You can download the HMV set of Liszt's Concerto pathétique, recorded by
Mark and Michael Hambourg on 22 March 1934, from CHARM:
En blanc et noir was recorded by Marcelle Ruff and Dominique Jeančs for
French Gramophone on 14 October 1929 and issued on W 1095 and W 1066. There
are copies of the second disc only in the British Library in London, shelf
marks 1CL0019982 and 1CL0019983, and in the Bibliothčque nationale de France
Mozart's K.448 was recorded by Jean Wiéner and Clément Doucet for Pathé on 7
July 1937, issued on PAT 94-95 in France, on Columbia DX 842-43 in Britain,
and in Columbia set X 106 in the USA. This was transferred to CD by the
French branch of EMI:
It was also recorded by Luboshutz and Nemenoff for Victor in the US, issued
in set M 724 (I don't have the date). I haven't looked for copies of that.
The Lhévinne recording was transferred by Ward Marston for Naxos:
One source states that another US recording of K.448 was made by Grace
Castagnetta and Milton Kaye, but this seems to be K.381. It was issued in
mid-1938 in Timely set 3-K (discs 1302 and 1303, later reissued by General).
There is a copy at the New York Public Library, call numbers *LRA 134
(album, with notes) and *LR 11292-11294 (separate discs). There is also a
set at the University of California, Santa Barbara, call number Special
Coll., Performing Arts Timely 3 K.
I'm not aware of a recording of Brahms's Op.34b before the 1950s; whereas
his Variations Op.56b were recorded for 78s by Whittemore and Lowe,
Luboshutz and Nemenoff, and Bartlett and Robertson, at least.
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Ferenc János Szabó
Sent: 29 October 2015 16:41
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Early Two-Pianos Recordings
I forward a question of one of my colleagues in the Institute of Musicology
(Hungarian Academy of Sciences):
I am working on an article dealing with Bartók and Pásztory two pianos
carrier, and I would like to compare their recordings (unfortunately there
are very few of them, and mainly fragments) with ones made by such famous
piano-duos as Bartlett and Robertson or Joseph and Rosina Lhevinne, who
were their contemporaries. I am interested in the recordings of the
Mozart, Sonata for two pianos KV 448
Debussy, En blanc et noir.
Brahms, Sonata for two pianos op. 34b
and Liszt, Concerto Pathetic
I found some examples on the YouTube, in the case of Mozart there is a
recording by Joseph and Rosina Lhevinne, 1939 (YouTube), Regarding Debussy,
I found three recordings from this area: Bartlett & Robinson, 1941, Gaby &
Robert Casadesus, 1954 Genenvičve Joy, Jaquelin Bonneau 1955. However, I’d
like to find something which was made earlier then 1950s. As for Brahms and
Liszt, unfortunately, I did not find anything which was recorded about that
I would be grateful for any information.
With Best Wishes,
If you can help in her research with any information, please write to
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Many thanks in advance.
With best wishes,
"Lendület" Archives and Research Group of 20th-21st Century Hungarian Music
Institute of Musicology
Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
1014 Budapest, Táncsics M. u. 7.