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    d'Albert, Eugen Francis Charles (10th April 1864-3rd March 1932)  

    He was a virtuoso pianist and composer born in Glasgow to a French/Italian father and an English mother.   His father was a dancer and music arranger and had been the ballet master at the King's Theatre in Covent Garden, London.  He first studied music with his father and won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London where he studied with Arthur Sullivan and arranged the piano music for the vocal score of his drama The Martyr of Antioch as well as being credited for writing the Overture for Patience.  He went to Weimar and studied with Franz Liszt who called him "the young Tausig".  His compositions include 21 operas, with his best known being Triefland which has been the subject of two movies, a symphony, two piano concertos, two string quartets, a cello concerto, numerous piano works and lieder, and he is also noted for arranging works by Johann Sebastian Bach.   He was married six times and considered himself German and never spoke English fluently.  After he had traveled to Riga to obtain a divorce from his sixth wife he died there at the age of 67.

     

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra recordings

    Cello Concerto in C major,

    Hyperion 67544 (CD: The Romantic Cello Concerto-1)

    Conductor Carlos Kalmar

    Cello - Alban Gerhardt  

     

    Moscow Symphony Orchestra recordings

    Piano Concerto No. 1 in B minor, Opus 2,

    Naxos 8.553728 (CD: Albert: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2/Esther Overture)

    Conductor - Dmitri Yablonsky

    Piano - Joseph Banowetz

     

    Piano Concerto No. 2 in E major, Op. 12

    Naxos 8.553728 (CD: Albert: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2/Esther Overture)

    Conductor - Dmitri Yablonsky

    Piano - Joseph Banowetz

     

    Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg recordings

    Piano Concerto No. 2 in E,

    Vox 7206 (CD: The Franz Liszt School, Vol. 1)

    Conductor - Richard Kapp

    Piano - Michael Ponti

     

    Sources:

    1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugen_d'Albert#Origins
    2. http://www.naxos.com/composerinfo/12.htm
    3. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0194929/

     

     

     

     

     

     



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