Frank Glazer


Born: 1915; Milwaukee, WI  
This pianist was one of the few performers on his instrument who was comfortable with repertoire from any era, from Bach to contemporary. He was considered a specialist in Beethoven, and was awarded the distinguished Paderewski Piano Medal. In contrast, his extensive discography also includes the complete piano music of Erik Satie.

Based out of Maine, he has performed solo recitals in two dozen countries and has appeared all over the
Read more world with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras, the Residentie Orchestra of the Hague, and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Glazer's repertoire included more than 35 different concerti. He also has extensive credits in chamber music performance. He has been featured as guest of many leading chamber music groups and was also a founding member of the Eastman Quartet, the Cantilena Chamber Players, and the New England Piano Quartet. In the late '50s he was part of a family chamber music group, something a bit more common in bluegrass and old time music than in classical. The group was billed as Ruth, Frank, and David Glazer and featured brother David on clarinet and Frank's wife Ruth, a soprano. He has been an artist-in-residence and lecturer in music at Bates College in Lewiston, ME, since 1980. He was previously on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester for 15 years. He has also dabbled in composing, including creating musical settings for several poems by Robert Frost in 1946.

Glazer was one of seven brothers in a house that vibrated with music from morning 'til night. At 17 he went off to study in Berlin with Artur Schnabel. His counterpoint instructor while he was there was none other than Arnold Schoenberg. This might have been the beginning of his sympathetic ear for contemporary music. He has performed the premieres of many new piano works by composers such as Lukas Foss, David Amram, Harold Shapero, and Morton Feldman. Along with his wife he organized the annual Saco River Festival in his home state, usually focusing on his ongoing activities, such as a piano duet with his former student Duncam Cumming or the New England Piano Quartet. Cartoon-lovers of the '90s might even by familiar with the sounds of Glazer's playing, as his performances of Rossini wound up on the soundtrack to a Ren and Stimpy cartoon. Read less
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  • 1.
    Romantic Piano Concertos
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95300 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Johann Baptist Cramer,  Carl Czerny,  Ferdinand Ries,  Muzio Clementi  ... 
    Performer:  Akiko Sagara,  Michael Ponti,  Maria Littauer,  Felicja Blumental  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Cao,  Paul Angerer,  Alois Springer,  Alberto Zedda  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra,  Southwest German Chamber Orchestra,  Hamburg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 267 Release Date: 09/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Werner Josten,  Gail Kubik
    Performer:  Arthur Hanneuse,  Marie-Thérèse Chailley,  Frank Glazer
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski,  Gail Kubik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Symphony Orchestra,  French Radio Orchestra
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    French 4 Hand Piano Music - Bizet, Ravel, Debussy, Faure
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5078 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Erik Satie,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Frank Glazer,  Richard Deas,  Annie Petit,  Marylène Dosse  ... 
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  • 4.
    Music Of A Bygone Era / Frank Glazer
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9194 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Léo Delibes,  Stephen Heller,  Edward MacDowell,  Ignace Jan Paderewski  ... 
    Performer:  Frank Glazer
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    Cartoons - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62368 Release Date: 05/14/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gioachino Rossini,  Paul Dukas,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Luisa Faine,  Barry Snyder,  Eugene List,  Frank Glazer  ... 
    Conductor:  Donald Hunsberger,  Samuel Adler,  Riccardo Chailly,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble,  Eastman School of Music Graduates,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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    L'esprit De France - The Music Of Satie
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5107 Release Date: 08/22/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Frank Glazer,  Elaine Bonazzi,  Richard Deas,  Millard Taylor
    Conductor:  Friedrich Cerha,  Louis de Froment
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Die Reihe Ensemble,  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra
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    Satie: Complete Piano Music / Frank Glazer
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5011 Release Date: 11/04/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Frank Glazer
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