Claudette Sorel Rediscovered - 67 minutes of Unusual Repertoire

JOSEPH WOOD (1915-2000): Divertimento for Piano and Chamber Orchestra (WNYC Festival Orchestra; Emerson Buckley. Live broadcast 1961. Described in the notes as “very well developed”), HAROLD MORRIS (1890-1964): Piano Concerto (Orchestra of America; Richard Korn. Live broadcast 1962. Described in the notes as “richly romantic, rather plush”), PAUL CRESTON (1906-1985): Narrative, Op. 79/2, SERGEI RACHMANINOV (1873-1943): 3 Nocturnes, Op. posth. - discovered by Claudette Sorel (all the preceding are World Premiere Recordings). Also included: 1958 recording of Edward MacDowell’s Piano Concerto No. 2, the Chopin Third Sonata, Raff’s La Fileuse, Rachmaninov’s Op. 10/1, Nocturne and Moszkowski’s Etincelles.

Catalogue Number: 11X065

Label: Sorel Classics

Reference: SCCD 018

Format: CD

Price: $17.98

Description: Sorel was one of America’s most notable female pianists of all time. Born in 1932 in Paris, upon the Nazi invasion of France she moved with her family to New York, where she studied at the Juilliard School with Olga Samaroff-Stokowski. She was renowned throughout her live as a brilliant pianist, educator, author, philanthropist, and advocate for women in music. “Claudette Sorel is in the front-rank of American pianists... She has spirit, tone and technique. She can just about make the piano sit up and do tricks... Her playing has amazing personality.” (Harold C. Schonberg, The New York Times). 2 CDs.

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