Ania Dorfmann's Complete RCA Collection

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Ania Dorfmann's Complete RCA Collection

Post by Lance » Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:10 am

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RCA 39010, 9 CDs

Well, it has arrived and a handsome box it is with original covers bringing back lots of memories from the LP days. Pianophiles, of course, will be interested in her. She had a wonderful reputation as a teacher; even my wife auditioned for her in NYC, but she could be difficult (meaning both, Dorfmann and my Mrs.!). In reevaluating some of her recordings, while I recognize some of the fine qualities in her playing--she has an excellent technique for the most part--she lets some fingerwork slip through the cracks here and there. I've always felt her Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 in C, Op. 15 was played too fast and misses the grandness of this lovely concerto. Toscanini was, no doubt, to fault ... after all, not too many could argue with him. In the end, perhaps Dorfmann was a better teacher [Juilliard] than a performer. Only what amounts to a handful of CDs (nine in all), all in mono except her final recordings made in 1958 and 1959. Arthritis set in and prevented her from performing. She made the first complete recording of Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words, and there are a few things herein that have not heretofore been released. Everything in this set has been recorded by many great pianists except, perhaps, Menotti's Ricercare and Toccata. Still, Dorfmann had a reputation and it is very nice to have it preserved in this set. Fine, full-colour booklet and an excellent article about the pianist by Jed Distler. So, for people who love the piano and pianists, I'm very happy to have this.
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Re: Ania Dorfmann's Complete RCA Collection

Post by Lance » Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:14 pm

No one recalls Ania Dorfmann? Will this set be a "sleeper?"
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Re: Ania Dorfmann's Complete RCA Collection

Post by John F » Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:28 pm

Lance wrote:
Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:14 pm
No one recalls Ania Dorfmann? Will this set be a "sleeper?"
Maybe nobody cares. I don't; this pianophile just isn't interested.
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Re: Ania Dorfmann's Complete RCA Collection

Post by Lance » Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:45 pm

John, you crack me up and caused a big smile with that response! I guess maybe this set will be a sleeper after all!
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No one recalls Ania Dorfmann? Will this set be a "sleeper?"
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Re: Ania Dorfmann's Complete RCA Collection

Post by Lance » Sat Sep 02, 2017 6:34 pm

Sitting here just thinking as I was looking at the new Maryla Jonas and Ania Dorfmann CD sets. If you could only get one, my recommendation would be the Jonas. But then, it is necessary for me to have both of them.
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