Gregor Piatigorsky

Biography

Born: April 17, 1903; Ekaterinoslav, Russia   Died: August 6, 1976; Los Angeles, CA  
Gregor Piatigorsky began playing the cello at the age of seven and was admitted to the Moscow Conservatory at nine, studying there with Alfred von Glehn. In 1919, he joined the Lenin Quartet and was appointed principal cellist of the Bol'shoy Theater Orchestra. In 1921, Piatigorsky left the Soviet Union, going to Leipzig by way of Warsaw, and studied for a time with Julius Klengel. Furtwängler appointed him principal cellist of the Berlin Read more Philharmonic in 1924 where he came into contact with the leading German musicians of the time, including Schnabel and Flesch, with whom he formed a trio. In 1928, Piatigorsky left Berlin to concentrate on a solo career, which began triumphantly with his New York debut in 1929. Although Piatigorsky concertized regularly as a soloist, he continued his activity as a chamber musician. Starting in 1930, he formed a trio with Horowitz and Milstein, and later, in 1949 with Heifitz and Rubinstein. In 1961, Piatigorsky and Heifitz formed a chamber music series in Los Angeles, much of which was recorded, and remain among the treasures of chamber music performances.

For many years Piatigorsky directed the chamber music program at Tanglewood, helped found the Meadowmount School, succeed Emanuel Feuermann as professor of cello at the Curtis Institute, and in 1962 became a professor at the University of Southern California. His legacy as a teacher remains a powerful fixture in the world of cello playing; his famous students include Erling Blöndal Bengtsson, Mischa Maisky, and Nathaniel Rosen, among many others. Piatigorsky was known for his Romantic expressiveness and virtuosic flair, and was at his best in the big nineteenth and early twentieth century concerto repertory. He premiered works by Walton, Hindemith, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco, published a number of original works and arrangements for the cello, and collaborated with Stravinsky on his Suite Italienne. Widely revered and honored, Piatigorsky was one of the most important and influential musicians of his generation. Read less

Biography

Born: April 17, 1903; Ekaterinoslav, Russia   Died: August 6, 1976; Los Angeles, CA  
Gregor Piatigorsky began playing the cello at the age of seven and was admitted to the Moscow Conservatory at nine, studying there with Alfred von Glehn. In 1919, he joined the Lenin Quartet and was appointed principal cellist of the Bol'shoy Theater Orchestra. In 1921, Piatigorsky left the Soviet Union, going to Leipzig by way of Warsaw, and studied for a time with Julius Klengel. Furtwängler appointed him principal cellist of the Berlin Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Allegretto spiritoso
Vivace
Grave
Allegro assai
Poco sostenuto; Allegro ma non troppo
Allegretto
Allegretto ma non troppo
Finale: Allegro
Marcia: Allegro
Adagio
Menuetto: Allegretto
Adagio - Scherzo: Allegro molto
Allegretto alla polacca
Andante quasi allegretto (Variationen)
Allegro
Marcia: Allegro
Allegro
Adagio cantabile
Scherzo: Allegro assai
Finale: Presto
Allegretto
Andante quasi allegretto
Menuetto: Allegro
Rondo: Allegro
Adagio - Allegro con brio
Adagio ma non tanto e cantabile
Scherzo: Allegro
Presto
Allegro con spirito
Adagio con espressione
Scherzo: Allegro molto e vivace
Finale: Presto
Allegro con brio
Andante
Menuetto: Allegretto
Adagio
Menuetto: Moderato
Finale: Allegro
Concerto in A Minor for Violin and Cello, Op. 102: Allegro (Redbook Stereo)
Andante (Redbook Stereo)
Vivace non troppo (Redbook Stereo)
I. Allegro
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Finale: Allegro moderato
Moderato
Allegro appassionato
Tema ed improvvisazioni: Lento; Allegro moderato
Concerto for Violin and Cello, Opus 102 in A Minor: Allegro
Andante
Vivace non troppo
Cello Concerto, Opus 104 in B Minor: Allegro
Adagio ma non troppo
Finale: Allegro moderato
Allegro non troppo
Allegretto quasi menuetto
Allegro
Sonata No. 2 for Cello and Piano, Op. 99 in F: Allegro vivace
Adagio affetuoso
Allegro passionato
Allegro molto
Modéré
Pantuom - Assez vif
Passacaille - Trčs large
Final - Animé
Piano Trio, Op. 50 in A Minor: Pezzo elegiaco: Moderato assai
A. Tema con Variazioni: Andante con moto
Variation I
Variation II: Piů mosso
Variation III: Scherzando: Allegro moderato
Variation IV: L'istesso tempo
Variation V: L'istesso tempo
Variation VI: Tempo di valse
Variation VII: Allegro moderato
Variation VIII: Fuga: Allegro moderato
Variation IX: Andante flebile, ma non tanto
Variation X: Tempo di Mazurka
Variation XI: Moderato
B. Variation Finale e Coda: Allegro risoluto con fuoco
Molto allegro e agitato
Andante con moto tranquillo
Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace
Finale: Allegro assai appassionato
Concerto in A Minor for Violin and Cello, Op. 102: Allegro
Andante
Vivace non troppo
Three Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 11 (1914): I. Mäßige Achtel
II. Sehr bewegt
III. Äußerst ruhig


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