Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Ignaz Friedman - Complete Recordings, vol. 2

Volume 2 in Naxos’ chronological survey of Ignaz Friedman’s complete recordings kicks off with four titles that are remakes of selections the pianist recorded earlier : Mendelssohn’s E minor Scherzo, Friedman’s own Elle Danse, plus the Beethoven “Moonlight” sonata’s second and third movements. The second Mendelssohn and Friedman “takes” indeed improve upon the first attempts in how Friedman’s rubato and articulation take on greater specificity. While the Beethoven remakes offer sonic improvement, I don’t quite share Friedman’s dissatisfaction with his first versions. The "Allegretto" is just as deliberate as the earlier take, with inner voices coaxed to the maximum, yet it sounds a bit arch this time around. In the "Finale" remake, Friedman doesn’t control his breackneck tempo as adroitly as he did a few months earlier (the trills, for instance, are less well executed).
I’ve never warmed to Friedman’s Grieg Concerto (sadly, his only commercially released piano and orchestra outing). In addition to the drab sonics and hapless orchestra, Friedman overdoes the solo part, pushing crescendos past their threshold and adding numerous melodic embellishments that are too fancy for the idiom to bear. On the other hand, his “grand manner” approach to the Chopin “Black Key” and “Butterfly” Etudes, as well as the B-Flat Mazurka Op. 7 n° 1 and his own charming salon pieces, will send aspiring pianists away talking to themselves.
Friedman’s filigree in the Berceuse is pianistically dazzling, but it misses the music’s lulling, tender point. But listen to Rubinstein’s unpretentious E-Flat Romance, and to how Friedman aristocratically sculpts the right-hand melody over the barlines, while the left hand accompaniment occupies its own, independent orbit. The effect is sophisticated, magical, and natural as breathing. In sum, the Complete Friedman, vol. 2 has its ups and downs, but the ups are sky high, as are Ward Marston’s transfers.
Jed Distler

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Ignaz Friedman
Complete Recordings, vol. 2


English Columbia

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

1 Scherzo in E minor ("Capriccio," "Fantasy"), Op. 16 n° 2  2:17

Ignaz Friedman

2 Elle Danse, Op 10 n° 5  2:38

Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonata n° 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 n° 2
3 II. Allegretto [alt.]  2:23
4 III. Presto agitato [alt.]  5:10

Frédéric Chopin

5 Polonaise n° 6 in A-Flat, Op. 53 "Héroïque"  6:19

Sonata n° 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35
6 III. Funeral March. Lento  6:11
7 IV. Finale. Presto  1:26

Ignaz Friedman

8 Tabatière à Musique  2:16

Australian Columbia

9 Marquis et Marquise  2:36

Edward Grieg

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
10 I. Allegro molto moderato  12:28
11 II. Adagio  5:38
12 III. Allegro moderato e marcato  9:25

English Columbia

Frédéric Chopin

13 Mazurka n° 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 7 n° 1  2:06
14 Berceuse in D-Flat Major, Op. 57  3:24
15 Etude in G-Flat, Op. 25 n° 9  0:58
16 Etude n° 5 in G-Flat, Op. 10 n° 5  1:32

Anton Rubinstein

17 Romance in E-Flat,  Op. 44 n° 1  3:03

Josef Suk

18 Minuet (from Suite for piano, Op. 21)  3:56

Franz Mittler

19 Music Box for the Little Nana, Op. 2 n° 2  1:59


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Recorded between March 1, 1927 & February 9, 1928

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Melanchthon said...

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much!!

Ананасий Непитин said...

restored by Ward Marston. it means hallmark and a reference point...
thanks a lot, dear Mel.

Sandflyer said...

...Mark Obert-Thorn being the other.

Many thanks for both volumes.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Two thank you very much Mel
Great music!