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JACQUES KLEIN (1930-1982)
Brazilian pianist



Jacques Klein began his study of the piano quite early age, but when he was 13 he gave up his classical studies to form a jazz trio with two of his friends, a guitarist and a drummer.  He achieved success which resulted in the trio's appearing weekly on the radio.  At the age of 18, he returned to his classical studies first becoming a pupil of William Kapell in New York City and then of Bruno Seidlhofer in Vienna.  A first prize at the Geneva International Music Competition launched his career as a concert pianist.

There is a controversy regarding the Appassionata recording which claims that the pianist is not Jacques Klein but rather Sviatoslav Richter in a live 1960 performance.  I do not believe it can be Richter.  His Beethoven is more deliberate and neither his performances in Prague and Kiev in 1959, nor his 1960 Leningrad performance, which are all very similar to each other, sound anything like this one which I will continue to believe to be by Klein until proven wrong.

The last four examples are performances of music that was close to his heart.  See if you can hear influences on the flexibility of line and rhythm in the performances in his classical recordings.  I get a sense of something similar to that in the playing of Oscar Levant.



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




Chopin  Ballade 4 in F minor, Op 52

Recorded live in 1953




Chopin  Polonaise 1 in C minor, Op 26~1

Recorded live in 1953




Brahms  Scherzo from FAE Sonata
with Salvatore Accardo, violin




Tchaikovsky  Piano Concerto 1 in B minor, Op 23
i Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso – Allegro con spirito
Hein Jordans conducting the Brabants Orchestra



ii Andantino semplice – Prestissimo
iii Allegro con fuoco




Rachmaninoff  Piano Concerto 2 in C minor, Op 18
Hein Jordans conducting the Brabants Orchestra


i Moderato



ii Adagio sostenuto – Più animato – Tempo I



iii Allegro scherzando




Rachmaninoff  Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini: var 18
Grunner Hegge conducting the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra




Ary Barroso  "Risque"

recorded in 1956




Zequinha de Abreu  piano music for four hands
with Ezequiel Moreira, piano

recorded in 1979


"Branca"



"Os Pintinhos No Terreiro" and "Tico Tico No Fubá"



Valsa: "Último Beijo"














Here is my new book, a murder mystery with a musical polemic.





and the audiobook version




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