P0930. IGNAZ FRIEDMAN: Lieder ohne Worte (Mendelssohn); Rubinstein, Liszt, Chopin, Schubert-Liszt, Paganini-Liszt-Busoni-Friedman. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-055, recorded 1923-31. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“These are all the ’Lieder ohne Worte’ that Friedman recorded – one craves for more. Ward Marston’s transfers on a Naxos issue have less surface noise but are recessed and therefore less vivid.”
- Colin Clarke, CLASSICAL RECORD QUARTERLY, Spring, 2012
”More than a few of Friedman’s contemporaries would wonder at the energy he displayed to remain on tour almost constantly until 1943. In 1920, Friedman gave his first concert tour of the United States, which paved the way for 11 return trips in the next two decades. Friedman remained as active in the 1930's as in the previous decades, but as political tensions grew in Europe, he decided to resettle once more, this time in Australia. There, and in New Zealand, he gave many successful concerts, some of which were broadcast. In 1943, Friedman retired from concert activity, owing to a partially debilitating paralysis in his left hand.”
- Robert Cummings, allmusic.com
“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