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John Browning|John Browning Edition, Vol. I - JFK Recital, November 22, 1963

John Browning Edition, Vol. I - JFK Recital, November 22, 1963

John Browning

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Is this one of the greatest recordings ever made of one of the most important recitals ever given? No one could reasonably make such a claim, but no one could deny that this recording nevertheless touches the heart. Performed on November 22, 1963 -- the day after the assassination of President Kennedy -- this recital captures American virtuoso John Browning at the height of his powers, and, more importantly, in the depths of his misery. And, except for the faulty transfer of one piece, this recording does capture the whole recital from Browning's short introductory remarks to the sound of his footfalls leaving the stage, plus everything in between. That "everything in between" includes Browning playing Busoni's arrangement of Bach's Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, Chopin's Fantasy in F minor, Schubert's A flat major Impromptu, and Chopin's "Marche funèbre Sonata" with such incredible intensity, overwhelming grief, and overpowering emotion that even now, half a century later, the emotional strength is still palpable. While this disc is valuable because it preserves an extraordinary performance by a pianist who made too few recordings, it is invaluable because it expresses the agony of an especially awful moment in American history. MSR's sound is raw and hard, but honest.
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1
Spoken Introduction to Recital, November 22, 1963
00:01:28

Richard Price, MasteringEngineer - John Browning, Composer, MainArtist

(C) 2005 Elizabeth Browning Witchey (P) 2005 Elizabeth Browning Witchey

2
Chorale Prelude "Ich Ruf Zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ" BWV 639 (arr. Busoni)
00:04:32

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Richard Price, MasteringEngineer - John Browning, MainArtist

(C) 2005 Elizabeth Browning Witchey (P) 2005 Elizabeth Browning Witchey

3
Piano Fantasy in F Minor, Op. 49
00:12:59

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Richard Price, MasteringEngineer - John Browning, MainArtist

(C) 2005 Elizabeth Browning Witchey (P) 2005 Elizabeth Browning Witchey

4
Impromptu in A-Flat Major, Op. 142, No. 2
00:05:30

Franz Schubert, Composer - Richard Price, MasteringEngineer - John Browning, MainArtist

(C) 2005 Elizabeth Browning Witchey (P) 2005 Elizabeth Browning Witchey

5
Mazurka in F Minor, Op. 63, No. 2 (incomplete)
00:02:14

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Richard Price, MasteringEngineer - John Browning, MainArtist

(C) 2005 Elizabeth Browning Witchey (P) 2005 Elizabeth Browning Witchey

6
Mazurka in F Minor, Op. 68, No. 4
00:02:25

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Richard Price, MasteringEngineer - John Browning, MainArtist

(C) 2005 Elizabeth Browning Witchey (P) 2005 Elizabeth Browning Witchey

7
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35: I. Grave, Doppio movimento
00:07:26

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Richard Price, MasteringEngineer - John Browning, MainArtist

(C) 2005 Elizabeth Browning Witchey (P) 2005 Elizabeth Browning Witchey

8
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35: II. Scherzo
00:05:46

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Richard Price, MasteringEngineer - John Browning, MainArtist

(C) 2005 Elizabeth Browning Witchey (P) 2005 Elizabeth Browning Witchey

9
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35: III. Marche funèbre, Lento
00:07:03

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Richard Price, MasteringEngineer - John Browning, MainArtist

(C) 2005 Elizabeth Browning Witchey (P) 2005 Elizabeth Browning Witchey

10
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35: IV. Presto
00:01:28

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Richard Price, MasteringEngineer - John Browning, MainArtist

(C) 2005 Elizabeth Browning Witchey (P) 2005 Elizabeth Browning Witchey

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Is this one of the greatest recordings ever made of one of the most important recitals ever given? No one could reasonably make such a claim, but no one could deny that this recording nevertheless touches the heart. Performed on November 22, 1963 -- the day after the assassination of President Kennedy -- this recital captures American virtuoso John Browning at the height of his powers, and, more importantly, in the depths of his misery. And, except for the faulty transfer of one piece, this recording does capture the whole recital from Browning's short introductory remarks to the sound of his footfalls leaving the stage, plus everything in between. That "everything in between" includes Browning playing Busoni's arrangement of Bach's Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, Chopin's Fantasy in F minor, Schubert's A flat major Impromptu, and Chopin's "Marche funèbre Sonata" with such incredible intensity, overwhelming grief, and overpowering emotion that even now, half a century later, the emotional strength is still palpable. While this disc is valuable because it preserves an extraordinary performance by a pianist who made too few recordings, it is invaluable because it expresses the agony of an especially awful moment in American history. MSR's sound is raw and hard, but honest.
© TiVo

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