Artur Balsam: Mozart Recordings

$ 14.99

These recordings represent Bridge's latest investigations into the concert and studio legacy of the great Polish piano virtuoso, Artur Balsam. This set of recordings features never-before-issued BBC broadcasts of four concertos, performed with the superb Haydn Orchestra of London, conducted by the late Harry Newstone. The concerto recordings were taken from a series of broadcasts that Balsam, Newstone and the Haydn Orchestra made in June of 1956. These broadcasts, long thought to be lost, were restored by Adam Abeshouse, and reveal Balsam as a great Mozartean, performing with luminous touch, an unerring sense of proportion, and great warmth of spirit. A biographical essay about the late Canadian conductor, Harry Newstone, gives a wealth of information about this undeservedly forgotten maestro. In addition to his work with his own Haydn Orchestra, Harry Newstone was the conductor of the BBC Welsh Orchestra, and the Sacramento Symphony. Newstone's work pre-figured many of the techniques that the early-instrument movement were to adopt a generation later. In addition to the concerto recordings, these specially-priced discs offer two solo performances- Mozart's beloved C major Sonata, K. 330, from Balsam's Concert Hall Society LP, made in the 1950s; and the beautiful, late, Rondo in A minor, K. 511, taken from a recital Balsam gave in New York City, in 1980.



“Each and every phrase is clear, vocally informed, and full of life. Bravo to Bridge’s production team, who’ve obviously put serious time, effort, and care into bringing out this material in the right way.” -

“This is excellent retrieval work from Bridge, whose commitment to Balsam has been of long standing and great worth.” - MusicWeb International

“Balsam is truly the star of the show; his Mozart playing is radiant, supple, sensitive, and never bombastic. For those who maintain an interest in the beginnings of historically accurate performance practice in modern times, Artur Balsam: Mozart Recordings should prove highly engaging; for others already following Bridge’s reissue program of Balsam, this should be a no-brainer.” - AllMusic (Uncle Dave Lewis)


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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Disc A

Concerto No. 15 in B-flat Maj., K. 450
Concerto No. 17 in G Maj., K. 453

Artur Balsam, piano
The Haydn Orchestra, Harry Newstone, conductor

Rondo in A min., K. 511
Artur Balsam, piano

Disc B

Sonata in C Maj., K. 330
Artur Balsam, piano

Concerto No. 14 in E-flat Maj., K. 449
Concerto No. 18 in B-flat Maj., K. 456

Artur Balsam, piano
The Haydn Orchestra, Harry Newstone, conductor

BRIDGE 9217A/B (two discs for the price of one)

Related Balsam discs:

9063, 9066, 9110, 9125, 9148, 9175, 9185, 9196A/B, 9225, 9226A/B