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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  • 51.
    Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 467424 Release Date: 10/05/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Horst Stein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 52.
    Best Of Wiener Philharmoniker - Vol 1
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4775077 Release Date: 07/01/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Leonard Bernstein,  Alfred Prinz,  Gidon Kremer  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Valery Gergiev,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 53.
    Love Moods - The Most Romantic Classics
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000174302 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Gioachino Rossini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Franz Schmidt  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander-Sergei Ramirez,  Teresa Berganza,  Gil Shaham,  Ben Heppner  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Neeme Järvi,  Karl-Heinz Loges  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 54.
    Masterpieces - Mozart: Piano Concertos / Brendel, Gulda
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 1185 Release Date: 08/12/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Denis Matthews,  Friedrich Gulda,  Alfred Brendel
    Conductor:  Hans Swarowsky,  Paul Angerer,  Antonio Janigro
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Friedrich Gulda Orchestra,  I Solisti di Zagreb
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  • 55.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 25 & 26;  Beethoven / Gulda
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1301 Release Date: 08/12/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Anthony Collins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Beethoven: Sonatas No 2, 14, 31, 32 / Gulda
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 591021 Release Date: 05/27/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
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  • 57.
    History - Mozart: Concertos, Etc / Rosbaud, Brain, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93064 Release Date: 02/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dennis Brain,  Suzanne Danco,  Maria Bergmann,  Arthur Grumiaux  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud,  Ernest Bour
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 23 & 26 / Gulda, Harnoncourt
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 89091 Release Date: 09/17/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 59.
    Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No 14, 26, 31, Etc /Friedrich Gulda
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 166 Release Date: 08/27/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
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  • 60.
    Eloquence - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas / Friedrich Gulda
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 468140 Release Date: 05/08/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
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  • 61.
    Music from the Movies
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 46956 Release Date: 01/23/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John T. Williams,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Carl Orff  ... 
    Performer:  Trevor Pinnock,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Harold Wright,  Anatol Ugorski  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  John Mauceri,  Herbert von Karajan,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert Winds,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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  • 62.
    Strauss: The Concertos / Tuckwell, Belkin, Gulda, Ashkenazy
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 460296 Release Date: 05/11/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Franz Strauss
    Performer:  Barry Tuckwell,  Friedrich Gulda,  Boris Belkin,  Gordon Hunt  ... 
    Conductor:  István Kertész,  Anthony Collins,  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 63.
    Bach For Babies - Fun And Games For Budding Brains
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462949 Release Date: 04/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Celedonio Romero,  Maria Graf,  Irena Grafenauer  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Rose,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Canadian Brass
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  • 64.
    The Book Lover's Companion - Bach, Beethoven, Brahms
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462773 Release Date: 09/01/1998   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Jean Louis Steuerman,  Herbert Stähr,  Werner Haas,  George Pieterson  ... 
    Conductor:  James Judd,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Edo De Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Berlin Philharmonic Octet members  ... 
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  • 65.
    Tune Your Brain With Mozart - Relax
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459257 Release Date: 08/11/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  William Purvis,  Alfred Prinz,  Géza Anda  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm,  Géza Anda,  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra,  Hagen String Quartet,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 66.
    Bach For Book Lovers
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456497 Release Date: 06/10/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  János Scholz,  Maria Teresa Garatti,  Jean Louis Steuerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Edo De Waart,  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 67.
    Mozart: Great Piano Concertos / Gulda, Abbado, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453079 Release Date: 04/01/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 68.
    Brahms: Symphony No 1;  Mozart: Piano Concerto No 9 / Böhm
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 263921 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Bach: The Well-tempered Clavier, Bk I / Friedrich Gulda
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 446545 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
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  • 70.
    Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Bk II / Friedrich Gulda
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 446548 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
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  • 71.
    Beethoven: Piano Sonatas / Friedrich Gulda
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 443012 Release Date: 03/14/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
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  • 72.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 20 & 21 / Gulda, Abbado, Vienna PO
    Label: Dg Galleria   Catalog: 415842 Release Date: 03/01/1987   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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