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JAMES FRISKIN
Scottish-American pianist (1886 - 1967)



James Friskin attendied the Royal College of Music in London where he studied with Edward Dannreuther, himself a pupil of Ignaz Moscheles.  In 1914, he emigrated to the USA.  He was an original faculty member of the Juilliard Graduate School, teaching there until his death in 1967.  In 1944, he married one of America's greatest women composers, Rebecca Clarke.

In the 1930s, he began to concentrate on the music of Bach, performing the complete Well Tempered Clavier, the Goldberg variations. and numerous other works by that composer.  He was perhaps the first real Bach specialist, long before it became fashionable. 

Friskin's playing is transparently clear, stately, and devoid of so many of the mannerisms, some admittedly delicious, current in todays playing of the music of the great master.



J S Bach

French Suite 4 In E major, BWV 815
10:07 ➢ Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, BMV 903
21:26 ➢ French Suite 3 in B minor, BWV 814
33:06 ➢ Italian Concerto in F major, BMV 971
46:16 ➢ French Suite 5 in G major, BWV 816
1:00:59 ➢ The Two Part Inventions, BWV 772
1:22:19 ➢ French Suite6 In E major, BWV 817
1:34:29 ➢ Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria, 30 Variations and Aria da capo

recorded in the 1950s




Bach  Fantasia in C minor, BWV 906




Bach  Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 944










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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