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EDITH PICHT-AXENFELD
German pianist and harpsichordist (1914 - 2001)



I first heard Edith Picht-Axenfeld's recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations when I was a student in the late 1960s. I had never before now heard her play the piano.

She studied piano with Rudolf Serkin and Organ with Albert Schweitzer, was the 6th Prize winner in the 3rd International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1937. After the second world war, her concert career took off, she was an active chamber musician, and recorded extensively for Deutsche GrammophonPhilips, Erato.and RCA for which label she recorded the complete Chopin etudes as a pianist.  I would love to hear that recording.

I have found only two multi movement works by Schumann, an Intermezzo by Brahms that is to die for, and a two piano recording with Carl Seemann of the Bartók Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. 

At the very end is a recording by Edith Picht-Axenfeld at the harpsichord in a stunning performance of the Bach Goldberg Variations.



Schumann  Piano Sonata 3 in F minor, Op 14 


i Allegro



ii Scherzo - Molto comodo



iii Quasi variazioni sul Andantino di Clara Wieck



iv Prestissimo possible




Schumann  Gesänge der Frühe (Songs of Dawn) for Piano, Op 133


i Im ruhigen Tempo



ii Belebt, nicht zu rasch



iii Lebhaft



iv Bewegt



 Im Anfang ruhiges, im Verlauf bewegtes Tempo




Brahms  1 Andante moderato in E major from Drei Intermezzi, Op 117

recorded at her last concert in 1996



Bartók  Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, Sz 110


i Assai lento. Allegro molto



ii Lento, ma non troppo



iii Allegro non troppo




Bach  Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

recorded in 1968










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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