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FRIEDMAN, Ignaz (1882-1948)

ORIGINAL PIANO COMPOSITIONS


  • Joseph Banowetz, piano

Virtuoso pianist IGNAZ FRIEDMAN’S compositions have long been neglected but they possess great melodic beauty and harmonic inventiveness. Grouped into sets of character pieces, they exude the haunting melodies of late-Romanticism. The lush inventiveness of the Vier Klavierstücke, Op. 27 finds time for Polish folkloric inspirations whilst Stimmungen, Op. 79 – dedicated to his friend Rachmaninov - is pensive, passionate, serious and colourful. Strophes reflects Friedman’s love of Grieg, as well as the abiding influence of Vienna.

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Tracklist

 
6 Wiener Tänze nach motiven von Eduard Gärtner (1916) (00:20:00 )
1
No. 1. Tempo di Valse lente (00:03:48)
2
No. 2. Vivo e sciolto (00:03:22)
3
No. 3. Allegretto (00:04:04)
4
No. 4. Langsamer Walzer (00:04:48)
5
No. 5. Moderato * (00:03:02)
6
No. 6. Epilogue: Moderato (00:02:34)
 
4 Klavierstücke, Op. 27 (1908) (00:11:37 )
7
No. 1. Prolog: Andante, molto tranquillo * (00:03:46)
8
No. 2. Geständnis: Andantino, molto espressivo * (00:02:31)
9
No. 3. Mazurka: Vivo, con grazia * (00:02:30)
10
No. 4. Im Volkson: Moderato, poco marciale * (00:02:52)
 
Strophes, Op. 71 (1917) (00:09:40 )
11
No. 1. Non troppo mosso * (00:01:52)
12
No. 2. Passionato ed agitato * (00:02:13)
13
No. 3. Andantino * (00:01:15)
14
No. 4. Andante mesto * (00:01:53)
15
No. 5. Quasi allegro, con eleganza * (00:02:26)
 
Stimmungen, Op. 79 (1918) (00:04:00 )
16
No. 1. Poco mosso * (00:01:52)
17
No. 2. Vivace e volante * (00:00:45)
18
No. 3. Moderato, sempre largamente * (00:01:48)
19
No. 4. Andante * (00:02:59)
20
No. 5. Comodo, Tempo di Ländler * (00:01:04)
21
No. 6. Andante, pensieroso * (00:01:48)
22
No. 7. Grazioso e meno mosso * (00:01:09)
23
No. 8. Appassionato * (00:01:27)
24
No. 9. Andante, con tristezza (00:02:18)
 
4 Preludes, Op. 61 (1915) (00:06:00 )
25
No. 1. Pensieroso * (00:01:43)
26
No. 2. Vivo e molto leggiero * (00:01:35)
27
No. 3. Con abandono * (00:01:28)
28
No. 4. Molto appassionato ed animato * (00:01:28)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:04:20

The Artist

Banowetz, Joseph

Grammy®-nominated American pianist Joseph Banowetz has been heard as recitalist and orchestral soloist on five continents, with performances with such orchestras as the St Petersburg Philharmonic, the Moscow State Symphony, the Prague and Bratislava Radio Orchestras, the Budapest Symphony, the Barcelona Concert Society Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony, the Beijing National Philharmonic, the Shanghai Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Seoul Philharmonic. Banowetz is also well known as an author. His book The Pianist’s Guide to Pedalling (Indiana University Press) has to date been printed in seven languages. He is a graduate with a First Prize from the Vienna Akademie für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, and his teachers have included Carl Friedberg (a pupil of Clara Schumann) and György Sándor (a pupil of Bartók).


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