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CARL FRIEDBERG (1872-1955)
German pianist



Carl Friedberg is the first male pianist I have come across whose recorded performances of the piano music of Brahms and Schumann may well reflect authenticity from his having benefited from a close association with Brahms and Clara Schumann,  He was a pupil of Clara's, in all likelihood her most accomplished, and became an intimate of Brahms who had attended and was very impressed by a recital devoted to his music in 1893.  During the last three years of Brahms' life, the composer gave Carl Friedberg private coaching in the performance of most of his works for piano.

His phrasing is stunning with long, expressive lines and his dynamic range is very impressive.  His technique, even in his seventies when these recordings were made, was amazingly supple, his timing impeccable, and his tone sings.

Carl Friedberg's performance of the Brahms second piano concerto at the age of 78 is an extraordinary document in that it is perhaps the only recording of a concerto played by a pianist who knew knew from  first hand experience how the composer wanted it played.

Of other composers we have a nocturne by Chopin, the performance of which is, to my ear, the most Schumanesque Chopin I have ever heard.  Interesting and strangely beautiful, but not at all the Chopin I have in my inner ear.  And the Mendelssohn Andante & Rondo Capriccioso played with all the beauty and delicacy one could hope for. 

Finally three piano rolls of music by Chopin, Schubert and Haydn which just don't do his playing justice.



Brahms Intermezzi, Op 76

recorded in 1953


3 in A major



4 in B major




Brahms Intermezzo in E major, Op 117 n1

recorded in 1953




Brahms Intermezzo in G minor, Op 118 n3

recorded in 1953




Brahms Intermezzo in C major, Op 119 n3

recorded in 1951




Brahms Scherzo in E minor, Op 4

recorded in 1953




Brahms Piano Concerto 2 in B major, Op 83

the Toledo Symphony Orchestra with an unidentified conductor


recorded in 1951




Schumann Symphonic Etudes, Op 13

recorded in 1953


Theme & Etudes 1-5



Etudes 6-11



Finale




Schumann Kinderszenen, Op 15

recorded in 1953


nos 1-9



Nos. 10-13




Schumann Romance Op 28 No 2

recorded in 1953




Chopin Nocturne in A major, Op 32 n2

recorded in 1951




Mendelssohn Andante & Rondo Capriccioso, Op 14

recorded in 1953




Chopin Etude in A major, Op 25 n1




Schubert Piano Sonata in B major, D 960
ii Andante sostenuto

1906 Welte piano roll




Haydn Menuetto

Ampico piano roll










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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