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Erick Friedman: The Complete RCA Album Collection


Release Date: 06/02/2017 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 88985395042  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachLudwig van BeethovenMario Castelnuovo-TedescoErnest Chausson,   ... 
Performer:  Jascha HeifetzErick FriedmanBruce Prince-JosephBrooks Smith,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm SargentSeiji OzawaWalter HendlErich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra of LondonLondon Symphony OrchestraChicago Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 9 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

He was the first person ever to study with the legendary Jascha Heifetz. The New York Times called him “a master violinist … with a distinctly personal and identifiable style of playing.” The authoritative string players’ magazine The Strad declared that his “virtuosity was staggering”. Erick Friedman, who died in 2004, is largely remembered today by string players and aficionados, yet he was regarded as one of the finest American-born violinists of the 20th century. Sony Classical’s new release is sure to trigger a revival of interest in this outstanding musician and his achievements in the recording studio.

Eric Friedman – Heifetz added the “k” so that his name would have 13 letters like “Jascha Heifetz” and “Fritz
Read more Kreisler” – was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1939. A child prodigy, he was accepted as a pupil of the illustrious Ivan Galamian at New York’s Juilliard School when he was 10. He made his professional début at 14 and his Carnegie Hall recital début at 17. Two years later – having also studied in the meantime with Nathan Milstein – he interrupted his concert career to move to Los Angeles as Heifetz’s first pupil. Over the next three years, he later stated, his playing was transformed while he gained invaluable insights into his teacher’s genius.

Together in 1961 they made a spectacular recording of the Bach Double Violin Concerto in London (included in this set) – the only time Heifetz ever recorded a duet with another violinist. But Friedman’s great fortune also turned out to be something of a misfortune when he returned to public performing in the early 1960s. As the tall, handsome violinist put it: “I couldn’t win. If I played like Heifetz, I was a carbon copy, a clone. If I didn’t play like him, I was less.”

Though he never completely emerged from his teacher’s shadow, Friedman went on to have a major career, and between 1962 and 1966 he followed up the success of the Bach Double Concerto recording with an impressive RCA discography. It is all here in this new reissue, including the Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn concertos (with Seiji Ozawa and the London Symphony Orchestra), the Prokofiev First Concerto (with Erich Leinsdorf and the Boston Symphony, never before released on CD), shorter showpieces by Paganini, Sarasate, Wieniawski, Saint-Saëns, as well as Friedman’s two Grammy-nominated recordings: the Franck and Debussy Violin Sonatas (with André Previn) and the Bach Violin Sonatas (with harpsichordist Bruce Prince-Joseph). The return of Erick Friedman’s recordings to the catalogue in Sony Classical’s new and extensive release is sure to be welcomed by lovers of great violin playing. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Erick Friedman (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra of London
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 1 in B minor, BWV 1014 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin), Bruce Prince-Joseph (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 2 in A major, BWV 1015 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin), Bruce Prince-Joseph (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 3 in E major, BWV 1016 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin), Bruce Prince-Joseph (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
5.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 4 in C minor, BWV 1017 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin), Bruce Prince-Joseph (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
6.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 5 in F minor, BWV 1018 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin), Bruce Prince-Joseph (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
7.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 6 in G major, BWV 1019 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin), Bruce Prince-Joseph (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
8.
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 5th movement, Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
9.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Erick Friedman (Violin), Brooks Smith (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802-1803; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Sea murmurs, Op. 24a by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin), Brooks Smith (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Italy 
11.
Počme for Violin and Orchestra in E flat major, Op. 25 by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; France 
12.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin), André Previn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; France 
13.
Hora staccato by Grigoras Dinicu
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin), Brooks Smith (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Romania 
14.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8 by César Franck
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin), André Previn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
15.
Menuet in the style of Porpora by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin), Brooks Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
16.
Spanischer Tanz by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
17.
Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
18.
Rondo for Violin and Orchestra no 2 in C major, K 373 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin), Brooks Smith (Piano)
Written: 1781 
19.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 6 by Niccolň Paganini
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin)
Conductor:  Walter Hendl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1817 
20.
Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1: no 17 in E flat major by Niccolň Paganini
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin), Brooks Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1805; Italy 
21.
Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1: no 21 in A major by Niccolň Paganini
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin), Brooks Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1805; Italy 
22.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 19 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin)
Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
23.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in G major, Op. 55 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Lorin Hollander (Piano)
Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1932; Paris, France 
24.
Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; France 
25.
Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin), Brooks Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
26.
Introduction and Rondo capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 28 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin)
Conductor:  Walter Hendl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
27.
Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E major, Op. 83 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
28.
Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878 
29.
Romance for Violin and Piano in D major, Op. 23 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin), Brooks Smith (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Poland 
30.
Variations (38) on a Gavotte from Corelli's Op. 5, B F11 "L'arte del arco" by Giuseppe Tartini
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin), Brooks Smith (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1758; Italy 
31.
Sérénade mélancolique for Violin and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 26 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin), Brooks Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Russia 
32.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
33.
Scherzo-Tarantelle in G minor, Op. 16 by Henri Wieniawski
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin), Brooks Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856 
34.
Légende for Violin and Orchestra in G major, Op. 17 by Henri Wieniawski
Performer:  Erick Friedman (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1860; St. Petersburg, Russ 

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