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Roberto Szidon (21 September 1941 – 21 December 2011) was a Brazilian classical pianist who had an international performing and recording career, and settled in Germany.
Szidon was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1941. He gave his first concert at age 9 in his home town. He then studied composition with Karl Faust, and continued his pianistic studies in the United States with Ilona Kabos and Claudio Arrau.
Szidon played with many renowned orchestras. In 1977 he completed a Southern Africa tour. He was the soloist at the premiere of Camargo Guarnieri’s Piano Concerto No. 4, in Porto Alegre, on 6 September 1972.
Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov, Alexander Scriabin, Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Roberto Szidon
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.05 GB
As a recording artist, Szidon was best known for his complete recording of the 10 Piano Sonatas and the Fantaisie in B minor by Alexander Scriabin and his complete recording of the 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies and the Rhapsodie espagnole by Franz Liszt.
Szidon recorded a prize-winning LP in 1965 of Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Rudepoêma. Other Villa-Lobos works in his discography were A fiandeira, Saudades dos selvas brasileiras, New York Skyline (1957 version), Carnaval dos crianças, A lenda do caboclo, Suite floral, Op. 97 (1949 revision), and 16 Cirandas and 12 Cirandinhas. He also recorded the works of other Brazilian composers such as Ernesto Nazareth, Francisco Mignone and Chiquinha Gonzaga.
Szidon also recorded Frédéric Chopin’s 4 Scherzos and 4 Impromptus (Deutsche Grammophon LP 536 378), Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Sonata, Sergei Prokofiev’s 6th Sonata, as well as Charles Ives’s “Concord Sonata” and Gershwin’s Concerto in F. He frequently performed and recorded chamber music with violinist Jenny Abel, and accompanied Thomas Quasthoff in Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Liederkreis, Op. 39, and other songs. He taught piano at the music academies in Hannover and Düsseldorf, where he was a professor of piano until his death. Among his most prominent students the Italian pianist Igor Cognolato and the German pianist Tobias Koch.
Szidon died in December 2011, in Düsseldorf, Germany, of a heart attack, aged 70.
From August 1970 until his death, Szidon shared his life and work with his companion, pianist and composer Richard Metzler.
|Serge Rachmaninoff – Sonate Nr. 2 Op. 36|
|A1||1. Satz: Allegro Agitato|
|A2||2. Satz: Non Allegro, Lento|
|A3||3. Satz: Allegro Molto, Presto|
|Alexander Scriabin – Sonate Nr. 4 Op. 30|
|A4||1. Satz: Andante|
|A5||2. Satz: Prestissimo Volando|
|Serge Prokofieff – Sonate Nr. 6 Op. 82|
|B1||1. Satz: Allegro Moderato|
|B2||2. Satz: Allegretto|
|B3||3. Satz: Tempo Di Valzer Lentissimo|
|B4||4. Satz: Vivace|
Analyzed Folder: /192k Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Prokofieff – Szidon_dr.txt
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR13 -1.02 dB -20.75 dB A1 Rachmaninov – Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 36 (arr. V. Horowitz for piano)- I. Allegro agitato.flac
DR13 -1.41 dB -21.21 dB A2 Rachmaninov – Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 36 (arr. V. Horowitz for piano)- II. Non allegro – Lento.flac
DR12 -1.08 dB -16.91 dB A3 Rachmaninov – Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 36 (arr. V. Horowitz for piano)- III. L’istesso tempo – Allegro molto.flac
DR13 -11.61 dB -30.65 dB A4 Scriabin – Sonata No. 4 Op. 30 – 1. Andante.flac
DR12 -0.61 dB -17.48 dB A5 Scriabin – Sonata No. 4 Op. 30 – 2. Prestissimo Volando.flac
DR12 -0.31 dB -17.94 dB B1 Prokofiev – Sonata No. 6 Op. 82 – 1. Allegro Moderato.flac
DR14 -2.80 dB -22.16 dB B2 Prokofiev – Sonata No. 6 Op. 82 – 2. Allegretto.flac
DR15 -0.34 dB -21.14 dB B3 Prokofiev – Sonata No. 6 Op. 82 – 3. Tempo Di Valzer Lentissimo.flac
DR13 -0.31 dB -19.43 dB B4 Prokofiev – Sonata No. 6 Op. 82 – 4. Vivace.flac
Number of Files: 9
Official DR Value: DR13
- Composed By – Alexander Scriabin (tracks: A4, A5), Serge Prokofieff (tracks: B1 to B4), Serge Rachmaninoff (tracks: A1 to A3)
- Engineer – Heinz Wildhagen
- Liner Notes – Karl Schumann
- Piano – Roberto Szidon
- Producer – Karl Faust
- Recording Supervisor – Rainer Brock
- RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
- TT: Vintage (1982) Yamaha PX-3
- Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
Cartridge: ZYX 50R Bloom
- Phono amp: Audio Research SP15 own tube phono section.
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- Pre Amp: Audio Research SP15
- Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
- Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
- Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
- Software: iZotope RX 5 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.18
- Very careful de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removed, never de-noising
- Wave 32/192(32/384) —> Flac 24/96(24/192): Twisted Wave 1.18
- Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5
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