Biographies Claude Frank

Born in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1925, pianist Claude Frank abandoned Nazi Germany in 1937 and went to France, where he studied at the Paris Conservatory. Fleeing France before the advancing German armies in 1940, he went first to Spain, then to Portugal, before ultimately settling in America, where he became a citizen in 1944. He studied piano--interrupted by a term of military service--with Artur Schnabel in New York City, and had his recital debut at Town Hall in 1947. He performed with the NBC Symphony Orchestra in 1948 and had his New York Philharmonic debut under conductor Leonard Bernstein in 1959. He has appeared with most of the world's major orchestras, including the Boston, Chicago, National, and Buenos Aires Symphonies, the New York and Berlin Philharmonics, and the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam.

Frank has participated in major music festivals all over the world: in the Americas and in Europe, in Africa and in Asia. His enduring involvement with the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center in New York is legendary, and in the summer of 2005 he served as a distinguished faculty member at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. A Beethoven specialist, Mr. Frank has always been admired as a superb chamber musician, from the time of his first performances with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players in the 1960s, to his frequent appearances with various string quartets, the Juilliard and Guarneri Quartets included. He performs regularly with his wife, pianist Lilian Kallir, in duo-piano concerts, and with his daughter, violinist Pamela Frank.

Mr. Frank is an influential teacher, currently serving on the faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Yale School of Music in New Haven, Connecticut. His master classes are highly anticipated and sought-after events, and his willingness to sit as a juror at various piano competitions, including the prestigious Leeds International, in England, lends gravitas to those occasions.

Discography

1966

RCA Victor LM / LSC 2864
Saramae Endlich, Florence Kopleff, Seth McCoy, Theodor Uppman, vocal soloists;
Claude Frank & Lilian Kallir, piano - 4 hands.

Brahms, Johannes
   Liebesleider Waltzes, Opp. 52 & 65

1970

RCA Victor LSC 3166
Joseph Silverstein, violin; Jules Eskin, violoncello.

Schubert, Franz
   Trio for Piano and Strings in B-flat Major, Op. 99 / D. 898

RCA Victrola VICS 9000 - "Beethoven: The 32 Piano Sonatas"

Beethoven, Ludwig van
   32 Piano Sonatas

Reissue: Music and Arts Programs of America 4640 (2002)

1973

Library of Congress Concert 1973-04-06
LWO 7259
Juilliard String Quartet.

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
   Quartet for Violin, Viola, Violoncello and Piano in E-flat Major, K. 493
Bloch, Ernest
   Quartet No. 4
   Schumann, Robert
   Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44

1974

Library of Congress Concert 1974-04-26
LWO 7805
Juilliard String Quartet; Julius Levine, double bass.

Prokofiev, Sergei
   Sonata for Two Violins, Op. 56
Mendelssohn, Felix
   Sextet for Violin, Two Violas, Violoncello, Double Bass and Piano, Op. 110
Schubert, Franz
   Quintet for Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass and Piano, Op. 114 / D. 667, "Trout"

1981

Library of Congress Concerts 1981-04-16 & 1981-04-17
RWA 0606-0607, 0640-0641
Juilliard String Quartet.

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
   Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat Major, K. 454
Diamond, David
   String Quartet No. 10
   Brahms, Johannes
   Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60

1993

MusicMasters Classics 01612-67087 - "Beethoven: Sonatas for Violin and Piano, Volume 1"
Claude Frank, piano.

Beethoven, Ludwig van
   Sonata No. 9 for Violin and Piano in A minor, Op. 47, "Kreutzer"
   Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano in D Major, Op. 12, No. 1

Reissues: MusicMasters 01612-67197 (1999)
   Music & Arts Programs Of America 1143 (2004)

1996

Sony Classical SBK 62638
Lilian Kallir, piano; Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, conductor.

Saint-Saëns, Camille
   Le carnaval des animaux

Recorded in 1968. An earlier issue has not been found.

MusicMasters Classics 01612-67106
Claude Frank, piano.

Beethoven, Ludwig van
   Sonata No. 6 for Violin and Piano in A major, Op. 30 No. 1
   Sonata No. 7 for Violin and Piano in C minor, Op. 30 No. 2
   Sonata No. 8 for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 30 No. 3

Reissues: MusicMasters 01612-67197 (1999)
Music & Arts Programs Of America 1143 (2004)

1999

MusicMasters 01612-67197
Claude Frank, piano.

Beethoven, Ludwig van
   Sonata No. 9 for Violin and Piano in A minor, Op. 47, "Kreutzer"
   Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano in D Major, Op. 12, No. 1
   Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano in A Major, Op. 12, No. 2
   Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 12, No. 3
   Sonata No. 4 for Violin and Piano in A minor, Op. 23
   Sonata No. 10 for Violin and Piano in G Major, Op. 96
   Sonata No. 5 for Violin and Piano in F major, Op. 24, "Spring"
   Sonata No. 6 for Violin and Piano in A major, Op. 30 No. 1
   Sonata No. 7 for Violin and Piano in C minor, Op. 30 No. 2
   Sonata No. 8 for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 30 No. 3

Sonatas 1, 9, 6, 7 & 8 previously issued on MusicMasters.
Reissue: Music & Arts Programs Of America 1143 (2004)

2005

Arte Nova 721280
Claude Frank, piano.

Schubert, Franz
   Rondo for Violin and Piano in B minor, D. 895 / Op. 70, "Rondo Brilliant"
   Fantasy for Violin and Piano in C Major, D. 934 / Op. 159
   Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major, D. 574 / Op. 162


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