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Friedrich Gulda

Biography

Born: May 16, 1930; Vienna, Austria   Died: January 27, 2000; Vienna, Austria  
Born in Vienna in 1930, Friedrich Gulda started piano lessons at the age of seven. At 12 he enrolled in the Vienna Music Academy, and four years later he received first prize in the Geneva International Music Festival. In 1949 Gulda toured Europe and South America, earning international acclaim for his treatments of Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven, and the following year he made a successful debut at Carnegie Hall. He also began recording for Decca Read more around this time. Gulda was often grouped with Jörg Demus and Paul Badura-Skoda; all were young Viennese pianists oriented toward the heart of the city's musical tradition.

Gulda's involvement with jazz began after a 1951 encounter with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie following a performance with the Chicago Symphony. Five years later, Gulda played his first American jazz concert at New York's Birdland club, followed by a performance at the Newport Jazz Festival. After this, Gulda formed the Eurojazz Orchestra, a jazz combo and big band that drew from both jazz and classical compositions. In 1966, ten years after his Birdland appearance, Gulda organized a modern jazz competition in his native city. He was awarded the Vienna Academy's Beethoven Ring in 1970, but later returned it to protest what he regarded as a constricting educational system. A lone wolf to the end, Gulda developed a core of admirers but didn't have much interaction with adherents of the then-flourishing third stream trend of fusing classical and jazz.

Over time, as he began to pursue parallel careers and even combine classical and jazz elements within a single concert, there developed a perception of Gulda as an eccentric. He gained the dubious moniker of "terrorist pianist." This reputation intensified when the pianist abruptly called off major performances more than once. One such incident occurred in 1988, as organizers of a Salzburg music festival objected to Gulda's inclusion of jazz musician Joe Zawinul on the program; Gulda and Zawinul would collaborate often in the late 1980s and early 1990s. After faking his own death in 1999 and staging a party in honor of his own resurrection, Gulda experienced the real thing on January 27, 2000, after a heart attack in Vienna. Although he continued to perform classical music for his entire life, the bulk of Gulda's classical recordings date from the 1950s through the 1970s. He has been honored with inclusion in EMI's Great Pianists of the Twentieth Century series. Read less
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    Decca - Vienna Philharmonic - The Orchestral Edition
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002227902 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 65
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Tom Krause,  Werner Krenn,  Elly Ameling,  Werner Tripp  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux,  Herbert von Karajan,  Karl Münchinger,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Singverein  ... 
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    Music For Two Pianos
    Label: Lifestyles   Catalog: 77008 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Friedrich Gulda,  Joe Zawinul
    Performer:  Joe Zawinul,  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Jerry Van Rooyen
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    Gulda: Cello Concerto, Concerto For Myself / Schiff, Munich Philharmonic
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101675 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Performer:  Heinrich Schiff,  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Friedrich Gulda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Friedrich Gulda & Friends / Hancock, Corea, Economou
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101672 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Friedrich Gulda,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Herbie Hancock,  Chick Corea,  Nicolas Economou
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    A Musical Journey: Switzerland, Norway - Carnival
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110330 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Jenö Jandó,  Friedrich Gulda
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  • 6.
    Beethoven Masterworks Collection  [51-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001813172 Release Date: 03/19/2013   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Janet Perry,  Agnes Baltsa,  Vinson Cole,  José Van Dam  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Carlos Kleiber,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Friedrich Gulda Plays Ludwig Van Beethoven
    Label: Membran / Documents   Catalog: 233558 Release Date: 02/19/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Pierre Fournier,  Ruggiero Ricci
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    Mozart 111 [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001766872 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Emil Gilels,  Elena Gilels,  Maurizio Pollini  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  James Levine,  Herbert von Karajan,  Marc Minkowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    I Love Mozart, I Love Barbara / Friedrich Gulda, Barbara Dennerlein
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101635 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Friedrich Gulda,  Benny Golson,  Barbara Dennerlein
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Barbara Dennerlein
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    The Debussy Edition [18-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001676372 Release Date: 05/01/2012   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Franklin Cohen,  Jean-Rodolphe Kars,  Vera Badings,  Krystian Zimerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Bernard Haitink,  Eduard Van Beinum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven: Symphony No 4; Mozart: Piano Concerto No 23; Strauss / Gulda, Konwitschny
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 839112 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Franz Konwitschny
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    Beethoven Edition: Complete Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94052 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 85
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Marga Schiml,  Peter Schreier,  Helena Doese,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Horst Stein,  Gerhard Oskamp,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Friedrich Gulda Plays Beethoven & Bach
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2058698 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
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    Beethoven: 32 Piano Sonatas, Variations, Bagatelles / Gulda
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 808109 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
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    Beethoven: Klavierkonzerte 1 & 4; 4 Bagatellen
    Label: Music & Arts   Catalog: 1239 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
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    Piano Recital 1959 - Bach, Haydn, Beethoven / Friedrich Gulda
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93704 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
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    Schumann - The Masterworks [35 CDs]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001422902 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 35
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Niccolň Paganini
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Henryk Szeryng,  Lynn Harrell,  Anne-Sophie Mutter  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Rafael Kubelik,  Sir Georg Solti,  Uri Segal  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Chopin Gold
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001397602 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Martha Argerich,  Friedrich Gulda,  Rafal Blechacz  ... 
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    Piano Recital - Live At Birdland / Friedrich Gulda
    Label: Fabula Classica   Catalog: 12074 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
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    Schumann: Liederkreis, Phantasiestucke / Friedrich Gulda
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412113 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Ursula Anders
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    Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 32;  Gulda: Wintermeditation
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412114 Release Date: 12/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
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  • 22.
    Piano Masterworks - The World's Favourite Piano Classics - Bach, Debussy, Etc / Argerich, Arrau, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: B001206502 Release Date: 12/16/2009   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Friedrich Gulda,  Wilhelm Kempff  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Eliahu Inbal,  Horst Stein,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    State Of The Art - The Story Of Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341102 Release Date: 12/15/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Rafal Blechacz,  Kathleen Battle,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Leonard Bernstein,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Andalucian Dogs
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    Mozart: Symphony No 25, Concerto For Piano No 14 / Gulda, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 795091 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Friedrich Gulda - Early Recordings
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 21404 Release Date: 10/01/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Frédéric Chopin,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra
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