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Claude Frank: 85th Brithday Celebration

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Arabeske for piano in C major, Op. 18
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major, K 330 (300h)
>Schumann, Robert : Fantasiestücke, Op. 12/3
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Rondo for Piano no 3 in A minor, K 511
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15/7
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

”These 2008/09 recordings were made in anticipation of Claude Frank's 85th birthday on December 24, 2010, and testify to the veteran pianist's seasoned musicianship and remarkably intact technique. Frank always has played Schubert's final sonata supremely well, and you can forgive the occasionally uneven phrase or split note in light of the pianist's warm tone and intelligently shaped long lines, especially in the first-movement development section and throughout the slow movement. Frank's moderate tempo for the Scherzo allows the music its lilting, delicate due, while the finale boasts genuine cumulative urgency and a driving coda that ought to keep younger pianists humble.

The Mozart C major K. 330 sonata sports characterful grace, wit, and spot-on timing. Frank's bracing and direct treatment of the Mozart A minor Rondo demonstrates how to convey expressive niceties through color and nuance rather than by monkeying around with tempo. Likewise, the Schumann short pieces elicit eloquent, tellingly proportioned artistry.

By and large Frank plays the last three Beethoven sonatas with greater deliberation and lyricism than in his relatively faster RCA studio versions from nearly four decades earlier. The incisive punch and accentuation of yore has given way to more songful phrasing and room to breathe, although Frank's dynamic range ventures less toward Beethoven's extremes. This is a memorable release showcasing Claude Frank in authoritative performances of the music he loves best.”-Classicstoday.com

Fanfare
Frank was a pupil of Artur Schnabel, and the playing here epitomizes Schnabel's unpretentious, thoroughly musical approach to these composers. Frank surpasses his eminent teacher in the Beethoven sonatas in terms of phrasing and clarity... These Beethoven sonata performances are the most satisfying of the very many that I have encountered.

Fanfare
These studio performances, actually recorded slightly before he turned 85, confirm Frank's continued viability as a thinking man's pianist. The more recent recordings presented here display... mastery of color, form, and stylistic sensitivity. After tiring of the hotshot young virtuosos, it is a relief to turn to Frank and to hear music-making in which the ego is put entirely at the service of the composer.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: American Academy for Arts and Letters, New York City.



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>Schumann, Robert : Arabeske for piano in C major, Op. 18
  • Performer: Claude Frank (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960
  • Performer: Claude Frank (Piano)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/1828

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major, K 330 (300h)
  • Performer: Claude Frank (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1783.
  • Running Time: 18 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Schumann, Robert : Fantasiestücke, Op. 12/3 :: Warum
  • Performer: Claude Frank (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Rondo for Piano no 3 in A minor, K 511
  • Performer: Claude Frank (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15/7 :: Traümerei
  • Performer: Claude Frank (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109
  • Performer: Claude Frank (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1820

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
  • Performer: Claude Frank (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111
  • Performer: Claude Frank (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822