Thursday, June 25, 2015

Heinrich Neuhaus Pays Schumann, Brahms & Bach

Heinrich Neuhaus was born in Ukraine to a German father and a Polish mother. His father Gustav had been a pupil of Ferdinand Hiller ; his mother, Olga, was the sister of Felix Blumenfeld, pianist, conductor, composer and teacher of, among others, Simon Barere, Maria Grinberg, Vladimir Horowitz, Alexander Kamensky and Anatole Kitain. Additionally, via his maternal grandmother, Neuhaus was related to Karol Szymanowski. The latter and his uncle Felix were to be influential mentors and lifelong friends. Neuhaus’s parents ran a private music school and such were its demands on them that the young Heinrich enjoyed only infrequent lessons with his parents. He can to a consider­able extent be regarded as self-taught, driven, as he explained it, by the feeling that from a very early age he was ‘contaminated by music‘. Neuhaus made his first public appear­ances in his native town of Elizavetgrad (now Kirovograd) before his teens: a brief all-Chopin recital and, in 1902, a joint recital with the eleven-year-old violin prodigy Mischa Elman. Three years later he gave his first major recital at the Westphalia Festival in Dortmund after which there were noted appearances in Bonn, Cologne and Berlin where he studied theory and composition with Paul Juon, a pupil of Taneyev who tried to persuade Neuhaus to abandon the piano in favour of composition. In 1906 he made his Warsaw debut and took some lessons from Aleksander Michalowski which undoubtedly influenced his interpretation of Chopin. Introductions from Blumenfeld and Glazunov led to advanced studies with Leopold Godowsky, first in Berlin (1905–7) and later in Vienna (1912–4). Neuhaus returned to Elizavet­grad on the outbreak of the First World War, graduated as an external student from the St Petersburg (then Petrograd) Conservatory in 1915, and took the post of piano professor at the Tiflis College of Music the following year...
Bryan Crimp © 2007

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Heinrich Neuhaus


Robert Schumann

1 Kreisleriana, 8 fantaisies for piano, Op. 16  30:07

Johannes Brahms

Eight Klaviersctücke, Op. 76
2 Intermezzo in A-Flat major Op. 76 n° 3. Grazioso  1:53
3 Intermezzo in B-Flat major, Op. 76 n° 4. Allegretto grazioso  2:19
4 Intermezzo in A major, Op. 76 n° 4. Andante con moto  3:06
5 Intermezzo in A minor, Op. 76 n° 7. Moderato semplice  2:47

Four Klaviersctücke, Op. 119
6 Intermezzo in B minor, Op. 119 n° 1. Adagio  2:43
7 Intermezzo in E minor, p. 119 n° 2. Andantino un poco agitato  5:08

Johann Sebastian Bach

The Well-Tempered Clavier
(excerpts from book I)
8 Prelude and Fugue n° 13 in F-Sharp major, BWV 858  3:07
9 Prelude and Fugue n° 14 in F-Sharp minor, BWV 859  4:04
10 Prelude and Fugue n° 15 in G major, BWV 860  3:09
11 Prelude and Fugue n° 17 in A-Flat major, BWV 862  3:26
12 Prelude and Fugue n° 18 in G-Sharp minor, BWV 863  4:16


Heinrich Neuhaus - p

Recorded June 10, 1961 [# 1] ; July 12, 1951 [# 2-5] ; September 18 & 28, 1947 [# 6 & 7] ; April 20, May 20 & October 3, 1951 [# 8-12]


Melanchthon said...

BachRocks44 said...

Thanks for these interesting posts.

Wade Cottingham said...

Oh, thank you Mel, always interested in the man who taught Richter.

woland said...

Thanks, I have these recordings in old remasterings, whose sound quality was awful. It will be nice to compare the different sources.

musician3 said...

AMAZING............................THANK YOU FOR ALL

Historicus said...

Thanks a lot for sharing!

beep said...

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