This is the second release in an important new APR series devoted to the French Piano School. For around 150 years France has nurtured a distinctive style of pianism centred on the teaching of the Paris Conservatoire. The heyday of the school was probably the first fifty years of the 20th century and this series of recordings aims to explore in depth the often-forgotten recordings made at this time.
Victor Staub (1872-1953) and Lazare-Lévy (1882-1964) were both students of Louis Diémer at the Paris Conservatoire in the latter part of the 19th century and both were to follow in his footsteps as great teachers in that institution and elsewhere. Indeed, their list of pupils reads as a roll call of 20th century French pianists. However, they were also extremely fine pianists and this set presents, for the first time, their complete studio recordings. The Staub titles are almost forgotten and none have every been reissued before. Also all but unknown, is the 7” Crown LP Lazare-Lévy recorded on the ‘Siena pianoforte’ in Israel in 1951. As one would expect, clarity, brilliance and reﬁnement are much to the fore in these exemplars of the French School.
VICTOR STAUB & LAZARE-LÉVY: The Complete Studio Recordings COMPACT DISC 1 (77.29) Victor Staub – (Odéon recordings 1927-1929)1. LOUIS-CLAUDE DAQUIN Le coucou; 2. MENDELSSOHN Song without words Op 67/4 3. CHOPIN Waltz in F major Op 34/3; 4. CHOPIN Waltz in G ﬂat major Op 70/1 5. SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke Op 12/1, 2 & 4; 8. SCHUMANN/LISZT Frühlingsnacht S568 9. MOSZKOWSKI Valse d’amour (Liebeswalzer) Op 57/5; 10. SINDING Rustle of Spring 11. DEBUSSY Golliwogg’s Cake-Walk; 12. DEBUSSY Minstrels; 13. RAVEL Rigaudon 14. RHENÉ-BATON Fileuses près Carantec; 15. STAUB Sous-bois
Lazare-Lévy – (HMV France recordings 1929–1937) 16. MOZART Fantasia in C minor K475; 17. CHABRIER Sous-bois; 18. CHABRIER Idylle 19. DEBUSSY Masques; 20. DUKAS La plainte, au loin, du faune; 21. ROUSSEL Sicilienne 22. LAZARE-LÉVY Préludes 1, 2 & 5 from Vingt préludes (Japanese Victor recording 1950) 25. LAZARE-LÉVY Valses
COMPACT DISC 2 (74.18) Lazare-Lévy – (Japanese Victor recordings 1950) 1. F COUPERIN Les Lis naissans; 2. F COUPERIN Les rozeaux 3. SCHUBERT Impromptu in A ﬂat major Op 142/2; 4. SCHUMANN Des Abends; 5. SCHUMANN Traumes Wirren 6. CHOPIN Mazurka in C sharp minor Op 6/2; 7. CHOPIN Mazurka in A ﬂat major Op 50/2 (Crown recordings 1951) 8. F COUPERIN Les rozeaux; 9. LOUIS-CLAUDE DAQUIN Le coucou; 10. DEBUSSY La cathédrale engloutie (Ducretet Thomson recordings 1952) 11. MOZART Sonata No 10 in C major K330; 14. MOZART Sonata No 11 in A major ‘Alla Turca’ K331 (Pathé recording 1955) 17. MOZART Sonata No 8 in A minor K310