P0065. Carl Friedberg: The Brahms / Schumann Tradition, incl. Brahms, Schumann, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Mozart, Pauer, Cramer, Paradisi, Scarlatti & Friedberg. 2-Marston 52015, from Private Recordings & Live Performances, 1949 & 1951, Juilliard. Transfers by Ward Marston. - 638335201528
“Carl Friedberg was a pianist with bona fide ties to the old world of the 19th Century. He knew Clara Schumann and Brahms, and in the 1880's played extensively for them. He performed as soloist under Mahler and was associated with many other now legendary musicians of the golden era….This is a release of historical significance, but also of very high quality…."
- David Mulbury, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Jan./Feb., 2004
"Carl Friedberg (1872-1955) is remembered today as one of the great pianists of the last century, perhaps the most significant of that group of Schumann and Brahms pupils who left a substantial legacy of recordings. Less well remembered is that he was also one of the outstanding pedagogues and supreme musicians of his time.
When Friedberg met Brahms at the Schumann household, frequently playing the composer’s works to him, an additional dimension entered his intuitive understanding, enhancing his natural romantic feeling. Brahms felt his music was too often played with vulgar force, and he wanted a more subtle depth and breadth of tone. Among Friedberg's many pupils, the one considered most likely to carry on his performance and teaching traditions was the highly gifted William Masselos—a star pupil from the age of nine. His Brahms and Schumann repertory and his championing of contemporary piano music earned him great acclaim.
Age seemed not to touch him—the youthful romance was still to be heard in his playing [at age 80]. In 1954 Friedberg returned to Europe for his first visit in 15 years. When asked what prompted this journey, his reply was typical: ‘To hear the nightingales sing’.”
- Barbara Holmquest, Program Notes