Masters of Chopin: Friedman, Tiegerman, Eisenberger
2010 release. Chopin rarely appears in his true glory, as a visionary who created cutting-edge music. Although everyone with a piano tries to channel him, only a few attained the insight of Ignaz Friedman, Ignace Tiegerman, and Severin Eisenberger, who get as close to him as anyone ever could. Chopin was half-French but also half-Polish, and as these three were Polish who spoke fluent French, they understood his reaction to Polish dance music. The others still remain unaware of this Slavic backdoor and can't refrain from unintentionally caging Chopin in as a tamed salon idol. After extensive audio restoration, these classic performances live on with greater clarity through uncompressed sound. Heard here are previously unissued and unknown performances by these three masters, a further illumination of their profound musicianship. With them, Henri Barda, their musical heir, performs a work by his teacher Tiegerman, a tiny Polish Jew based in Cairo who also taught the postcolonial theorist Edward Said. Arbiter searched over 40 countries to prepare a biography of Friedman and went to Egypt to find the last remaining recordings and people by the Nile from Tiegerman's circle. Barda carries on their grand tradition. The fourth CD contains interviews, scans of Friedman's Chopin Études (instructive edition), photos, and more documentation accessible via computer. Also includes performances of compositions by Mendelssohn, Niccolò Paganini & Franz Liszt, Josef Suk, Brahms, César Franck, Saint-Saëns, John Field, Gabriel Fauré, Beethoven, Ravel, and Zoltán Kodály.