P1343. ALINE van BARENTZEN: Brief Chopin recital; w.Maurice Vieux (Alto): Sonata for Alto & Piano (de Bréville); w.René Benedetti: Violin Sonata in d, Op.36 (Pierné); w.Pol Mule Cond. Nice S.O.: Piano Concerto in d (Bach). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-856. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
"Aline van Barentzen still holds the record as the youngest pianist, at 11 years old, to have won the First Prize at the Paris Conservatory. Her first recital was at the age of four, after which her mother moved with her from Boston to Paris for further music studies. Practicing six hours a day, at the age of seven she performed Beethoven's First Piano Concerto with orchestra, and at nine was accepted into the Paris Conservatory. Her teachers there included Marguerite Long and Delaborde. Later she studied in Berlin with Heinrich Barth and Ernst von Dohnanyi (among her fellow students were Arthur Rubinstein and Wilhelm Kempff), and in Vienna with Leschetizky.
With Paris as her home she became friends with many of the leading musicians and composers of the early twentieth century, including Enescu, Poulenc, Messaien, Roussel, and Villa Lobos, whose works she often premiered. She performed frequently throughout Europe with the leading conductors and recorded for His Master's Voice. She became a French citizen in the 1930s and spent the war in Paris, playing concerts as part of the effort to boost morale.
Aline absorbed scores quickly, learning all 24 Debussy Préludes during a vacation, and the Brahms 'Paganini Variations' in five days. At one time she had an active repertoire of over 500 works. Her extensive early training resulted in complete technical mastery, it being told that when she went to study with Leschetizky he declared himself satisfied with her technique and spent his time on interpretation."
- Z. D. Akron