The French pianist Blanche Selva ( 1884-1942 ) is now almost completely forgotten. Among her amazing achievements is the premiere of Albeniz’s Suite “Iberia” ( between 1906 and 1909 ) and the performance of the complete piano works by Bach in 1904 at the age of 20. Here is an example of her playing with […]
It is a great pity that Marian Friedman has never received the attention she undoubtedly deserved. Some of her recordings are without peer such as her recording of the Beethoven Variations by Robert Schumann, only available on a long deleted LP . http://www.ebay.ie/itm/MARIAN-FRIEDMAN-Romantische-Etuden-Klavier-NM-SWISS-IMPORT-LP-/371429246086?hash=item567ae88486 Here is an equally ultra rare Video from lessons with Peter Feuchtwanger ( […]
It is no exaggeration to claim that David Saperton ( 1889-1970 ), who never had a major career, possessed a truly phenomenal pianistic technique and a superb sense of sound. The virtually unplayable “Kuenstlerleben Paraphrase” by Leopold Godowsky , recorded in 1940, allows Saperton to display his limitless abilities.
Swiss pianist Albert Ferber ( 1911-1987 ) left a small recorded legacy and it is above all bis Faure and Rachmaninov recordings that seem unsurpassed until today ( see blog entry about Faure ). His first sonata by Sergej Rachmaninov is what I would call a perfect version of this highly difficult and somewhat problematic […]
For those who thought Ignaz Friedman’s truly spectacular Mazurkas couldn’t be matched: think again. Maryla Jonas has left a very small legacy of recordings, but her Mazurkas have — particularly in the more sombre pieces –a quality which I have not heard by any other pianist ever.I wonder whether this profound depth, which is a hallmark […]
It is always astonishing what gems are waiting to be unearthed ! For example: Grete Scherzer, a totally obscure pianist without hardly any information on the net. But a sensational Gaspard de la Nuit by Maurice Ravel , one of the best ! For the connoisseur : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixdE4gCTPrc Here is all that’s known about this extraordinary pianist: […]
Here is an example of the elusive late style of Robert Schumann. The Fughetten Opus 126 illustrate a desperate attempt to control the voices and onsetting confusion Schumann was struggling with . One of his last works it is clearly not a piece of music with an audience in mind ,rather a self dialogue and […]
I was always extremely fond of Gabriel Faure’s music and I am particularly interested in the evolution of his style,from the elegant romantic early pieces to the enigmatic late style. His music is extremely subtle and does not fare well unless played with the highest level of pianism and stylistic awareness. A true Faure expert was the Swiss […]