Rudolf Serkin: The Complete Columbia Album Collection [Box Set]
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The first ever collection of Rudolf Serkin s complete recordings for Columbia Masterworks on 75 CDs. Concertos, sonatas, chamber music and vocal performances, recorded 1941 to 1985. 35 recordings newly transferred, mixed and mastered from the original analogue tapes using 24 bit / 192 kHz technology (13 recordings for the first time on CD, 15 recordings as first authorized releases, 7 recordings remastered). An all-embracing survey of Rudolf Serkin s recorded achievements, spanning over 44 years of recording
Includes collaborations with Adolf Busch, Pablo Casals, Peter Serkin, Jaime Laredo, Fritz Reiner, George Szell, Eugene Ormandy, Arturo Toscanini and many more. Hard cover booklet with a foreword by Peter Serkin, a new essay by Jürgen Kestin plus full discographical notes. Facsimile LP sleeves and labels. ''Many of these recordings from the 1950s and 1960s were so loved by many people, and still are cherished by many. In these earlier recordings for Columbia one hears my dad s great qualities. I remember him often telling me that, after studying a piece as thoroughly as one can, and after practicing and rehearsing it diligently, one then goes out to play it, forgetting everything. In his passionate devotion to music he researched everything he could about a composition and its composer. There was a selflessness to his approach that resulted in something not at all anonymous, but brimming with energy and character. One hears in these recordings a kind of playing that is a model for directness, propulsiveness, and dynamic intensity, a radical and fearless approach, with a mindfulness of form, generally presenting a composition simply as it is, full of individuality and life. Thankful that these recordings have been collected and reissued now, we can all appreciate and enjoy them so much.'' Peter A. Serkin
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