Synopsis : Allan Evans's groundbreaking biography of Ignaz Friedman gives the reader the behind and the between of the life and career of this extraordinary pianist.
Friedman's repertory emphasized the major works of Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, and Brahms, but he was perhaps best known for his interpretation of the Chopin mazurkas, which by all accounts he played with the same rhythmic nuance as their composer.
Evans examines Friedman's life as a cultured Jewish musician from Poland; his studies in Leipzig and Vienna; his marriage to Manya Schidlowsky — a Russian countess and relative of Tolstoy; and his performing career, teaching, and retirement in Australia.
Biography : Allan Evans is the founder of Arbiter of Cultural Traditions and has published more than 150 recordings by historic interpreters.
He is editor (with Mark Mitchell) of Moriz Rosenthal in Word and Music: A Legacy of the Nineteenth Century (IUP, 2005).
Evans teaches at the Mannes College of Music, New York. He lives in New York.