German pianist Elly Ney (1882–1968) came to be regarded as one of the great Beethoven interpreters of the 20th century and her preWar recording of the Op 111 sonata must still be considered one of the very finest. That recording, and all the other solo and concerto recordings she made for Electrola before the war are included here. Particularly noteworthy are the three landmark concerto recordings, the Mozart and Beethoven vivacious and stylish, the Strauss revealing just what a virtuoso Ney could be. Though she specialized in Austro-German repertoire, another side to her art is shown in her early, almost unknown, American Brunswick acoustic recordings, reissued in this set for the first time. Here the repertoire choice is broader and lighter and there is even a stunningly articulated Debussy ‘Feux d’artifice’ – the work’s first recording.
ELLY NEY – The complete Brunswick & Electrola solo 78-rpm recordings
COMPACT DISC 1 (80’42) Electrola recordings 1934-1938 1-3. MOZART Piano Concerto No 15 in B flat major K450, UNNAMED ORCHESTRA / WILLEM VAN HOOGSTRATEN 4. MOZART Rondo in A minor K511 5-7. BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat major Op 19, LANDESORCHESTER, BERLIN / FRITZ ZAUN 8. RICHARD STRAUSS Burleske in D minor, BERLIN STATE OPERA ORCHESTRA / WILLEM VAN HOOGSTRATEN
COMPACT DISC 2 (75’30) Electrola recordings 1936-1938 BEETHOVEN 1-4. Sonata No 4 in E flat major Op 7 5. Andante favori in F major WoO57; 6. Sonata No 8 in C minor Op 13 2nd mvt ; 7. Six Variations on ‘Nel cor più non mi sento’ WoO70 8-9. Sonata No 32 in C minor Op 111
COMPACT DISC 3 (76’07) Electrola recordings 1934-1938 1. SCHUBERT Impromptu in F minor D935/4; 2. Moment musical in C sharp minor D780/4 3-15. SCHUMANN Kinderszenen Op 15 16. BRAHMS Intermezzo in E flat Op 117/1; 17. Romance in F Op 118/5; 18. Rhapsody in E flat Op 119/4 19. Intermezzo in A flat Op 76/3; 20. Waltz in A flat Op 39/15 Brunswick recordings 1922–1924 21. BEETHOVEN/D’ALBERT Ecossaises WoO83; 22. SCHUBERT Moment musical in F minor D780/3 23. MENDELSSOHN Song without words ‘Spinning song’ Op 67/4 24. CHOPIN Étude in E Op 10/3; 25. Nocturne in F sharp Op 15/2; 26. LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No 8 S244/8 27. SCHUBERT/LISZT ‘Hark, Hark! The Lark’ Ständchen von Shakespeare, S558/9; 28. Valse-caprice No 7 in A, Soirées de Vienne, S427/7 29. BRAHMS Hungarian Dance No 2 in D minor WoO1; 30. TERESA CARREÑO Kleiner Walzer; 31. DEBUSSY Feux d’artifice Préludes Book II No 12