André Watts - The Complete Columbia Album Collection (Music CD)

Release Date: 31 March 2016
Artist: André Watts
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On January 15, 1963, sixteen-year-old American pianist André Watts dazzled television audiences with Liszt’s E-flat Concerto on a New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concert with Leonard Bernstein, bringing inspiration and hope to a diverse population of music students. When Glenn Gould cancelled a Philharmonic appearance a few weeks later, Watts was called to substitute. His triumphant performances launched an international career.

Long having fulfilled that early promise, Watts remains one of the world’s most successful, consistent and communicative musicians as he enters his seventieth year in 2016. To celebrate this milestone, Sony Classical releases a 12-CD set, André Watts –The Complete Columbia Album Collection. It documents the pianist’s progression from teenage to the youthful maturity revealed in his 1980 Tokyo concerts. In addition to concertos by Chopin, Liszt, Franck, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, Watts’ solo Columbia recordings showcase his natural affinity for a wide gamut of works and styles, as in the elegant virtuosity of the pianist’s Liszt Sonata, his direct and virile Beethoven interpretations, his affectionate Schubert, his delicately nuanced Debussy and his upbeat, idiomatic Gershwin.

Although thrust into the spotlight early, André Watts allowed himself time to develop and ripen, striking a sensible balance between performing and studying. He enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory, where he worked with Leon Fleisher. At 20 he embarked on his first world tour, made his first extensive Japanese tour in 1974, and, in 1976, gave the first complete American live televised solo recital on “Live from Lincoln Center.”

André Watts – The Complete Columbia Album Collection features twelve CDs in a clamshell box with booklet, including notes by Jed Distler, full discographical information and archival photos. The contents and sleeves replicate each album’s original LP packaging. All of the recordings are newly remastered, with 5 LPs released for the first time on CD.

• The first ever collection of Watts’s complete recordings for Columbia Masterworks in a 12-CD original jackets collection
• Great concertos by Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Liszt
• Major solo works by Liszt, Chopin, Beethoven, Schubert, Gershwin and others
• 5 LPs for the first time on CD, mastered in 24 bit / 96 kHz from the original analogue tapes

DISC 1:

Liszt: Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra S. 124, R. 458
Liszt: Les Préludes - Symphonic Poem for Orchestra [after Lamartine]
Chopin: Concerto No. 2 in F minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 21

DISC 2:

Haydn: Sonata No. 52 in E-Flat Major
Paganini-Liszt: Etude No. 2 in E-Flat Major
Debussy: La Cathédrale Engloutie
Chopin: Nocturne, Op. 48, No. 1
Liszt: Sonetto No. 104 Del Petrarca from "Années de Pèlerinage"

DISC 3:

Brahms: Concerto No. 2 For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 83 in B flat Major

DISC 4:

Rachmaninoff: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30

DISC 5:

Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor
List: Grandes Etudes de Paganini (1851 version)

DISC 6:

Chopin: Sonata No. 2 for Piano in B-flat Major, Op. 35
Chopin: Fantaisie in F Minor, Op. 49
Chopin: Etude in C Major, Op. 10, No. 1
Chopin: Etude in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 25, No. 7
Chopin: Etude in C Minor, Op. 25, No. 12

DISC 7:

Liszt: Totentanz for Piano and Orchestra
Franck: Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra

DISC 8:

Schubert: Waltzes, Op. 18
Schubert: Sonata in A Minor, Op. 143
Schubert: Fantasy in C Major, "The Wanderer", Op. 15

DISC 9:

Beethoven: Sonata in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3
Beethoven: Für Elise, WoO. 59
Beethoven: Thirty-Two Variations on an Original Theme in C Minor, WoO. 80
Beethoven: Rage Over a Lost Penny (Rondo a capriccio, Op. 129)

DISC 10:

Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23

DISC 11:

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Gershwin: Preludes for Piano
Gershwin: Swanee
Gershwin: Somebody Loves Me
Gershwin: Who Cares?
Gershwin: I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise
Gershwin: The Man I Love
Gershwin: Nobody But You
Gershwin: Do It Again
Gershwin: 'S Wonderful
Gershwin: Oh, Lady Be Good!
Gershwin: Sweet and Low Down
Gershwin: That Certain Feeling
Gershwin: Liza
Gershwin: I Got Rhythm

DISC 12:

Scarlatti : Sonata in F Minor, L. 187
Scarlatti : Sonata in A Major, L. 391
Haydn: Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI:48
Brahms: Intermezzo in E Minor, Op. 119, No. 2
Brahms: Intermezzo in C Major, Op. 119, No. 3
Ravel: Oiseaux Tristes from Miroirs
Debussy: The Children's Corner
Release Date: 31 March 2016
Artist: André Watts
SKU: 88875119792