ALINE van BARENTZEN (1897-1981)
Franco-American pianist

Aline van Barentzen was a fellow student of Rubinstein and Kempff in Berlin, a pupil of Leschetizky in Vienna, and the teacher of Jean-Philippe Collard and Cyprien Katsaris in Paris. Had she been a man, we would all know her name.

She was a wonder from her earliest years.  She gave her first recital at the age of four.  Under the tutelage of Marguerite Long, she won a first prize in Piano at the Paris Conservatory at the age of eleven, the youngest ever to have done so. 

Aline van Barentzen counted among her friends were Enesco, Poulenc, Messaien, Roussel, and Villa Lobos, whose works she often premiered.
She learned all 24 Debussy Preludes during a vacation, and the Brahms Paganini Variations in five days. She boasted an active repertoire of over 500 works. Her technical prowess was such that Leschetizky worked almost exclusively on developing her interpretive skills.  And a fine job he must have done for her Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and Schumann are all exquisite, as you will hear.  Did I mention her Brahms and her Liszt? To die for.

Aline van Barentzen was a noted teacher.  Among the schools at which she taught were the Philadelphia Musical Academy, the Buenos Aires Conservatory, and from 1954 as Professor of Piano, the Paris Conservatory. She was highly decorated by the French government being awarded the "Chevalier des Arts et Lettres" (1962), the "Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur" (1966), and the "Officier de l'Ordre National du Merite" (1975). In 1976 she received the Villa-Lobos Gold Medal from the Brazilian government.  But we do not know her despite the fact that she was American by birth and spend much of here life in this country. Maybe if she had changed her name to Alan, or Alfred, or even Aloysius she would have received the accolades here that she deserved.

The following quotation from a Hungarian music critic (Clavier, Feb. 1981) pretty well sums it up: "Aline van Barentzen is an artist of great temperament who possesses magnificent dynamism and a technique above all praise which permits her to bring all the finesse and the lyric poetry necessary to the works she interprets."

Aline van Barebtzen plays Piano Favorites

DAQUIN : The Cuckoo
01:54 ➢ RAMEAU : The Hen
05:03 ➢ MOZART : Rondo alla Turca (from Sonata K 331)
07:52 ➢ BEETHOVEN : Bagatelle "Fur Elise"
10:28 ➢ WEBER : Perpetuum Mobile (from Sonata OP 24)
14:26 ➢ SCHUBERT : Moment Musical, D 780~3
16:20 ➢ MENDELSSOHN : Song Without Words, Op 62~6 "Spring Song"
18:37 ➢ MENDELSSOHN : Song Without Words, Op 67~4 "Spinning Song"
20:22 ➢ SCHUMANN : 7 Traumerei from Kinderszenen, Op 15
23:10 ➢ CHOPIN : Waltz 7 in C minor, Op 64~2
26:38 ➢ LISZT : Hungarian Rhapsody 2
36:09 ➢ LISZT : Liebestraum 3
39:54 ➢ BRAHMS : Waltz, Op 39~15
41:28 ➢ DEBUSSY : Clair de Lune from Suite Bergamasque
45:33 ➢ RAVEL : Rigaudon from Le Tombeau de Couperin
48:49 ➢ POULENC : Mouvement Perpetuel 1
50:17 ➢ VILLA-LOBOS : O Polichinelo

recorded ca1960

Mozart  Piano Sonata 10 in C major, K 330

i Allegro moderato
05:10ii Andante cantabile
09:18iii Allegretto

Beethoven  Piano Sonata 8 in C minor, Op 13 "Pathétique"

i Grave. Allegro di molto e con brio
ii Adagio cantabile
iii Rondo: Allegro

recorded in 1948

Beethoven  Piano Sonata 8 in C minor, Op 13 "Pathétique"

i Grave. Allegro di molto e con brio
ii Adagio cantabile
iii Rondo: Allegro

Beethoven  Piano Sonata 9 in E major, Op 14~1

i Allegro
ii Allegretto
iii Rondo: Allegro comodo

radio broadcast recorded in 1951

Beethoven  Piano Sonata 13 in E major, Op 27~1
"Sonata quasi una fantasia"

i Grave. Allegro di molto e con brio
ii Adagio cantabile
iii Rondo: Allegro

Beethoven  Piano Sonata 14 in 
C minor, Op 27~2
"Sonata quasi una fantasia"

14:55 i Allegro
20:59ii Allegretto
23:04 ii Rondo: Allegro comodo

French radio broadcast recorded in 1951

Beethoven  Piano Sonata 14 (Quasi una Fantasia) in C minor, Op 27~2 "Moonlight"

Adagio sostenuto

06:09ii Allegretto
08:05 iii Presto agitato

i Adagio sostenuto
06:11ii Allegretto
08:15 iii Presto agitato

recorded ca1960

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

i Allegro assai
09:01ii Andante con motto
15:08 iii Allegro ma non troppo

Beethoven  Piano Sonata 26 in E major, Op 81a "Les Adieux"

i Das Lebewohl: Adagio. Allegro
06:36ii Abwesenheit: Andante espressivo
09:51 iii Das Wiedersehn: Vivacissimament

Beethoven  Piano Sonata 27 in E minor, Op 90

14:06i Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
19:02 ii Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen

radio broadcast recorded in 1952

Chopin Three Études

in G major, Op 10~5 "Black Keys"
01:40 in A major, Op 25~1 "Aeolian Harp"
04:30 in A minor, Op 25~11 "Winter Wind"

recorded in 1957

Chopin  Nocturne 7 in C minor, Op 27~1

recorded in 1957

Chopin  Fantaisie in F minor, Op 49

recorded in 1957

Schumann  Symphonic Etudes, Op 13

Theme - Andante
01:18 ➢ Etude I (Var. 1) - Un poco più vivo
02:06 ➢ Etude II (Var. 2) - Andante
03:51 ➢ Etude III - Vivace
04:28 ➢ Etude IV (Var. 3) - Allegro marcato
04:55 ➢ Etude V (Var. 4) - Scherzando
05:31 ➢ Etude VI (Var. 5) - Agitato
06:06 ➢ Etude VII (Var. 6) - Allegro molto
06:48 ➢ Etude VIII (Var. 7) - Sempre marcatissimo
08:25 ➢ Etude IX - Presto possibile
09:03 ➢ Etude X (Var. 8) - Allegro con energia
09:44 ➢ Etude XI (Var. 9) - Andante espressivo
12:02 ➢ Etude XII (Finale) - Allegro brillante

recorded in 1961

Liszt  4 "Les jeux d'eau à la Villa d'Este"
from Années de pèlerinage: troisième année

recorded in the early 1960s

Liszt  Légende 2 "St. Francois de Paule marchant sur le flots"

recorded in 1957

Liszt  "Un Sospiro" from Trois études de concert, S 144

recorded in 1957

Liszt  Mephisto-Waltz 1

recorded in 1957


Capriccio in B minor, Op 76~2
02:48 ➢ Intermezzo in E major, Op 117~1

recorded in the late 1940s

Debussy  1 "Reflets dans l'eau", from Images Book I

recorded ca1960

Debussy  8 "Ondine" from Preludes Book II

recorded in 1957

Debussy  3 "Jardins sous la pluie" from Estampes

recorded in the early 1960s

de Falla  "Nights in the Gardens of Spain"
Piero Coppola conducting l'Orchestre Symphonique du Gramophone

recorded in 1928

i En el Generalife

ii Danza lejana
04:57iii En los jardines de la Sierra de Cordoba

de Falla  4 Andaluza from Cuatro piezas españoles

Villa-Lobos  5 "Alma brasileira" from Choros

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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