Brahms: Recaptured by Pupils and Colleagues

  • 2 cd set. First publication of recently discovered & lost recordings from 1889-1959. For too long, Brahms has been damaged as a sacred cow mounted on a pedestal. Our newly discovered live and private performances allow all to closely approach Brahms, including a funky improvisation by the composer himself from 1889, to witness a style more Harlem than Habsburg. Nearly all the musicians heard here were in contact with Brahms and play his works as new music: jazzy, as if created on the spot. His lost language is fully revealed here for the first time through their sounds and words. Brahms’ pupil Carl Friedberg even taught Nina Simone, who carried on their tradition. Extensive recorded excerpts from Carl Friedberg’s lessons to Bruce Hungerford are accessible on our website.

Brahms: Behind the Notes

Performances by Colleagues and Pupils

  • previously unpublished. rec. 1903 – 1952. This recording was generously sponsored by SUBTROPICS, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida.

Charles Tournemire

Complete Recordings: Paris 1930-1931

  • Tournemire's revelatory improvisations and interpretations link his master César Franck to Messiaen. A profound and volatile mystic, his avant-garde experimentation emerges from plainchant and modes. These rare discs document the only surviving sounds of the organ Franck played on for thirty-one years before it was rebuilt in 1933. In 2014 this CD was remastered for downloading.

Horszowski: Beethoven & Mendelssohn Piano Concertos

  • Horszowski's Warsaw debut in 1902 offered Beethoven's First Concerto. He performed it for over sixty years with the great insight heard on a newly discovered performance from 1958. Mendelssohn's concerto, written at age 13, was played during one season by Horszowski. The concluding short works were otherwise unrecorded by this profound artist.
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