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GREAT WOMEN PIANISTS PLAY



The Great Women Pianists Play page contains links to wondrous performances by astonishing musicians.  It also contains a number of videos offering performances by many other great women pianists of  bygone eras.  These videos have been put together by someone whose YouTube moniker is gullivior, who shares my own interest in the all too often ignored great women pianists of the past, and to whom sincere thanks are due.

Enjoy hearing these great women pianists play by following the links below and by listening to the videos on this page.  If these performances are not enough to convince you that these great women pianists are very much the equals of their male counterparts, you just plain ain't listening.



Ader, Alice (b 1954)

Ajemian, Maro (1920-1978)

Bachauer, Gina (1913-1976)
   Bachauer the Soloist

Ballon, Ellen (1898-1969)

Barówna, Maria (1900-1960)

Bekman-Shcherbina, Yelena (1882-1951)

Bergmann, Maria (1918-2002)

Bianca, Sondra (b 1930)

Bíró, Sári  (1912-1990)

Blancard, Jacqueline (1909-1994)

Bloomfield Zeisler, Fannie (1863-1927)

Blumental, Felicja (1909-1991)

Bovet, Jeanne (1917-2010)

Boynet, Emma (1891-1974)

Casadesus, Gaby (1901-1999) 

Cohen, Dame Harriet (1895-1967)

Crochet, Evelyne (b 1934)

Dariescu. Alexandra (21st century)
   Dariescu plays Chopin

Davies, Fanny (1861-1934)

de La Bruchollerie, Monique (1915-1972)

de Lara, Adelina (1872-1961)

de Larrocha, Alicia (1923-2009)
   de Larrocha Accompanies

Derzhavina, Ekaterina (b 1967)

Descaves, Lucette (1906-1993)

Dorfmann, Ania (1899-1984)

Doyen, Ginette (1921-2002)

Eibenschütz, Ilona (1872-1967)

Ellegaard, France (1913-1999)

Erikson, Greta (1919-2014)

Etkin-Moszkowska, Róża (1908-1945)

Eymar, Jacqueline (1922-2008)

Farnadi, Edith (1921-1973)

Fischer, Annie (1914-1995)
   Fischer Plays Beethoven
   Fischer plays Concerti

Freund, Etelka (1879-1977)

Gambarian, Maria (contemporary)

Gianoli, Reine (1915-1979)

Girod, Marie-Catherine (b 1949)

Golubovskaya, Nadezhda (1891-1975)

Grinberg, Maria (1908-1978)
   Grinberg plays Beethoven and the German romantics
   Grinberg plays Debussy, Bach, Scarlatti, and others

Grychtołówna, Lidia (b 1928)

Guller, Youra (1895-1980)

Haskil, Clara (1895-1960)
   Haskil plays Concerti and Chamber Music
   Haskil plays Mozart Concerti

Henriot-Schweitzer, Nicole (1925-2001)

Hess, Dame Myra (1890-1965)
   Hess plays the Romantics
   Hess plays concerti

Hesse-Bukowska, Barbara (1930-2013)

Igoshina, Valentina (b 1978)

Iturbi, Amparo (1898-1969)

Jacquinot, Fabienne (b ca1927) 

Jambor, Agi (1909-1997)

Jonas, Maryla (1911-1959)

Joyce, Eileen (1908-1991)
   Joyce plays Concerti and Chamber music
   Joyce plays Encores and Salon Pieces




Kamenikova, Valentina (1930-1989)

Karrer, Felicitas (b 1924)

Kolessa, Lubka (1902-1997)

Kraus, Lili (1903-1986)
   Lili Kraus plays concerti

Kwast-Hodapp, Frida (1880-1949)

Lassimonne, Denise (1903-1994)

Leginska, Ethel (1886-1970)

Lympany, Dame Moura (1916-2005)
   Moura Lympany plays Chopin
   Moura Lympany plays concerti

Magnan, Gisèle (contemporary)

Marik, Iren (1905-1986)

Mero, Yolanda (1887-1963)

Meyer, Marcelle (1897-1958)

Murão, Isabel (b 1932)

Musulin, Branka (1917-1975)

Nikolayeva, Tatiana (1924-1993)
   Nikolayeva Plays Bach
   Nikolayeva's Well Tempered Clavier
   Nikolayeva the Soloist

Novaes, Guiomar (1895-1979)
   Novaes plays Chopin
   Novaes plays Chopin Mazurkas and Waltzes
   Novaes plays Encores
   Novaes plays Concerti

Novello, Marie (1898-1928)

Picht-Axenfeld, Edith (1914-2001)

Raiz, Mira (b 1925)

Reisenberg, Nadia (1904-1983)

Renard, Rosita (1894-1949)

Rév, Lívia (b 1916)

Roger-Miclos, Aimée-Marie (1860-1950)

Roszborska (Leschetizky), Gabrielle Marie (1880-?)

Rudge, Antonietta (1885-1974)

Ryumina, Tatiana (b 1950)

Scharer, Irene (1888-1971)

Schein, Ann (b 1939)

Sellick, Phyllis (1911-2007)

Selva, Blanche (1884-1942)

Smendzianka, Regina (1924-2011)

Stockmarr, Johanne Amalie (1869-1944)

Tagliaferro, Magda (1893-1986)
   Tagliaferro plays Concerti

Tamarkina, Rosa (1920-1950)

Tipo, Maria (b 1931)
   Tipo plays Concerti

Tureck, Rosalyn (1914-2003) 

Vacatello, Mariangela (b 1982)

Valenzi, Frieda (1910-2002)

van Barentzen, Aline Isabelle (1897-1981)

Varsi, Dinorah (1939-2013)

Verne, Adela (1877-1952)

Virsaladze, Eliso (b 1942)
   Virsaladze plays Concerti and Chamber Music

von Alpenheim, Ilse (b 1927)

Werschenska, Galina (1906-1994)

Yudina, Maria (1899-1970)

   Yudina plays Bach, Brahms and Liszt
   Yudina plays Mozart, and Schubert
   Yudina plays Beethoven
   Yudina in Recital




A Touch of Women - Historical Female Pianists
by gullivior


Vol I

1 Yvonne Lefébure - Ravel: Prelude from "Le tombeau de Couperin"
2 Maria Yudina - Martinu: Booksellers on Malace Quay
3 Youra Guller - Rameau: Le rappel des oiseaux
4 Wanda Landowska - Mozart: Fantasia in D minor, K 397
5 Rosa Tamarkina - Schumann: Fantasiestucke, Op 111 n1
6 Halina Czerny-Stefanska - Chopin: Mazurka in C minor, Op 6 n2
7 Maria Grinberg - Schumann: Bunte Blatter, Op 99, n1



Vol II

1 Ann Schein - Chopin: Etude in A♭ major, Op. Posth.
2 Pnina Salzman - Chopin: Waltz in G♭ major, Op 70 n1
3 Ruth Slenczynska - Chopin-Liszt: Homeward (from Polish Songs, n6)
4 Rosita Renard - Chopin: Nocturne in F♯ major, Op 15 n2
5 Rosalyn Tureck - A. Scarlatti: Minuetto (arr. Tureck)
6 Marie Roger Miclos - Chopin: Waltz in D major, Op 64 n1
7 Nadia Reisenberg - Tchaikowsky: Waltz in A major
8 Olga Samaroff - Juon: Naiads at the Spring



Vol III

1 Tatiana Nikolayeva - Bach: Bourrée from English Suite 1 in A major
2 Myra Hess - Bach: Gigue from French Suite 5 in G major
3 Isabel Mourao - Grieg: Sommerabend (Lyric Pieces, Op 71 n2)
4 Moura Lympany - Rachmaninov: Prelude in C minor, Op 23 n7
5 Yolanda Mero - Vogrich: Staccato Caprice
6 Menininha Lobo - Chopin: Etude in F minor, Op. Posth.
7 Maryla Jonas - Rossi: Andantino
8 Annarosa Taddei - Fuga: Studio No. 1



Volume IV is currently not available


Vol V

1 Lubka Kolessa - Chopin: Mazurka in G minor, Op 33 n1
2 Eva Knardahl - Sinding: Rustle of Spring
3 Kathleen Long - Scarlatti: Sonata in E minor
4 Harriet Cohen - Bach: Prelude 5 in D Major (from WTK Book I)
5 Jeanne-Marie Darré - Mendelssohn: Spinning Song
6 Irene Scharrer - Chopin: Waltz in E minor, Op. Posth.
7 Ingrid Haebler - Bach: Allemande from French Suite in E major
8 Monique Haas - Debussy: Hommage à Haydn



Vol VI

1 Guiomar Novaes - Levy: Brazilian Tango
2 Reine Gianoli - Schumann: Einsame Blumen (Lonely Flowers) from "Waldszenen" Op. 82
3 Germaine Thyssens-Valentin - Fauré: Improvisation in C minor
4 Gaby Casadesus - Ravel: Menuet sur le nom de Haydn
5 Etelka Freund - Brahms: Intermezzo in A flat major, Op 76 n3
6 Edith Farnadi - Liszt: Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa (from "Années de Pélerinage - Italia)
7 Ethel Leginska - Schubert: Moments Musicaux, 1 in C major
8 Elly Ney - Schubert: Moments Musicaux, 3 in F minor
9 Eileen Joyce - Cyril Scott: Danse nègre, Op 58 n5


Vol VII

1 Sari Biro - Scarlatti: Sonata in F major (L119)
2 Ilona Eibenschutz - Brahms: Two Waltzes (rec 1903)
3 Adelina de Lara - Schumann: Vogel als Prophet (Bird as Prophet) from "Waldszenen" Op 82
4 Johanne Stockmarr - Palmgren: The Sea
5 France Ellegard - Daquin: Le Coucou
6 Galina Werschenska - Scriabin: Prelude in C minor, Op 11 n10
7 Costance Keene - Mac Dowell: Shadow Dance, Op 39 n8
8 Cécile Chaminade - Chaminade: Courante, Op 95 n3
9 Monique de la Bruchollerie - Scarlatti: Pastorale (arr. Tausig)



Vol VIII

1 Felicja Blumental - Chopin: Mazurka in F minor, Op 68 n2
2 Jelena Beckman-Schtscherbina - Arensky: Etude in F
3 Gina Bachauer - Rachmaninov: Prelude in G minor, Op 23 n5
4 Ania Dorfmann - Schubert: Rosamunde (arr. Ganz)
5 Clara Haskil - Soler: Sonata in D
6 Fanny Davies - Schumann: from "Davidsbundlertanze", n18
7 Ilona Kabos - Bartok: Three Rondos on Folk Tunes, No. 1


Vol IX

1 Ginette Doyen - Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words, in A minor, Op 38 n5
2 Annie Fischer - Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op 15 n1
3 Antonietta Rudge - Mompou: Jeunes filles au jardin
4 Blanche Selva - De Séverac: Bagneuses au soleil
5 Katherine Bacon - Ravel: Ondine from "Gaspard de la nuit"
6 Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler - Moszkowsky: La jongleuse



Vol X

1 Lucette Descaves - Pierné: Etude de concert
2 Una Bourne - Grieg: Menuet from Sonata in E minor, Op. 7
3 Yvonne Loriod - Messiaen: Les Sons Impalpables du Rêve
4 Phyllis Sellick - Ravel: Toccata from "Le tombeau de Couperin"
5 Aline Isabelle van Barentzen - De Falla: Andaluza
6 Marie Novello - Arensky: Etude de concert in F sharp



Vol XI

1 Zofia Bacewiczowa - Chopin: Mazurka in C minor, Op 63 n3
2 Frieda Valenzi - Granados: El Fandango de Candil (n3 from "Goyescas")
3 Madeleine de Valmalète - Alabjev-Liszt: The Nightingale
4 Muriel Kerr - Scriabin: Etude in D♭ major, Op 8 n10



Vol XII

1 Jacqueline Blancard - Schumann: Scherzo from Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op 26
2 Amparo Iturbi - Infante: Guadalquivir
3 Evlyn Howard Jones - Bach: The Well Tempered Clavier Book I, Prelude in F minor [Why he is included is a mystery to me as he is very much a man!]
4 Regina Smendzianka - Chopin: Waltz in A major, Op posth
5 Raie da Costa - Verdi-Liszt: "Rigoletto" Paraphrase



Vol XIII

1 Tina Lerner - Chopin: Etude in C minor, Op 10 n4
2 Maria Gambaryan - Schubert-Liszt: Gretchen am Spinnrade
3 Teresa Carreño - Smetana: Am Seegestade (Etude)
4 Frieda Kwast-Hodapp - Reger: Variations & Fugue on Theme by Telemann, Op 134 (Fugue)
5 Carmen Bravo - Mompou: El carrer, el guitarrista i el vell caball



Vol XIV

1 Rena Kyriakou - Mendelssohn: Song Without Words in F minor, Op 67~2
2 Maria Fotino - Scarlatti: Sonata in F minor, L 475
3 Irén Marik - Debussy: Reflets dans l'eau (from Images Book I)
4 Ruth Laredo - Rachmaninoff: Waltz in A major, Op 10~2



Vol XV

1 Natalia Janotha - Mendelsshon: "Spinning Song" Op 67~4
2 Marie Panthès - Chopin: Mazurka in A minor, Op 17~4
3 Winifred Christie - Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor
4 Agnelle Bundervoët - Schumann: "Des Abends" Op 12~1




My 10 Favorite Women Pianists by gullivior

1 Elly Ney (0:00) - 2 Antonietta Rudge (4:01) - 3 Myra Hess (5:34) - 4 Magda Tagliaferro (8:19) - 5 Rosita Renard (10:47) - 6 Guiomar Novaes (12:54) - 7 Clara Haskil (15:50) - 8 Marcelle Meyer (18:20) - 9 Madeleine de Valmalète (21:22) - 10 Moura Lympany (25:03)










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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