Paul Badura-Skoda

Paul Badura-Skoda - With one of the largest discographies of any pianist, record collections in the 1950s and '60s were testimony.

Paul Badura-Skoda In Recital – 2011 – Past Daily Mid-Week Concert

Paul Badura-Skoda
Paul Badura-Skoda – With one of the largest discographies of any pianist, record collections in the 1950s and ’60s were testimony.

Paul Badura-Skoda – in recital – March 19, 2011 – BNR – Radio Belgium –

The legendary Paul Badura-Skoda in recital tonight. Recorded at Theatre Hall de Ruse on March 19, 2011 by Belgian National Radio and broadcast by Radio Nacional España short after.

Here are the notes from Radio España:

Concierto celebrado en el Theatre Hall de Ruse, el 19 de marzo de 2011. Grabación de la BNR, Bélgica.
BACH: Partita nº 1 en Si bemol mayor, BWV. 825. MOZART: Fantasía en Re menor, K. 397. Sonata en La menor, K. 310. SCHUBERT: Dos impromptus. CHOPIN: Tres valses. Dos nocturnos. Barcarola en Fa sostenido mayor, Op. 60. Cuatro mazurkas. Scherzo en Si bemol mayor. Nocturno en Do sostenido menor, Op. 27 / 1. Estudio en Do sostenido menor, Op. 25 / 7. P. Badura-Skoda (p.).

And a few words from his website:

His numerous recordings run the gamut from Bach to Frank Martin. He is the only pianist to have recorded the complete Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert sonatas on both modern as well as period pianos. His CDs and DVDs with works by Bach, Haydn, Brahms, Chopin, Schumann, Debussy, Ravel and others have won several prizes by critics. Badura-Skoda’s numerous writings reflect his search for truth in music and life. It always has been his endeavour to understand the composer’s intentions and to correct widespread errors in performances and musical publications. While his own compositions are in the style of the 20th century, he has specialized particularly in the compositional style of the 18th and early 19th centuries, completing unfinished works by Mozart and Schubert and writing cadenzas for works by classical-era Viennese composers which match their respective personal style.

His personal encounters with great personalities—not only in music—have made a lasting impact on him and contributed to his artistic and personal development. Edwin Fischer, his admired model from an early age, became his teacher and mentor between 1948 and his death in 1960. The composer Frank Martin (1890-1974) wrote two works for Paul Badura-Skoda (2nd Piano Concerto in 1969 and the Fantasy on Flamenco Rhythms in 1973) and became his personal friend. The composer Paul Hindemith treated him with kindness and appreciated his performances of his works. A deep friendship developed between Paul Badura- Skoda and the great violinists David Oistrakh and Wolfgang Schneiderhan, the latter of whom collaborated with him regularly starting with the 1950 Salzburg Festival. Paul Badura-Skoda formed a legendary piano trio together with him and the cellist Boris Pergamenschikoff. A lifelong friendship still unites him with Jörg Demus, his duo partner of many years—not to mention the inspiration he received from great pianists such as Alfred Cortot, as well as conductors (Wilhelm Furtwängler, Hans Knappertsbusch, Josef Krips, Georg Szell, et al.).

I don’t think there is a single record collection from the 1950s on that doesn’t have at least one Badura-Skoda performance on its shelves.

You can add this concert to your collection – enjoy and repeat often.

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