Byron Janis: The RCA Recordings 1950-1959

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The performances include Beethoven sonatas (“bracing, virile interpretations [that] sound as fresh and modern today as they must have 60-plus years ago –, extensive Chopin and Liszt selections, as well as concertos by Schumann, Rachmaninoff (the First and Third), Liszt (Totentanz) and Strauss (Burleske) with the Chicago and Boston Symphony orchestras under Fritz Reiner and Charles Munch, all played with “steel-edged articulation, nervous energy, and gauntly singing lines” (

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  • Catalog Number: 88985313302

  • UPC: 889853133024

  • Label: Sony

  • Composer: Andrey Schulz-Evler, Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert, Frédéric Chopin, George Gershwin, Johannes Brahms, Ludwig van Beethoven, Modest Mussorgsky, Richard Strauss, Robert Schumann, Sergei Rachmaninov

  • Conductor: Charles Munch, Fritz Reiner, Hugo Winterhalter

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra

  • Performer: Byron Janis