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Byron Janis – Encore (Speakers Corner)

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Ships from: Melbourne


It is an unwritten rule of concert life, signalised by the continuous applause of an enthusiastic audience, that no good soloist is allowed to leave the platform before he has given at least one encore. Whether the virtuoso pulls a contemplative, lyrical or thrilling piece out of his hat is entirely up to him or her to decide. But one thing is absolutely imperative: an encore must be short and popular.
Twelve such little gems, all of them different in their own way, have been chosen by Byron Janis for this coupling. They are all well-loved – from the technically demanding Sixth Rhapsody and the frisky "Valse oubliée" by Liszt, to Schumann’s seemingly weightless Romance in F sharp major and his energetic Novelette with its cascades of chords. Byron Janis displays his deft finger technique in Prokofiev’s furious "Toccata", while tender sentimentality pervades Mendelssohn’s "Lied ohne Worte". Pinto’s three sparkling "Scenes from Childhood" are played with humour and nicely round off this musical pot-pourri.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. More information under All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.

Recording: June 1962 in Bolshoi Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow, Russia,
by C.R. Fine and Robert Eberenz / Production: Wilma Cozart

Release details

Artist: Byron Janis
Label: Mercury, Mercury Living Presence, Speakers Corner Records
Format: LP, Reissue
Units: 1
Country: Germany
Released: 2009
Genre: Classical
Style: Romantic, Modern


A1 Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6
A2 Valse Oubliée
A3 Romance In F Sharp Minor
A4 The Miller´S Dance, From The Three Cornrerd Hat
A5 Sonetto Del Petrarco Civ
A6 The Harmonica Player
B1 Toccata
B2 Song Without Words
B3 Novellette In F Major
B4 Etude In F Major
B5 Waltz In A Minor
B6 Three Scenes From Childhood