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Carl Friedberg

MR 52015 (2cd)

Carl Friedberg

The Brahms/Schumann piano tradition

Commercial and private recordings

Carl Friedberg, piano

Recorded 1949-1953


Carl Friedberg (1872-1955) was the leading 20th-century representative of the Brahms/Schumann pianistic tradition. During his teens, Friedberg enjoyed regular lessons from Clara Schumann as well as the friendship of Johannes Brahms, who coached the young Friedberg in the interpretation of his piano works. Friedberg performed occasional concerts but made no commercial recordings until two years before his death. The only Friedberg recording has long been a prime collector’s item. The entire contents of that disc, taken from the original master tapes, may now be heard on this two-CD Marston release, together with additional works from the same sessions and live performances from Friedberg’s 1949 and 1951 Juilliard recitals. The repertoire includes music of Schumann, Brahms, Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart, and Mendelssohn as well as several improvisations by Friedberg himself.


Track Listing

CD 1 (76:47)
Zodiac Sessions, April and May 1953

SCHUMANN:
Kinderscenen, op. 15
SCHUMANN:
Novellette in D Major, op. 21, no.4
SCHUMANN:
Symphonic Etudes, op. 13
SCHUMANN:
Romance in F-Sharp Major, op. 28, no. 2
BRAHMS:
Scherzo in E-Flat Minor, op. 4
BRAHMS:
Intermezzo in B-Flat Major, op. 76, no.4
BRAHMS:
Intermezzo in E-Flat Major, op. 117, no. 1
PAUER:
Old French Gavotte
CRAMER:
Etude in C Major, op. 81, no. 1
MENDELSSOHN:
Andante & Rondo capriccioso, op. 14

CD 2 (75:08)
Zodiac Sessions, April and May 1953 (continued)

BEETHOVEN:
Sonata in G Major, op.14, no. 2
FRIEDBERG:
Improvisation
Second Improvisation
Third Improvisation

Juilliard Recitals, 1949 and 1951

PARADISI:
Toccata in A Major
SCARLATTI:
Sonata in C Major, L. 104 (K. 159)
MOZART:
Sonata in E-flat Major, K. 282, First Movement (Adagio)
BRAHMS:
Intermezzo in A-Flat Major, op. 76, no. 3
BRAHMS:
Intermezzo in C Major, op. 119, no. 3
BRAHMS:
Ballade in G Minor, op. 118, no. 3
CHOPIN:
Impromptu No.3 in G-Flat Major, op. 51
CHOPIN:
Nocturne in A-Flat Major, op. 32, no. 2
Waltz in A Minor, op. 34, no. 2
CHOPIN:
Waltz in E Minor, op. posth.
CHOPIN:
Ballade No.3 in A-Flat Major, op. 47

Private Recordings
CHOPIN:
Nocturne in F-Sharp Major, op. 15, no. 2
FRIEDBERG:
Improvisation "Remembrance"

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