P1050. EDITH FARNADI: Mikrokosmos - Excerpts (Bartók), recorded 1946; Liszt Recital (incl. Sonata in b), recorded 1954. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-183. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“Edith Farnadi was a child prodigy first receiving lessons from her mother, herself a pianist, before entering the Liszt Academy in Budapest at the age of nine. It was there that she studied under Arnold Székely, Leo Weiner, Béla Bartók and Ilona Deckers-Küszler. At twelve she played Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto, conducting the orchestra from the keyboard. During her years at the Liszt Academy she was awarded the Liszt Prize twice, and after gaining her diploma, Farnadi returned as a professor. After World War II she settled in Austria and joined the staff of the Music Academy of Graz where she remained until 1970, combining a teaching and performing career. Whilst still a student, Farnadi formed a partnership with the great Hungarian violinist Jeno Hubay, and later played with Bronislaw Huberman and André Gertler. Farnadi performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw, and London Philharmonic Orchestras, with such conductors as Karl Böhm, Ernest Ansermet and Adrian Boult.
During the 1950s Farnadi made a series of LP recordings for Westminster. These include music by Liszt, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Bartók, Grieg and Franck; the latter two composers being represented by violin sonatas recorded with André Gertler. Farnadi’s most important recordings are those of Liszt. Farnadi has a sure technique and delivers the music without bombast, avoiding overblown performances. Farnadi recorded Bartók’s Mikrokosmos on three LPs, and his Piano Concerti Nos 2 and 3, also with Scherchen. One of her lesser-known discs is one of her best. Recorded in London in June 1955, it is of paraphrases of works by Johann Strauss, including the famous three by Godowsky, and Farnadi has the style and technique to play these with charm and subtlety.”
- Jonathan Summers, Program Notes to Naxos' A–Z of Pianists.
“Each of these disks, from Canadian engineer Yves St Laurent… [feature] St Laurent's natural transfer – made without filtering, like all his dubbings – it is easy to listen to, despite the surface noise.”
- Tully Potter, CLASSICAL RECORD QUARTERLY, Summer, 2011