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Friday, September 17, 2021

Moonlight And Keyboard - Raymond Lewenthal


Clair de Lune

Moonlight And Keyboard
Raymond Lewenthal - Piano
Westminster Records XWN 18403

From the back cover: Raymond Lewenthal was born in San Antonio, Texas. In 1945, while studying with Mme. Lydia Cherkassky, he won all three of the major competitions then being held in California at Los Angeles (judged by Bruno Walter), the Young Artist Contest of Occidental College, and the Gainsborough Award in San Francisco. He completed his studies as a full scholarship student with Mme. Olga Samaroff Stokowski at the Juilliard School of Music. In 1948 he made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Dimitri Mitropoulos, playing the Prokofieff Third Concerto, and an enthusiastic reception following his New York debut a few weeks later launching his career. Since his return to the concert stage following a nearly-fatal accident in 1953, Lewenthal has proved the truth of Bruno Walter's statement about him: "Lewenthal's is the nature of a virtuoso, yet his technical gifts do not prevent him from expressing spiritual qualities with deep feeling and understanding.

Clair de lune - Debussy
Liebestraum No. 3 - Liszt
Nocturne in E Flat, Op. 9, No. 2 - Chopin
Waltz in C Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2 - Chopin
Nocturne in F Sharp Major, Op. 15, No. 2 - Chopin
Waltz in A Flat Major, Op. 39, No. 15 - Brahms
Moonlight Sonata, 1st movement - Beethoven
Greensleeves - Traditional, Arranged by Lewenthal
The Swan - Saint-Saens-Godowsky
How Fair this Spot - Rachmaninoff-Lewenthal
Romance - Rubinstein
Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 66 - Chopin
Elegie - Massenet
Serenade - Schubert-Liszt
Traumerei - Schumann

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