3.52)
BEETHOVEN Bagatelle in B flat major Op 119 No 11 14 March 1928 (1.59)
BRAHMS Intermezzo in C major Op 119 No 3 " (1.43)
BRAHMS Capriccio in B minor Op 76 No 2 26 April 1929 (3.25)
SCHUMANN Vogel als Prophet Op 82 No 7 23 March 1931 (3.35)
MENDELSSOHN Song without Words Op 38 No 6 `Duetto' 3 May 1929 (2.43)
MENDELSSOHN Song without Words Op 67 No 4 `Spinning Song' " (1.46)
PALMGREN 'Cradle song' from Preludes Op 17, No 9, 26 April 1929 (3.24)
RAVEL Pavane pour une infante défunte 19 January 1928 (5.52)
DEBUSSY Poissons d'or Images, Book 2 No 3, 17 February 1928 (3.49)
DEBUSSY La fille aux cheveux de linPréludes I, No 8, 17 February 1928 (2.21)
DEBUSSY Minstrels Préludes I, No 12 " (2.07)
GRIFFES The white peacock Op 7 No 1 3 May 1929 (4.34)
FALLA Ritual fire dance from `El amor brujo' 3 May 1929 (3.42)

CD2 The English Columbia Recordings, 1933 (80.43)
FIELD Nocturne No 4 in A major 17 October 1933 (3.39)
CHOPIN Nocturne in F sharp major Op 15 No 2 17 October 1933 (3.34)
MACDOWELL AD MDCXX Op 55 No 3 17 October 1933 (2.51)
DVORÁK Slavonic DanceOp 46 No 1 (duet with Hamilton Harty) 17 October 1933 (3.28)
The HMV 78-rpm recordings, 1937-1949
PURCELL/HESS Saraband; Minuet; Air 1 February 1943 (4.43)
SCARLATTI Sonata in G major L387 (Kk14) 9 January 1940 (2.53)
BACH/HESS Jesu, joy of man's desiring 9 January 1940 (3.31)
BACH/HESS Adagio from BWV564 17 November 1949 (4.29)
BACH Prelude in D major BWV936 17 November 1949 (2.29)
HAYDN Sonata in D major Hob XVI:37 12 January 1945; unpublished on 78 rpm
MOZART Piano Concerto No 21 in C major K467 HALLÉ ORCHESTRA/LESLIE HEWARD
2 & 4 March 1942; unpublished on 78 rpm
BRAHMS Capriccio in B minor Op 76 No 2 29 April 1941 (3.28)
BRAHMS Intermezzo in A flat major Op 76 No 3 29 April 1941 (3.16)
BRAHMS Intermezzo in E flat major Op 117 No 1 8 April 1941 (4.56)
BRAHMS Intermezzo in C major Op 119 No 3 8 April 1941 (1.42)
BRAHMS Capriccio in D minor Op 116 No 7 " (2.25)

CD3 The HMV 78-rpm recordings, 1937-1949(continued) (79.39)
SCHUMANN Carnaval Op 9 25 April & 3 May 1938
SCHUMANN Piano Concerto in A minor Op 54 ORCHESTRA/WALTER GOEHR 5 October 1937
FRANCK Variations symphoniques CITY OF BIRMINGHAM ORCHESTRA/BASIL CAMERON
24 June 1941 (15.30)
MATTHAY Album leaf Op 22 8 June 1938 (3.27)
MATTHAY Elves Op 17 25 April 1938 (2.08)

CD4 The HMV 78-rpm recordings, 1937-1949(continued) (78.07)
HOWARD FERGUSON Five Bagatelles Op 9 12 January 1945 (7.19)
HOWARD FERGUSON Piano Sonata in F minor Op 8 19 November 1942
The HMV LPs 1952-1957
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata in E major Op 109 17-19 November 1953
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata in A flat major Op 110 1-2 October 1953
BEETHOVEN Klavierstück in A minor `Für Elise' 12 October 1957 (3.15)
BEETHOVEN Bagatelle in E flat major Op 126 No 3 " (3.05)
MENDELSSOHN Song without Words in A major Op 102 No 5 " (1.06)

CD5 The HMV LPs, 1952-1957(continued) (79.30)
SCHUMANN Piano Concerto in A minor Op 54 PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA/RUDOLF SCHWARZ
22 December 1952
SCHUMANN Études symphoniques Op 13 22-23 October 1953
SCARLATTI Sonata in C minor L352 (Kk11) 12 October 1957 (3.24)
SCARLATTI Sonata in G major L387 (Kk14) " (2.47)
GRANADOS 'The Maiden and the Nightingale' from Goyescas " (6.38)
BRAHMS Waltz in A flat Op 39 No 15 " (1.33)
BRAHMS Intermezzo in C major Op 119 No 3 " (1.48)
BACH/HESS Jesu, joy of man's desiring " (3.42)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful tribute, 6 April 2013
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There is a show currently going around the UK entitled 'Admission: One Shilling', performed by Patricia Routledge and Piers Lane, which tells the story of how Myra Hess came to start the famous lunchtime concerts in London's National Gallery during the Second World War, and this wonderful set of recordings, stunningly remastered and beautifully packaged, makes a fitting companion to that marvellous piece. At six-and-a-half hours this set is superb value, and APR are to be congratulated on producing what must now be the definitive collection for anyone interested in this extraordinary performer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories of childhood!, 26 July 2013
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This set brought back so many memories. My father went to her National Gallery recitals during WWII, so we had a few of her 78s in the house. I suppose that is the reason that so many of these performances sound 'just right' to me. It is how I got to listen to Debussy and Bach for the first time! Once the LP era came upon us we had other performaces but Hess always seemed to me to have the perfect tempo! And, of course, she was no mean pianist either. I loved this set, beautifully transfered by Mark Obert-Thorn.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 2 Jan 2014
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This is a wonderfully valuable set, and full of treasures. However, I wish to comment on one particular piece...

My father always used to say to me that, of all the versions of Beethoven's Op.109 Sonata that he'd ever heard, Myra Hess's was the most perfect. Of course, "Perfect" is a dangerous, if not useless, word to use in such a subjective matter as the evaluation or opinion of a piece of classical music captured in a 'one-off' performance or recording...but in this instance, it is as near justified as I could ever imagine. The resolution of dominant to tonic which closes the restatement of the theme at the end of the finale, so pure and simple yet infinitely changed by the preceding variations, is unutterably sublime, transcendent, and emotionally fulfilling, and worth the price of the set on its own. Yes, the playing on this set is very much of its time - but please don't discard the past in your rush to embrace the future! Dame Myra Hess, even across the decades, still has much to teach us...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought a a present, 25 Jan 2014
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Bought as a present for my brother who is a big classical music buff, he was most impressed that I had managed to find the CD and apparently he knew of the early recordings but had no idea that they had been remastered.
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