Various: Cyril Smith - The Complete Solo Recordings / Smith
We tend to remember the British pianist CYRIL SMITH (1909–1974) these days as the pianist who overcame the misfortune of a paralyzing stroke to form a hugely successful duo for three hands with his wife, pianist Phyllis Sellick. Before then though, he had conquered the virtuoso repertoire in a most un-British fashion – making Rachmaninov the center of his art and recording a series of warhorses in spectacular style. The Dohnányi Capriccio of 1929, his earliest recording, and part of a prize for a competition win, lays down the gauntlet in a coruscating performance to rival the Horwitz version released the same year. His recordings of the 2nd and 3rd Rachmaninov concertos and Rhapsody were for a time best-sellers. But there is poetry and charm too, particularly in the various encore-like transcriptions he set down. This set brings together for the first time all the recordings he made as a solo player before his stroke.
Catalog Number: APR7313
Label: APR Recordings
Composer: Anton Rubinstein, Arthur Bliss, Ernő Dohnányi, Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert, Fryderyk Chopin, Ignaz Friedman, Isaac Albeniz, Johann Sebastian Bach, Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev, Robert Schumann, Sergey Rachmaninov
Conductor: George Weldon, Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra
Performer: Cyril Smith