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ALEXANDER GOLDENWEISER (1875-1961)
Russian pianist



Alexander Goldenweiser was a close friend of Tolstoy and Scriabin.  He was a pupil of Alexander Siloti, Vassily Safonoff and Paul Pabst, and studied composition with Arensky, Taneyev and Ippolitov-Ivanov, all three former students of Tchaikovsky'

At the Moscow Conservatory, he was the teacher of many of the most significant pianists mother Russia was to produce.  The list of these students reads like a veritable who's who of the great Russian pianists of the 20th century: Lazar Berman, Grigory Ginzburg, Samuel Feinberg, Tatiana Nikolayeva, Nikolai Kapustin, Dimitri Bashkirov, Dmitry Kabalevsky, Galina Eguiazarova, Nikolai Petrov, Alexander Braginsky, Sulamita Aronovsky, Dmitry Paperno, Oxana Yablonskaya, Nelly Akopian-Tamarina, Dmitry Blagoy, and many others

Alexander Goldeweiser worked closely with Scriabin.  He was the accompanist for Scriabin's piano concerto, and participated in the founding of the Young Scriabinians in 1909. During Scriabin's lifetime, Goldenweiser was one of the composer's most important championss.

His performance of the Rachmaninoff Melody is a revelation.  What a technique! What a sense of the music!!  The Grieg Lyric Pieces have never been favorites of mine.  They have largely seemed pleasant salon music.  But under Alexander Goldenweiser's fingers, they have taken on a new light and I must say that I have gained a new appreciation for these lovely pieces.

I also find Beethoven to be very exciting, and subtly sensitive when appropriate.  Would that there were more recording of the sonatas.

Toward the end of this page is a recording of Alexander Goldenweiser playing his own Piano Sonata-Fantasia composed in the late 1950s.  While it is a very fine piece, it does not show the genius to be found in the works for piano of Samuil Feinberg the Composer.



Mozart  Piano Sonata 11 in A major, K 331
iii Alla Turca

recorded in 1938




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 6 in F major, Op 10~2

i Allegro
08:54  ii Allegretto
12:08  iii Presto

recorded live ca1950




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 14 in C minor Quasi una fantasia, Op. 27~2 "Moonlight"

i Adagio sostenuto
05:10  ii Allegretto
07:10  iii Presto agitato

recorded live in the late 1940s




iii Presto agitato (rec in 1935)




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 21 in C major, Op 53 "Waldstein"

i Allegro con brio
09:58  ii Introduzione - Adagio molto
12:56  iii Rondo - Allegretto moderato

recorded live ca1950




Beethoven Piano Sonata 27 in E minor, Op 90

i Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
("With liveliness and with feeling and expression throughout")
ii Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen
("Not too swiftly and conveyed in a singing manner")

recorded in Moscow ca1950




Beethoven  32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80

recorded in 1947




Beethoven  Six variations in D major, Op 76




Mendelssohn  Scherzo in E minor, Op 16~2

recorded in 1938




Chopin  Études 


in E major, 
Op 10~3




in C minor, Op 25~7




Chopin  Étude in A♭ major from Trois Nouvelles Études, Op posth




Chopin  Mazurkas

23 in C major, Op 33~
02:24  25 in B minor, Op 33~4
07:14  22 in G minor, Op 33~1
08:32  15 in C major, Op 24~2
10:52  19 in B minor, Op 30~2
12:04 7 in F minor, Op 7~3
14:14  17 in B minor, Op 24~4
18:27  30 in G major, Op 50~1
20:44  32 in C minor, Op 50~3

recorded in 1946




21 in C minor, Op 30~4




Chopin  Préludes, Op 28

filmed live in 1952


13 in F major



20 in C minor




Tchaikovsky  Nocturnes


in F major, Op 10~1




in C minor, Op 19~4




Tchaikovsky   Album for Children, Op 39

1 Morning Prayer - 01:00  2 Winter Morning - 02:01  3 The Hobby-Horse - 02:41  4 Mama
03:41  5 March of the Wooden Soldiers - 04:26  6 The Sick Doll - 05:34  7 The Doll's Funeral
06:58  8 Waltz - 08:23  9 The New Doll - 08:53  10 Mazurka - 09:52  11 Russian Song
10:18  12 The Accordion Player - 10:49  13 Kamarinskaya - 11:23  14 Polka - 12:12  15 Italian Song
13:01  
16 Old French Song - 13:42  17 German Song - 14:13  18 Neapolitan Song - 15:37
19 The Nurse's Tale - 16:31  20 Baba-Yaga - 17:14  21 Sweet Dreams
19:02  
22 Song of the Lark - 19:52  23 The Organ-Grinder's Song - 20:39  24 In Church




Tchaikovsky  Meditation in D major, Op 72~5

recorded in 1947




Grieg  Lyric Pieces

recorded in Moscow in the early 1950s


Book I, Op 12 (1864-1867)

1 Arietta
01:15  2 Vals - Waltz
03:09  3 Vektersang - Watchman's song
06:20  4 Alfedans - Elves' dance
07:18  5 Folkevise - Popular melody
08:45  6 Norsk - Norwegian melody
09:44  7 Albumblad - Albumleaf
11:11  8 Fedrelandssang - National song





Book II, Op 38 (
1883)

1 Berceuse - Lullaby
02:57  2 Volkevise - Folk song
04:34  3 Melodi - Melody
06:35  4 Halling - Dance
07:23  5 Springdans - Spring dance
08:42  6 Elegi - Elegy
11:17  7 Vals - Waltz [1866; rev 1883]
12:26  8 Kanon [ca1877-8]




Book III, Op 43 (1886)

1 Sommerfugl - Butterfly
01:49  2 Ensom vandrer - Solitary traveller
03:38  3 I hjemmet - In my homeland
06:08  4 Liten fugl - Little bird
08:00  5 Erotikk - Erotikon
10:27  6 Til våren - To spring




Book IV, Op 47 (1886-1888)

1 Valse - Impromptu
03:21  2 Albumblad - Albumleaf
07:00  3 Melodi - Melody
10:02  4 Halling
11:29  5 Melankoli - Melancholy
14:04  6 Springtanz - Spring dance
15:26  7 Elegi - Elegy




Book V, Op 54 (1889-1891)


1 Gjætergut (Shepherd's boy)
03:54  2 Gangar (Norwegian march)




3 Troldtog - March of the Dwarfs
03:20  4 Notturno
06:24  5 Scherzo
09:52  6 Klokkeklang - Bell ringing




Book VI, Op 57 (
1890-3)

1 Svundne dager - Vanished days
05:50  2 Gade
09:52  3 Illusion
12:34  4 Geheimniss  -Secret
17:36  5 Sie tanzt  -She dances
20:33  6 Heimweh - Homesickness




Book VII, Op 62 (
1893-5)

1 Sylfide - Sylph
01:45  2 Takk - Gratitude 
05:44  3 Fransk serenade - French serenade
08:09  4 Bekken - Brooklet
09:44  5 Drømmesyn - Phantom
12:38  6 Hjemad - Homeward




Book VIII, Op. 65


1 Fra ungdomsdagene - From early years
04:44  2 Bondens sang - Peasant's song
06:35 3 Tungsinn - Melancholy
10:34 4 Salong - Salon
12:52 5 I balladetone - Ballad
16:03 6 Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen - Wedding Day at Troldhaugen




Op 71~2 "Summer's Eve"
[followed by 5 other performances of the same work]




Arensky  from 3 Esquisses, Op 24


1 Allegro in F major
03:33  2 Vivace in A major




Arensky  from 24 Characteristic Pieces, Op 36

Prelude
03:03  Consolation
05:29  Scherzo
07:12  Le ruisseau dans la forêt
10:39  Elegie




Scriabin  Preludes, Op 15 (1895-1896)


1 in A major
01:53  2 in F minor
recorded in 1957

02:56  3 in E major
04:09  4 
in E major
05:38  5 
in C minor
recorded in 1947




Scriabin  Preludes, Op 16 (1895-1896)


1 in B major
02:25  2 in G major
03:40  3 in G major
05:29  4 in in major
05:38  5 in F minor

recorded in 1957




Rachmaninoff  "Melodie" Op 3~3




Rachmaninoff  from 7 Morceaux de salon, Op 10


1 Nocturne in A minor
recorded in 1949



3 Barcarolle in G major
recorded in 1946




Goldenweiser  Petite Ballade, Op 4~3




Goldenweiser  Piano Sonata-Fantasia, Op 37 "Song of Sorrow" (1957-1959)


Part I



Part II




Medtner  Novella in C Minor, Op 17~2

recorded in 1955










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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