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IGNACE TIEGERMAN (1893-1968)
Polish Pianist



Though Ignace Tiegerman had been a pupil of Leschetizky, he considered Ignaz Friedman his mentor and his lessons with Friedman much more significant to his development as a pianist. Friedman thought Tiegerman was "the greatest talent I ever worked with." In the age of dueling pianists, it was said by Vladimir Horowitz that Tiegerman was the only pianist Horowitz himself feared.

Sadly, Tiegerman never had the chance to dethrone the great Horowitz on the concert stages of the world. He was not a well man and was obliged to spend most of his adult life in the dry climate of Egypt where he taught the piano to several very prestigious individuals in addition to a number of fine musicians.

The performance of the third of the Opus 9 nocturnes is lovely.  So too the F major Romanze by Brahms.  Both demonstrate Ignace Tiegerman's particular ability to make a melody sing with impeccable phrasing. Indeed, how often is it that a pianist can specialize in the interpretation of both Chopin and Brahms and be equally successful at both?

The audio quality is quite poor in most of the available recordings which were made in Cairo. The recording of the Chopin third sonata is widely lauded among the cognoscenti in spite of its having been performed on an upright piano.  These recordings are nevertheless sufficient to make Ignace Tiegerman's gifts as a pianist apparent.



Field  Nocturnes


1 in E major (rec. ca1965)



13 in D minor (rec. 1965)




Chopin  Nocturne 3 in B major, Op 9~3

recorded in the mid 1950s




Chopin  Etude in A major, Op 10~10

recorded ca1955-57




Chopin  Scherzo 1 in B minor, Op 20

recorded in the mid 1950s




Chopin  Étude in G minor, Op 25~6

recorded ca1955-57




Chopin  Preludes, Op 28

recorded in the mid 1950s


7 in A major



8 in F minor




Chopin  Ballade 4 in F minor, Op 52

recorded in the mid 1950s




Chopin  Piano Sonata in B minor, Op 58

recorded ca1952


i Allegro maestoso



ii Scherzo: Molto vivace



iii Largo



iv Finale: Presto non tanto




Chopin  Barcarolle in F major, Op 60

recorded in the mid 1950s




Brahms  Capriccio in B minor, Op 76~2

recorded ca1965




Brahms  Rhapsody in G minor, Op 79~2

recorded ca1965




Brahms  Intermezzo in B minor, Op 117~2

recorded ca1965




Brahms  Romanze in F major, Op 118~5

recorded ca1955-57



 

Saint-Saëns  Piano Concerto 5 in F major, Op 103 "Egyptian"
José Ferriz conducting the Cairo Symphony Orchestra

recorded in 1963 (Tiegerman's farewell concert)


i
Allegro animato



ii Andante



iii Molto allegro




Fauré  Nocturne 4 in E major, Op 36

recorded in 1957-58




¿Tiegerman?  Rêverie Viennoise










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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