Lorin Hollander: Complete RCA Album Collection

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The American pianist Lorin Hollander was only 14 years old in 1958 when he recorded his first album for RCA, a personal selection of “22...

The American pianist Lorin Hollander was only 14 years old in 1958 when he recorded his first album for RCA, a personal selection of “22 Favorites” entitled Discovering the Piano. Its success led to a sequel the following year. Over the next eight years he produced an acclaimed series of releases for the Red Label, establishing an international career which would eventually encompass more than 2,500 appearances as a pianist, conductor and passionate advocate for arts education. Hollander has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras and collaborated with conductors such as Bernstein, Szell, Ormandy, Leinsdorf, Previn, Haitink, Ozawa and Mehta. Sony Classical is now pleased to present a new 8-disc box set offering Lorin Hollander’s complete RCA discography for the first time on CD.

A child prodigy, he was born in New York City into a musical family – his father was associate concertmaster of the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Toscanini. Lorin began playing the piano at the age of three and within two years had memorized the complete first book of the Well-Tempered Clavier. At eleven, he made his Carnegie Hall début playing Mozart’s C major Concerto K 467. His list of distinguished teachers and mentors includes Eduard Steuermann, Olga Stroumillo, Leon Fleisher, Max Rudolf and Rudolf Serkin.

Sony’s Lorin Hollander box begins with those two early albums of “favorites” by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Brahms, Grieg, Rimsky-Korsakov, Falla, Granados, Rachmaninoff and Paderewski. In 1963, with Erich Leinsdorf and the Boston Symphony, he premièred and recorded the Fantasy and Variations for Piano and Orchestra by Norman Dello Joio. RCA Victor’s release, a coupling with the Ravel G major Concerto, became Hollander’s international record début and found critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. High Fidelity in the US wrote that “the eighteen-year-old pianist’s amazing digital skill and bravura are just what are demanded for the Fantasy and Variations”, while Gramophone in the UK, was grateful for “our first taste on records of the music of Norman Dello Joio, the 50-year-old New York composer who was at one time a pupil of Hindemith. The piano part is immensely athletic: Hollander scuttles up and down the keyboard with great efficiency, and the orchestra is equally on its toes.”

Hollander recorded further virtuoso concertos in 1964 and 1965. The Prokofiev Fifth, also with Leinsdorf and the BSO, was hailed as “a super-brilliant performance” by High Fidelity. Of the Khachaturian Piano Concerto coupled with Bloch’s Scherzo fantasque – made in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under André Previn – High Fidelity wrote enthusiastically: “The Scherzo fantasque has many of the jagged dissonances and virile qualities of Bloch’s writing in the early Twenties. It is fiercely virtuosic and thus ideally suited to the percussive, tigerish Mr. Hollander. In the Khachaturian … Hollander’s work is also first-rate technically … I find the performance excellent.”

Two solo albums from 1965 and 1966 rounded out Hollander’s RCA discography, Mussorsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, coupled with works by Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff, and a coupling of Beethoven’s “Tempest” Sonata, the Schumann Arabeske, a Brahms Intermezzo and Myra Hess’s beloved Bach transcription “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”. The set concludes with a curiosity, recorded for Columbia’s “Modern American Music Series” in 1973: the concert work for soprano and chamber ensemble fashioned by American composer Leon Kirchner from his opera Lily. Kirchner plays the piano part and conducts an ensemble featuring Lorin Hollander on celesta, clarinettist Richard Stoltzman, violinist James Buswell and violist Nobuko Imai. The soprano soloist is Diana Hoagland.  


Rimsky-Korsakoff (arr. Rachmaninoff): Flight of the Bumblebee
Granados: Spanish Dance in E Minor, Op. 5, No. 5 "Playera - Andaluzia"   
Schubert: Momento Musical In F Minor, Op. 94, No. 3
Mendelssohn: Venetian Boat Song, No. 6
Chopin: Etude in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 12 "Revolutionary"
Paderewski: Menuet célèbre in G Major  
Falla: Ritual Fire Dance
Liszt: Liebestraum No. 3
Chopin: Für Elise (Albumblatt)  
Chopin: Prelude in C Minor, Op. 28/20  
Brahms: Waltz in A-Flat Major, Op. 39/15 
Debussy: Claire de lune   
Chopin: Waltz in C Sharp Minor, Op. 64/2
Beethoven: Minuet No. 2 in G Major
Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major, K. 545: I. Allegro "Sonata Facile"
Mozart (arr. Hollander): Minuet (From "Don Giovanni") 
Bach: Two-Part Invention No. 13 in A Minor, BWV 784   
Schumann: Album für die Jugend, Op. 68: X. Fröhlicher Landmann, von der Arbeit zurückkehrend.  
Schumann: Album für die Jugend, Op. 68: II. Soldatenmarsch. Munter und straff
Schumann: Träumerei 
Grieg: Anitra's Dance
Chopin: Etude in G-Flat, Op. 25, No. 9 "Butterfly" 


Chopin: Polonaise in A-Flat Major, Op. 53
Chopin: Scherzo No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 31 
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.6 in D-Flat Major, S.244/6 
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No. 3, S.216 
Brahms: 3 Intermezzi, Op. 117/2
Brahms: Rhapsody in G Minor, Op. 79/2 
Rachmaninoff: Prelude in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 3/2  


Dello Joio: Fantasy and Variations for Piano and Orchestra
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major  
Lorin Hollander, piano / Boston Symphony Orchestra / Erich Leinsdorf, conductor


Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 19 [Erick Friedman, violin]    
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 5 in G Major, Op. 55    
Lorin Hollander, piano / Boston Symphony Orchestra / Erich Leinsdorf, conductor


Khachaturian: Piano Concerto in D-Flat Major, Op. 38  
Bloch: Scherzo fantasque, B. 78
Lorin Hollander, piano / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Andre Previn, conductor


Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Rachmaninoff: Prelude In C-Sharp Minor, Op. 3/2 
Prokofiev: Toccata, Op. 11


Beethoven: Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31/2 "The Tempest  
Bach, J. S. (arr. Hess): Choral: "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"  
Brahms: Intermezzo in B-Flat Minor, Op. 117/2
Schumann: Arabeske, Op. 18 


Kirchner: Lily (1973) 
Diana Hoagland, soprano / Columbia Chamber Soloists / Leon Kirchner, pianist/conductor
Kirchner: String Quartet No. 2 (1958)
Lenox String Quartet

Product Description:

  • Release Date: June 24, 2022

  • UPC: 194399287828

  • Catalog Number: 19439928782

  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment

  • Number of Discs: 8

  • Composer: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakoff, Enrique Granados, Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn, Frédéric Chopin, Ignaz Paderewski, Manuel de Falla, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy, Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Schumann, Edvard Grieg, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Norman Della Joio, Maurice Ravel, Sergei Prokofiev, Aram Khachaturian, Leon Kirchner

  • Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf, Andre Previn

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lenox String Quartet

  • Performer: Lorin Hollander