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Fascinating! Truly monumental.
I wonder if more Liszt recordings could exists - like the Mephisto
Waltz 1, and Rhapsody No 9...
Thanks! ;) I don't know about those Liszt pieces. The Mephisto-
Waltz No. 1 appear quite frequently in VS's recital programs. The
Rhapsody No. 9, less so. There's a paper by Igor Nikonovich, in
Nikonovich and Scriabin (2008), p. 345-348, where he says that
there's no recording of some masterpieces (see p. 348). This
includes the First Mephisto-Waltz, Rhapsodies No. 2, 9, and 12,
Schumann's Humoreske, Faschingsschwank aus Wien, and Kinderszenen,
Schumann's Second and Third Piano Sonatas, Chopin's Second Sonata,
Third Scherzo, and shorter pieces, Choral Preludes by Bach/Busoni,
Ravel's Sonatina, Balakirev's Islamey, some Sonatas and Fairy Tales
by Medtner, Prokofiev's Suggestion diabolique, among others. Maybe
unknown tapes are sleeping somewhere, but I guess one should not
hold one's breath...
Two months ago, Melodiya issued large excerpts from the October 26,
1951 live recital at the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. But
these excerpts are for now only available as a download-only option,
for instance through Presto Classical (Cat. No.: Melodiya GP15926) as
FLAC files or (320 kb/s) MP3 files:
I hope they will issue the recital (or at least those excerpts) as
a physical CD, too... According to Igor Nikonovich, the recorded
pieces were as follows; see Scriabin and Nikolaeva (2013), p. 392:
26.10.1951, at the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory:
1. Glazunov---Sonata No. 2, Op. 75*;
2--5. Liadov---Prelude, Op. 57 No. 1*; Barcarole, Op. 44; A Musical
Snuffbox, Op. 32; Novelette, Op. 20*;
6--7. Scriabin--- Polonaise, Op. 21*; Waltz, Op. 38*.
8--11. Rachmaninoff---Moment musical, Op. 16 No. 2; Étude-tableau,
Op. 39 No. 5; Étude-tableau, Op. 33 No. 2; Étude-tableau, Op. 33
12. Blumenfeld---Two Fragments lyriques, Op. 47*;
13--14. Scriabin---Mazurka, Op. 40 No. 2*; Étude, Op. 8 No. 10*;
15. Rachmaninoff---Prelude, Op. 32 No. 12*;
16. Scriabin---Prelude, Op. 17 No. 5*.
(In the above lists, pieces marked with `*' appear on this new issue
by Melodiya, GP15926.)
I suspect some of those pieces (Blumenfeld's Op. 47, Liadov's Opp.
44 and 32, and Scriabin's Op. 8 No. 10) have already been published
on (Melodiya's) LP D16257/8, but I'm not sure yet. The other pieces
are new additions to VS's discography, AFAIK. IMO, it's especially
important for Glazunov's Op. 75 (and Scriabin's Op. 21, for which
there exists only a studio recording made November 3, 1950). Those
excerpts sound like very high quality issues or reissues, based on
one-minute snippets available as (320 kb/s) MP3 files.
Due to lack of time, I haven't yet been able to add this GP15926
edition to the discography.