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Anatole Kitain: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1936-1939 (FLAC)

Anatole Kitain: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1936-1939 (FLAC)

Anatole Kitain: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1936-1939 (FLAC)

Composer: Johannes Brahms, Frédéric François Chopin, Leopold Godowsky, Ferencz Liszt, Sergey Rachmaninov, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, Robert Schumann, Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Anatole Kitain
Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: APR
Release: 2015
Size: 401 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

CD 01
01. Chopin: Rondo in E flat major, Op. 16
02. Chopin: Mazurkas, Op. 17, No. 4
03. Chopin: Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38
04. Chopin: Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47
05. Chopin: Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20

Chopin: Études, Op. 10
06. No. 5 in G-Flat Major “Black Keys”
07. No. 6 in E-Flat Minor “Lament”
08. No. 7 in C Major “Toccata”
09. No. 8 in F Major “Sunshine”
10. No. 12 in C Minor “Revolutionary”

Liszt: Two Concert Studies, S145 / R6: Gnomenreigen; Waldesrauschen
11. No. 1, Waldesrauschen

Liszt: Années de pèlerinage, 1ère année, Suisse (9 pieces), S. 160
12. No. 6, Vallee d’Obermann

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Liszt: Années de pèlerinage, 2ème année, Italie (7 pieces), S. 161
13. No. 4, Sonetto 47 del Petrarca
14. No. 6, Sonetto 123 del Petrarca

Liszt: Transcendental Studies, S139 Nos. 1-12
15. No. 5 in B-Flat Major “Feux follets”

CD 02
01. Schumann: Toccata in C major, Op. 7

Brahms: Ballades, Op. 10
02. No. 1 in D Minor “Edward”

Brahms: Waltzes, Op. 39
03. No. 1 in B Major
04. No. 2 in E Major
05. No. 3 in G-Sharp Minor
06. No. 4 in E Minor
07. No. 5 in E Major
08. No. 6 in C-Sharp Major
09. No. 7 in C-Sharp Minor
10. No. 8 in B-Flat Major
11. No. 9 in D Minor
12. No. 10 in G Major
13. No. 11 in B Minor
14. No. 12 in E Major
15. No. 13 in B Major
16. No. 14 in G-Sharp Minor
17. No. 15 in A-Flat Major
18. No. 16 in C-Sharp Minor

Scriabin: 3 Pieces for piano, Op. 2
19. No. 1, Étude in C-Sharp Minor

Scriabin: Preludes, Op. 11
20. No. 2 in A Minor

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Scriabin: Nine Mazurkas, Op. 25
21. No. 3 in E Minor. Lento

Rachmaninov: Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op. 3
22. No. 1, Elegie in E-Flat Minor

Rachmaninov: Études-Tableaux, Op. 33
23. No. 1 in F Minor. Allegro non troppo

Rachmaninov: Preludes Op. 32 Nos. 1-13
24. No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor. Allegro

Godowsky: Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Johann Strauss
25. No. 2, Die Fledermaus

Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57
26. The Flight of the Bumblebee (Arr. J. Strimer for Piano)

Anatole Kitain (1903–1980) was an exact contemporary and fellow pupil of Vladimir Horowitz in Kiev, where he studied, as did the slightly older Simon Barere, with Felix Blumenfeld. All three developed fabulous techniques and were romantic pianists in the grand manner, and each fled Russia after the Revolution to make their way in the West.

That Kitain is the least known can only be put down to misfortune, as these pre-War European recordings attest to a pianist of fabulous talent. Sadly he failed to ‘make it’ after his Wartime emigration to the USA and slowly faded from view, giving his last New York concert in 1963.

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