Recordings on KASP Records

KASP Records is a label which presents great classical works, both familiar and unfamilar, performed by pianist Donald Isler on CD.

The repertoire on the Isler discs includes major works of Schubert, Schumann and Brahms, four late works of Beethoven, one of his most dramatic early sonatas, as well as works by Artur Schnabel and Louis Spohr, two of which are premiere recordings.

A recent release features a live recital by the acclaimed American pianist, Constance Keene, an artist in the Grand Romantic tradition whose playing was admired by both Arthur Rubinstein and Vladimir Horowitz.

Our newest releases are a couple of two CD albums and a DVD with live performances by Australian pianist Bruce Hungerford, who was finally starting to receive the recognition he deserved as one of the great pianists of his time when he died in a tragic auto accident. First, we produced an all-Beethoven recital, with five sonatas, as Beethoven was the composer with whom he was most identified. Then we released his last recital, from a month and a half before the accident, in which he plays works of Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven and Bach/Hess. And now we present a DVD featuring the only known concert video of his playing, a terrific performance of the Beethoven Fourth Piano Concerto, accompanied with Boris Khaikin leading the Staatskapelle Berlin.

We are also proud to offer two historic releases by the great Swiss pianist, Adrian Aeschbacher.

And our offerings now include four CD's of music by the celebrated American composer, Louis Pelosi. The first of these discs, all of which are devoted to the memory of his wife, the artist, Rosemarie Koczÿ, includes his first two String Quartets, plus his Prayer Suite for violin and piano, all performed by outstanding members of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, plus his a cappella vocal sextet, I Weave You A Shroud, with the brilliant New York Virtuoso Singers, conducted by Harold Rosenbaum.

The second disc presents Pelosi's Thirty-Seven Inventions, Canons and Fugues on a Single Motif with Donald Isler, pianist.

The third disc features Pelosi's Piano Trio, his String Quartet No. 3, a woodwind quartet and a brass quintet, in wonderful performances by members of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Our fourth disc is a first recording of Pelosi's Thirteen Preludes and Fugues, with Epilogue, for Piano, played by the brilliant young pianist, Mateusz Borowiak.

KASP 57791:

Pianist Bruce Hungerford — DVD

Piano Concerto No. 4
by Bruce Hungerford

This is the only known concert video of pianist Bruce Hungerford, and perhaps the best ever live performance of a Beethoven piano concerto on DVD.

KASP 57761:

Last recital of a great pianist before his tragic death.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sonata in A Major, K. 331
March in C Major, K. 408

Franz Schubert
Waltzes and Ländler

Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 1
Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111

Schubert: Impromptu in A-Flat Major, D. 935, No. 2

Bach/Hess: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Bruce Hungerford, Piano

KASP 57741:

A live, never before released Beethoven sonata recital.

Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 ("Pathetique")

Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1

Sonata No, 25 in G Major, Op. 79

Sonata in F-Sharp Major, Op. 78

Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111

Bach: Prelude in E-Flat Minor from WTC, Book 1
Beethoven: Für Elise, WoO 59
Bruce Hungerford, Piano

KASP 57732:

A live, never before released recital.

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Corelli Variations, Op. 42

Edward MacDowell
Six Fancies, Op. 7
Sonata No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 59 ("Keltic")

Frederic Chopin
Complete Ballades

Encores by Gluck/Chasins, Chasins and MacDowell

Constance Keene, Piano

KASP 57722:

Robert Schumann
Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
Franz Schubert
Sonata Fragment in E Major, K. 459
Adagio in C Major, K. 459A
Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2 (Tempest)
Adrian Aeschbacher, Piano

KASP 57671:

Robert Schumann
Three Romances, Op. 28
Davidsündlertänze, Op. 6

Franz Schubert
Six Moments Musicaux, D. 780

Adrian Aeschbacher, Piano

KASP 57731:

Music By Louis Pelosi
Thirteen Preludes and Fugues, with Epilogue, for Piano

Mateusz Borowiak, Piano

KASP 57721:

Music By Louis Pelosi
Piano Trio
Woodwind Quartet
Elegy For Brass Quintet (Revisited)
String Quartet No. 3

KASP 57702:

Music By Louis Pelosi
Inventions, Canons and Fugues: Thirty-Seven Variations on a Single Motif

Donald Isler, Piano

KASP 57701:

Music By Louis Pelosi
String Quartet No. 1
Prayer Suite
I Weave You A Shrould
String Quartet No. 2 (Rosemarie Koczÿ In Memoriam)

KASP 57651:

Franz Schubert
Sonata in E-Flat Major, D. 568

Robert Schumann
Waldscenen, Op. 82

Johannes Brahms
Ballade in D Minor, Op. 10, No. 1 ("Edward")
Intermezzo in E Major, Op. 116,
No. 6
Four Piano Pieces, Op. 119

Donald Isler, Piano

KASP 57611:

Ludwig van Beethoven
Bagatelles, Op. 126
Sonata No. 31 in A Flat Major, Op. 110
Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111

Donald Isler, Piano

KASP 57591:

Louis Spohr
Sonata in A Flat Major, Op. 125 (First Recording)
Rondoletto, Op. 149

Franz Schubert
Sonata in D Major, D. 850

Donald Isler, Piano

KASP 57571:

Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 1
Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109

Artur Schnabel
Seven Pieces (1947)
Dance Suite (1920-21) (First Recording)

Donald Isler, Piano

Turok's Choice wrote "Pianist Donald Isler wisely couples standard items with novelties.....There is a winning freshness to his approach."

The New York Times said of a recital by Donald Isler "He plays with interest; one's own interest is stimulated in response. Listening to him in Schubert's rarely-heard B major Sonata, one thinks 'What a marvelous piece!'.....His feel for large shapes and his ability to keep momentum alive through long movements makes him a most satisfying sonata player."

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