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Friedman is remembered as one of the greatest of the great pianists.
Without doubt his work as a composer had a great impact upon his tremendous
pianism (a fact sadly lost upon modern pianists who refuse to consider composing).
But he was indeed also a very good composer. That is obvious from this first
album which contains a selection of his transcriptions, miniatures and large
As a transcriber he was one of those masters like Busoni and Liszt who
could transform a work from one medium to another and illuminate it for
us as a perfect jewel of pianism. The 'Ballet des ombres heureuses' after
Gluck is an example of this. Friedman transfigures Gluck's magic and requires
magic from the performer. Tryon delivers [listen
-- track 1, 1:49-2:11].
In 'Frühlingsstimmen' Friedman takes up Johann Strauss, and without
the chromatic toxicity of Godowsky, dishes up a delightful virtuoso romp.
Again Tryon exquisitely delivers a perfectly paced and 'gestured' performance.
Copyright © 3 February 2001
Gordon Rumson, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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