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The Art of Magda Tagliaferro

The Art of Magda Tagliaferro

HTGCD277 – 5060332660957

It is astonishing that Magda Tagliaferro’s name is unknown to many music-lovers. Perhaps never has there been a pianist with such style, such buoyant, subtle rhythm and such controlled energy, such swagger and sensuality. These qualities are displayed here in the rare 78rpm recordings she made in the 1930s – the much sought-after Reynaldo Hahn Piano Concerto and performances of her beloved Schumann, Debussy and the music of Spain and South America. The transfers were originally produced by Roger Beardsley for Pearl and the booklet includes an informative and affectionate note by Jeremy Siepmann.

‘It is difficult to think of a more irrepressible virtuoso pianist than Brazillian born but Paris based Magda Tagliaferro… a pianist who revelled in music of a facile but endearing charm. She is gentle and assuaging in Schumann’s F sharp minor Romance… Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu, too, is given with a truly extraordinary dexterity and rhythmic aplomb.’
– Bryce Morrison, International Piano, May-June 2015

‘immensely persuasive playing.’
– Rob Cowan, Gramophone, February 2015

‘wonderfully alert and delicate performances.’
– Nigel Simeone, International Record Review, February 2015

‘Her records are relatively scarce and this is a delicious selection of them … The unnamed orchestra is splendid and the recording, good for its time, sounds even more splendid here … The transfers are excellent; good copies were used by Pearl and this disc, in Heritage’s astute and growing selection of reissues, restores this valuable tranche of 78s very enterprisingly.’
– Jonathan Woolf, Music Web International, 10th November 2014

Track Listing

REYNALDO HAHNPiano Concerto in E Major; Sonatine
 
SCHUMANN: Faschingsschwank aus Wien (Grand Prix du Disque)Romance No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 28
 
CHOPIN: Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 66
 
ALBENIZ:  Sevilla
 
MOMPOU:  La Rue, le Guitariste et le Vieux Cheva;  Jeune fille au jardin  (Grand Prix du Disque)
 
DEBUSSY: Jardin sous la pluie; Toccata
 
Total time:  79 minutes