P1031. MENAHEM PRESSLER: Chopin recital; w.Swarowsky Cond.Vienna Opera Orch.: Concerto #2 in f, recorded 4 June, 1966; w.Josefowitz Cond.Vienna Opera Orch.: Concerto #1 in e, recorded 8 December, 1965 (both Chopin. (Canada) 2-Doremi 7989/90, recorded 1965-66. Final Copy! - 723721710958
"Menahem Pressler was born in 1923 in Magdeburg, Germany. In 1938 he emigrated to Israel, where he received most of his musical training. His career was launched following winning of the first prize at the Debussy International Piano Competition in San Francisco in 1946. His successful American debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy was followed by tours of North America and Europe, including performances with the New York Philharmonic, as well as Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Dallas, San Francisco, London, Paris, Brussels, Oslo and Helsinki Orchestras. Pressler is a piano professor in Indiana University in Bloomington and is a regular on juries of international piano competitions such as the Van Cliburn, Queen Elizabeth, and Arthur Rubinstein competitions. He is one of the world's most revered chamber musicians. His collaborations included many engagements with the Juilliard, Emerson, Guarneri and Cleveland String Quartets. These Chopin recordings, made c.1960, are available here for the first time on CD and digital release."
“Menahem Pressler is a German-born American pianist and a founding member of the Beaux Arts Trio. He fled Nazi Germany in 1939 and emigrated to Palestine. His career was launched after he was awarded first prize at the Debussy International Piano Competition in San Francisco in 1946. This was followed by his American début with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy. Since then, Pressler’s extensive tours of North America and Europe have included performances with the orchestras of New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Dallas, San Francisco, London, Paris, Brussels, Oslo, Helsinki, among others. After a solo career of nearly a decade, he débuted as a chamber musician at the 1955 Berkshire Festival, where he appeared as the pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio, with Daniel Guilet, violin, and Bernard Greenhouse, cello. He worked closely for over 30 years with the Emerson String Quartet.”
- Z. D. Akron