Ignaz Friedman - The Complete Solo Recordings 1923-1936 (4 CD box set, APE)
Ignaz Friedman – The Complete Solo Recordings 1923-1936 (4 CD box set, APE)

Audio CD
Number of Discs: 4 CD box sety
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: Pearl
Size: 752 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

CD 01
01. Pastorale In E Minor
02. Sonata K. 331 In A: Rondo alla Turca
03. Gavotte
04. Judgement Of Paris
05. Rondo Favori In E Flat
06. Minuet In G
07. Friedman Speaks On Paderewski
08. Sonata Op. 27 No. 2 In C Sharp Minor: First Movement
09. Sonata Op. 27 No. 2 In C Sharp Minor: Second Movement
10. Sonata Op. 27 No. 2 In C Sharp Minor: Third Movement
11. Sonata Op. 27 No. 2 In C Sharp Minor: Alternate Second Movement
12. Sonata Op. 27 No. 2 In C Sharp Minor: Alternate Third Movement
13. Invitation To The Dance
14. Marche Militaire In D Flat
15. Hark, Hark The Lark!
16. Hark, Hark The Lark!
17. Alt Wien

CD 02
01. Prelude. Op.28 No.15 In D-Flat
02. Prelude. Op.28 No.19 In E-Flat
03. Etude. Op. 25 No. 6 In G Sharp Minor
04. Etude. Op. 10 No. 5 In G Flat
05. Etude. Op. 25 No. 9 In G Flat
06. Etude. Op. 10 No. 12 In C Minor
07. Etude. Op. 10 No. 7 In C
08. Ballade. Op. 47 In A Flat
09. Mazurka. Op. 7 No. 1 In B Flat
10. Mazurka. Op. 7 No. 2 In A Minor
11. Mazurka. Op. 7 No. 3 In F Minor
12. Mazurka. Op. 24 No. 4 In B Flat Minor
13. Mazurka. Op. 33 No. 2 In D
14. Mazurka. Op. 33 No. 4 In B Minor
15. Mazurka. Op. 41 No. 1 In C Sharp Minor
16. Mazurka. Op. 41 No. 1
17. Mazurka. Op. 50 No. 2 In A Flat
18. Mazurka. Op. 63 No.3 In C Sharp Minor
19. Mazurka. Op. 67 No. 3 In C
20. Mazurka. Op. 67 No. 4 In A Minor
21. Mazurka. Op. 68 No. 2 In A Minor
22. Mazurka. Op. 47 In A Flat
23. Mazurka. Op. 7 No. 1 In B Flat
24. Mazurka. Op. 33 No. 2 In D
25. Mazurka. Op. 33 No. 2 In D
26. Mazurka. Op. 33 No. 4 In B Minor
27. Mazurka. Op. 63 No. 3 In C Sharp Minor
28. Impromptu. Op. 36 In F Sharp

CD 03
01. Polonaise Op. 53 In A Flat
02. Polonaise Op. 71 No. 2 In B Flat
03. Berceuse
04. Valse Op. 34 No. 2 In A Minor
05. Valse Op. 64 No. 1 In D Flat
06. Sonata Op. 35 In B Flat Minor: Funeral March
07. Sonata Op. 35 In B Flat Minor: Fourth Movement
08. Nocturne Op. 55 No. 2 In E Flat
09. Friedman Speaks On Chopin
10. Songs Without Words: Op. 19 No. 3
11. Songs Without Words: Op. 19 No. 6 In G Minor
12. Songs Without Words: Op. 102 No. 5 In A
13. Songs Without Words: Op. 30 No. 6 In F Sharp Minor
14. Songs Without Words: Op. 38 No. 2 In C Minor
15. Songs Without Words: Op. 38 No. 6 In A Flat
16. Songs Without Words: Op. 53 No. 2 In E Flat
17. Songs Without Words: Op. 53 No. 4 In F
18. Songs Without Words: Op. 67 No. 2 In F Sharp Minor
19. Scherzo Op. 16 No. 2 In E Minor
20. Scherzo Op. 16 No. 2
21. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

CD 04
01. La Campanella
02. Humoresque
03. Valse Caprice
04. Romance
05. Serenata Op. 15
06. Serenata Op. 15
07. Minuetto
08. Little Nana’s Music Box
09. Music Box Op. 33 No. 3
10. Elle Danse Op. 10 No. 5
11. Elle Danse Op. 10 No. 5
12. Marquis et Marquise Op. 22 No. 4
13. Viennese Dance No. 1
14. Viennese Dance No. 2
15. Viennese Dance No. 6
16. Piano Concerto: First Movement
17. Piano Concerto: Second Movement
18. Piano Concerto: Third Movement

as splendid a set as I ever hope to find

These were my first CDs from this label and they constitute one of the most beautifully produced sets I have encountered. To the reviewer whose advice I took: yes I would have regretted missing this one, for it is one of the finest tributes to a performing artist imaginable. The booklet is a hard read, but you won’t care about any opinions expressed after you hear the recordings. That is why you will want this set: for the heart and soul of the music that Ignaz Friedman conveyed and is nowhere near as easy to come by in modern recordings.

Playing in the grand old manner

Friedman’s recordings are a vital link to a bygone era of piano playing. His recordings of Chopin’s Studies and Mazurkas are at times incredible and will open a new perspective to the most jaded of listeners. There is a concert feeling to his performances and one can imagine him holding an audience in the palm of his hands. I have performed almost all the pieces he plays on these CDs and my playing of them (still) is completely different, but I really enjoyed listening to him. While Friedman’s eccentricities are at times maddening his playing is refreshing at the very least.
The sound is quite good for recordings of the 20’s and 30’s – the CD transfer is a big improvement on 78’s or LP’s in my opinion and is the best way to listen to historic recordings.

2 Comments

  1. RE: Ignaz Friedman Scan (PDF file)

    I have not been able to read this file with my very current Adobe Acrobat Reader. I can see about 2 of this 10 page file, but nothing after p.2. Could you check your PDF file to ensure that it is not corrupt in some way? The documentation for these historic recordings is very valuable to those of us, who appreciate the amazing piano recordings from the first half of the 20th Century or earlier. TIA.

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