Various Artists: Decca Sound: The Piano Edition
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Decca Sound: The Piano Edition

Various Artists

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  • Release Date 04 September 2020
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CD Box Set

The latest instalment of the Decca Sound series brings eight decades of pianism together. The Piano Edition celebrates the greatest piano recordings from the Decca catalogue, each album presented in their original sleeve. From Bach and Scarlatti to the 20th century; from the great sovereigns of the piano to the younger generation of artists of today. This 55CD limited edition set includes many previously unpublished recordings on CD for the first time, extensive booklet notes on the artists and the evolution of the recording technology.

  • Eight decades of Pianism on Decca from the 1940s – 2010s, sequenced alphabetically by artist
  • From Bach and Scarlatti to the 20th century, including a brush with Jazz, solo repertoire, piano concertos and concertante works
  • Six important ‘schools’ of piano playing represented – German, French and Russian, Spanish, English, American
  • From the great sovereigns of the piano to the younger generation of artists of today
  • A truly international release with artists from five continents
  • Includes previously unpublished recordings and many of the featured recordings making their first appearance on CD
  • Extensive booklet with notes by Cyrus Meher-Homji on the artists and recordings, and Mike Gray on the evolution of the recording technology


  • Decca’s first FFRR concerto recording available for the first time: Eileen Joyce / Tchaikovsky 2nd Piano Concerto – never released on 78rpm and long thought lost, the test pressings were recently found at the International Piano Archives in Maryland
  • Includes the only Decca recordings by piano luminaries Argerich, Rubinstein, Lipatti, Michelangeli, Bernstein and Haskil
  • Select recordings played on composers’ own pianos – Thibaudet playing Chopin’s piano, Schiff and Malcolm on Mozart’s fortepiano
  • Award-winning recordings include: Larrocha Ravel Concertos [Grammy Award], Mustonen Shostakovich 24 Preludes [Edison and Gramophone Awards]
  • Previously unpublished recordings included – Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.2 with Joyce; Argerich/Schumann with Chailly [first time on CD – her first Decca recording]
  • First International CD releases include: Rogé: Bartok Concertos 1-3 · Kathleen Long: Mozart Concerto No. 24 (Van Beinum) · Friedrich Gulda’s first Decca recordings · Eden & Tamir: Two-Piano Encores · Kempff’s early Decca recordings of sonatas by Schubert and shorter pieces by Bach, Handel, Rameau, Couperin, Beethoven, · Wilhelm Backhaus’ 1954 Carnegie Hall Recital