Boris Berman

Biography

Born: April 3, 1948; Moscow, Russia  
Russian by birth, later American by choice, Boris Berman has achieved an important place among contemporary pianists in both the music of his native country and the works of other twentieth-century composers. Showing a consistent concern for balancing intellectual inquiry and temperament in his playing, he has performed worldwide, appearing in more than 30 countries covering six continents. In addition, Berman has proven himself an admirable Read more teacher, holding important positions in Israel and the United States. He has also been active as an organizer of numerous contemporary music series.

Berman's training took place at the Moscow Conservatory. After studies with Lev Oborin, he graduated with honors in both piano and harpsichord. He began almost immediately to perform throughout the Soviet Union, both as a solo recitalist and as a soloist with symphonies, including the Moscow Philharmonic and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. During this time he performed the Russian premieres of works by such composers as Berio, Ligeti, Stockhausen, and American iconoclast John Cage, and the world premieres of Alfred Schnittke's Serenade and Edison Denisov's Ode.

In 1973, Berman elected to emigrate to Israel, where he quickly became a central figure in that country's musical life. He joined the faculty of Tel Aviv University and remained there for six years, winning respect as an outstanding pedagogue. In 1979, Berman moved to the United States and served on the faculties of several schools (among them, Indiana, Boston, and Brandeis) before heading the piano department at Yale University (1984 - 1997). During that time, he directed the Yale Music Spectrum concerts. In 1995, he presided over the inauguration of the International Summer Piano Institute in Hong Kong, a joint effort between Yale University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Berman has received invitations from the world's most prestigious orchestras, performing with such ensembles as the Philharmonia of London, the Royal Concertgebouw, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. In addition to appearances on many well-established recital series, Berman has been a frequent guest at music festivals in Bergen, Waterloo, Ravinia, Marlboro, and the Israel Festival.

Certainly, Berman's position among his colleagues and with the public has been enhanced by the numerous recording he has made, beginning with his sizeable contribution to Chandos Records' complete piano works of Prokofiev. Berman has also recorded a two-CD collection of the piano works of Scriabin for Music & Arts and a recital of Shostakovich piano works, the latter a winner of the 1990 Edison Classic Award in Holland. Berman's recording of three Prokofiev concertos with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, led by Neeme Järvi, was named CD of the Month by CD Review, an auspicious beginning to Chandos Record's Prokofiev project. In addition to these recordings are discs of piano music by Stravinsky and Schnittke and, for Naxos, two CDs devoted to the piano music of John Cage. Read less
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Biography

Born: April 3, 1948; Moscow, Russia  
Russian by birth, later American by choice, Boris Berman has achieved an important place among contemporary pianists in both the music of his native country and the works of other twentieth-century composers. Showing a consistent concern for balancing intellectual inquiry and temperament in his playing, he has performed worldwide, appearing in more than 30 countries covering six continents. In addition, Berman has proven himself an admirable Read more
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro brioso -
II. Andante assai -
III. Allegro scherzando
I. Vivace
II. Andante
III. Moderato - Allegro moderato
IV. Vivace
I. Allegro con brio
II. Moderato ben accentuato
III. Toccata: Allegro con fuoco
IV. Larghetto
V. Vivo
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 1 - The Shrovetide Fair - The Crowds - The Conjuring-trick
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 1 - Russian Dance
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 2 - Petrouchka's Room
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 3 - The Moor's Room - Dance Of The Ballerina
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 3 - Waltz (The Ballerina And The Moor)
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 4 - The Shrovetide Fair (Evening)
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 4 - Dance Of The Wet-nurses
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 4 - Dance Of The Peasant And The Bear
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 4 - The Merchant And The Gipsies
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 4 - Dance Of The Coachmen And The Grooms
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 4 - The Masqueraders
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 4 - The Scuffle
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 4 - Death Of Petrouchka
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 4 - The Police And The Charlatan
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 4 - Apparition Of Petrouchka's Ghost
Prelude
Fugue
Scherzo
Intermezzo
Finale
Moderato
In Tempo di Valse
Andante
Lento
Moderato pastorale
II. Largo - Piu Mosso - Doppia valore - Tempo primo
III. Allegro - Agitato - Lento - Stringendo
No. 1. -
No. 2. -
No. 3. -
No. 4. -
No. 5. -
No. 6. -
Sonata No. 1
Sonata No. 2
Sonata No. 3
Sonata No. 4
First Interlude
Sonata No. 5
Sonata No. 6
Sonata No. 7
Sonata No. 8
Second Interlude
Third Interlude
Sonata No. 9
Sonata No. 10
Sonata No. 11
Sonata No. 12
Fourth Interlude
Sonata No. 13
Sonata No. 14 and No. 15, 'Gemini' (after the work by Richard Lippold)
Sonata No. 16
I. Moderato
II. Lento
III. Allegro moderato
I. Lento
II. Allegro
III. Lento
IV. Allegro
No. 1. Moderato assai
No. 2. Allegretto
No. 3. Lento
No. 4. Senza tempo
No. 5. Grave
Prelude -
Fugue
No. 1. Volkstanzmelodie
No. 2. In den Bergen
No. 3. Kuckuck und Specht -
No. 4. Melodie
Improvisation -
Fugue
I. Allegro, ma non troppo
II. Scherzo: Allegro marcato
III. Andante
IV. Vivace - Moderato - Vivace
I. Allegro molto sostenuto
II. Andante assai
III. Allegro con brio, ma non leggiere
I. Allegro tranquillo
II. Andantino
III. Un poco allegretto
I. Allegro tranquillo
II. Andantino
III. Un poco allegretto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Allegretto
III. Tempo di valzer lentissimo
IV. Vivace
I. Allegro inquieto - Andantino
II. Andante caloroso
III. Precipitato
I. Andante dolce - Allegro moderato - Andante dolce, come prima - Allegro
II. Andante sognando
III. Vivace - Allegro ben marcato - Andantino - Vivace, come prima
I. Allegretto
II. Allegro strepitoso - Andantino - Allegro strepitoso
III. Andante tranquillo
IV. Allegro con brio, ma non troppo presto
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 1 - The Shrovetide Fair - The Crowds - The Conjuring-trick
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 1 - Russian Dance
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 2 - Petrouchka's Room
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 3 - The Moor's Room - Dance Of The Ballerina
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 3 - Waltz (The Ballerina And The Moor)
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 4 - The Shrovetide Fair (Evening)
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 4 - Dance Of The Wet-nurses
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 4 - Dance Of The Peasant And The Bear
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 4 - The Merchant And The Gipsies
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 4 - Dance Of The Coachmen And The Grooms
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 4 - The Masqueraders
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 4 - The Scuffle
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 4 - Death Of Petrouchka
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 4 - The Police And The Charlatan
Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Scene 4 - Apparition Of Petrouchka's Ghost
I. Allegro moderato
II. Allegretto
III. Tempo di valzer lentissimo
IV. Vivace
I. Allegro tranquillo
II. Andantino
III. Un poco allegretto
I. Prelude
II. Sarabande
III. Toccata
No. 1. Reflets dans l'eau
No. 2. Hommage a Rameau
No. 3. Mouvement
No. 1. Cloches a travers les feuilles
No. 2. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut
No. 3. Poissons d'or
No. 1. Pour invoquer Pan, dieu du vent d'ete
No. 2. Pour un tombeau sans nom
No. 3. Pour que la nuit soit propice
No. 4. Pour la danseuse aux crotales
No. 5. Pour l'Egyptienne
No. 6. Pour remercier la pluie au matin
I. Allegretto
II. Allegro strepitoso - Andantino - Allegro strepitoso
III. Andante tranquillo
IV. Allegro con brio, ma non troppo presto
No. 1. Allegro
No. 2. Moderato
No. 3. Andante semplice - Presto
No. 4. Presto energico
No. 1. Allegro moderato
No. 2. Moderato scherzando
I. Divertissement
II. Nocturne
III. Danse
IV. Epilogue
I. Allegro, ma non troppo - Piu mosso - Tempo primo
II. Scherzo: Allegro marcato
III. Andante
IV. Vivace - Moderato - Vivace
No. 1. Promenade
No. 2. Paysage
No. 3. Sonatina pastorale
No. 1. Waltz [Cinderella and the Prince]
No. 2. Cinderella's Variation
No. 3. The Quarrel
No. 4. Waltz [Cinderella's departure for the Ball]
No. 5. Pas-du-chale
No. 6. Amoroso
I. Lentamente
II. Andante
III. Allegretto
IV. Animato - Piu sostenuto
V. Molto giocoso
VI. Con eleganza
VII. Pittoresco
VIII. Commodo
IX. Allegretto tranquillo
X. Ridicolosamente
XI. Con vivacita
XII. Assai moderato
XIII. Allegretto
XIV. Feroce
XV. Inquieto
XVI. Dolente
XVII. Poetico
XVIII. Con una dolce lentezza
XIX. Presto agitatissimo e molto accentuato
XX. Lento irrealmente
I. Tempestoso
II. Allegro rubato - Piu mosso
III. Allegro precipitato - Un poco largamente
IV. Smanioso [Rasend und tobend] - Piu mosso - Poco piu sostenuto
V. Precipitosissimo - Meno mosso subito - Andantino - L'istesso tempo
I. Moderato
II. Andantino
III. Andante assai
IV. Sostenuto - Pochissimo piu animato - Molto andante
I. Allegro inquieto - Poco meno - Andantino
II. Andante caloroso - Poco piu animato - Piu largamente - Un poco agitato
III. Precipitato
No. 1. Waltz [from War and Peace]
No. 2. Contredanse [from Lermontov]
No. 3. Mephisto-waltz [from Lermontov]
I. Allegro moderato - Pochissimo piu tranquillo - Tempo primo
II. Adagietto
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro sostenuto
II. Andante amabile - Poco meno mosso
III. Allegro, ma non troppo
No. 1. Reminiscenses
No. 2. Elan
No. 3. Despair
No. 4. Suggestion diabolique
I. Adagio penseroso - Moderato
II. Lento
III. Andante
No. 1. Pavane
No. 2. Gavotte
No. 3. Valse Lente
No. 1. Marche
No. 2. Gavotte
No. 3. Rigaudon
No. 4. Mazurka
No. 5. Caprice
No. 6. Legende
No. 7. Prelude
No. 8. Allemande
No. 9. Scherzo humoristique
No. 10. Scherzo
I. Allegro tranquillo
II. Andantino
III. Un poco allegretto
No. 1. Dance: Allegreto
No. 2. Minuet: Allegro moderato
No. 3. Gavotte: Allegro non troppo
No. 4. Waltz: Lento espressivo
No. 1. Folk Dance
No. 2. Scene: The Street Awakens
No. 3. Minuet: Arrival of the Guests
No. 4. Juliet as a Young Girl
No. 5. Masquers
No. 6. Montagues and Capulets
No. 7. Friar Laurence
No. 8. Mercutio
No. 9. Dance of the Girls with Lilies
No. 10. Romeo and Juliet before Parting
I. Allegro brioso -
I. Andante assai -
I. Allegro scherzando
I. Vivace
II. Andante
III. Moderato - Allegro moderato
IV. Vivace
I. Allegro con brio
II. Moderato ben accentuato
III. Toccata: Allegro con fuoco
IV. Larghetto
V. Vivo
I. Andante dolce - Allegro moderato - Andante dolce, come prima - Allegro
II. Andante sognando
III. Vivace - Allegro ben marcato - Andantino - Vivace, come prima
No. 1. Story
No. 2. Jest
No. 3. March
No. 4. Phantom
No. 1. Spring Fairy
No. 2. Summer Fairy
No. 3. Autumn Fairy
No. 4. Winter Fairy
No. 5. Grasshoppers and Dragonflies
No. 6. Oriental Dance
No. 7. Passepied
No. 8. Capriccio
No. 9. Bourree
No. 10. Adagio