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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  • 26.
    Bach Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001313002 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Pepe Romero,  Heinz Holliger,  György Sebok,  János Starker  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinz Holliger,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Iona Brown,  Arpád Gerecz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Les Solistes Romands,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 27.
    Gulda Plays Gulda
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412115 Release Date: 02/18/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Chick Corea,  Friedrich Gulda
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
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  • 28.
    The Meeting / Chick Corea, Friedrich Gulda
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 410397 Release Date: 01/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Churchill,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Chick Corea,  Friedrich Gulda
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  • 29.
    Strauss: Burleske;  Beethoven: Symphony No 7 / Gulda, Böhm, Vienna Po
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 710081 Release Date: 11/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Good Morning! Classics For Breakfast
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4777529 Release Date: 11/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Gallois,  Gidon Kremer,  Irina Saizewa,  Heinz Holliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi,  Claudio Abbado,  Juliy Reyentovich,  Thomas Füri  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theater Violin Ensemble
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  • 31.
    Love's Dream: Romantic Piano Music
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4777524 Release Date: 11/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Evgeni Kissin,  Martha Argerich,  Emil Gilels  ... 
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  • 32.
    Silent Reflection 1: Serene Classics
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4777527 Release Date: 11/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Antonín Dvorák,  Edvard Grieg,  Joaquin Rodrigo  ... 
    Performer:  Christer Thorvaldsson,  Göran Söllscher,  Martha Argerich,  Nicanor Zabaleta  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi,  Rafael Kubelik,  Thomas Füri,  Paul Kuentz  ... 
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    Strauss: Burleske, Duet-concertino, Oboe Concerto / Blomstedt, Ashkenazy, Maazel
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4800404 Release Date: 10/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet,  Kim Walker,  Dimitri Ashkenazy,  Gordon Hunt  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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  • 34.
    Gulda Plays Bach
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4778020 Release Date: 10/06/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Friedrich Gulda
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
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  • 35.
    Mozart, Beethoven: Quintets For Piano & Winds / Gulda
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 435593 Release Date: 08/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Winds
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  • 36.
    Mozart: Piano Sonatas K 570 & 576, Fantasia K 475 / Gulda
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431084 Release Date: 08/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
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  • 37.
    Gulda Non-stop / Friedrich Gulda
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 52499 Release Date: 07/23/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
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  • 38.
    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3, Sonatas / Gulda, Rossi
    Label: Medici Masters   Catalog: 24 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Mario Rossi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Brahms, Schumann, Strauss / Gulda, Keilberth, Et Al
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 746071 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Beethoven: Piano Concertos No 1 & 4 / Gulda, Vienna So
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 745071 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Friedrich Gulda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 41.
    The Gulda Mozart Tapes II - 6 Sonatas
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4777152 Release Date: 09/03/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
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  • 42.
    Mozart No End / Friedrich Gulda And The Paradise Band
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4187 Release Date: 08/28/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Friedrich Gulda,  Horace Silver,  Barbara Dennerlein
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Barbara Dennerlein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paradise Band,  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Beethoven: Piano Concerti Nos 3 & 4 /Gulda, Stein, Vienna Po
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 430216 Release Date: 07/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Horst Stein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Mozart No End And The Paradise Band / Friedrich Gulda
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 48082 Release Date: 07/09/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Horace Silver,  Barbara Dennerlein,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Barbara Dennerlein,  Friedrich Gulda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paradise Band
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  • 45.
    Original Masters - Beethoven: Cello Works / Fournier, Gulda
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 689402 Release Date: 08/08/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Pierre Fournier,  Friedrich Gulda
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  • 46.
    Mozart: Concertos & Arias / Gulda, Szeryng, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93129 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Henryk Szeryng,  Dennis Brain,  Suzanne Danco  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 47.
    The Gulda Mozart Tapes - 10 Sonatas And A Fantasy
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4776130 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
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  • 48.
    Original Masters - Beethoven / Friedrich Gulda
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000491102 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Ruggiero Ricci
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Desert Island Collection - Beethoven / Gulda, Böhm, Et Al
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 277 Release Date: 07/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Libero Lana,  Dario De Rosa,  Renato Zanettovich
    Conductor:  Friedrich Gulda,  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Trio di Trieste
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  • 50.
    Gulda - The Early London Records 1951 - 1954 / Boult, Böhm
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 4239 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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