Andor Földes plays Brahms Intermezzo op.117 no.1
  • Classical music composed by Johannes Brahms Intermezzo no.1 in E-flat major is among "Three Intermezzi, op.117" composed in 1892. Recorded in 1950. ~ Biography / Obituary from NY Times on February 19, 1992: Andor Foldes, a Hungarian-born American pianist who was closely associated with the music of Bela Bartok and who was also a respected interpreter of the Viennese Classical composers, died at his home in Herrliberg, Switzerland, on Feb. 9. He was 78 years old. He died after falling down a flight of stairs, said his wife, Lili Rendy Foldes. Mrs. Foldes said her husband had been preparing for a performance and an eight-day master class at the Beethoven house in Bonn. Mr. Foldes was born in Budapest on Dec. 21, 1913, and began his studies privately with his mother, Valerie Ipolye, and with Tibor Szatmari. He made his public debut performing a Mozart concerto with the Budapest Philharmonic when he was 8 years old. The next year he entered the Budapest Academy of Music to study the piano, composition and conducting, but he continued to perform publicly. During his student years, Mr. Foldes worked with several important Hungarian composers, among them Ernst von Dohnanyi, with whom he studied until 1932, and Bartok, whom he met in 1929. Bartok's music became a central part of his repertory. He gave the New York premiere of Bartok's Second Piano Concerto at Carnegie Hall in 1947. His 1948 recording of the work, prized by collectors, was recently reissued on compact disk, as was a set of Bartok works he recorded for ...

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