What was called ‘the Golden Age of Pianism’ – the last decades of the nineteenth century and the first of the twentieth – also saw the final flourish of the composer-pianist, a tradition that had begun with Mozart and Beethoven. This recording presents music by three of these last lions. The handful of works left by Mischa Levitzki (1898–1941) are charming miniatures; those by Ossip Gabrilowitsch (1878–1936) are slightly more ambitious; and the compositions of Ignaz Friedman (1882–1948) – both original pieces and transcriptions – point to a substantial body of music that has yet to be fully explored.
Margarita Glebov, pianist
Ossip Gabrilowitsch https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0334/08.mp3
Three Piano Pieces, Op. 2: https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0334/09.mp3
Ignaz Friedman (transcriptions) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0334/12.mp3
Ignaz Friedman (original works) Four Preludes, Op. 61: https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0334/16.mp3
Etudes, Op. 63: https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0334/20.mp3
Catalogue No: TOCC0334EAN/UPC: 5060113443342Release Date: 01.05.2016Composer: Ignaz Friedman, Mischa Levitzki, Ossip Gabrilowitsch Artists: Margarita Glebov
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Jeremy Nicholas :
‘From adventurous Toccata Classics comes a programme of short works by three pianist-composers from the so-called Golden Age… While he [Levitzki] left behind a substantial amount of recordings, he composed only eight short miniatures. All these appear in chronological order on Margarita Glebov’s delightful disc. The most famous … is the Valse in A major, Op 2, a Kreisleresque miniature of enormous charm… The remainder of Glebov’s disc has four slightly more ambitious pieces by Ossip Gabrilowitsch… These are followed by a selection of transcriptions and original works by the great Ignaz Friedman… These original works alone are worth the price of the disc in convincing and powerful performances. Altogether an imaginative and rewarding disc that comes with an excellent booklet by Maxwell Brown.’ —Gramophone, October 2016
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