Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]

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Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]

Post by Lance » Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:06 pm

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Here's an edition pianophiles will be interested in knowing about, 21 CDs of Russian pianist Nikita Magaloff (1912-1992). While I had his complete Chopin set on Philips, it is now included in Decca's set along with a huge variety of material that otherwise has not been made available for a long time, at least on compact discs. This set, of course, is of great interest to me.

Here's what Wikipedia has to say about Magaloff.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikita_Magaloff
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Re: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]

Post by maestrob » Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:36 pm

So much music, so little time! :)

Thanks for the recommendation, Lance. I'm hoping he's on youtube so I can sample his work before I plunge into this box.....

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Re: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]

Post by Lance » Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:33 pm

Brian, I think you will like what you hear. Magaloff was married to Joseph Szigeti's daughter, Irene. In fact, Magaloff and Szigeti made some recordings together. All I can say is "get 'em now before their prices go sky high!"
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Re: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]

Post by John F » Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:56 pm

Lance, in this and your Grumiaux post you've linked to the graphic on the amazon.com page, not to the page itself.
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Re: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]

Post by maestrob » Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:30 am

Lance wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:33 pm
Brian, I think you will like what you hear. Magaloff was married to Joseph Szigeti's daughter, Irene. In fact, Magaloff and Szigeti made some recordings together. All I can say is "get 'em now before their prices go sky high!"
It already has sold out on amazon, and the asking price for third party sellers from Japan is over $100. That's a bit rich for my blood, so I think I'll pass on this one. Thanks for the recommendation, though! :D

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Post by Lance » Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:37 pm

It is considerably cheaper (right now!) at Amazon UK. I can never figure out why US Amazon and UK Amazon can be so far apart on some items. I still recommend it!
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Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:33 pm
Brian, I think you will like what you hear. Magaloff was married to Joseph Szigeti's daughter, Irene. In fact, Magaloff and Szigeti made some recordings together. All I can say is "get 'em now before their prices go sky high!"
It already has sold out on amazon, and the asking price for third party sellers from Japan is over $100. That's a bit rich for my blood, so I think I'll pass on this one. Thanks for the recommendation, though! :D
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Re: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]

Post by Lance » Sat May 05, 2018 11:47 pm

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My copy arrived Saturday, May 5, 2018. This is an Italian Decca release, very well put together. 14 of the 21 discs are all Chopin (complete solo works), which had previously been issued on Philips CDs. However, having been long interested in the career of the pianist, I have today been hearing some of the discs, especially his Mendelssohn disc containing:
• Prelude and Fugue, Op. 35/5
• Variations sérieuses, Op. 54
• Songs Without Words (9), various from several opuses
• Rondo capriccioso, Op. 14
• Etudes, Op. 104
• Sonata No. 3 in B-flat Major, Op. 106

All the above were recorded live in Vevey, Switzerland in 1988. Only the Three Etudes and Sonata No. 3 were recorded without the audience.

My gawd, the man can play, no question about that. At age 71 then, he lost none of his technical prowess. If I had a complaint, it is about the closeness of the microphones to the piano. Given the man's enormous power, you might thing him to be a keyboard pounder - perhaps there is some of that, which is accentuated by microphone placement, but over all, the sound is very natural. Magaloff's keyboard accuracy is astonishing (listen to the Three Etudes, Op. 104 - and you will get my point.) The piano seems less overpowering in the selections without live audience.

More listening as time moves on, but other repertoire of interest in this set includes:
• Haydn: Piano Sonata #48 in C Major
• Beethoven: Piano Sonata #30 in E Minor, Op. 109
• Liszt: Six Paganini Etudes
• Schumann: Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13
• Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9
• Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73 ("Emperor")
____with Vienna Symphony; Willem Van Otterloo, conductor
• Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11
____with Lamoureux Orchestra, Roberto Benzi, conductor
• Weber: Konzerstueck in F Minor, Op. 79
____with London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis, conductor
• Liszt: Hungarian Fantasy
____with Lamoureux Orchestra, Roberto Benzi, conductor
• Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto #2 in G Major, Op. 44
_____with London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis, conductor
• Granados: Goyescas, Books I and II (complete) (r.1952/1954) [mono]
• Granados: El pelele (r.1954) [mono]
• Debussy: Children's Corner (complete)
• Fauré: 2 Impromptus, #2, Op. 31; #3, Op. 34
• Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
• Le tombeau de Couperin

To sum it up, this is brilliant piano playing. There are some grand moments in Magaloff's playing, most worthy of hearing. Excellent piano, incidentally, without being identified, I would guess it to be a Hamburg Steinway - full-blooded!
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Re: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]

Post by John F » Sun May 06, 2018 6:43 am

Magaloff's set of the complete Chopin mazurkas was issued in the U.S. on the London label in the early '50s, and also a couple of single Chopin LPs, but I didn't know he had recorded all the solo music. This kind of project was uncharacteristic of English Decca; their only similar one was Backhaus's Beethoven sonata cycle, but Magaloff had nowhere near the prestige or even the name recognition of Backhaus. To me he was known mainly as an accompanist, e.g. for Joseph Szigeti, with whom he made recordings as Nikita de Magaloff.
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Re: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]

Post by Lance » Mon May 07, 2018 12:47 am

It may be, certainly, that Backhaus had the greater reputation than Magaloff, but, as I mentioned, Magaloff is a pianist with whom to be reckoned just based on what we have on recordings. He was considered fine enough to assume Dinu Lipatti's teaching position at the Geneva Conservatory after Lipatti's passing. I can better understand Martha Argerich's piano technique now inasmuch as she had Magaloff as a teacher (among several others). Maria Tipo and Ingrid Haebler also studied with Magaloff. This new Decca edition will do much to bring Magaloff's name back into the piano fold.
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Magaloff's set of the complete Chopin mazurkas was issued in the U.S. on the London label in the early '50s, and also a couple of single Chopin LPs, but I didn't know he had recorded all the solo music. This kind of project was uncharacteristic of English Decca; their only similar one was Backhaus's Beethoven sonata cycle, but Magaloff had nowhere near the prestige or even the name recognition of Backhaus. To me he was known mainly as an accompanist, e.g. for Joseph Szigeti, with whom he made recordings as Nikita de Magaloff.
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Re: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]

Post by Lance » Tue May 08, 2018 10:49 pm

WOW ... over 500 hits on Magaloff! What's going on?
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Re: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]

Post by Lance » Fri May 18, 2018 11:20 am

With a lot of hits, has anyone beside me acquired this Magaloff set? I can only say that I'm happy to have it. I almost think this won't hang around all that long.
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