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.
    Mozart: Concertos & Arias / Gulda, Szeryng, Et Al
    Label: Swr Music   Catalog: 93129 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Henryk Szeryng,  Dennis Brain,  Maria Bergmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    Gulda - The Early London Records 1951 - 1954 / Boult, Böhm
    Label: Urania Records   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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  • 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.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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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