01 Petri joue Brahms - notes (in French with photo).jpg
Brahms - Tchaikovsky
12 Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1 - III. Allegro con fuoco - Allegro vivo.flac
11 Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1 - II. Andantino semplice.flac
10 Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto no. 1 - I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso.flac
09 Brahms - Intermezzo No. 1, Op. 117.flac
08 Brahms - Ballade No. 4, Op. 10.flac
07 Brahms - Ballade No. 3, Op. 10.flac
06 Brahms - Ballade No. 2, Op. 10.flac
05 Brahms - Ballade No. 1, Op. 10.flac
04 Brahms - Intermezzo No. 3, Op. 117.flac
03 Brahms - Intermezzo No. 2, Op. 117.flac
02 Brahms - Rhapsody No. 2, Op. 79.flac
01 Brahms - Rhapsody No. 1, Op. 79.flac
Bach-Busoni - Liszt-Busoni
07 Liszt-Busoni - Spanish Rhapsody.flac
06 Bach-Busoni - Prelude and Fugue in D major.flac
05 Bach-Busoni - Prelude and Fugue in E flat major (St. Anne).flac
04 Bach-Busoni - Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C (III).flac
03 Bach-Busoni - Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C (II).flac
02 Bach-Busoni - Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C (I).flac
01 Bach-Busoni - Toccata and Fugue in D minor.flac
Egon Petri, Piano - Bach-Busoni - Liszt-Busoni - Brahms - Tchaikovsky
J.S. Bach (arr. Busoni) - Toccata and Fugue in D Minor - Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major - Prelude and Fugue in E Flat Major ("St. Anne") - Prelude and Fugue in D Major - Liszt (arr. Busoni) - Spanish Rhapsody - Minneapolis Symphony / Dimitri Mitropoulos - Brahms - Rhapsodies Nos. 1 and 2, Op. 79 - Intermezzi Nos. 1, 2 & 3, Op. 117 - Ballades Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 4, Op. 10 - Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor, Op. 23 - London Philharmonic / Walter Goehr - Egon Petri, Piano
Note: this is a revised version of the previous upload. The Bach-Busoni LP has been completely redone using a different pickup cartridge. This is intended, in part, to remedy the over-emphasized bass of the earlier version. The Brahms transfers have also been revised for the same reason - in addition to slight changes made in the 78rpm restorations.
Egon Petri (1881-1962) was born in Hanover to very musical Dutch parents. Petri's father was a violinist, employed in Hanover at the time, while his mother was a singer. In fact, one might easily consider the greater part of the family itself "musical" since Petri's grandfather had been an oboist and his great-grandfather an organist. Further, Petri's parents counted among their personal friends such musical notables as Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Brahms, Joachim, Clara Schumann, Mahler, Nikisch, Anton Rubinstein - and, of course, Ferrucio Busoni, Petri's later teacher and mentor (Petri's first piano teacher was none other than the famed Teresa Carreno). The original idea for making piano arrangements of Bach's organ works was first suggested to Busoni by Petri's mother in 1888 following an organ recital they had just attended in Leipzig. In short, all of this amounted to not a wholly bad set of preconditions and influences for a youth destined to become one of the major pianists and music pedagogues of the last century.
All of these recordings are fine examples of Petri's art. The 1937 four-disc set of Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto - with the London Philharmonic directed by Walter Goehr - is the first recording Petri made with an orchestra. It might also be considered a "model performance" of this work from the pianistic standpoint: well-proportioned, lyrical, intelligent - and without the slightest trace of sentimentality. Together with Petri's 1941 virtuoso performance of the Busoni arrangement of Liszt's Spanish Rhapsody, one also has a virtuosic showing from the Minneapolis Symphony and it's conductor during this time, Dimitri Mitropoulos. Both recordings possess excellent sound for their periods.
The wonderful 1950s Bach-Busoni and Brahms recordings ask for repeated listening - not the least due to the fact that they reverberate with a highly singular approach to music-making which has - unfortunately - long ago left us.
LP transfers of material recorded c.mid-1950s (Westminster, Allegro labels); restorations of 78rpm material recorded 1937 and 1941 (Columbia sets X-163 and M-318).
Includes original covers, notes (French and English), etc.