Walter Landauer / Marjan Rawicz

Rawicz & Landauer: Warsaw Concerto

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Once upon a time, the internationally famous piano duo of Marjan Rawicz and Walter Landauer perfected the art of performing what came to be tagged as "light classical" music, taking themes by established European composers and working them up into easily digestible showpieces that went over well in the concert hall. They are also said to have recorded more than 2,000 phonograph transcriptions, for over-the-counter sales and radio broadcast purposes. Marjan Rawicz (1898-1970) was born in Poland; Walter Landauer (1910-1983) originated in Vienna. They became friends around 1930 and soon developed a successful four-hand piano act that was largely dependent upon Landauer's knack for writing spectacular arrangements. Since both men had Jewish ancestry, they chose to leave anti-Semitic Vienna and settled in London after 1935. Living Era's Warsaw Concerto tribute album to Rawicz and Landauer assembles 22 of their finest duets, recorded between January 1936 and November 1943, using themes by Johann Strauss, Franz Liszt, Fryderyk Chopin, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Georges Bizet, Antonin Dvorák, Isaac Albéniz, Moritz Moszkowski, Christian Sinding, Leon Jessel, Felix Arndt, Noël Coward, George Gershwin and Richard Addinsell, composer of the Warsaw Concerto. This is elegantly accessible music, ideal for relaxation, casual dining and naughty desserts.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
Work(s)
1 6:11
Austro-Hungary, for 2 pianos (after Liszt)
2 3:19
3
2:55
4
3:01
5 3:09
6 2:52
7 2:46
8 3:04
Spanish Dances, for 2 pianos, Op. 65
9
2:54
10 3:20
The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66
11 3:11
12 2:55
13 3:04
The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37
14 2:38
Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise for piano & orchestra, Op. 22
15 3:15
16 6:03
17 3:19
18
2:56
Suite española No. 1, for piano, Op. 47, B. 7
19
3:13
20
3:20
21 3:04
Rhapsody in Blue, unpublished version for 2 pianos
22 6:20
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