in the 1970's, Klavier was originally set up to record keyboard music
of a special type. In the early part of the century, famous pianists
had "recorded" their performances on the reproducing piano, a high-tech
version of the player piano. A reproducing piano was set up in a
concert hall, and recorded in modern stereo. Conventional classical
recordings followed. A number of these recordings were done by Keith O.
Johnson, who would later make Reference Recordings famous. Today's
Klavier is making modern classical recordings, however, sometimes with
some of the world's finest artists. Remember...all of the recordings on
this list are recommended by UHF.
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- Norman Dello Joio
This contemporary composer has long written delightful music for wind
band, exploring the sensual, tactile timbres of wind instruments and
percussion. This is some of his best work, played in majestic fashion
by the Keystone Wind Ensemble, with some of the best sound to be sound
on CD. Includes an interview with Dello Joio, by the way.
CD: K11138 $21.00
Sonatas for Flute and Harp
same great artists with sonatas by Krumpholz and Damase, as well as
Spohr and Glinka. Oh yes, and a spectacular solo harp version of
Ibert's hilarious Entr'acte.
CD: KCD-11015 $21.00
Music in the Air
Eastern Wind Symphony with music by McAlister, Alfred Reed, and others.
Another of Bruce Leek's terrific recordings and CD transfers.
CD: K11132 $21.00
"Latin soul," this is a collection of Brazilian and other Latin music
for cello with piano accompaniment. Supremely beautiful, with a
perfectly balanced recording by Bruce Leek. Click here to read the full UHF review
CD: K11125 $21.00
unexpected find: the (superb) North Texas Wind Symphony plays a number
of surprising modern works, by Daniel McCarthy, Scott Lindroth, and
others. Lifelike sound. Click here to read the full UHF review
Trio Amadé plays works from Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and Astor
Piazzolla, in a vivid performance mastered by Bruce Leek.
CD: KCD-11053 $21.00
North Texas Wind Symphony, which has become a wind band powerhouse
under its conductor, Eugene Migliaro Corporon, plays five dazzling
works by Hindemith and others.
CD: KCD-11144 $21.00
Lowell Graham conducts the American Promenade Orchestra in expertly rendered light classics, including the Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor, an overture by Busoni, and even a world premiere of Lalo's Arlequin. Nice stuff.
CD: KCD-11053 $21.00
Paderewski Plays Beethoven, Liszt, etc.
magic of the reproducing piano gives us a fine stereo recording of the
legendary pianist doing a Beethoven sonata, and works by Debussy,
Mendelssohn and Wagner, among others.
CD: KCD-11018 $21.00
Paderewski Plays Concert I
by Chopin, Schubert and Debussy played by one of the greatest pianists
of the century. A certain lack of nuance by modern standards, but a
towering interpretation, and a thrill to hear.
LP: KS-127 $12.00
Baroque Recorder Vol.1
Hans Martin Linde plays pieces by Vivaldi and Telemann for solo recorder.
LP: KS-511 $12.00
The Very Young Arthur Rubinstein, vol.1
there are stereo recordings of Rubinstein, but what if you could hear
the way he played in the early 1920's...still in stereo? This is a
program of Chopin, Schumann and Brahms. The recording is from acclaimed
engineer Bruce Leek.
LP: KD-138 $18.00 SOLD OUT
The Very Young Arthur Rubinstein, vol.2
More of Rubinstein from the same period: Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev, Chopin, Debussy, and more.
LP: KD-139 $18.00
Percy Grainger Plays Grieg
the Duo-Arte reproducing piano, composer and pianist Percy Grainger
plays, in excellent stereo, several Grieg pieces, including an
arrangement of the A Minor concerto.
LP: KS-101 $18.00
Rachmaninoff - Concert II
Rachmaninoff records are dim and scratchy. This one is in brillant
hi-fi, thanks to the reproducing piano. Yet all the delicious nuances
are there. He plays short pieces by such composers as Schubert and
Mendelssohn,, as well as his own.
CD: KCD-11027 $24.00
Percy Grainger Plays Schumann & Liszt
was himself a famous composer, but here we hear him play a Schumann
Symphonic Etude with a light touch and astonishing subtlety. On the
same program: a Romance by Schumann, plus a Polonaise and a Hungarian
Rhapsody by Liszt. This disc is at once interesting and pleasing to the
ear. Get it!
LP: KS-109 $18.00
Schumann Sonatas 1 and 3
two sonatas are played by Harold Bauer and Percy Grainger respectively.
They are in modern stereo, thanks to Aeolian Duo-Art reproducing piano.
LP: KS-105 $12.00
Legendary Artists: 4 Hands v.1
names of the early part of the century: Dame Myra Hess, Cyril Meir
Scott, Ralph Leopold, Harold Bauer and others. The playing is
disappointing, but this is a valuable historical document.
LP: KS-102 $12.00
Legendary Pianists, Concert 2
Joseph Hoffmann, Percy Grainger and Harold Bauer play Chopin, Debussy, Brahms, Schubert, and lots more.
LP: KS-121 $12.00
Josef Lhevinne Plays Concert I
his reputation, Lhevinne plays Chopin, Beethoven, Liszt and Schumann in
a style that doesn't cut it today. Historical document.
LP: KS-104 $12.00
Ignaz Friedman: Concert II
The Invitation to the Dance, La Campanella and several of Friedman's own works...played with a leaden hand. Historical document.
LP: KS-115 $12.00
Bauer: Beethoven, Brahms & Liszt
Bauer came out of the 19th Century piano tradition, and our modern ears
find his notes hard and flat. Fascinating historical document, though,
recommended for those fascinated by the history of piano playing.
LP: KS-130 $12.00
Legendary Artists: 4 Hands v.2
Damrosch, Percy Grainger and seven others. The disc is listenable, but
it's mainly useful for hearing the taste of the time.
LP: KS-132 $12.00 SOLD OUT
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