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Bella Davidovich: Beethoven, Chopin

Bella Davidovich: Beethoven, Chopin

Bella Davidovich: Beethoven, Chopin

  • Disc number in the directory: MEL CD 1002584
  • Recorded: 1961-1963
  • Release: 2018

Firma Melodiya presents an album of Bella Davidovich’s recordings. The double CD is timed to the outstanding pianist’s 90th anniversary.
As her family legend has it, the three-year-old Bella, without knowing musical notation, played Chopin’s waltz from her memory. One way or another, Chopin was the one who became the pianist’s guiding light. In 1949, she shared the first prize of the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw with the celebrated Polish pianist Halina Czerny-Stefańska. At that time, she was a student of the Moscow Conservatory where she studied under two prominent representatives of the Russian piano school, Konstantin Igumnov and (after the latter’s death) Yakov Flier.
Bella Davidovich was an active concert performer from the early 1950s playing in the Soviet Union and abroad and made quite a number of recordings. In 1979, following her son, violinist and conductor Dmitri Sitkovetsky, she left for the USA where she gave a triumphant recital at Carnegie Hall. She played at some of the well-known venues of the American and European continents and taught at the Juilliard School in New York. She played in Moscow again a decade later.
The anniversary album comprises some of Bella Davidovich’s best recordings – a collection of Frédéric Chopin’s waltzes, his first piano concerto and Beethoven’s first concerto, from which she started her performing career (at the age of nine, she played Beethoven’s concerto in her home city of Baku). These recordings made in the early 1960s with the conductor Arvīds Jansons have not been previously released beyond the former USSR.

Bella Davidovich, piano
Recorded in 1961–1963.
Sound engineer – Valentin Skoblo
Remastering – Nadezhda Radugina
 

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  • 1
     
    Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15: I. Allegro con brio
    Bella Davidovich, Arvids Jansons, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (Ludwig van Beethoven)
    14:13
  • 2
     
    Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15: II. Largo
    Bella Davidovich, Arvids Jansons, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (Ludwig van Beethoven)
    11:11
  • 3
     
    Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15: III. Rondo - Allegro
    Bella Davidovich, Arvids Jansons, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (Ludwig van Beethoven)
    08:31
  • 4
     
    Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11: I. Allegro maestoso
    Bella Davidovich, Arvids Jansons, Grand Symphony Orchestra of All-Union National Radio Service and Central Television Networks (Frederic Chopin)
    19:22
  • 5
     
    Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11: II. Romance - Larghetto
    Bella Davidovich, Arvids Jansons, Grand Symphony Orchestra of All-Union National Radio Service and Central Television Networks (Frederic Chopin)
    09:48
  • 6
     
    Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11: III. Rondo - Vivace
    Bella Davidovich, Arvids Jansons, Grand Symphony Orchestra of All-Union National Radio Service and Central Television Networks (Frederic Chopin)
    09:53
  • 7
     
    Grande valse brillante in E-Flat Major, Op. 18
    Bella Davidovich (Frederic Chopin)
    05:11
  • 8
     
    Waltzes, Op. 34: No. 1 in A-Flat Major
    Bella Davidovich (Frederic Chopin)
    04:54
  • 9
     
    Waltzes, Op. 34: No. 2 in A Minor
    Bella Davidovich (Frederic Chopin)
    05:14
  • 10
     
    Waltzes, Op. 34: No. 3 in F Major
    Bella Davidovich (Frederic Chopin)
    02:23
  • 11
     
    Waltz in A-Flat Major, Op. 42
    Bella Davidovich (Frederic Chopin)
    03:46
  • 12
     
    Waltzes, Op. 64: No. 1 in D-Flat Major
    Bella Davidovich (Frederic Chopin)
    01:52
  • 13
     
    Waltzes, Op. 64: No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor
    Bella Davidovich (Frederic Chopin)
    03:54
  • 14
     
    Waltzes, Op. 64: No. 3 in A-Flat Major
    Bella Davidovich (Frederic Chopin)
    03:00
  • 15
     
    Waltzes, Op. 69: No. 1 in A-Flat Major
    Bella Davidovich (Frederic Chopin)
    04:14
  • 16
     
    Waltzes, Op. 69: No. 2 in B Minor
    Bella Davidovich (Frederic Chopin)
    03:53
  • 17
     
    Waltzes, Op. 70: No. 1 in G-Flat Major
    Bella Davidovich (Frederic Chopin)
    02:23
  • 18
     
    Waltzes, Op. 70: No. 2 in F Minor
    Bella Davidovich (Frederic Chopin)
    03:03
  • 19
     
    Waltzes, Op. 70: No. 3 in D-Flat Major
    Bella Davidovich (Frederic Chopin)
    02:40
  • 20
     
    Waltz in E Minor, B. 56
    Bella Davidovich (Frederic Chopin)
    02:48

  • Total time: 120:02

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