Rudolf Serkin

Biography

Born: March 28, 1903; Eger, Austria   Died: May 8, 1991; Guilford, VT  
Rudolf Serkin emerged from the environment of post-World War I Austria to become one of the most profound and challenging pianists of the century. Childhood studies in Vienna with Richard Robert (piano), and Joseph Marx and Arnold Schoenberg for composition, led to a 1915 debut performance with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra at the age of 12. After 1920, Serkin was associated with noted violinist Adolf Busch, both as a duo-sonata partner, and with Read more the Busch Chamber Orchestra (and, from 1935, as Busch's son-in-law). An American debut in 1936 with the New York Philharmonic under Toscanini led to Serkin's decision to relocate to the U.S. in 1939. Invited to join the piano faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music, he quickly rose to become head of the piano department, and, from 1968, president of the Institute. He devoted his summers to cultivating several generations of young musicians at the Marlboro Festival in Vermont.

Many observers have remarked that Serkin was not a natural pianist. Indeed, he seemed rather to play by force of will alone, and the strength of his musicianship lies more in the deep insight that he brought to the music of the composers he holds dearest -- traditional Austrian and German masters -- than in virtuosic pianism. In the sonatas of Beethoven, Serkin finds particular inspiration. His Beethoven interpretations do not necessarily please the listener in terms of superficial "beauty," but rather convey the unique mixture of logic, violence, and spiritual transcendence that he feels is the essence of Beethoven's work. In the Brahms Concerti, Serkin's vision is nothing short of titanic. On off-nights, however, Serkin's lofty, cerebral brand of pianism sometimes failed him, and the austere, "square" approach to phrasing that makes his playing so immediately recognizable sometimes sounded unnecessarily harsh.

Rudolf Serkin's discography is impressive, spanning most of the general repertory from Bach to the early/mid-twentieth century, and includingg such relative novelties as the F minor Concerto of Max Reger, a composer Serkin had an abiding affinity for. His work at the Curtis Institute, and, during the summers, at the Marlboro Festival, has made him one of the most influential American teachers of the post-World War II era. Serkin's son Peter is also a pianist of considerable renown. Read less

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Born: March 28, 1903; Eger, Austria   Died: May 8, 1991; Guilford, VT  
Rudolf Serkin emerged from the environment of post-World War I Austria to become one of the most profound and challenging pianists of the century. Childhood studies in Vienna with Richard Robert (piano), and Joseph Marx and Arnold Schoenberg for composition, led to a 1915 debut performance with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra at the age of 12. After 1920, Serkin was associated with noted violinist Adolf Busch, both as a duo-sonata partner, and with Read more
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 3. Allegro assai
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - Cadenzas: Rudolf Serkin - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - Cadenzas: Rudolf Serkin - 2. Larghetto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - Cadenzas: Rudolf Serkin - 3. (Alllegretto)
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 - 1. Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo - Tempo I
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 - 2. Prestissimo
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 - 3. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung (Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo)
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 - Variation I: Molto espressivo
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 - Variation II: Leggiermente
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 - Variation III: Allegro vivace
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 - Variation IV: Etwas langsamer als das Thema
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 - Variation V: Allegro, ma non troppo
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 - Variation VI: Tempo I del tema
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110 - 1. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110 - 2. Allegro molto
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110 - 3. Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga (Allegro ma non troppo)
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111 - 1. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111 - 2. Arietta (Adagio molto semplice e cantabile)
Brahms: Sonata For Cello And Piano No.1 In E Minor, Op.38 - 1. Allegro non troppo
Brahms: Sonata For Cello And Piano No.1 In E Minor, Op.38 - 2. Allegretto quasi minuetto
Brahms: Sonata For Cello And Piano No.1 In E Minor, Op.38 - 3. Allegro - Piů presto
Brahms: Sonata For Cello And Piano No.2 In F, Op.99 - 1. Allegro vivace
Brahms: Sonata For Cello And Piano No.2 In F, Op.99 - 2. Adagio affettuoso
Brahms: Sonata For Cello And Piano No.2 In F, Op.99 - 3. Allegro passionato
Brahms: Sonata For Cello And Piano No.2 In F, Op.99 - 4. Allegro molto
1. Allegro
2. Romance
3. Rondo (Allegro assai)
1. Allegro assai
2. Andante
3. Rondeau (Allegro di molto)
I. Vivace
II. Prestissimo
III. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo
Theme: Vivace
Variation 1: Alla Marcia, maestoso
Variation 2: Poco allegro
Variation 3: L'istesso tempo
Variation 4: Un poco piu vivace
Variation 5: Allegro vivace
Variation 6: Allegro ma non troppo
Variation 7: Un poco piu allegro
Variation 8: Piu vivace
Variation 9: Allegro pesante e risoluto
Variation 10: Presto
Variation 11: Allegretto
Variation 12: Un poco piu moto
Variation 13: Vivace
Variation 14: Grave e maestoso
Variation 15: Presto scherzando
Variation 16: Allegro
Variation 17
Variation 18: Poco moderato
Variation 19: Presto
Variation 20: Andante
Variation 21: Allegro con brio
Variation 22: Allegro molto
Variation 23: Allegro assai
Variation 24: Fughetta: Andante
Variation 25: Allegro
Variation 26
Variation 27: Vivace
Variation 28: Allegro
Variation 29: Adagio ma non troppo
Variation 30: Andante, sempre cantabile
Variation 31: Largo, molto espressivo
Variation 32: Fuga: Allegro
Variation 33: Tempo di menuetto, moderato
Brahms: Sonata For Cello And Piano No.1 In E Minor, Op.38 - 1. Allegro non troppo
Brahms: Sonata For Cello And Piano No.1 In E Minor, Op.38 - 2. Allegretto quasi minuetto
Brahms: Sonata For Cello And Piano No.1 In E Minor, Op.38 - 3. Allegro - Piů presto
Brahms: Sonata For Cello And Piano No.2 In F, Op.99 - 1. Allegro vivace
Brahms: Sonata For Cello And Piano No.2 In F, Op.99 - 2. Adagio affettuoso
Brahms: Sonata For Cello And Piano No.2 In F, Op.99 - 3. Allegro passionato
Brahms: Sonata For Cello And Piano No.2 In F, Op.99 - 4. Allegro molto
I. Allegro
II. Romanze. Poco Adagio
III. Allegretto molto moderato e comodo - Un poco piů animato
IV. Allegro
Quartet in A minor for Strings, Op. 51, No. 2: I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante moderato
III. Quasi menuetto. Moderato - Allegretto vivace
IV. Finale. Allegro non assai
Quartet in B-Flat Major for Strings, Op. 67: I. Vivace
II. Andante
III. Agitato. Allegretto non troppo
IV. Poco Allegretto con variazioni
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante moderato
III. Quasi menuetto. Moderato - Allegretto vivace
IV. Finale. Allegro non assai
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.8 In C, K.246, "Lützow" - 1. Allegro Aperto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.8 In C, K. 246, "Lützow" - Cadenza: W.A. Mozart - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.8 In C, K.246, "Lützow" - 3. Rondeau (Tempo Di Menuetto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.12 in A, K.414 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.12 in A, K.414 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.12 in A, K.414 - 3. Rondeau (Allegretto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.16 in D, K.451 - 1. Allegro assai
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.16 in D, K.451 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.16 in D, K.451 - 3. Rondeau (Allegro di molto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 - "Jeunehomme" - 1. Allegro (Cadenza: K. 624/3)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 - "Jeunehomme" - 2. Andantino (Cadenza: K. 624/4)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 - "Jeunehomme" - 3. Rondeau.Presto (Cadenza: Mozart)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.17 in G, K.453 - 1. Allegro (Cadenza: K.624/22)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.17 in G, K.453 - 2. Andante (Cadenza: K.624/24)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.17 in G, K.453 - 3. Allegretto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.15 in B flat, K.450 - Cadenzas: W.A. Mozart - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.15 in B flat, K.450 - 2. Andante (Original version)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.15 in B flat, K.450 - Cadenzas: W.A. Mozart - 3. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.22 in E flat, K.482 - Cadenzas: Rudolf Serkin - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.22 in E flat, K.482 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.22 in E flat, K.482 - Cadenzas: Rudolf Serkin - 3. Allegro - Andantino cantabile - Primo tempo
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.18 in B flat, K.456 - Cadenzas: W.A. Mozart - 1. Allegro vivace (K.624 No.54)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.18 in B flat, K.456 - 2. Andante un poco sostenuto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.18 in B flat, K.456 - Cadenzas: W.A. Mozart - 3. Allegro vivace (K.624 No.57)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - Cadenzas: Rudolf Serkin - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - Cadenzas: Rudolf Serkin - 2. Larghetto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - Cadenzas: Rudolf Serkin - 3. (Alllegretto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.25 in C, K.503 - 1. Allegro maestoso - Cadenza: Robert Casadesus
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.25 in C, K.503 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.25 in C, K.503 - 3. Allegretto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.19 in F, K.459 - 1. Allegro - Cadenza: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.19 in F, K.459 - 2. Allegretto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.19 in F, K.459 - 3. Allegro assai - Cadenza: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - Cadenzas: Ludwig van Beethoven - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 2. Romance
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - Cadenzas: Ludwig van Beethoven - 3. Rondo (Allegro assai)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.27 In B Flat, K.595 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.27 In B Flat, K.595 - 2. Larghetto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.27 In B Flat, K.595 - 3. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 - 1. Allegro - Cadenza: Rudolf Serkin
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 - 3. Allegro vivace assai - Cadenza: Rudolf Serkin
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 3. Allegro assai
I. Allegro
II. Romance
III. Rondo: Allegro assai
I. Allegro con brio
II. Largo
III. Rondo: Allegro scherzando
I. Adagio sostenuto
II. Allegretto
III. Presto agitato
I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
II. Adagio cantabile
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro assai
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro ma non troppo - Presto
I. Das Lebewohl: Adagio - Allegro
II. Abwesenheit: Andante espressivo
III. Das Wiedersehn: Vivacissimamente
I. Allegro con brio
II. Introduzione: Adagio molto
III. Rondo: Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo
I. Vivace ma non troppo
II. Prestissimo
III. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung: Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante
III. Scherzo - Presto - Trio
IV. Theme & Variations - Andantino
V. Finale - Allegro giusto
I. Allegro
II. Allegretto
III. Allegro assai
Concerto No. 20 Piano and Orchestra in D minor, K. 466: I. Allegro
II. Romance
III. Rondo. Allegro assai
I. Adagio sostenuto
II. Allegretto
III. Presto agitato
Sonata No. 8 for Piano, Op. 13 "Pathétique" in C minor: I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
II. Adagio cantabile
III. Rondo. Allegro
Sonata No. 23 in F minor for Piano, Op. 57 "Appassionata": I. Allegro assai
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro ma non troppo; Presto
Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major for Piano, Op. 81a "Les Adieux": I. Les Adieux. Adagio - Allegro
II. L'absence. Andante espressivo
III. Le retour. Vivacissimamente
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante
III. Scherzo - Presto - Trio
IV. Theme & Variations - Andantino
V. Finale - Allegro giusto
Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Strings, Op. 44: I. Allegro brillante
II. In modo d'una marcia
III. Scherzo. Molto vivace
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Molto moderato
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Scherzo - Allegro vivace con delicatezza - Trio
IV. Allegro, ma non troppo
Sonata in C Major for Piano, D.840 "Relequie": I. Moderato
II. Andante
1. Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo - Tempo I
2. Prestissimo
3. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung (Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo)
Variation I: Molto espressivo
Variation II: Leggiermente
Variation III: Allegro vivace
Variation IV: Etwas langsamer als das Thema
Variation V: Allegro, ma non troppo
Variation VI: Tempo I del tema
1. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
2. Allegro molto
3. Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga (Allegro ma non troppo)
1. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
2. Arietta (Adagio molto semplice e cantabile)
1. Allegro non troppo
2. Allegretto quasi minuetto
3. Allegro - Piů presto
1. Allegro assai
2. Andante
3. Rondeau (Allegro di molto)
I. Bewegt, doch nicht zu rasch
II. Ziemlich langsam
III. Rasch
IV. Kraftig, mit Humor
II. Adagio
III. Scherzo: Presto
IV. Allegretto
I. Poco sostenuto - Allegro ma non troppo
II. Allegretto
III. Allegretto ma non troppo
IV. Finale: Allegro
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio con moto sentimento d'affetto - III. Allegro fugato
I. Adagio sostenuto - Allegro
II. Rondo: Allegro vivace
I. Andante - Allegro vivace
II. Adagio: Tempo d'andante - Allegro vivace
Piano Quintet in F minor Op. 34 (1993 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro non troppo
Piano Quintet in F minor Op. 34 (1993 Digital Remaster): II. Andante, un poco Adagio
Piano Quintet in F minor Op. 34 (1993 Digital Remaster): III. Scherzo (Allegro) & Trio
Piano Quintet in F minor Op. 34 (1993 Digital Remaster): IV. Finale (Poco sostenuto - Allegro non troppo - Presto, non troppo)
Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Op.26 (1993 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro non troppo
Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Op.26 (1993 Digital Remaster): II. Poco adagio
Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Op.26 (1993 Digital Remaster): III. Scherzo (Poco allegro) & Trio
Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Op.26 (1993 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro
I. Allegro con brio
II. Largo
III. Rondo. Allegro
Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 73 "Emperor": I. Allegro
II. Adagio un poco moto
III. Rondo. Allegro
1. Allegro - Cadenza: Rudolf Serkin
2. Andante
3. Allegro vivace assai - Cadenza: Rudolf Serkin
1. Allegro
2. Larghetto
3. Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat Major, K. 482: I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto. Allegretto
IV. Prestissimo
Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2: I. Allegro
II. Allegretto
III. Presto
Sonata No. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26: I. Andante con Variazoni
II. Scherzo. Allegro molto
III. Marcia funebre sulla morte d'un Eroe
IV. Allegro
Sonata No. 13 in E-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1 (Sonata quasi una fantasia): I. Andante - Allegro - Tempo I - attacca:
II. Allegro molto e vivace - attacca:
III. Adagio con espressione - attacca:
I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
I. Allegro
II. Allegretto
III. Presto
Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 (Waldstein): I. Allegro con brio
II. Introduzione. Adagio molto
III. Rondo. Allegretto moderato
Sonata No. 30 in E Major for Piano, Op. 109: I. Vivace, ma non troppo
II. Prestissimo
III. Gesangvoll, mit innigser Empfindung. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo
Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110: I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
II. Allegro molto
III. Adagio, ma non troppo - Fuga. Allegro, ma non troppo
I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
I. Andante con Variazoni
I. Adagio sostenuto - Allegro-Adagio-Presto
II. Rondo. Allegro vivace
III. Adagio cantabile - Allegro vivace
II. Rondo. Allegro
Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1: I. Andante - Allegro vivace
II. Adagio - Allegro vivace
II. Rondo. Allegro
II. Adagio con molto sentimento d'affetto
III. Allegro - Allegro fugato
7 Variations on Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen from Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, WoO.46
7 Variations on Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen from Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, WoO.46
12 Variations on Ein Mädchen oder Weibchnen from Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, WoO.66
12 Variations on Ein Mädchen oder Weibchnen from Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, WoO.66
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace assai
IV. Allegretto grazioso
Burlesque in D minor for Piano and Orchestra
III. Allegretto
Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 54: I. Allegro affettuoso
II. Intermezzo. Andantino grazioso
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante
III. Allegretto
Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 83: I. Allegro non troppo
II. Allegro appassionato
III. Andante
IV. Allegretto grazioso
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio
III. Tema: "Pria ch'io l'impegno" con variazione: Allegretto
Quintet For Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn And Bassoon, Op. 16 in E-flat Major: I. Grave; Allegro, ma non troppo
II. Andante cantabile
III. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo
Variations On Wenzel Muller's Lied "Ich Bin Der Schneider Kakadu" For Piano, Violin, & Cello in G Major, Op. 121a: Introduzione: Adagio assai;
Tema;
Variation I;
Variation II;
Variation III;
Variation IV;
Variation V;
Variation VI;
Variation VII;
Variation VIII;
Variation IX;
Variation X;
Allegretto
Trio in E-flat Major for Horn, Violin and Piano, Op. 40: I. Andante
II. Scherzo. Allegro
III. Adagio mesto
IV. Finale. Allegro con brio


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