P0131. ERIK THEN-BERGH, w.Rafael Kubelik Cond. Bavarian Radio S.O.: Piano Concerto (Furtwängler). (France) Tahra TAH 197, Live Performance, 27 June, 1963. (France) Tahra TAH 197, Live Performance, 27 June, 1963. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 3504129019716
“Then-Bergh was something of a homebird, generally confining his career to Germany and devoting the last twenty years of it mainly to teaching. This goes some way towards explaining his relative neglect. As a pedagogue he was much sought-after for his inspirational guidance and analytical skills. The booklet contains some interesting reflections by his one-time student Elizabeth Hopkins. Central to his repertoire were the German composers – Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms, and he made something of a name for himself playing the music of Max Reger. This compilation offers two examples: the Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Georg Philipp Telemann Op.134, and the Piano Concerto in f minor Op.114, his final recording from the LP era.
He was born in Hannover in 1916, and his father was his first teacher. He became a protégé of Clara Spitta and gave his first piano recital at the age of thirteen. He continued his studies with Alfred Hoehn at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt, and later sought guidance in Berlin. His career as a concert pianist and recording artist took off around 1936, winning various prizes along the way. His concert-giving continued during the war on the back of the National Music Prize in Berlin, clinched in 1940. After the briefest of spells in military service he was considered exempt, as he was one of a handful of artists considered by the Third Reich ‘indispensable’. After the war he held several teaching posts in Germany. He died in 1982, aged, 65, from an unexpected heart-attack."
- Stephen Greenbank, MusicWebInternational
"Perhaps this quote from ‘The Record Book’ (USA 1948) reviewing Beethoven’s Op.101 still sums up Then-Bergh’s 78 recordings today:
'The performance by a pianist of whom we know nothing, Erik Then-Bergh, is spectacularly fine, and is backed by some of the best reproduction of piano tone we have ever heard'."