Wanda Landowska - Harpsichord Solo – The Handle Society - DB 8027 - 78 RPM

Wanda Aleksandra Landowska (5 July 1879 – 16 August 1959) was a Polish-French harpsichordist whose performances, teaching, recordings and writings played a large role in reviving the popularity of the harpsichord in the early 20th century. She was the first person to record Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations on the harpsichord (1933). She became a naturalized French citizen in 1938.

Landowska was born in Warsaw to Jewish parents. Her father was a lawyer, and her mother a linguist who translated Mark Twain into Polish. She began playing piano at the age of four, and studied at the Warsaw Conservatory with the senior Jan Kleczyński and Aleksander Michałowski. She also studied composition under Heinrich Urban in Berlin, and had lessons in Paris with Moritz Moszkowski. After marrying the Polish folklorist Henry Lew in 1900 in Paris, she taught piano at the Schola Cantorum there (1900–12). She later taught harpsichord at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik (1912–19). Deeply interested in musicology, and particularly in the works of Bach, Couperin and Rameau, she toured the museums of Europe looking at original keyboard instruments; she acquired old instruments and had new ones made at her request by Pleyel and Company. These were large, heavily built harpsichords with a 16-foot stop (a set of strings an octave below normal pitch) and owed much to piano construction. Responding to criticism by fellow Bach specialist Pablo Casals, she once said: "You play Bach your way, and I'll play him his way." A number of important new works were written for her: Manuel de Falla's El retablo de maese Pedro (Master Peter's Puppet Show) marked the return of the harpsichord to the modern orchestra. De Falla later wrote a harpsichord concerto for her, and Francis Poulenc composed his Concert champêtre for her.

Record Details

Title

Wanda Landowska - Harpsichord Solo – The Handle Society - DB 8027

Artist

Wanda Landowska

Instrument

Harpsichord

Lyrics

George Frideric Handel

Genre

Western Instrumental

Language

English

Label

HMV

Made In

England

Manufacturer

The Gramophone Co. Ltd.

Serial No

DB 8027

Side One

  • Suite No. 5 In E Major – Courante-Air And Variations

Side Two

 

  • Suite No. 7 In G Major – Gigue-Passacaille

 

Specification

 

Size

12 Inches

Speed

78 RPM

Record Condition

Excellent

Cover Condition

Excellent

Artist
Artist - 1 Wanda Landowska
Instruments
Instrument - 1 Harpsichord
Lyrics
Lyrics - 1 George Frideric Handel
Record Details
Genre Western Instrumental
Label HMV
Language English
Size 12 Inches
Speed 78 RPM
Songs
Side1 - Song1 Suite No. 5 In E Major – Courante-Air And Variations
Side2 - Song1 Suite No. 7 In G Major – Gigue-Passacaille

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Wanda Landowska - Harpsichord Solo – The Handle Society - DB 8027 - 78 RPM

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