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FREDERIC LAMOND (1868-1948)
Scottish pianist



Frederic Lamond was one of Liszt's last pupils.  If his playing gives us a window into the way Liszt himself played, he must have been amazing.  Lamond combines technical perfection with a deep musical sensibility, giving every note its due, never rushing, and yet sustaining a sense of the dramatic that grips the listener and does not let him go until the end.  His performance of the "Waldstein" is a perfect case in point.  Even the simplest of pieces are played exquisitely as is the Rondo in G.

It can be assumed that his performance of the music of Liszt bears a strong influence of the master upon the student.  The recordings on this page are among the very finest of any works by Liszt I have ever heard.  Indeed, Frederic Lamond's recording of the Liszt second concerto is wonderful.  When was it decided that everything had to be played bravura style?  The delicacy and transparency of Liszt's gorgeous music at Frederic Lamond's hands is a revelation.

Frederic Lamond's Beethoven is equally marvelous.  The shortest phrases in either hand, even the grace notes, have shape and direction, and the architectural structure of musical sections and entire works is there in all its clarity to behold.

The only performances on this page that are not entirely satisfying to me are the two Mazurkas of chopin.  While they are played splendidly, they sound to me more like stilted waltzes.

At the very end is a recording of Frederic Lamond speaking of his studies with Liszt.



Beethoven  Rondo in G major, Op 51~2

recorded in 1935




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 8 in C minor, Op 13 "Sonata Pathétique"

recorded in 1926


i Grave. Allegro di molto e con brio



ii Adagio cantabile



iii Rondo: Allegro




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 12 in A major, Op 26 "Funeral March"

recorded in 1928


i Andante con variazioni
ii Scherzo: Allegro molto

[iii Maestoso andante (marcia funebre sulla morte d'un eroe)
iv Rondo: Allegro
are missing
]




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 14 in C minor "Quasi una fantasia", Op 27~2 "Moonlight"
i Adagio sostenuto - ii Allegretto - iii Presto agitato

recorded in 1926




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 17 in C minor, Op 31~2 "Tempest"

recorded in 1927


i Largo - Allegro



ii Adagio



iii Allegretto




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 21 in C major, Op 53 "Waldstein"
i
Allegro con brio
8:22ii Introduzione: Adagio molto - attacca
11:30iii Rondo. Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo

recorded in 1930




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 23 in F minor, Op 57 "Appassionata"

recorded in 1927


i Allegro assai



ii Andante con moto
iii Allegro ma non troppo - Presto




Beethoven  Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110

recorded in 1928


i
Moderato cantabile molto espressivo



ii Scherzo: allegro molto



iii (beginning)



iv  (conclusion)




Beethoven  Piano Concerto 5 in E major, Op 73 "Emperor"
Eugene Goossens conducting the Royal Albert Hall Orchestra

recorded in 1922


ia Allegro (beginning)



ia Allegro (conclusion)



ii Adagio un poco mosso



iii Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo




Beethoven-Liszt  "Adelaide" Op 46

Duo-Art piano roll




Schubert-Liszt  "Erlkonig"

recoded in 1927




Glinka-Balakirev  "The Lark"

recorded in 1927




Chopin Two Mazurkas
in C sharp minor, Op 63~3
1:44 ➢ in F minor, Op 7~3

recorded in 1941




Liszt   Two Concert Etudes


1 "Waldesrauschen"
recorded in 1936



2 "Gnomenreigen"
recorded in 1927



2 "Gnomenreigen"
recorded in 1935



2 "Gnomenreigen"
recorded in 1941




Liszt  "Un Sospiro" 3 in D major
from Three Concert Etudes


recorded in 1921



1924 Duo-Art piano roll



recorded in 1925



recorded in 1927



recorded in 1936




Liszt  Transcendental Étude 5 "Feux Follets"

recorded in 1929




Liszt  Liebestraum 2 in E major and 3 in A major

recorded in 1941 and 1936




Liszt  Tarantella Deuxième Année de Pelerinage (Venezia e Napoli)

recorded in 1929




Liszt  Tarantelle di Bravura from Auber's Muette di Portici

recorded in 1929




Liszt  Piano Concerto 2 in A major
Eduard van Beinum conducying the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam

recorded in 1937




Anton Rubinstein  Barcarolle in G minor, Op 50~3

recorded in 1929




Brahms  Ballade in B major, Op 10~2

ca 1910 piano roll




Lamond Speaks of His Lessons With Liszt

recorded in 1945










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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