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Moura Lympany - The Decca Legacy

Moura Lympany

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The complete Decca recordings of a much-loved English pianist, including previously unissued material, newly remastered and issued with a comprehensive introduction to her early life and recording career.


When Moura Lympany first visited Decca’s West Hampstead studios in 1941 to record a pair of Preludes by Rachmaninov, even the composer himself had committed no more than seven of them to disc, and Eileen Joyce (with Lympany, a fellow pupil of the legendary piano pedagogue Tobias Matthay) had recorded only six. But the ecstatic critical reception to her first recordings – noting the strength of her tone and the subtle play of rubato – enabled her to complete the set within 18 months.
The complete set has been previously reissued by Eloquence, but in this box set of her complete Decca recordings it has been coupled with her remake of the cycle for LP, produced by John Culshaw using Decca’s new ‘ffrr’ technology. In the interim period she had been wooed away from Decca by Walter Legge at HMV, but she returned both to re-record staples of her repertoire and to add works such as Balakirev’s fiendishly difficult Islamey and the Third Concerto of Rachmaninov: both commanding and original accounts. Here also comparisons can be made between her later and her lesser-known early recordings of the Second Concerto by Saint-Saens and the big Romantically styled concerto by Khachaturian which had become a signature work after giving the UK premiere in 1940 .
Also in 1947, Lympany recorded Chopin’s B minor Sonata for Decca, but the results were not released. Now available for the first time, her performance displays an extraordinary insight into one of the great Romantic masterworks, and the subtle sensuality she imparts to the Largo may well be one of the most moving accounts on record.
Eloquence has also unearthed a pair of superb live broadcasts: the quirky and lighthearted First Piano Concerto by Alan Rawsthorne (recorded in 1945, with the BBCSO conducted by Sir Adrian Boult), and a landmark work of 20th-century pianism, the Sonata by Samuel Barber, from December 1950. No collector of pianists and great piano recordings will want to be without this comprehensive tribute to Lympany’s art.
The extensive booklet is superbly annotated with a reminiscence by Bryce Morrison and a fascinating note by Stephen Siek, as well as several rare and some previously unseen photographs from the Moura Lympany Archive.

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5 Morceaux de fantaisie, op. 3 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

1
No. 2 Prelude in C-Sharp Minor
Moura Lympany
00:03:58

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1942 Decca Music Group Limited

10 Préludes, op. 23 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

2
No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor: Largo
Moura Lympany
00:03:36

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1942 Decca Music Group Limited

3
No. 2 in B-Flat Major: Maestoso
Moura Lympany
00:03:36

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1942 Decca Music Group Limited

4
No. 3 in D Minor: Tempo di minuetto
Moura Lympany
00:03:21

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1942 Decca Music Group Limited

5
No. 4 in D Major: Andante cantabile
Moura Lympany
00:04:38

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1942 Decca Music Group Limited

6
No. 5 in G Minor: Alla marcia
Moura Lympany
00:03:52

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1942 Decca Music Group Limited

7
No. 6 in E-Flat Major: Andante
Moura Lympany
00:02:44

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1942 Decca Music Group Limited

8
No. 7 in C Minor: Allegro
Moura Lympany
00:02:19

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1942 Decca Music Group Limited

9
No. 8 in A-Flat Major: Allegro vivace
Moura Lympany
00:03:08

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1942 Decca Music Group Limited

10
No. 9 in E-Flat Minor: Presto
Moura Lympany
00:01:51

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1942 Decca Music Group Limited

11
No. 10 in G-Flat Major: Largo
Moura Lympany
00:03:40

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1942 Decca Music Group Limited

13 Préludes, op. 32 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

12
No. 1 in C Major: Allegro vivace
Moura Lympany
00:01:09

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1942 Decca Music Group Limited

13
No. 2 in B-Flat Minor: Allegretto
Moura Lympany
00:04:25

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1942 Decca Music Group Limited

14
No. 3 in E Major: Allegro vivace
Moura Lympany
00:02:31

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1942 Decca Music Group Limited

15
No. 4 in E Minor: Allegro con brio
Moura Lympany
00:04:36

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1942 Decca Music Group Limited

16
No. 5 in G Major: Moderato
Moura Lympany
00:03:08

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1942 Decca Music Group Limited

17
No. 6 in F Minor: Allegro appassionato
Moura Lympany
00:01:25

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1942 Decca Music Group Limited

18
No. 7 in F Major: Moderato
Moura Lympany
00:02:28

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1942 Decca Music Group Limited

19
No. 8 in A Minor: Vivo
Moura Lympany
00:01:30

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1942 Decca Music Group Limited

20
No. 9 in A Major: Allegro moderato
Moura Lympany
00:02:56

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1942 Decca Music Group Limited

21
No. 10 in B Minor: Lento
Moura Lympany
00:05:01

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1942 Decca Music Group Limited

22
No. 11 in B Major: Allegretto
Moura Lympany
00:02:25

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1942 Decca Music Group Limited

23
No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor: Allegro
Moura Lympany
00:02:17

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1942 Decca Music Group Limited

24
No. 13 in D-Flat Major: Grave - Allegro - Grave
Moura Lympany
00:04:23

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1942 Decca Music Group Limited

Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 (Frédéric Chopin)

25
I. Allegro maestoso
Moura Lympany
00:09:19

Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frederic Chopin, Composer - Terence Gibbs, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1947 Decca Music Group Limited

26
II. Scherzo. Molto vivace
Moura Lympany
00:02:26

Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frederic Chopin, Composer - Terence Gibbs, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1947 Decca Music Group Limited

27
III. Largo
Moura Lympany
00:08:36

Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frederic Chopin, Composer - Terence Gibbs, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1947 Decca Music Group Limited

28
IV. Finale. Presto non tanto
Moura Lympany
00:04:50

Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frederic Chopin, Composer - Terence Gibbs, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1947 Decca Music Group Limited

29
Mendelssohn: Capriccio brillant, Op. 22
Moura Lympany
00:09:01

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Boyd Neel, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 1946 Decca Music Group Limited

30
Mendelssohn: Rondo brillant, Op. 29
Moura Lympany
00:08:33

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Victor Olof, Producer, Recording Producer - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Kenneth Wilkinson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Royalton Kisch, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 1949 Decca Music Group Limited

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, S. 124 (Franz Liszt)

31
I. Allegro maestoso
Moura Lympany
00:05:39

Franz Liszt, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Kenneth Wilkinson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Royalton Kisch, Conductor, MainArtist - Terence Gibbs, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1948 Decca Music Group Limited

32
II. Quasi adagio
Moura Lympany
00:05:05

Franz Liszt, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Kenneth Wilkinson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Royalton Kisch, Conductor, MainArtist - Terence Gibbs, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1948 Decca Music Group Limited

33
III. Allegretto vivace - Allegro animato
Moura Lympany
00:04:03

Franz Liszt, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Kenneth Wilkinson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Royalton Kisch, Conductor, MainArtist - Terence Gibbs, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1948 Decca Music Group Limited

34
IV. Allegro marziale animato - Presto
Moura Lympany
00:04:09

Franz Liszt, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Kenneth Wilkinson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Royalton Kisch, Conductor, MainArtist - Terence Gibbs, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1948 Decca Music Group Limited

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 (Robert Schumann)

35
I. Allegro affettuoso
Moura Lympany
00:14:15

Robert Schumann, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Victor Olof, Producer, Recording Producer - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Kenneth Wilkinson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Royalton Kisch, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 1948 Decca Music Group Limited

36
II. Intermezzo. Andantino grazioso
Moura Lympany
00:04:43

Robert Schumann, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Victor Olof, Producer, Recording Producer - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Kenneth Wilkinson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Royalton Kisch, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 1948 Decca Music Group Limited

37
III. Allegro vivace
Moura Lympany
00:10:21

Robert Schumann, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Victor Olof, Producer, Recording Producer - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Kenneth Wilkinson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Royalton Kisch, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 1948 Decca Music Group Limited

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 (Edvard Grieg)

38
I. Allegro molto moderato
Moura Lympany
00:12:44

Edvard Grieg, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sidney Beer, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 1946 Decca Music Group Limited

39
II. Adagio
Moura Lympany
00:06:27

Edvard Grieg, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sidney Beer, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 1946 Decca Music Group Limited

40
III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato
Moura Lympany
00:09:46

Edvard Grieg, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sidney Beer, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 1946 Decca Music Group Limited

Six Concert Etudes, Op. 28 (Ernő Dohnányi)

41
No. 6 Capriccio in F Minor
Moura Lympany
00:02:26

Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ernö Dohnányi, Composer

℗ 1944 Decca Music Group Limited

Trois novelettes, FP 47/173 (Francis Poulenc)

42
I. Modéré sans lenteur
Moura Lympany
00:03:24

Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Francis Poulenc, Composer

℗ 1944 Decca Music Group Limited

43
Balakirev: Islamey, Op. 18
Moura Lympany
00:08:16

Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mily Balakirev, Composer - Terence Gibbs, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1947 Decca Music Group Limited

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22, R. 190 (Camille Saint-Saëns)

44
I. Andante sostenuto
Moura Lympany
00:10:51

Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Warwick Braithwaite, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 1946 Decca Music Group Limited

45
II. Allegro scherzando
Moura Lympany
00:05:27

Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Warwick Braithwaite, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 1946 Decca Music Group Limited

46
III. Presto
Moura Lympany
00:06:33

Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Warwick Braithwaite, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 1946 Decca Music Group Limited

Piano Concerto in D-Flat Major (Aram Ilyitch Khatchaturian)

47
I. Allegro ma non troppo e maestoso
Moura Lympany
00:14:20

Aram Khachaturian, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 1945 Decca Music Group Limited

48
II. Andante con anima
Moura Lympany
00:09:30

Aram Khachaturian, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 1945 Decca Music Group Limited

49
III. Allegro brillante
Moura Lympany
00:08:05

Aram Khachaturian, Composer - Moura Lympany, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 1945 Decca Music Group Limited

Piano Concerto No. 1 (Alan Rawsthorne)

50
I. Capriccio. Allegro molto
BBC Symphony Orchestra
00:07:21

Sir Adrian Boult, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Alan Rawsthorne, Composer - Mark Obert-Thorn, Producer

℗ 2019 APR Ltd.

Album Description

The complete Decca recordings of a much-loved English pianist, including previously unissued material, newly remastered and issued with a comprehensive introduction to her early life and recording career.


When Moura Lympany first visited Decca’s West Hampstead studios in 1941 to record a pair of Preludes by Rachmaninov, even the composer himself had committed no more than seven of them to disc, and Eileen Joyce (with Lympany, a fellow pupil of the legendary piano pedagogue Tobias Matthay) had recorded only six. But the ecstatic critical reception to her first recordings – noting the strength of her tone and the subtle play of rubato – enabled her to complete the set within 18 months.
The complete set has been previously reissued by Eloquence, but in this box set of her complete Decca recordings it has been coupled with her remake of the cycle for LP, produced by John Culshaw using Decca’s new ‘ffrr’ technology. In the interim period she had been wooed away from Decca by Walter Legge at HMV, but she returned both to re-record staples of her repertoire and to add works such as Balakirev’s fiendishly difficult Islamey and the Third Concerto of Rachmaninov: both commanding and original accounts. Here also comparisons can be made between her later and her lesser-known early recordings of the Second Concerto by Saint-Saens and the big Romantically styled concerto by Khachaturian which had become a signature work after giving the UK premiere in 1940 .
Also in 1947, Lympany recorded Chopin’s B minor Sonata for Decca, but the results were not released. Now available for the first time, her performance displays an extraordinary insight into one of the great Romantic masterworks, and the subtle sensuality she imparts to the Largo may well be one of the most moving accounts on record.
Eloquence has also unearthed a pair of superb live broadcasts: the quirky and lighthearted First Piano Concerto by Alan Rawsthorne (recorded in 1945, with the BBCSO conducted by Sir Adrian Boult), and a landmark work of 20th-century pianism, the Sonata by Samuel Barber, from December 1950. No collector of pianists and great piano recordings will want to be without this comprehensive tribute to Lympany’s art.
The extensive booklet is superbly annotated with a reminiscence by Bryce Morrison and a fascinating note by Stephen Siek, as well as several rare and some previously unseen photographs from the Moura Lympany Archive.

Details of original recording : Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London, UK, 29 May 1941 (Op.3 No.2 - Op.23 Nos.1,3,4,10), 25 September 1941 (Op.23 Nos.2,7,8 - Op.32 Nos.1,2,6), 12 November 1941 (Op.23 No.5), 20 February 1942 (Op.23 Nos.6,9 - Op.32 Nos.11,12) - 4 June 1942 (Op.32 No.5), 4 June 1942 (Op.32 Nos.3,7,10), 26 August 1942 (Op.32 Nos.4,8,9,13)

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