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NADIA REISENBERG (1904-1983)
Lithuanian born American pianist



Nadia Reisenberg studied piano at the St. Petersburg Conservatory under Leonid Nikolaiev.  Alexander Glazunov, who was at the time director of the conservatory, took a particular interest in her.  After the Russian revolution, she and her family left, and in 1922 emigrated to the United States.  Rachmaninoff and Josef Hofmann are said to have taken note of her talent.  She became Hofmann's pupil, eventually becoming his teaching assistant at the Curtis Institute.

I can't say I am overly enamored of Nadia Reisenberg's Chopin which I find a tad heavy handed and her Ravel is disappointing, though I must confess her playing of Haydn sonatas brings the music to life for me in a special way, and the Scriabin and Rachmaninoff preludes are quite wonderful.  And It is always interesting to hear the playing of those who have taught, and formed, so many of the musicians we know well, pianists of the renown of Richard Goode and conductors like Andrew Litton.

There is also a piano roll two piano version of the Litolff Scherzo which sparkles and dazzles appropriately, and in which one can hear what Rachmaninoff and Hofmann might have heard that impressed them so.  And the Mozart four-hand sonata and the two viola sonatas (Clarinet sonatas adapted by Brahms) are included to demonstrate her excellence as a chamber musician, something Nadia Reisenberg particularly enjoyed.



Haydn  Sonata in G major, Hob. XVI:6 (L 13)


ii Adagio



iii Menuet, Trio



iv Finale (Allegro molto)




Haydn  Sonata in E minor, Hob. XVI:34 (L 53)

recorded in 1958


i Presto



ii Adagio



iii Finale




Haydn  Sonata in D major, Hob. XVI:37 (L 50)
i Allegro con brio - ii Largo e sostenuto (4:19) - iii Finale: Presto, ma non troppo (7:31)




Haydn  Sonata in A major, Hob. XVI:43 (L 35)


i Moderato



ii Menuetto I and II



iii Rondo (Presto)




Haydn  Sonata in E major, Hob. XVI:52 (L 62)


i Allegro



ii Adagio



iii Finale (Presto)




Haydn  Capriccio in G major, Hob XVII:1 (Moderato)




Haydn  Arietta con variazioni in A major, Hob. XVII:2




Haydn  Fantasia in C major, Hob. XVII:4 (Presto)




Haydn  Tema con sei variazioni in C major, Hob. XVII:5




Chopin  Nocturne in E major, Op 9 n2




Chopin  Allegro de Concert, Op 46

recorded in 1955 (or 1957)




Chopin  Mazurka in B minor, Op 30 n2

(a comparison, of which the performance by Ferenczi is the only one that I find intersting, and the one by Lilamand a horror)

1 György Ferenczi (00:00) - 2 Nadia Reisenberg (01:35)
3 Charles Lilamand (02:50) - 4 Milosz Magin (03:49)




Tchaikovsky  Nocturne, Op 10 n1

recorded in 1954




Scriabin  from Etudes Op 8 & Op 42

I Étude in F major, Op 42 n4 - II Étude in C♯ minor, Op 42 n5 (02:02)
III Étude in F minor, Op 42 n7 (04:54) - IV Étude in D major, Op 8 n10 (05:56)
V Étude in B♭ minor, Op 8 n11 (07:58) - VI Étude in D minor, Op 8 n12 (11:19)

recorded live in 1947




Rachmaninoff  Prelude in C minor, Op 3 n2




Ravel  "Menuet"

recorded in 1939




Samuel Barber  Four Excursions, Op 20

I Un Poco Allegro - II In Slow Blues Tempo (02:54) - III Allegretto (06:10) - IV Allegro Molto (08:30)

recorded live in 1947




Litolff  Scherzo from Concerto Symphonique in D minor, Op 102

Duo-Arte piano roll with Joseph Lambert




Mozart  Sonata for Piano Four Hands in F major, K 497
iii Allegro

with Artur Balsam




Brahms  Sonata 1 in F minor for viola and piano, Op 120

recorded in 1954 with Paul Doktor, viola


i Allegro appassionato



ii Andante un poco adagio



iii Allegro grazioso



iv Vivace




Brahms  Sonata 2 in E major for viola and piano, Op 120

recorded in 1954 with Paul Doktor, viola


i Allegro amabile



ii Allegro appassionato



iii Andante con moto - allegro










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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