New CD Release Information from Regis Records – Spring 2012
Please find attached (and outlined below) details of the Spring Releases from Regis Records (street date 21st May). If you would like a review copy of any titles, please respond before 14th May and they will be sent out a few days after then. The PDF attachment features the front cover visuals.
Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas – Wilhelm Kempff
RRC9010 (9CD) [Bar code 5055031390106] UK Dealer Price – £11.50
Regis presents classic recordings of the complete Beethoven sonatas at an exceptional price. Wilhelm Kempff’s mono set is often regarded as superior to his later stereo set and appears here, newly transferred and organised sequentially, in a beautifully packaged 9 CD wallet box. UK suggested retail price £20.00.
“Wilhelm Kempff was the most inspirational of Beethoven pianists. Those who have cherished his earlier stereo cycle for its magical spontaneity will find Kempff’s qualities even more intensely conveyed in this mono set, recorded between 1951 and 1956.’’ Gramophone
Romantic Piano Concertos – Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 23/Schumann Piano Concerto Op. 54 performed by Van Cliburn
RRC1391 [Bar code 5055031313914] UK Dealer Price – £2.70
Van Cliburn’s extraordinary rise to fame in the late fifties was in no small part due to his performance of the Tchaikovsky concerto featured on this disc. This Regis release is a valuable document of the birth of a pianistic legend. The Schumann coupling shows a more introspective side to his musicianship. Available at super budget price.
“Van Cliburn’s recorded performance of the concerto is a very good one. He certainly brings enormous power to the many sections of the music which respond readily to it, yet is happily content to keep the power in reserve elsewhere.” Gramophone of Tchaikovsky
Richter plays Schubert & Beethoven
RRC1390 [Bar code 5055031313907] UK Dealer Price – £2.70
Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 16 D.845; Schubert: Moments Musicaux D. 780 No. 1 in C major; Schubert: Impromptus D. 899 (selection); Beethoven: Bagatelles Op. 33 (selection); Beethoven: Bagatelles Op. 119 (selection); Beethoven: Bagatelles Op. 126 (selection)
Wonderful performances of Schubert and Beethoven by one of the most highly regarded pianists of the 20th century. The Schubert miniatures were recorded at the legendary Sofia concert of 1958 and the sonata and bagatelles are studio recordings. Available at super budget price.
“This performance of the Op. 42 A minor sonata can give no disappointment to anyone, however high their expectations of Richter are fixed: for it is surpassingly beautiful, unfailingly poetic, and filled with warmth and human feeling. Perfect execution, with wonderfully graded tone, even runs and flawless control is allied to superfine musical intelligence and affection for Schubert’s music.’’ Gramophone
Brendel plays Beethoven
RRC1389 [Bar code 5055031313891] UK Dealer Price – £2.70
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor Op. 37; 15 Variations and a Fugue in E flat major, Op. 35 Eroica; Variations on Rule Britannia Wo079; 7 Variations on God Save the King Wo078; 7 Variations on the Quartet Kind, willst du ruhig schlafen from Winter’s Das unterbrochene Opferfest, WoO 75
Brendel’s Beethovian credentials are displayed in this Regis release. The third piano concerto is coupled with four of his most popular sets of variations, including the Eroica, God Save the King and Rule Britannia. Accompaniment is given by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Heinz Wallberg.
‘Brendel plays with a mixture of heart and head that is most satisfying, to which he adds countless touches of pianism that delight… Brendel does nothing to startle; what he does do is far more important, he constantly throws light on the music by an interpretation that is clearly born of much thought …. and a deep understanding.’’ Gramophone of Third Piano Concerto.
Puccini – The Great Operas
RRC9011 [Bar code 5055031390113] 13 CD UK Dealer Price – £12.00
La Boheme; Tosca; Madam Butterfly; La Fanciulla del West; Il Tabarro; Suor Angelica; Gianni Schicci; Turandot
Regis presents a 13 CD wallet box of Puccini’s greatest operas. The performances are of legendary status featuring such artists as Maria Callas, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Tito Gobbi, Victoria de los Angeles, Giuseppe di Stefano and Jussi Bjorling. The set is beautifully packaged in a slimline wallet box and is available at a truly unbeatable price. A perfect introduction to the operas of Puccini.
The Best of Tony Hancock
FRC6202 [Bar code 5055031362028] UK Dealer Price – £4.40 (2CD)
CD 1: The Wild Man of the Woods/A Sunday Afternoon at Home/The East Cheam Drama Festival; CD 2: The Publicity Photograph/The Secret Life of Anthony Hancock/The Blood Donor/The Radio Ham
Regis presents 2 CDs of classic radio and television sketches by one of the twentieth century’s funniest men. Accompanied by a stellar cast (Sidney James, Hattie Jacques, Bill Kerr, Kenneth Williams), Tony Hancock entertains for over 150 minutes. Available at super budget price.