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Cyril Smith|The Complete Solo Recordings

The Complete Solo Recordings

Cyril Smith

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We tend to remember the British pianist CYRIL SMITH (1909–1974) these days as the pianist who overcame the misfortune of a paralyzing stroke to form a hugely successful duo for three hands with his wife, pianist Phyllis Sellick. Before then though, he had conquered the virtuoso repertoire in a most un-British fashion – making Rachmaninov the center of his art and recording a series of warhorses in spectacular style. The Dohnányi Capriccio of 1929, his earliest recording, and part of a prize for a competition win, lays down the gauntlet in a coruscating performance to rival the Horwitz version released the same year. His recordings of the 2nd and 3rd Rachmaninov concertos and Rhapsody were for a time best-sellers. But there is poetry and charm too, particularly in the various encore-like transcriptions he set down. This set brings together for the first time all the recordings he made as a solo player before his stroke. © APR Recordings

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Islamey (Mili Balakirev)

1
Islamey
00:08:21

Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist - Mili Balakirev, Composer

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Viennese Dance No. 2 (arr. I. Friedman) (Eduard Gartner)

2
Viennese Dance No. 2 (Arr. I. Friedman)
00:03:20

Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist - Eduard Gartner, Composer

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6 Etudes, Op. 23 (Anton Rubinstein)

3
No. 2 in C Major “Staccato"
00:04:19

Anton Rubinstein, Composer - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist

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Piano Suite, F. 147 (Arthur Bliss)

4
II. Polonaise
00:03:27

Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist - Arthur Bliss, Composer

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4 Impromptus, D. 899, Op. 90 (Franz Schubert)

5
No. 3 in G-Flat Major
00:07:42

Franz Schubert, Composer - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist

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4 Impromptus, D. 935, Op. 142 (Franz Schubert)

6
No. 3 in B-Flat Major
00:12:19

Franz Schubert, Composer - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist

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Barcarolle in F-Sharp Major, Op. 60, B. 158 (Frédéric Chopin)

7
Barcarolle in F-Sharp Major, Op. 60, B. 158
00:08:08

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist

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Nocturne in F-Sharp Major, Op. 15 No. 2, B. 55 (Frédéric Chopin)

8
Nocturne in F-Sharp Major, Op. 15 No. 2, B. 55
00:03:43

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist

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Waltz in D-Flat Major, Op. 64 No. 1, B. 164 (Frédéric Chopin)

9
Waltz in D-Flat Major, Op. 64 No. 1, B. 164
00:01:39

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist

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Waltz in G-Flat Major, Op. 70 No. 1, B. 92 (Frédéric Chopin)

10
Waltz in G-Flat Major, Op. 70 No. 1, B. 92
00:01:55

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist

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Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20, B. 65 (Frédéric Chopin)

11
Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20, B. 65
00:06:25

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist

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3 Romanzen, Op. 28 (Robert Schumann)

12
No. 2 in F-Sharp Major
00:04:22

Robert Schumann, Composer - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist

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Cantos de España, Op. 232 (Isaac Albéniz)

13
No. 5, Seguidillas
00:02:37

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist

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España, op. 165 (Isaac Albéniz)

14
No. 2, Tango
00:03:40

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist

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Iberia (Isaac Albéniz)

15
Iberia: VI. Triana
00:04:47

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist

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DISC 2

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

1
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
00:21:59

Sir Malcolm Sargent, Conductor, MainArtist - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist

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Grandes études de Paganini, S. 141 (Franz Liszt)

2
No. 3 in A-Flat Minor
00:04:57

Franz Liszt, Composer - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist

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Solo Violin Partita No.1 in B Minor, BWV 1002 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

3
VII. Tempo di bourrée (Arr. C. Saint-Saëns for Piano)
00:02:07

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist

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Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe, BWV 22 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

4
No. 5, Ertöt uns durch dein Güte (Arr. W. Rummel for Piano)
00:02:52

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist

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Prelude in G minor, Op. 23 No. 5 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

5
Prelude in G Minor, Op. 23 No. 5
00:03:24

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist

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Prelude in G Major, Op. 32 No. 5 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

6
Prelude in G Major, Op. 32 No. 5
00:03:48

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist

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Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op 18 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

7
I. Moderato
00:09:30

Sir Malcolm Sargent, Conductor, MainArtist - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist - Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

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8
II. Adagio sostenuto
00:12:21

Sir Malcolm Sargent, Conductor, MainArtist - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist - Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

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9
III. Allegro scherzando
00:11:03

Sir Malcolm Sargent, Conductor, MainArtist - Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist - Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

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DISC 3

Variationen über ein Kinderlied, Op. 25 (Ernő Dohnányi)

1
Variationen über ein Kinderlied, Op. 25
00:23:13

Sir Malcolm Sargent, Conductor, MainArtist - Ernö Dohnányi, Composer - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist - Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

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6 Konzertetüden, Op. 28 (Ernő Dohnányi)

2
No. 6 in F Minor, Capriccio
00:02:32

Ernö Dohnányi, Composer - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist

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La source, ou Naila (Léo Delibes)

3
Waltz (Arr. E. Dohnányi for Piano)
00:08:11

Léo Delibes, Composer - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist

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Piano Concerto No. 3 In D Minor, Op 30 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

4
I. Allegro ma non tanto
00:13:54

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist - George Weldon, Conductor, MainArtist

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5
II. Intermezzo. Adagio
00:08:27

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist - George Weldon, Conductor, MainArtist

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6
III. Finale. Alla breve
00:12:26

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Cyril Smith, Artist, MainArtist - George Weldon, Conductor, MainArtist

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Album Description

We tend to remember the British pianist CYRIL SMITH (1909–1974) these days as the pianist who overcame the misfortune of a paralyzing stroke to form a hugely successful duo for three hands with his wife, pianist Phyllis Sellick. Before then though, he had conquered the virtuoso repertoire in a most un-British fashion – making Rachmaninov the center of his art and recording a series of warhorses in spectacular style. The Dohnányi Capriccio of 1929, his earliest recording, and part of a prize for a competition win, lays down the gauntlet in a coruscating performance to rival the Horwitz version released the same year. His recordings of the 2nd and 3rd Rachmaninov concertos and Rhapsody were for a time best-sellers. But there is poetry and charm too, particularly in the various encore-like transcriptions he set down. This set brings together for the first time all the recordings he made as a solo player before his stroke. © APR Recordings

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