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Photo of Peter Cornelius Ruebner (Rybner)
By Randolph Herr

Here is Peter Phillips' answer to my email.

Dear Randolph,  What a story!  It gets better too.  I also need
a photo of Herbert Clair, and you've not only sent me a Rybner, but
Clair as well.  Many, many thanks.  I was also sent a photo by another
MMDer of Rybner at an old age, which I've attached for you.

I am a total Rybner fan!  I have, in e-roll form, all of his Ampico
rolls except Liebestod, unfortunately.  I am producing a CD I recorded
in Vienna, in which my e-rolls were played by a Boesendorfer Imperial
piano fitted with Boesendorfer's hi-end computerised player system.
The results have been highly successful, and many of my friends around
the world are quite excited.  I hope to release all 13 CDs in a few
more months, one of which is called Wagner-Liszt and which features

Rybner's Ampico rolls (excluding Liebestod) are:

  Magic Fire Scene. "The Valkyrie", (59963), 1921
  Siegmund's Love Song "The Valkyrie", (60153), 1921
  Wotan's Farewell, (59943), 1921
  Mastersingers Paraphrase, (58857), 1921/2
  Lucia di Lammermoor (Fantasie Dramatique), (59303), 1921/3

He also recorded his Wagner transcriptions for Welte, but I have not
heard any of these.  I assume the arrangements are the same.  I agree
with you about these arrangements, they are sumptuous and original.
I'm a Wagner nut (even went to the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth), and
I think Rybner's treatment is the best of all.  He is a wonderful
pianist as well.  The Boesendorfer Imperial is also an excellent
instrument for these transcriptions, with its huge bass.

Again, many thanks for the photos.

Best wishes,
Peter Phillips

(Message sent Mon 16 Mar 2009, 03:33:35 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  Cornelius, Peter, Photo, Ruebner, Rybner

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