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AGI JAMBOR (1909-1997)
Hungarian pianist



Agi Jambor was a prodigy whe was playing Mozart before she could read.  At the age of 17, and for the next six years, she studied and served as Edwin Fisher's protegee in Berlin. In the midst of a successful performing career, she went into exile, moving first to Paris, then to Holland.

In Paris she was discovered by Alfred Cortot who held her in great esteem.  She was encouraged to participate in the 3rd International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition (1937) in Warsaw where she was the 5th Prize winner.  As a point of reference, Emil Gilels took 4th prize that year.

When the Nazi'x invaded Holland in 1940, Agi Jambor joined the resistance.  She emmigrated with her hysband to the USA in 1947 where she continued her very succesful career as a concert pianist.  In 1953 she performed with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra for the first time.

Agi Jambor's Chopin is exquisite and very personal.  You can't possibly confuse her playing of this music with anyone else's.  Like other women pianists who speak with their own voices when playing, she does not overwhel the music with stylistic or emotional effects.  Her's are subtle but distinct.  It is this very aspect of what seems to be the way the great women pianists played that I find so satisfying and frankly superior to much of the playing of their male counterparts.

I discovered several of Agi Jambor's Bach albums, the Partitas and the Toccatas, which were long out of print when I was a student and treasure them to this day.  What a magnificent pianist she was



Bach  Prelude and Fugue in A minor




Bach  Partitas

recorded in 1954


1 in Bmajor, BWV 825
i Praeludium - ii Allemande - iii Corrente - iv Sarabande - v Menuetto I - vi Menuetto II - vii Gigue



3a in A minor, BWV 827
i Fantasia - ii Allemande - iii Corrente - iv Sarabande



3b in A minor, BWV 827
v Burlesca - vi Scherzo - vii Gigue



5a in G major, BWV 829
i Praeambulum - ii Allemande - iii Corrente - iv Sarabande



5b in G major, BWV 829
v Tempo di Minuetto - vi Passepied - vii Gigue



6a in E minor, BWV 830
i Toccata



ii Allemanda - iii Corrente - iv Air - v Sarabande
[missing]


6c in E minor, BWV 830
vi Tempo di Gavotta - vii Gigue




Bach Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue in D minor, BWV 903


Part I



Part II




Bach  Toccatas and Fantasias

Toccata in D minor, BWV 913
11:30 ➢ Toccata in E minor, BWV 914
19:04 ➢ Toccata in G major, BWV 916
25:18 ➢ Toccata in D major, BWV 912
36:27 ➢ Toccata in G minor, BWV 915
44:47 ➢ Toccata in F minor, BWV 910
56:29 ➢ Toccata in C minor, BWV 911
1:06:18 ➢ Fantasia in C minor, BWV Anh. 86
1:15:27 ➢ Fantasia in G minor, BWV 920
1:22:54 ➢ Fantasia in A minor, BWV 922

recorded in 1957




Bach  Italian Concerto, BWV 971


i (without tempo indication)



ii Andante
[missing]


iii Presto




Chopin  Ballades


1 in G minor, Op 23



2 in F major, Op 38



3 in A major, Op 47



4 in F minor, Op 52




Chopin Impromptus


1 in A♭ major, Op 29



2 in F minor, Op 36



3 in G major, Op 51










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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