SPIVAKOVSKY Bach to Bloch - The Series - PABX017

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Music by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Debussy, Kabalevsky, Liszt, Mozart, Busoni, Schumann

From the ongoing series of recordings by Jascha Spivakovsky, Bach to Bloch

NB. The Spivakovsky series is a work in progress. This set is up-to-date with all current releases. We anticipate the full collection will eventually run to approximately 10 volumes, to be released in coming months and years:

JASCHA SPIVAKOVSKY Bach to Bloch - Volume 1
JASCHA SPIVAKOVSKY Bach to Bloch - Volume 2
JASCHA SPIVAKOVSKY Bach to Bloch - Volume 3
JASCHA SPIVAKOVSKY Bach to Bloch - Volume 4
JASCHA SPIVAKOVSKY Bach to Bloch - Volume 5
JASCHA SPIVAKOVSKY Bach to Bloch - Volume 6
JASCHA SPIVAKOVSKY Bach to Bloch - Volume 7

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SPIVAKOVSKY Bach to Bloch, Volume One (1955-67) - PAKM065

Introducing Jascha Spivakovsky (1896-1970), "One of the greatest pianists of our time"

First solo piano release from a brilliant pianist who never recorded commercially


“Back in Russia when I was four years old, my mother dragged me through
snowdrifts
twenty feet deep to hear an outstanding prodigy. YOU were that prodigy.”

Vladimir Horowitz, 1948

“The sensation of London. At the last evening concert in the Albert Hall it is estimated that
3,000 people were unable to gain admission, and there were scenes of wild enthusiasm.”

The Mercury

“Supreme mastery of the instrument and brilliant technique [and] that rarer quality to be described only as soul …
much as I want to hear Cortot, I want to 
hear Spivakovsky again still more”
Dover Express


Producing this first volume of recordings by the pianist Jascha Spivakovsky has been something of a global endeavour. Co-ordinated by Spivakovsky's grandson, Eden Spivakovsky initially from Singapore, now in Australia, with transfers overseen by Spivakovsky's son, Michael at a renowned mastering studio in Melbourne, Australia, the choices for this volume were then sent to me in France for audio restoration and remastering.

After much deliberation, this first volume concentrates on Jascha Spivakovsky's solo work - later volumes will include concerto and chamber music, the latter alongside Jascha's renowned violinist brother, Tossy Spivakovsky, and will delve further into the past. Most of the present recordings were made by Jascha during rehearsals for concerts and broadcasts in Australia in the 1960s, and were recorded by Michael Spivakovsky onto a mono Tandberg reel-to-reel tape recorder using a standard-issue microphone. They were not therefore intended for release, and it has been my task to elevate the quality of the recordings to a standard which not only is acceptable to modern listeners but also does full justice to Jascha Spivakovsky himself.

Using the most up-to-date audio restoration and remastering software, I've been able to correct pitch anomalies, compensate for the tonal inaccuracies of the microphone, eliminate electrical hum, greatly diminish tape hiss, and digitally "rehouse" Jascha in one of the more intimate concert halls at Santa Cecilia, Rome, renowned for fine musical acoustics which complement the piano's tone, without introducing a wash of unnatural reverberation.

This page can only serve as an introduction to the incredible musical story of Jascha Spivakovsky - for a fuller picture I strongly recommend you visit www.jascha.com and immerse yourself in an amazing musical voyage of discovery. As Damian Thompson of The Spectator wrote to me a few days ago, in response to first hearing Jascha Spivakovsky: "Greatest pianist I've never heard of? More like one of the greatest pianists I've heard."


Andrew Rose


SPIVAKOVSKY Bach to Bloch, Volume Two (1955-67) - PAKM067

Jascha Spivakovsky: Second splendid volume from the brilliant pianist

More unreleased recordings from the Spivakovsky family archive, XR remastered by Andrew Rose


Following on from the well-received first volume, this second release by Jascha Spivakovsky continues to concentrate on his solo work. The present recordings were made by Jascha during rehearsals for concerts and broadcasts in Australia in the 1950s and 1960s, and were recorded by Michael Spivakovsky onto a mono Tandberg reel-to-reel tape recorder using a standard-issue microphone. They were not therefore intended for release, and it has been my task to elevate the quality of the recordings to a standard which not only is acceptable to modern listeners but also does full justice to Jascha Spivakovsky himself.

Using the most up-to-date audio restoration and remastering software, I've been able to correct pitch anomalies, compensate for the tonal inaccuracies of the microphone, eliminate electrical hum, greatly diminish tape hiss, and digitally "rehouse" Jascha in one of the more intimate concert halls at Santa Cecilia, Rome, renowned for fine musical acoustics which complement the piano's tone, without introducing a wash of unnatural reverberation.

This page can only serve as an introduction to the incredible musical story of Jascha Spivakovsky - for a fuller picture I strongly recommend you visit www.jascha.com and immerse yourself in an amazing musical voyage of discovery.

Andrew Rose

SPIVAKOVSKY Bach to Bloch, Volume Three (1955-67) - PAKM070

This release of the Russian-born pianist Jascha Spivakovsky features recordings of four pivotal Beethoven Sonatas from key periods of the composer's output. Spivakovsky had a great affinity for Beethoven and his daring yet poetic readings demonstrate a fusion of passion with classical structure that mirrors the pianist's modern approach to Romanticism at the keyboard, whereby the heart of the score is revealed through transparent textures, a polished singing sound, and attentive voicing.

"Last night's concert at the Town Hall would be belittled If it were described merely as a piano recital. It was an experience of mind and spirit and a sincere artist's submergence of self and technical awareness into the world of Beethoven"
Sir Neville Cardus, Sydney Morning Herald, 1947

"From whatever angle one viewed the performance it was stamped with unmistakeable signs of rarity and greatness ... I have never seen an artist sit at the keyboard with less apparent concern for its existence other than as a medium for the realisation of a long-matured imaginative conception. So inflexible is Spivakovsky's mental control that not a bravura passage in all the four sonatas escaped its relationship to the interpretive whole"
John Sinclair, The Herald, 1947


SPIVAKOVSKY Bach to Bloch, Volume Four (1948-66) - PAKM073

This fourth in our ongoing series of recordings by Jascha Spivakovsky offers a superb selection of recordings from a variety of sources, accompanied by excellent sleevenotes written for us by Mark Ainley, which details each performance.

From a technical point of view, once again there were a number of challenges to overcome, and recording quality was particularly varied. The opening piece, Bach's Fantasia in C minor, originated from an acetate disc Spivakovsky made in 1948. These were particularly delicate, designed for no more than a handful of replays before they begin to deteriorate, and are easily damaged. The disc in question was reasonably well preserved for its age, but there was some surface damage too severe to remove - I could only try to minimise its impact on the performance.

Thereafter we have a series of taped recordings made in different environments and with different microphones and equipment using different pianos on tapes of varying quality. In remastering these I have aimed for the best possible quality from each individual recording first and foremost, rather than trying to make each sound the same. This does mean there's a certain lack of continuity of sound, though of course not of performer. Happily the performances themselves are of such quality than any tonal jumps between pianos will quickly be forgotten as each new performance takes hold.

Finally, if you're wondering why this series is "From Bach to Bloch", it's simple: by the time we've finished, Bach will be the earliest composer in the series, dates-wise, Bloch the latest, with a whole lot of other fine music in between!

Andrew Rose

SPIVAKOVSKY Bach to Bloch, Volume Five (1949/1953) - PASC530

Technical Note

This fifth volume of recordings by Jascha Spivakovsky brings us two fine concerto performances with music by Mozart and Tchaikovsky, eloquently described in our sleevenotes by Mark Ainley.

From a technical perspective these were difficult recordings to restore. Taken from AM broadcasts in 1949 and 1953, they were preserved on exceptionally delicate 78rpm acetate discs. Nearly 70 years later these discs show all the expected signs of wear and tear, as well as the limited frequency and dynamic range associated with such radio broadcasts of the time.

I have brought all the digital tools at my disposal to bear here - including new advances still in development - to try and ameliorate the flaws inherent in the recordings. The results are remarkable given the source material, but there are moments where the listener will have to forgive me for being unable to entirely resolve certain issues.

Nevertheless this remains a hugely important and exceptionally enjoyable release, and a unique opportunity to hear Spivakovsky in an orchestral rather than solo setting.

Andrew Rose

SPIVAKOVSKY Bach to Bloch, Volume Seven (1953/1961) - PASC539

This new volume of unreleased Jascha Spivakovsky recordings features the Russian-born émigré to Australia in magnificent broadcast performances of two great works by Beethoven. These readings of the great composer’s final two piano concertos find Spivakovsky in his twilight years playing with a fusion of unwavering technical prowess and musical depth, his half-century of concert experience infusing his readings with conviction and command.

This recording of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4 in G Major, Op.58 comes from an ABC Radio studio broadcast in Melbourne made on January 7, 1961 with the Victorian State Orchestra conducted by Clive Douglas. The circumstances surrounding this reading are rather remarkable and moving: this is the first performance Spivakovsky gave after the surgery that nearly killed him a mere six weeks earlier, the pianist leaving his sickbed for the first time when his son drove him to the studio for the rehearsal and performance. Listening to the recording, one would never know that he had been ailing or had not practiced since his surgery, nor that there had been only one run-through just prior to the actual broadcast. Apparently the conductor had missed several entries in the rehearsal, leading Spivakovsky to beat pulses more strongly at times to improve the likelihood of the orchestra entering on time. The excellent sound of this broadcast captures to perfection the crystalline piano tone praised by legendary critic Neville Cardus, and Spivakovsky plays throughout with exquisite clarity and subtle pedalling (the second movement is sublime) in an interpretation that combines refined nuancing with earthy robustness, reflecting Beethoven’s own bridging of divinely inspired music with the physical world.  

Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto hails from a January 18, 1953 broadcast on the BBC General Overseas Service as part of the ‘Concerto’ series with the BBC Scottish Orchestra conducted by Ian Whyte. The performance, given in front of an invited audience of 100 people, was captured via shortwave and therefore suffers from limited sonic fidelity. In 1959 Spivakovsky would give another broadcast of the work for the BBC in vastly better sound, but the pianist himself was not permitted to obtain a copy due to regulations requiring that the source material be destroyed after three transmissions, so the present release uses the only known recording of the artist in this concerto. As in all of the pianist's Beethoven performances, his rhythmic pulse provides propulsion without sacrificing lyricism, harmonic and melodic elements are clearly delineated, and voicing is uncannily transparent, resulting in a grand and heroic interpretation of this popular work.

These riveting performances by Jascha Spivakovsky are a significant addition to his discography and give the listener a greater appreciation for his unique musicianship and pianism.

Mark Ainley

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SPIVAKOVSKY Bach to Bloch, Volume One (1955-67) - PAKM065
  • BACH-LISZT The Great Organ Fantasy & Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542
    Recorded Melbourne, November 1963

  • BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 21 in C Major Op. 53 (Waldstein)
    Recorded Melbourne, around October 1967

  • CHOPIN Ballade No. 1 in G Minor Op. 23
    Recorded Melbourne, December 1966

  • BRAHMS Romanze in F Major Op. 118 No. 5
    Recorded  c. October/November 1955 (location unknown)

  • DEBUSSY Prelude Bk. 1 No. 7, Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest
    Recorded  c. February/March 1958 (location unknown) 

  • DEBUSSY Prelude Bk. 1 No. 12, Minstrels
    Recorded  c. February/March 1958 (location unknown)

  • KABALEVSKY Sonata No. 3 in F Major Op. 46
    Recorded Melbourne, c. May/June 1962


 
Jascha Spivakovsky, piano
www.jascha.com


Private recordings were made in Jascha Spivakovsky's music room in Melbourne, Australia by Michael Spivakovsky
Transfers by Crystal Mastering, Melbourne, Australia
Restoration and XR remastering by Andrew Rose at Pristine Audio


SPIVAKOVSKY Bach to Bloch, Volume Two (1955-67) - PAKM067
  • Bach-Busoni-Spivakovsky Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D Minor BWV 903
    Recorded 1962

  • Mozart  Sonata No 12 in F Major K332
    Recorded 1966

  • Beethoven-d'Albert  Ecossaises in E Flat Wo 083
    Recorded February 1967

  • Beethoven  Rondo in G Major Op 51 No 2
    Recorded  February 1967

  • Chopin  Fantaisie Impromptu in C sharp Minor, Op Posth 66
    Recorded  1955 

  • Chopin  Sonata No 2 in B Flat Minor (The Funeral March Sonata)
    Recorded November, 1963


 
Jascha Spivakovsky, piano
www.jascha.com


Private recordings were made in Jascha Spivakovsky's music room in Melbourne, Australia by Michael Spivakovsky
Transfers by Crystal Mastering, Melbourne, Australia
Restoration and XR remastering by Andrew Rose at Pristine Audio


SPIVAKOVSKY Bach to Bloch, Volume Three (1955-67) - PAKM070

BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 8 in C Minor Op. 13 (Pathétique)
1. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio (8:39)
2. Adagio cantabile (5:53)
3. Rondo: Allegro (4:34)

BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor Op. 27 No. 2 (Moonlight)
4. Adagio Sostenuto (5:23)
5. Allegretto e Trio (2:10)
6. Presto Agitato (7:02)

BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Major Op. 81a (Les Adieux)
7. Adagio - Allegro (7:30)
8. Andante espressivo (3:43)
9. Vivacissimante (5:27)

BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 32 in C Minor Op. 111
10. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed Appassionato (9:00)
11. Arietta - Adagio molto sempllce e cantabile (16:41)


Jascha Spivakovsky, piano


Recorded 1955 - 1967
© and © 2017 Pristine Audio and The Spivakovsky Jubilee
Produced by Pristine Audio
Art Prodution by Quirk

SPIVAKOVSKY Bach to Bloch, Volume Four (1948-66) - PAKM073

1. BACH Fantasia in C Minor, BWV 906  (5:05)

BEETHOVEN  Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
2. 1st mvt. - Moderato cantabile molto espressivo  (6:43)
3. 2nd mvt. - Allegro molto  (2:00)
4. 3rd mvt. - Adagio ma non troppo - Arioso dolente - Fuga. Allegro ma non troppo  (10:13)


5. CHOPIN Impromptu No.1 in A Flat, Op.29  (4:34)
6. CHOPIN 'Revolutionary' Etude Op.10, No.12  (3:07)
7. CHOPIN Etude Op.25, No.2  (1:43)
8. CHOPIN 'Butterfly' Etude Op.25, No.9  (1:05)
9. CHOPIN Bolero Op.19  (8:51)

SCHUMANN  Carnaval, Op. 9
10. Préambule  (2:10)
11. Pierrot  (1:05)
12. Arlequin  (1:18)
13. Valse noble  (1:24)
14. Eusebius  (1:52)
15. Florestan  (0:50)
16. Coquette  (1:12)
17. Réplique  (0:52)
18. Sphinxes  (0:29)
19. Papillons  (0:42)
20. A.S.C.H. - S.C.H.A. (Lettres dansantes)  (0:57)
21. Chiarina  (1:23)
22. Chopin  (1:38)
23. Estrella  (0:26)
24. Reconnaissance  (1:53)
25. Pantalon et Colombine  (0:59)
26. Valse allemande  (0:55)
27. Paganini: Intermezzo  (1:15)
28. Aveu  (1:03)
29. Promenade  (2:08)
30. Pause  (0:18)
31. Marche des Davidsbündler contre les Philistins  (3:21)


Jascha Spivakovsky, piano

XR remastered by Andrew Rose
(C) & (P) 2018 Pristine Audio/The Spivakovsky Jubilee

APPROXIMATE RECORDING DATES
The Bach Fantasia was recorded on an acetate disc about 1948
The Beethoven Op 110 dates from about 1952

The Chopin Impromptu dates from about 1955
The 3 Chopin Etudes date from approx 1963
The Chopin Bolero dates from approx 1966
Schumann’s Carnaval dates from about 1954

Total duration: 71:30


SPIVAKOVSKY Bach to Bloch, Volume Six (1955-1966) - PAKM075

JASCHA SPIVAKOVSKY Bach to Bloch, Volume Six


J. S. BACH  Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971
1. 1st mvt. - [without tempo designation]   (3:45)
2. 2nd mvt. - Andante   (5:04)
3. 3rd mvt. - Presto   (3:31)
1962 broadcast recording

MOZART  Piano Sonata No.5 in G major, K.283
4. 1st mvt. - Allegro  (4:07)
5. 2nd mvt. - Andante  (3:56)
6. 3rd mvt. - Presto  (4:34)
1966 Melbourne broadcast recording

7. SCHUBERT Impromptu in E flat major, D.899, Op. 90, No. 2  (4:20)
1963 home recording

8. CHOPIN Nocturne in F sharp major, Op. 15, No. 2  (4:08)
c.1966 TV broadcast recording

9. CHOPIN Waltz No. 14 in E minor, Op. Post.  (3:16)
1955 broadcast recording

10. LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15 in A minor, 'Rakoczy March'  (6:04)
1963 home recording

SCHUMANN  Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 14, "Concerto without orchestra"
11. 1st mvt. - Allegro  (8:52)
12. 2nd mvt. - Schrezo - Molto comodo  (5:42)
13. 3rd mvt. - Quasi Variazioni  (14:24)
c.1963 Melbourne broadcast recording


Jascha Spivakovsky    piano


Cover artwork shows Jascha Spivakovsky surrounded by a crowd at the stage door in Christchurch, 1922.

© and (P) 2018 Pristine Audio & The Spivakovsky Jubilee
XR remastered by Andrew Rose • Recorded 1955 - 1966

Total duration: 71:40

SPIVAKOVSKY Bach to Bloch, Volume Five (1949/1953) - PASC530

MOZART  Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K.488
1. 1st mvt. - Allegro  (10:55)
2. 2nd mvt. - Adagio  (6:44)
3. 3rd mvt. - Allegro assai  (8:03)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by Clarence Raybould
Recorded c.1953, BBC Concert Hall, Broadcasting House, London
Restored from 78rpm acetate disc recordings of Australian radio rebroadcast, 13 March 1953


TCHAIKOVSKY  Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
4. 1st mvt. - Andante non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito  (18:59)
5. 2nd mvt. - Andantino semplice - Prestissimo  (6:57)
6. 3rd mvt. - Allegro con fuoco  (6:23)7 Applause and radio announcement  (0:22)

Victorian Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Sir Bernard Heinze
Concert performance of 15 October 1949, Melbourne Town Hall
Restored from 78rpm acetate disc recordings of ABC radio broadcast

Jascha Spivakovsky, piano


XR remastered by Andrew Rose

© and (P) 2018 Pristine Audio & The Spivakovsky Jubilee

SPIVAKOVSKY Bach to Bloch, Volume Seven (1953/1961) - PASC539

BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No .4 in G major, Op. 58
1. 1st mvt. - Allegro moderato  (18:25)
2. 2nd mvt. - Andante con moto  (5:10)
3. 3rd mvt. - Rondo. Vivace  (10:02)
Live broadcast performance, Saturday 7 January, 1961
Victorian State Orchestra    
conducted by Clive Douglas


BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto in E-flat major, "Emperor", Op. 73
4 1st mvt. - Allegro  (19:58)
5. 2nd mvt. - Adagio  (9:05)
6. 3rd mvt. - Rondo. Allegro  (10:29)
Live broadcast performance, Sunday 18 January, 1953
BBC Scottish Orchestra    
conducted by Ian Whyte

Jascha Spivakovsky, piano



Cover artwork based on a photograph of Jascha Spivakovsky with the manuscript score of Beethoven's 'Emperor' Concerto


© and (P) 2018 Pristine Audio & The Spivakovsky Jubilee
XR remastered by Andrew Rose

Total duration: 73:09