Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Beethoven: Sonata, Op. 109 (Denis Matthews)

Denis Matthews
Happy New Year! For my first post of 2018, I offer the first recording by Denis Matthews of a piano sonata by Beethoven, one of two composers with which he was most closely associated (the other being Mozart):

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
Purcell: Suite No. 2 in G Minor, Z. 661
Denis Matthews, piano
Recorded May 15 and 31, 1946
Columbia DX 1509 through DX 1511, three 78-rpm records
Link (FLAC files, 57.34 MB)
Link (MP3 files, 37.02 MB)

As always, I didn't mean to be away from blogging quite so long! It's true that I haven't been acquiring records lately, certainly not at anything like my old rate, but I haven't been idle with respect to my record hobby - far from it! I was sidetracked, just before Christmas, with the exciting discovery (for me) that two vintage record magazines are now available online from the Internet Archive, both published by the H. Royer Smith Company of Philadelphia - Disques (1930-33) and The New Records (1933-56). (Granted, this is not a complete run of the latter, but it at least takes one well into the mono LP era.) So I have spent most of my free time perusing these. Particularly exciting is the chance to obtain issue dates for American Columbia releases of the early and middle 1930s, information about this period being rather hard to come by. I have updated my three Columbia discographical files to reflect what I have found:

Columbia Masterworks Sets
Columbia Blue Label -D Series
Columbia Celebrity -M Series

For the first two of these, only the information on issue dates has had to be updated, but for the Celebrity Series I have added a few actual titles of whose existence I was previously unaware.

Perhaps some day I will do a series on month-by-month issue dates of Columbia Masterworks sets in the USA.


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  2. Quite interesting interpretation of the Beethoven.
    Many thanks !

  3. Very many thanks! Best wishes, as ever, Nick

  4. Hi bryan.. I read that your a collecter
    I have.
    Peter and the wolf op.67 part 1 and 3
    The skaters waltz
    Orpheus in hades.. Overture
    The comedians op26..
    If your interested in purchase..
    Email me at.

  5. Hi Bryan - Belated thanks for this, particularly for the link to the H. Royer Smith publication. Fascinating that they published for so long from a retailer. How times have changed. I have been reading through some of the issues with great interest!

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  7. Thank you for this rarity. Anyone interested in Matthews' Vanguard recordings of Beethoven's Eroica Variations and 32 Variations on An Original Theme can find them in the Big Beethoven Box, available from Amazon Digital Music for $.99. The bagatelles--Opp. 33, 119, and 126--are in the Bigger Beethoven Box, and both the variations and the bagatelles are in the Big Beethoven Piano Box, issued by eOne Music in March.* One reviewer points out that the Big Beethoven Piano Box also brings together all of Bruce Hungerford's piano sonata recordings that were divided among the other Bach Guild Big Boxes, so it may be preferable if you're most interested in Hungerford.

    *For some impenetrable reason, Blogger won't let me add the URL for the Big Piano Box: Maybe you're allowed only two links in a comment.