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MARYLA JONAS, PIANIST (1911-1959):
A DISCOGRAPHY


© Nigel Nettheim 2001. Released 10 September 2001, revised 16 May 2017.

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IDENTIFICATION 78 LP Columbia CD
Composer Work Date Matrix Comments Columbia 3-228 ML 2004 ML 2036 ML 2101 ML 2143 ML 4476 ML 4624 St-Laurent Pearl Other
Bach,
Wilhelm F.
Capriccio in d 1947/09/23 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ A3 4/01 (5'34") ­ ­
Casella,
Alfredo
Bolero and Gallop in A/C
(from "Children's Suite")
1951/05/17 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ B7 4/08 (2'08") ­ ­
Chopin Berceuse op.57 in Db  1951/06/01 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ B1 ­ 3/09 (5'39") ­ ­
Chopin Etude op.10/6 in eb 1951/06/01 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ A2 ­ 3/07 ('3'48") ­ ­
Chopin Etude op.25/2 in f 1951/06/16 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ A3 ­ 3/10 (1'44") ­ ­
Chopin Impromptu op.29 in Ab 1951/06/16 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ B2 ­ 3/11 (4'14") ­ ­
Chopin Mazurka op.07/5 in C 1949/09/20 XCO 41442 ­ MM-897
72966-D
­ ­ ­ B5 ­ ­ ­ 2/09 (0'34") ­ ­
Chopin Mazurka op.17/2 in e 1949/09/19 XCO 41437 ­ MM-897
72966-D
­ ­ ­ A1 ­ ­ ­ 2/01 (2'03") ­ ­
Chopin Mazurka op.17/3 in Ab 1949/09/19 XCO 41438 ­ MM-897
72968-D
­ ­ ­ A4 ­ ­ ­ 2/03 (4'52") ­ ­
Chopin Mazurka op.17/4 in a 1949/09/20 XCO 41440 Wrongly listed on cover of LP ML 2101 as op.68/2 MM-897
72967-D
­ ­ ­ A3 ­ ­ ­ 2/06 ('4'18") ­ ­
Chopin Mazurka op.24/1 in g 1949/09/19 XCO 41437 ­ MM-897
72966-D
­ ­ ­ A2 ­ ­ ­ 2/02 (2'40") ­ ­
Chopin Mazurka
op.24/3 in Ab
1947/09/29 XCO 39163 ­ MM-810
72775-D
­ ­ B2 ­ ­ ­ ­ 1/13 (1'48") 01 (1'49") ­
Chopin Mazurka op. 30/1 in c 1947/09/29 XCO 39163 ­ MM-810
72775-D
­ ­ B1 ­ ­ ­ ­ 1/12 (1'34") 04 (1'36") ­
Chopin Mazurka op. 30/2 in b 1946/04/19 XCO 36133? 36135? ­ M626
71810-D (12")
­ A4 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ 1/06 (1'17") 07 (1'18") Andante2
81 (1'13")
Chopin Mazurka op. 30/4 in c# 1947/09/29 XCO 39166 ­ MM-810
72776-D
­ ­ B4 ­ ­ ­ ­ 1/16 (3'42") 11 (3'44") ­
Chopin Mazurka op.33/1 in g# 1949/09/19 XCO 41439 ­ MM-897
72967-D
­ ­ ­ B2 ­ ­ ­ 2/04 (1'51") ­ ­
Chopin Mazurka op. 41/2 in e 1947/09/29 XCO 39162 ­ MM-810
72775-D
­ ­ A4 ­ ­ ­ ­ 1/10 (2'42") 06 (2'44") ­
Chopin Mazurka op. 41/4 in Ab 1947/09/29 XCO 39162 ­ MM-810
72775-D
­ ­ A5 ­ ­ ­ ­ 1/11 (1'43") 12 (1'47") ­
Chopin Mazurka op. 56/3 in c 1947/09/29 XCO 39165 ­ MM-810
72774-D
­ ­ A3 ­ ­ ­ ­ 1/15 (4'47") 09 (4'49") ­
Chopin Mazurka op.59/1 in a 1949/09/20 XCO 41441 Wrongly named "Valse" in enclosed listing for St-Laurent CD MM-897
72968-D
­ ­ ­ B1 ­ ­ ­ 2/07 (3'50") ­ ­
Chopin Mazurka op.63/3 in c# 1949/09/20 XCO 41442 ­ MM-897
72966-D
­ ­ ­ B4 ­ ­ ­ 2/08 (2'10") ­ ­
Chopin Mazurka op. 67/2 in g 1946/04/19 XCO 36133? 36135? ­ M626
71810-D (12")
­ A3 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ 1/05 (1'36") 08 (1'40") Andante2
80 (1'33")
Chopin Mazurka op.67/4 in a 1949/09/19 XCO 41439 ­ MM-897
72967-D
­ ­ ­ B3 ­ ­ ­ 2/05 (2'39") ­ ­
Chopin Mazurka op. 68/3 in F 1947/09/29 XCO 39167 ­ MM-810
72774-D
­ ­ A1 ­ ­ ­ ­ 1/17 (2'19") 03 (2'22") ­
Chopin Mazurka op. 68/4 in f 1946/04/19 XCO 36135? 36133? ­ M626
71810-D (12")
­ A2 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ 1/03 (1'34") 02 (1'36") Andante2
79 (1'31")
Chopin Mazurka op. post. in G 1947/09/29 XCO 39167 ­ MM-810
72774-D
­ ­ A2 ­ ­ ­ ­ 1/18 (1'12") 05 (1'15") ­
Chopin Mazurka op. post. in a "Notre Temps" 1947/09/29 XCO 39164 ­ MM-810
72776-D
­ ­ B3 ­ ­ ­ ­ 1/14 (3'40") 10 (3'40") ­
Chopin Mazurka op. post. in Bb
[No. 1 (Brown), No. 2 (Paderewski, Kobylanska)]
1946/04/19 XCO 36135? 36133? Not listed on cover of LP ML 2004. Wrongly labelled "Bb minor" on Pearl CD M626
71810-D (12")
­ A1 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ 1/02 (1'38") 13 (1'40") Andante2
78 (1'35")
Chopin Nocturne op.09/1 in bb 1950/02/21-22 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ B1 ­ ­ 3/04 (6'12") ­ ­
Chopin Nocturne op.09/2 in Eb 1950/02/21-22 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ A1 ­ ­ 3/01 (4'31") ­ ­
Chopin Nocturne op.15/3 in g 1950/02/21-22 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ A3 ­ ­ 3/03 (5'09") ­ ­
Chopin Nocturne op.32/1 in B 1950/02/21-22 ­ Wrongly labelled "B minor" on LP ML 2143 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ A2 ­ ­ 3/02 (5'18") ­ ­
Chopin Nocturne op.55/1 in f 1950/02/21-22 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ B2 ­ ­ 3/05 (4'51") ­ ­
Chopin Nocturne op.72/1 in e 1946/04/19 XCO 36132? 36134? ­ M626
71811-D (12")
­ A5 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ 1/04 (4'35") 17 (4'38") Andante2
37 (4'35")
Chopin Nocturne op.post. in c# 1946/04/19 XCO 36134? 36132? ­ M626
71811-D (12")
­ B1 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ 1/01 (4'03") 18 (4'04") Andante2
38 (4'01")
Chopin Polonaise op.26/1 in c# 1951/06/01 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ A1 ­ 3/06 (6'57") ­ ­
Chopin Polonaise op.71/2 in Bb 1946/04/19 XCO 36131? 36137? ­ M626
71812-D (12")
­ B4 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ 1/09 (4'39") 16 (4'41") Andante2
48 (4'38")
Chopin Waltz op.64/2 in c# 1951/06/16 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ B3 ­ 3/12 (3'44") ­ ­
Chopin Waltz op.69/2 in b 1951/06/01 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ A4 ­ 3/08 (2'58") ­ ­
Chopin Waltz op. 70/1 in Gb 1946/04/19 XCO 36136 ­ M626
71812-D (12")
­ B2 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ 1/07 (2'39") 14 (2'41") ­
Chopin Waltz op. 70/3 in Db 1946/04/19 XCO 36136 ­ M626
71812-D (12")
­ B3 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ 1/08 (1'58") 15 (2'01") ­
Dussek Consolation op.62 in Bb 1951/05/09 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ A2 4/03 (8'57") ­ ­
Handel Passacaglia in g
(from Suite no. 7 in g)
1947/09/23 CO 39137 [78]
ZLP 1019 [LP]
The same performance was dubbed from acetate onto 78 and onto 7" LP. 17562-D [78]
B ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ A1 2/26 (3'17") [78]
4/02 (3'18") [LP]
32 (3'20") [78]

WAP1
11 (3'16") [LP]
Mendelssohn Song without Words op.62/1 in G 1951/05/09 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ B4 4/04 (3'31") ­ ­
Mendelssohn Song without Words op.102/4 in g 1951/05/09 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ B5 4/05 (2'30") ­ ­
Mozart Sonata K331-3 in A "Turkish March" 1951/05/09 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ B1 4/06 (3'42") ­ ­
Nicholas Music Box in G 1951/05/09 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ B6 4/07 (2'00") ­ ­
Rossi (actually Rameau) Andantino (actually Menuet and Trio) 1947/09/30 CO 39172 [78]
ZLP 1018 [LP]
For the identification, see the discussion under "Errors" below the Table.
The same performance was dubbed from acetate onto 78 and onto 7" LP.
17562-D A ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ 2/25 (2'26") [78] 33 (2'28") [78] This website (2'38") [LP]
Schubert Impromptu op.90/3 in G 1946/04/19 XCO 36129 Played in G (not Gb) 72047-D ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ 2/23 (4'36") 35 (4'38") ­
Schubert Waltzes (medley) 1946/04/19 XCO 36130 For the contents, see below the table under "Work".
D365/33 given wrongly as D major instead of F major in enclosed listing for St-Laurent.
Some inaccuracies in the performance.
72047-D ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ 2/24 (3'18") 34 (3'20") ­
Schubert /
Liszt
Serenade in d 1951/05/17 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ B2 4/09 (4'38") ­ ­
Schumann Kinderszenen Op.15 1947/09/30 XCO 39168-
39171
­ MX 290
74298-D,
74299-D (12"x2)
­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ 2/10-22 19-31 (14'36") ­
Thompson,
Virgil
Music Box Lullaby in Eb 1951/06/15 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ B3 4/10 (1'15") ­ ­


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COLUMNS

IDENTIFICATION:

Composer:

Work: Upper-case letters indicate major keys, lower-case letters minor.
The contents of the medley of Schubert Waltzes was not originally documented; the items are Schubert's D365: No. 2 in Ab, No. 12 in Ab, No.19 in G, No. 21 in G, No. 29 in D, No. 33 in F, and D779: No.27 in Eb.

Date: The date of recording is intended, rather than the date of issue; some are not certain.

Matrix: A matrix number identifies one side, typically of a 78 rpm recording. When a matrix number ends with a hyphen followed by a number, the latter number indicates the take in the given session.

Comments: These are of various kinds.

PRODUCTION DETAILS:

Timings can only be approximate. For CDs, the timing printed in the CD's documentation sometimes does not match that indicated by a playing device. For CDs the timing includes any silence on the track before and after the playing.
Tracks are shown as B3 for track 3 of side B.

78s:

Columbia: US releases. The prefix in some cases could be M or MM (= Modern Music); see for instance http://www.78rpmcommunity.com/colmasterworks/introduction.html .

LPs:

Columbia: 12": ML 4476 ("A Piano Recital of Chopin"), ML 4624 ("Maryla Jonas plays Piano Miniatures").
10": ML 2004 ("Piano Music of Chopin") (issued in 1948), ML 2036 ("Chopin Mazurkas"), ML 2101 ("Chopin Mazurkas"), ML 2143 ("Chopin Nocturnes").
7": 3-228 (ZLP 1018, 1019) (this is 33 rpm but not flexible).
The LPs ML2004, ML2036 and ML2101 have corresponding 78s. The LPs ML2143, ML4476 and ML4624 do not have corresponding 78s. The single exception is the Handel Passacaglia: the same performance was issued as a 78 and also as an LP, even though apparently not transferred from the 78. The "Rossi" (actually Rameau) item was also dubbed to LP quality but has not yet been released other than on the rare 7" LP; I am therefore making it available on this website (see the Other column). The 7" LP ZLP 3-228 provides LP sound, not 78 sound. According to the Producer's note in the Pearl booklet, all the recordings were made onto acetates; the acetates could then be dubbed to 78 or to LP or to both.
Another 12" LP, not shown in the table, is Columbia Entré RL 6624 Green label ("Chopin Mazurkas"), which combines the complete contents of ML 2101 and ML 2036.
Another 12" LP, not shown in the table, is Columbia Masterworks Preview XLP 12723 (Preview Kit No. 14, 1253), which includes the Dussek Consolation from ML 4624.

CDs:

St-Laurent: Maryla Jonas Vol. 1: The 78 rpm recordings YSL 78-219 (2 CDs); Vol. 2: The lp records YSL 78-223 (2 CDs). Released c2015. In this discography the CDs are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4 for Vol.1 CD1, Vol.1 CD2, Vol.2 CD1, Vol.2 CD2.
Pearl: Piano Masters: Maryla Jonas, GEM 0077, released/04/2000. http://www.pavilionrecords.com
Other:
Andante2: Chopin — Solo Piano, Andante AND AN1190, disc 2 of 4, released 22 March 2005. The two Nocturnes also appear on A Chopin Program from the Andante Collection, tracks 8-9.
WAP1: Women at the Piano, Volume 1, Naxos 8.111120, released 2006.
This website: See under Columbia above.

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RATIONALE

My reasons for attempting this discography were that (i) in connection with my research into her playing, I needed a discography of Maryla Jonas, as complete as could be managed and covering all media, and (ii) I did not know of the existence of such a discography.

I am releasing it on the Internet in the hope that (a) it might be helpful to others, and (b) others might help to correct errors and provide additional information.

ERRORS

Errors in earlier sources:
As is commonly found in the documentation of recordings, misprints and other errors occur; see the Comments column.
The most thorough-going of these concerns the piece identified up to now (10 May 2017) as "Rossi Andantino". The correct identification is Rameau Menuet and Trio (two Menuets) from Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin, Suite in G major (c.1727). Jonas has started with the second Menuet in g minor, then played the first Menuet in G major as a Trio, and then again the first Menuet da capo.
All the past identifications are wrong in all three respects, that is, composer, title and key:
Virgil Thomson: Musical Chronicles 1940-1954 (Library of America #258) in a review dated December 8 1946: "Michelangelo Rossi's Andantino in G major".
Pearl CD: "Rossi Andantino in C".
St-Laurent CD: "Salamone Rossi (1570-1630) Andantino in C minor".
78: Presumably "Rossi Andantino in C major" (I do not have that 78).
7-inch LP 3-228: "Rossi Andantino in C major".
Some printed concert programs of Jonas available on this site: 30 June 1940, 13 May 1941, 23 June 1942: Rossi Andantino.
It might be assumed that Jonas mis-identified the piece herself very early, and everyone else, over at least 77 years, followed suit without checking. (A confusing factor in the mis-identification might have been the existence of an Andantino and Allegro by Lorenzo de Rossi in a rather similar style.) The two Rameau Menuets have been arranged to form a Menuet and Trio -- perhaps the arranger or publisher was named Rossi and included an Andantino indication, but that is not currently known. Her tempo is much faster than she probably would have used if she had known that the pieces were Menuets from the early 18th century.

Errors in this discography:
Errors, gaps and question marks remain in the present discography. The help of readers in rectifying these will be greatly appreciated; for this purpose or to make other comments, please send email (via my home page).

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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