Complete Josef Hofmann 6
This is a recording by (IMHO) the greatest pianist of the recording era.2019年7月7日にアメリカ合衆国でレビュー済み
This is a recording by (IMHO) the greatest pianist of the recording era. The first CD is superb, the early part of the second CD is superb, after which superbly played music mostly recorded by acoustic, with all of its flaws, rather than magnetic recording techniques. Magnetic replaced acoustic in 1925, by which time Hofmann was 55 and not in his prime. However, Hofmann, not in his prime, is still the best. I am a retired professional musician and have participated in and/or heard thousands of hours of live and recorded music.
Hofmann -- Worthwhile but Quirky2000年3月20日にアメリカ合衆国でレビュー済み
Volume 6 is primarily Josef Hofmann's Casimir Hall Recital of 1938, featuring the Beethoven "Waldstein" Sonata and the Schumann Kreisleriana (slightly abridged), plus some shorter pieces. It also includes a complete recording of the Beethoven Moonlight Sonata from 1936 and a complete recording of a broadcast of the Beethoven G major Concerto from 1941. This pair of CD's needs a little caution -- Hofmann was in a strange mood for the Casimir Hall Recital, since he had been fired as director of the Curtis Institute shortly before the recital and his mood is, well, strange. But much of the playing is still wonderful. My assumption is that anyone interested in Hofmann will start by getting Volumes 1 & 2 -- the Chopin Concertos and the 1937 Golden Jubilee Recital. Beyond that, in choosing among Volumes 3 to 6, Volume 6 offers some unusual repertoire for Hoffman. The Waldstein is both astonishing and quirky, a performance you have to hear to believe, not that you will necessarily like it. The tempos in the second and third movement are far faster than anyone else has attempted. The melodic line and the tempos are sometimes distorted beyond recognition. But it's still amazing! In the Chopin Minute Waltz, the repeat is taken in thirds! For piano aficionados and Hofmann lovers, this is a "must" recording. For others, it is good but ranks below Volumes 4 or 5, due to problems in the Casimir Hall portion -- the quirkiness at times and the sound level that fluctuates. An excellent 32 page booklet is included.