The Westminster label legacy of a master Chopin interpreter, issued complete for the first time in an 'original covers' box of new remasterings. Almost half a century before Lang Lang, the pianist Fou Ts'ong took Europe and then the US by storm. With his third-prize finish at the 1955 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, listeners and critics alike were astonished to encounter a mature and seemingly instinctive feel for the uniquely Polish rhythms and passing harmonies of Chopin's music, under the fingers of a 21-year-old from Shanghai. Having undertaken further studies in Poland, Fou Ts'ong left his family behind and settled in London to escape the looming shadow of Chinese authoritarianism. He entered into a relationship with the Westminster label, for whom he would record nine albums between 1960 and 1967, all newly remastered and gathered together for the first time in the present collection. They encompass a good range of his repertoire predilections, as well as the scope of his youthful artist maturity. He is also joined by Daniel Barenboim and Vladimir Ashkenazy for a joyous traversal of Mozart's concertos with two and three pianos in a 1972 Decca recording. His Westminster collection of 12 Scarlatti sonatas was praised at the time for it's crisp, modern approach and vividly naturalistic touches. An album of Bach and Handel similarly reveals the intelligence, taste and inherent musicality which Fou Ts'ong brought to this repertoire on the modern concert grand. Several more Westminster albums demonstrate Fou's affinity for Mozart: not so surprising, given that he imprinted on his father's record collection with it's 78s of Artur Schnabel and Wanda Landowska. The pianist may have forsaken his homeland for good, but his musicianship encompassed both European and Chinese aesthetic ideals. He praised Chinese poetry for it's strength of feeling without excess: 'It has to remain dignified, spiritual and always beautiful'. These qualities also illuminate the albums of Beethoven and Schubert sonatas collected here. 'The Chinese are also very concerned with detail,' he said: 'Every part must be right, but on the other side the expression must be spontaneous and true,' and an appreciation for this fine balance made him associated above all with the music of Chopin. Although he recorded Chopin's Mazurkas at different times throughout his career, the group of eighteen issued by Westminster arguably represents his interpretations at their freshest and most creative. The Four Ballades likewise established a benchmark of sensitivity among a younger generation of Chopin pianists. The Second Concerto of Chopin, and it's original coupling of the Schumann Concerto appear in stereo on CD for the first time. The new collection makes a timely tribute to the artistry of a pianist who died of Covid-19 late last year.
The Westminster label legacy of a master Chopin interpreter, issued complete for the first time in an 'original covers' box of new remasterings. Almost half a century before Lang Lang, the pianist Fou Ts'ong took Europe and then the US by storm. With his third-prize finish at the 1955 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, listeners and critics alike were astonished to encounter a mature and seemingly instinctive feel for the uniquely Polish rhythms and passing harmonies of Chopin's music, under the fingers of a 21-year-old from Shanghai. Having undertaken further studies in Poland, Fou Ts'ong left his family behind and settled in London to escape the looming shadow of Chinese authoritarianism. He entered into a relationship with the Westminster label, for whom he would record nine albums between 1960 and 1967, all newly remastered and gathered together for the first time in the present collection. They encompass a good range of his repertoire predilections, as well as the scope of his youthful artist maturity. He is also joined by Daniel Barenboim and Vladimir Ashkenazy for a joyous traversal of Mozart's concertos with two and three pianos in a 1972 Decca recording. His Westminster collection of 12 Scarlatti sonatas was praised at the time for it's crisp, modern approach and vividly naturalistic touches. An album of Bach and Handel similarly reveals the intelligence, taste and inherent musicality which Fou Ts'ong brought to this repertoire on the modern concert grand. Several more Westminster albums demonstrate Fou's affinity for Mozart: not so surprising, given that he imprinted on his father's record collection with it's 78s of Artur Schnabel and Wanda Landowska. The pianist may have forsaken his homeland for good, but his musicianship encompassed both European and Chinese aesthetic ideals. He praised Chinese poetry for it's strength of feeling without excess: 'It has to remain dignified, spiritual and always beautiful'. These qualities also illuminate the albums of Beethoven and Schubert sonatas collected here. 'The Chinese are also very concerned with detail,' he said: 'Every part must be right, but on the other side the expression must be spontaneous and true,' and an appreciation for this fine balance made him associated above all with the music of Chopin. Although he recorded Chopin's Mazurkas at different times throughout his career, the group of eighteen issued by Westminster arguably represents his interpretations at their freshest and most creative. The Four Ballades likewise established a benchmark of sensitivity among a younger generation of Chopin pianists. The Second Concerto of Chopin, and it's original coupling of the Schumann Concerto appear in stereo on CD for the first time. The new collection makes a timely tribute to the artistry of a pianist who died of Covid-19 late last year.
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Rel. Date: 11/26/2021
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Complete Westminster Recordings (Uk)
Artist: Fou Ts'Ong
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1. DOMENICO SCARLATTI - Sonata in C major, Kk 132 (L.457)
2. DOMENICO SCARLATTI - Sonata in C minor, Kk 73 (L.217)
3. DOMENICO SCARLATTI - Sonata in F major, Kk 82 (L.82)
4. DOMENICO SCARLATTI - Sonata in B minor, Kk 27 (L.449)
5. DOMENICO SCARLATTI - Sonata in E major, Kk 380 (L.23)
6. DOMENICO SCARLATTI - Sonata in F major, Kk 483 (L.483)
7. DOMENICO SCARLATTI - Sonata in G major, Kk 124 (L.482)
8. DOMENICO SCARLATTI - Sonata in F major, Kk 151 (L.238)
9. DOMENICO SCARLATTI - Sonata in F major, Kk 256 (L.256)
10. DOMENICO SCARLATTI - Sonata in E major, Kk 206 (L.257)
11. DOMENICO SCARLATTI - Sonata in C minor, Kk 11 (L.352)
12. DOMENICO SCARLATTI - Sonata in C major, Kk 255 (L.255)
13. GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL - Chaconne in G major, HWV 435
14. GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL - Suite No. 14 in G major, HWV 441
15. GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL - Minuet in G minor, HWV 434/4
16. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
17. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - Capriccio on the departure of a beloved brother, in B flat major, BWV 992
18. LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN - Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
19. LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN - Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
20. FRANZ SCHUBERT - Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D.784
21. FRANZ SCHUBERT - Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D.960
22. FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN - Mazurka in E major, Op. 6 No. 3
23. FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN - Mazurka in A minor, Op. 7 No. 2
24. FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN - Mazurka in E minor, Op. 17 No. 2
25. FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN - Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4
26. FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN - Mazurka in G minor, Op. 24 No. 1
27. FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN - Mazurka in C major, Op. 24 No. 2
28. FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN - Mazurka in B flat minor, Op. 24 No. 4
29. FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN - Mazurka in C minor, Op. 30 No. 1
30. FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN - Mazurka in B minor, Op. 30 No. 2
31. FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN - Mazurka in B minor, Op. 33 No. 4
32. FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN - Mazurka in E minor, Op. 41 No. 2
33. FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN - Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op. 50 No. 3
34. FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN - Mazurka in C minor, Op. 56 No. 3
35. FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN - Mazurka in A minor, Op. 59 No. 1
36. FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN - Mazurka in G minor, Op. 67 No. 2
37. FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN - Mazurka in A minor, Op. 67 No. 4
38. FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN - Mazurka in A minor, Op. 68 No. 2
39. FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN - Mazurka in F minor, Op. 68 No. 4
40. FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN - Ballades Nos. 1-4
41. FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN - Prélude in A flat major, Op. posth.
42. FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN - Prélude in C sharp minor, Op. 45
43. FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN - Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57
44. ROBERT SCHUMANN - Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
45. FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN - Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
46. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART - Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat major, KV 271 'Jeunehomme'
47. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART - Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, KV 414
48. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART - Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, KV 503
49. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART - Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, KV 595 ^1
50. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART - Concerto for Three Pianos and Orchestra (No. 7) in F major, KV 242 'Lodron' ^1
51. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART - Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra (No. 10) in E flat major, KV 365

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The Westminster label legacy of a master Chopin interpreter, issued complete for the first time in an 'original covers' box of new remasterings. Almost half a century before Lang Lang, the pianist Fou Ts'ong took Europe and then the US by storm. With his third-prize finish at the 1955 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, listeners and critics alike were astonished to encounter a mature and seemingly instinctive feel for the uniquely Polish rhythms and passing harmonies of Chopin's music, under the fingers of a 21-year-old from Shanghai. Having undertaken further studies in Poland, Fou Ts'ong left his family behind and settled in London to escape the looming shadow of Chinese authoritarianism. He entered into a relationship with the Westminster label, for whom he would record nine albums between 1960 and 1967, all newly remastered and gathered together for the first time in the present collection. They encompass a good range of his repertoire predilections, as well as the scope of his youthful artist maturity. He is also joined by Daniel Barenboim and Vladimir Ashkenazy for a joyous traversal of Mozart's concertos with two and three pianos in a 1972 Decca recording. His Westminster collection of 12 Scarlatti sonatas was praised at the time for it's crisp, modern approach and vividly naturalistic touches. An album of Bach and Handel similarly reveals the intelligence, taste and inherent musicality which Fou Ts'ong brought to this repertoire on the modern concert grand. Several more Westminster albums demonstrate Fou's affinity for Mozart: not so surprising, given that he imprinted on his father's record collection with it's 78s of Artur Schnabel and Wanda Landowska. The pianist may have forsaken his homeland for good, but his musicianship encompassed both European and Chinese aesthetic ideals. He praised Chinese poetry for it's strength of feeling without excess: 'It has to remain dignified, spiritual and always beautiful'. These qualities also illuminate the albums of Beethoven and Schubert sonatas collected here. 'The Chinese are also very concerned with detail,' he said: 'Every part must be right, but on the other side the expression must be spontaneous and true,' and an appreciation for this fine balance made him associated above all with the music of Chopin. Although he recorded Chopin's Mazurkas at different times throughout his career, the group of eighteen issued by Westminster arguably represents his interpretations at their freshest and most creative. The Four Ballades likewise established a benchmark of sensitivity among a younger generation of Chopin pianists. The Second Concerto of Chopin, and it's original coupling of the Schumann Concerto appear in stereo on CD for the first time. The new collection makes a timely tribute to the artistry of a pianist who died of Covid-19 late last year.