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Genesis Records, Inc. produces CDs of compositions by unjustly neglected romantic composers of the 19th century.

There are currently eighteen albums available at $16.95 per CD

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click here for bigger picture HENRY LITOLFF (1818-1891): Concerto Symphonique No. 4 in D Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 102. Gerald Robbins, piano. Monte-Carlo Opera Orchestra. Edouard Van Remoortel, conductor. Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 47. The Mirecourt Trio. (GCD 101)    TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

...enormously pleasing to listen to...the fires burn fiercely. The famous Scherzo is the second movement...breathlessly Mendelssohnian in pace. Gerald Robbins...burns up the keyboard with velocity and brachial power...he proves to have a keyboard voice of true eloquence. (Fanfare)

click here for bigger picture CARL REINECKE (1824-1910): Piano Concerto No. 1 in F Sharp Minor, Op. 72. Piano Concerto No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 120. Gerald Robbins, piano. Monte-Carlo Opera Orchestra. Edouard Van Remoortel, conductor. (GCD 102)    ORDER NOW

I am more convinced than ever that they are the best of this composer's works yet to appear on recordings...rich in melodic invention and variety, beautifully scored...astonishingly prescient of Tchaikovsky...beyond Schumann's skills as an orchestrator. [Gerald Robbins'] technical prowess is phenomenal. (Fanfare)

click here for bigger picture ANTON RUBINSTEIN (1829-1894): Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 94. Adrian Ruiz, piano. Nürnberger Symphoniker. Zsolt Deàky, conductor. (GCD 103)    ORDER NOW

...one can only marvel at the stamina of the performers...Certainly there is much inspired piano writing...we glimpse the true genius of the man [Rubinstein], aided immeasurably by Ruiz's formidable technique and assured poetic sensitivity. (American Record Guide)
...a riot of festive celebration. Ruiz' athletic performance...is an exhilarating account of one of the most aggressively masculine concertos in the literature. (Fanfare)

click here for bigger picture SERGE PROKOFIEFF (1891-1953): Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 16. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26. Jorge Bolet, piano. Nürnberger Symphoniker. Ainslee Cox, conductor. (GCD 104)    TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

...dexterous highlighting of contrapuntal details...impeccable grace...playing notable for its energy. (Fanfare)

click here for bigger picture HERMANN GOETZ (1840-1876): Complete Orchestral Works. Symphony in F Major, Op. 9; Spring Overture, Op. 15; Overture to the Opera "The Taming of the Shrew"; Overture to the Opera "Francesca da Rimini." Monte-Carlo Opera Orchestra. Edouard Van Remoortel, conductor. (GCD 105)    ORDER NOW

It is faultlessly crafted, melodically attractive, and effectively orchestrated...beautifully harmonized...overflowing with melodic invention... (Fanfare)

click here for bigger picture JOSEPH RHEINBERGER (1839-1901): Piano Concerto in A flat Major, Op. 94. Adrian Ruiz, piano. Nürnberger Symphoniker. Zsolt Deàky, conductor. GIOVANNI SGAMBATI (1841-1914): Piano Concerto in G Minor, Op. 15. Jorge Bolet, piano. Nürnberger Symphoniker. Ainslee Cox, conductor. (GCD 106)    ORDER NOW

...two of the great piano concertos of the mid-Romantic age. [A]...rich feast of heroic and expressive music. You must seek out these works for yourself...and make them a part of your own standard repertoire. (Fanfare)

click here for bigger picture HERMANN GOETZ (1840-1876): Löse Blätter, Op. 7; Sonatinas in F Major and E-flat Major, Op. 8; Genrebilder, Op. 13. Adrian Ruiz, piano. (GCD 107)    ORDER NOW

This is a lovely disc of some rather Schumannesque keyboard musings that are both refreshing and provocative. If one were able somehow to extract the influence of all that was most mad, hysteric, demonic, and bitter from the work of Robert Schumann, the result would probably be quite close to the work of Hermann Goetz. (American Record Guide)

click here for bigger picture NORBERT BURGMÜLLER (1810-1836): Piano Sonata in F Minor, Op. 8. ROBERT VOLKMANN (1815-1883): Piano Sonata in C Minor, Op. 12; Fantasy in C Major, Op. 25a. THEODOR KIRCHNER (1823-1905): Aquarellen, Op. 21, No. 3; Moderato, Op. 30, No. 8; Allegro con passione, Op. 30, No. 17; Moderato, Op. 71, No. 100; Spring-Greeting, Op. 73, No. 2; Days Gone By, Op. 73, No. 4; Romanze, Op. 73, No. 6; Nocturne, Op. 73, No. 12; Elegy, Op. 73, No. 16. Adrian Ruiz, piano. (GCD 108)    ORDER NOW

The work [Burgmüller] breathes revolutionary fire. [Ruiz's]...grandeur of concept, incendiary emotionalism...impeccable technique. This is exciting playing, whether your standard is Serkin or Iturbi....these pieces [Kirchner] call for a quiet approach, giving Ruiz an opportunity to display the Apollonian side of his keyboard personality after the Dionysian roarings of the Burgmüller and Volkmann sonatas. (Fanfare)

click here for bigger picture LUDWIG BERGER (1777-1839): Grande Sonate in C Minor, Op. 7; IGNAZ MOSCHELES (1794-1870): Sonate Caractéristique in C Minor, Op. 27; FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886): Grosses Konzertsolo. Frederick Marvin, piano. (GCD 109)    ORDER NOW

...these two works [Berger & Moscheles] gives us an idea of what the better minor composers of the first half of the 19th Century were up to. Marvin, an admirable musician as well as virtuoso, presents Berger and Moscheles in their best light. (American Record Guide)

click here for bigger picture ANTONÍN DVORÁK (1841-1904): Poetic Tone Pictures, Op. 85: Twilight Way; Toying; In the Old Castle; Spring Song; Peasants' Ballad; Sorrowful Reverie; A Dance; Goblins' Dance; Serenade; Bacchanal; Tittle-Tattle; At the Hero's Grave; On the Holy Mount. Gerald Robbins, piano. (GCD 110)    ORDER NOW

...this modest collection offers a mixture of charm and high spirits that's hard to resist. The readings...make a strong case for the repertoire. Recommended. (Fanfare)

...an uninterrupted flow of warmth and charm. Robbins plays with clarity and grace that serve the music well. So does the intimate recorded sound. The result is a lovely disc. (Fanfare)

click here for bigger picture FRANZ BERWALD (1796-1868): Piano Concerto in D Major. Greta Erikson, piano. Swedish Radio Orchestra. Stig Westerberg, conductor. Theme and Variations in G Minor; Rondeau-Bagatelle in B-flat Major; Tempo di Marcia in E-flat Major; Presto feroce. Greta Erikson, piano. Duo in D Major for Violin and Piano. Greta Erikson, piano; Josef Grünfarb, violin. (GCD 111)    ORDER NOW

...it is a solo tour de force with the piano never silent after the brief introduction. ...I do think Greta Erikson outplays them [two pianists on competing versions] She also has the advantage of Stig Westerberg as her accompanist. The solo pieces...are lovingly played. The Duo is a major work. The violin meanders along in a wonderful lyrical vein. The notes are much superior to any other release of this music. (Carl Bauman, American Record Guide, Jan/Feb 1999)

...Although we have two other fine recordings of the Piano Concerto available..., and at least one of the Duo in D for Violin and Piano...the current disc stands in a class by itself. This is because of the pianist, Greta Erikson. She plays brilliantly throughout, whether making the Piano Concerto sound like a masterpiece, which her capable competitors cannot manage, or realizing the remarkably different moods of the well-selected solo piano pieces, or adding her brilliant pianism to the violin of Josef Grünfarb in the Duo, a major work. This is a great...recording. But running through all is Erikson's superb piano playing, making all of these works by Franz Berwald sound like great masterpieces. Berwald collectors and connoisseurs of extraordinary pianism should investigate this disc. (Robert McColley, Fanfare, Jan/Feb 1999)

click here for bigger picture EMIL VON SAUER (1862-1942): Piano Works. Suite Moderne (Prélude passioné; Air lugubre; Scherzo grotesque; Gavotte; Thème varié), Dialogo (Impromptu), Le Retour (Caprice), Barcarolle, Boîte à Musique (Spieluhr), Concert Etudes: No. 5, Près du Ruisseau (Am Bache); No. 6, Frisson de Feuilles (Espenlaub); No. 3, Murmure de Vent (Windesflüstern); No. 7, Flammes de Mer (Meeresleuchten). María Eugenia Tapia, piano. (GCD 112)    ORDER NOW

click here for bigger picture HERMANN GOETZ (1840-1876): Complete Chamber Music: Piano Quartet in E Major, Op. 6; Three Easy Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 2; Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 1; Piano Quintet in C Minor, Op. 16. Gerald Robbins, piano; Glenn Dicterow, violin; Alan de Veritch, viola; Terry King, cello; Dennis Trembly, bass. (GCD 113) 2 CDs   ORDER NOW

click here for bigger picture CARLOS CHÁVEZ (1899-1978): VI Sonata for Piano. FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847): Variations sérieuses in D Minor, Op. 54; Variations in E-flat, Op. 82. ALBERTO GINASTERA (1916-1983): 12 American Preludes; Sonata para Piano (1952). Adrian Ruiz, piano. (GCD 114)    ORDER NOW

click here for bigger picture HALFDAN KJERULF (1815-1868): Wiegenlied, Op. 4, No. 3; Menuett, Op. 12, No. 2; Caprice, Op. 12, No. 4; Impromptu, Op. 12, No. 9; Albumblatt, Op. 24, No. 1; Allegro, Op. 24, No. 2; Springtanz, Op. 27, No. 2; Sechs Skizzen (Six Pieces), Op. 28: 1. Allegro, 2. Adagio, 3. Allegro animato, 4. Scherzo. Allegro molto, 5. Frühlingslied, 6. Idylle. Moderato; Scherzo, Op. 29. EMIL SJÖGREN (1853-1918): "Erotikon," Op. 10: 1. Allegro, 2. Alegretto, 3. Vivace, 4. Andantino, 5. Allegretto con moto. Gerald Robbins, piano. (GCD 115)    ORDER NOW

click here for bigger picture FERDINAND HILLER (1811-1885): 24 Etudes, Op.15; 8 Mésures variées in D minor, Op.57; Piano Sonata No.3 in G minor, Op.78; Variations in D flat major, Op.98; Piano Sonata No.1 in A minor, Op.47; Capriccio in G minor, Op.88; Piano Sonata No.2 in A flat major, Op.59; Impromptu in E flat major, Op.30, No.1; Impromptu in D minor, Op.30, No.2 Adrian Ruiz, piano. (GCD 116-117) 2 CDs    ORDER NOW

click here for bigger picture JOACHIM RAFF (1822-1882): Piano Works. Suite in D Minor, Op.91; Grande Sonate in E-flat Minor, Op.14 (2nd version). Adrian Ruiz, piano. (GCD 118)    ORDER NOW

click here for bigger picture JULIUS SCHULHOFF (1825-1898): Piano Works. Sonata in F Minor, Op.37; Caprice sur des Airs Bohemiéns, Op.10; Etude in A Minor, Op.13, No.1; Etude in B Major, Op.13, No.3; Etude in C Minor, Op.13, No.8; Etude in D-flat Major, Op.13, No.9; Etude in A Major, Op.13, No.10; Etude in B-flat Minor, Op.13, No.12; Impromptu-Polka, Op.33; Chant Du Berger, Op.23, No.1; Galop di Bravura, Op.17; Polonaise in E-flat Major, Op.44; Romance in D-flat Major, Op.49; Mazurka in A-flat Major, Op.9, No.1; Cantabile in G-flat Major, Op.26; Elegie in E-flat Minor, Op.2 No.3; Romanza in A-flat Major, Op.2, No.1; Berceuse in D-flat Major, Op.53. Adrian Ruiz, piano. (GCD 119)    ORDER NOW

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