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LOUIS KENTNER PLAYS



On this page, Louis Kentner plays the piano music of Beethoven, Chopin and other composers. Unlike some pianists who have made a career performing the works of Franz Liszt, this great pianist is every bit as wonderful in his approach to composers of greatly differing styles.  Perhaps it is precisely because he brings the same care and and depth of understanding with which he plays the works of composers of the stature of Beethoven and Chopin to those of Liszt that his playing of Liszt is on a plane so vastly superior to that of those pianists who see in most of Liszt"s music little more than merely a vehicle for showing off their manual dexterity.

It was via a budget label record that I was introduced to the Transcendental Etudes by Sergei Lyapunov. These are amazing studies, very much an extension of the Liszt studies of the same name, and rightly dedicated to Liszt. I urge you to make it a priority to get to know them. Louis Kentner plays the set of twelve etudes, and doubtless from the same recording, below. A piano roll recording of the final etude by Lyapunov himself can be found at the end of Kentner's compete set.

Louis Kentner was also a marvelous interpreter of the works of Chopin. Under his fingers, the larger pieces, Ballades, Barcarolle, Polonaise-fantaisie, Scherzi, demonstrate for all to hear Chopin's genius for dramatic structure. His is not the Chopin of the salon but the Chopin of the Academie Française.

And his recording of the Brahms second piano concerto under the baton of the wonderful conductor Sir Adrian Boult is one of my favorites.









Mozart  Piano Concerto 12 in A major, K 414
Sir Thomas Beecham conducting the London Philarmonic Orchestra

i Allegro
10:18 ➢ ii Andante
17:59 ➢ iii Allegretto

recorded in 1940




Beethoven Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 59 "Für Elise"
(a comparison in which my favorite is Lympany with Kentner a a very interesting and close second)

Alfred Reisenauer
02:47Johanne Stockmarr
05:28Louis Kentner
08:59Bruce Hungerford
12:06Moura Lympany




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 21 in C major, Op 53 "Waldstein"

i Allegro con brio
ii Introduzione: Adagio molto
iii Rondo: Allegretto moderato. Prestissimo




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 23 in F minor, Op 57 "Appassionata"


i Allegro assai
ii Andante con moto
iii
Allegro ma non troppo. Presto




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 29 in B major, Op 106 " Hammerklavier"

recorded in 1939


i Allegro
10:12ii Scherzo: Assai vivace
13:05iiia Adagio sostenuto (beginning)



iiib Adagio sostenuto (conclusion)
08:44
➢ iv Introduzione: Largo. Prestissimo – Fuga: Allegro risoluto




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 29 in B major, Op 106 " Hammerklavier"

recorded somewhat later


i Allegro



ii Scherzo: Assai vivace
iiia Adagio sostenuto (beginning



iiib Adagio sostenuto (conclusion)



iv Introduzione: Largo. Prestissimo – Fuga: Allegro risoluto




Chopin  Etude in E major, Op 10~3 "Tristesse"
(a comparison: the great, the good, and the stick to boogie-woogie)

Louis Kentner
04:23Jeanne-Marie Darré
08:10Winifred Atwell




Chopin  Bolero, Op 19

recorded in 1949




Chopin  Ballades


1 in G minor, op 23



4 in F minor, Op 52




Chopin Scherzi

recorded in 1954


2 in B minor, Op 31




4  in E major, Op 54




Chopin  Barcarolle in F major, Op 60




Chopin  Polonaise-Fantaisie in A major, Op 61

recorded in the 1940s




Chopin  Waltz 6 in D Major, Op. 64~1 "Minute Waltz"




Chopin  Waltz 7 in C minor, Op. 64~1
(&
03:47Clément Doucet & Jean Wiener Chopinata rec. 1927)

recorded in 1968




Brahms  Piano Concerto 2 in B major, Op 83
Sir Adrian Boult conducting the Philarmonia Orchestra




Balakirev  Piano Sonata 2 in B minor, Op 102

recorded in 1949 (first recording)


i Andantino



ii Mazurka: Moderato



iii Intermezzo: Larghetto



iv Allegro non troppo, ma con fuoco




Sergei Lyapunov (1859-1924)  12 Transcendental Etudes, Op 11
(dedicated to Franz Liszt)

recorded in 1949


1 Berceuse in F major



2 Ronde des Fantômes in D minor



3 Carillon in B major



4 Térek ("The River Terek") in G minor



5 Nuit d'été in E major



6 Tempête in C minor



7 Idylle in A major



8 Chant épique in F minor



9 Harpes éoliennes in D major



10 Lesghinka in B minor



11 Ronde des sylphes in G major



12 Elégie en mémoire de François Liszt in E minor



12 Elégie en mémoire de François Liszt in E minor
performed by Lyapunov on a 1910 piano roll




Bartók  Piano Concerto 3 in E major (1945)
Ferenc Fricsay conducting the RIAS Symphonie Orchester

recorded in the early 1950s


i
Allegretto



ii Adagio religioso – Poco piu mosso – Tempo I



iii Allegro vivace




Richard Addinsell  Warsaw Concerto
Original soundtrak from "Dangerous Moonlight"

Muir Mathieson conducting the London Symphony Orchestra

recorded in 1941




For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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