Pianist and music teacher Artur Balsam was born in Warsaw on February 8, 1906. He attended the Helena Kijenska-Dobkiewiczowa Conservatory (now Academy) of Music established at the beginning of the 20th century in the Polish city of Lodz. After that he went to the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, where he continued his studies with Artur Schnabel. A mere 12 years elapsed between his concert debut in 1918 and his success at the 1930 Berlin International Piano Competition; shortly after winning that competition, he was awarded the Mendelssohn Prize for chamber music in 1931 in Munich. Balsam matured into a sought-after partner at the piano: having won the Mendelssohn Prize together with the violinist Roman Totenberg, he toured the USA the following year with the brilliant young Yehudi Menuhin. After the rise to absolute power in Germany of Adolf Hitler at the head of his Nazi party, Balsam emigrated to the United States. He settled in New York in 1940, made a name for himself on the American chamber music scene and was the favorite accompanist of many famous soloists, especially in the years from 1940 to the early Seventies of the last century. He frequently partnered the great violinists Nathan Milstein and David Oistrakh, also playing for Joseph (violin) and Lillian (viola) Fuchs, Leonid Kogan (violin), Zino Francescatti (violin), Pierre Fournier (cello) and Mstislav Rostropovich (cello). Balsam was the pianist of the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini for five years. He was also a piano soloist for other leading orchestras.
Pianist and music teacher Artur Balsam was born in Warsaw on February 8, 1906. He attended the Helena Kijenska-Dobkiewiczowa Conservatory (now Academy) of Music established at the beginning of the 20th century in the Polish city of Lodz. After that he went to the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, where he continued his studies with Artur Schnabel. A mere 12 years elapsed between his concert debut in 1918 and his success at the 1930 Berlin International Piano Competition; shortly after winning that competition, he was awarded the Mendelssohn Prize for chamber music in 1931 in Munich. Balsam matured into a sought-after partner at the piano: having won the Mendelssohn Prize together with the violinist Roman Totenberg, he toured the USA the following year with the brilliant young Yehudi Menuhin. After the rise to absolute power in Germany of Adolf Hitler at the head of his Nazi party, Balsam emigrated to the United States. He settled in New York in 1940, made a name for himself on the American chamber music scene and was the favorite accompanist of many famous soloists, especially in the years from 1940 to the early Seventies of the last century. He frequently partnered the great violinists Nathan Milstein and David Oistrakh, also playing for Joseph (violin) and Lillian (viola) Fuchs, Leonid Kogan (violin), Zino Francescatti (violin), Pierre Fournier (cello) and Mstislav Rostropovich (cello). Balsam was the pianist of the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini for five years. He was also a piano soloist for other leading orchestras.
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1. Violin Sonata No. 1 In G Major Op. 78: I. Vivace Ma Non Troppo
2. Violin Sonata No. 1 In G Major Op. 78: II. Adagio
3. Violin Sonata No. 1 In G Major Op. 78: III. Allegro Molto Moderato
4. Violin Sonata No. 2 In A Major Op. 100: Allegro Amabile
5. Violin Sonata No. 2 In A Major Op. 100: II. Andante Tranquillo. Vivace
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6. Violin Sonata No. 2 In A Major Op. 100: III. Allegretto Grazioso (Quasi Andante)
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7. Violin Sonata No. 3 In D Minor Op. 108: I. Allegro
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8. Violin Sonata No. 3 In D Minor Op. 108: II. Adagio
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9. Violin Sonata No. 3 In D Minor Op. 108: III. Un Poco Presto E Con Sentimento
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10. Violin Sonata No. 3 In D Minor Op. 108: IV. Presto Agitato
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1. Violin Sonata No. 5 In F Major « Spring » Op. 24: I. Allegro
2. Violin Sonata No. 5 In F Major « Spring » Op. 24: II. Adagio Molto Espressivo
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3. Violin Sonata No. 5 In F Major « Spring » Op. 24: III. Scherzo. Allegro Molto
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4. Violin Sonata No. 5 In F Major « Spring » Op. 24: IV. Rondo. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
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5. Violin Sonata No. 6 In A Major Op. 30,1: I. Allegro
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6. Violin Sonata No. 6 In A Major Op. 30,1: II. Adagio Molto Espressivo
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7. Violin Sonata No. 6 In A Major Op. 30,1: III. Allegretto Con Variazioni
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8. Violin Sonata No. 7 In C Minor Op. 30,2: I. Allegro Con Brio
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9. Violin Sonata No. 7 In C Minor Op. 30,2: II. Adagio Cantabile
10. Violin Sonata No. 7 In C Minor Op. 30,2: III. Scherzo. Allegro
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11. Violin Sonata No. 7 In C Minor Op. 30,2: IV. Finale. Allegro. Presto
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1. Piano Concerto In D Major Op. 61a: I. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
2. Piano Concerto In D Major Op. 61a: II. Larghetto
3. Piano Concerto In D Major Op. 61a: III. Rondo
4. Violin Sonata In A Major „kreutzer“ Op. 47: I. Adagio Sostenuto. Presto
5. Violin Sonata In A Major „kreutzer“ Op. 47: II. Andante Con Variazioni
6. Violin Sonata In A Major „kreutzer“ Op. 47: III. Finale. Presto
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1. Violin Sonata In A Major Op. 13: I. Allegro Molto
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2. Violin Sonata In A Major Op. 13: II. Andante
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3. Violin Sonata In A Major Op. 13: III. Allegro Vivo
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4. Violin Sonata In A Major Op. 13: IV. Allegro Quasi Presto
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5. Violin Sonata In A Major: I. Allegro Ben Moderato
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6. Violin Sonata In A Major: II. Allegro
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7. Violin Sonata In A Major: III. Recitativo - Fantasia
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8. Violin Sonata In A Major: IV. Allegretto Poco Mosso
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9. Sonata For Cello And Piano: I. Prologue: Lent, Sostenuto E Molto Risoluto
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10. Sonata For Cello And Piano: II. Sérénade: Modérément Animé
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11. Sonata For Cello And Piano: III. Finale. Animé
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1. Piano Concerto In C Major Kv 246: I. Allegro Aperto
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2. Piano Concerto In C Major Kv 246: II. Andante
3. Piano Concerto In C Major Kv 246: III. Rondo. Tempo Di Minuetto
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4. 12 Variations In E-Flat Major Kv 354/299a
5. Adagio In B Minor Kv 540
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6. Minuet For Piano In D Major Kv 355/576b
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7. Gigue In G Major Kv 574
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8. March No. 1 In C Major Kv 383e
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9. 8 Variations On „ein Weib Ist Das Herrlichste Ding“ Kv 613
10. Fantasia In D Minor Kv 397 (385g)
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11. Rondo In F Major Kv 494
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1. Piano Sonata In C Major Kv 309: I. Allegro Con Spirito
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2. Piano Sonata In C Major Kv 309: II. Andante Un Poco Adagio
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3. Piano Sonata In C Major Kv 309: III. Rondo. Allegretto Grazioso
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4. Piano Sonata In A Minor Kv 310: I. Allegro Maestoso
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5. Piano Sonata In A Minor Kv 310: II. Andante Cantabile Con Espressione
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6. Piano Sonata In A Minor Kv 310: III. Presto
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7. Piano Sonata In D Major Kv 311 (284c): I. Allegro Con Spirito
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8. Piano Sonata In D Major Kv 311 (284c): II. Andante Con Espressione
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9. Piano Sonata In D Major Kv 311 (284c): III. Rondo. Allegro
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10. Piano Sonata In C Major Kv 330: I. Allegro Moderato
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11. Piano Sonata In C Major Kv 330: II. Andante Cantabile
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12. Piano Sonata In C Major Kv 330: III. Allegretto
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1. Concerto For Piano, Violin And String Quartet In D Major Op. 21: I. Décidé. Animé
2. Concerto For Piano, Violin And String Quartet In D Major Op. 21: II. Sicilienne: Pas Vite
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3. Concerto For Piano, Violin And String Quartet In D Major Op. 21: III. Grave
4. Concerto For Piano, Violin And String Quartet In D Major Op. 21: IV. Très Animé
5. Violin Sonata No. 2 In G Major: I. Allegretto
6. Violin Sonata No. 2 In G Major: II. „blues“ Moderato
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7. Violin Sonata No. 2 In G Major: III. Perpetuum Mobile „allegro“
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8. Violin Sonata No. 2 In G Major: Tzigane M. 76
9. Violin Sonata No. 2 In G Major: Deux Mélodies Hébraïques M. A 22: No. 1 Kaddish
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10. Violin Sonata No. 2 In G Major: Vocalise-Étude En Forme De Habanera M. 51
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11. Violin Sonata No. 2 In G Major: Berceuse Sur Le Nom De Gabriel Fauré M. 74
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1. Violin Sonata In E-Flat Major Op. 18: I. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
2. Violin Sonata In E-Flat Major Op. 18: II. Improvisation: Andante Cantabile
3. Violin Sonata In E-Flat Major Op. 18: III. Finale. Andante. Allegretto
4. Violin Sonata In D Major Op. 11, No. 2: I. Lebhaft
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5. Violin Sonata In D Major Op. 11, No. 2: II. Ruhig Und Gemessen
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6. Violin Sonata In D Major Op. 11, No. 2: III. Im Zeitmaß Und Charakter Eines Geschwinden Tanzes
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7. Harpsichord Concerto In D Minor Wq. 23, H. 427: I. Allegro
8. Harpsichord Concerto In D Minor Wq. 23, H. 427: II. Poco Andante
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9. Harpsichord Concerto In D Minor Wq. 23, H. 427: III. Allegro Assai
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1. Piano Concerto In A Minor Op. 85: I. Allegro Moderato
2. Piano Concerto In A Minor Op. 85: II. Larghetto
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3. Piano Concerto In A Minor Op. 85: III. Rondo
4. Capricci Op. 1 (Exerpts): No. 24 In A Minor
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5. Capricci Op. 1 (Exerpts): No. 13 In B-Flat Major
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6. Capricci Op. 1 (Exerpts): No. 9 In E Major
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7. Capricci Op. 1 (Exerpts): No. 20 In D Major
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8. Capricci Op. 1 (Exerpts): No. 14 In E-Flat Major
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9. Piano Sonata In B Minor Op. 40 No. 2: I. Molto Adagio E Sostenuto. Allegro Con Fuoco E Con Espressione
10. Piano Sonata In B Minor Op. 40 No. 2: II. Largo: Mesto E Patetico
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11. Piano Sonata In B Minor Op. 40 No. 2: III. Allegro
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1. Hungarian Dances (Exerpts): No. 17 F-Sharp Minor
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2. Hungarian Dances (Exerpts): No. 6 B-Flat Major
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3. Hungarian Dances (Exerpts): No. 5 G Minor
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4. Hungarian Dances (Exerpts): No. 7 A Major
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5. Hungarian Dances (Exerpts): No. 8 A Minor
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6. Hungarian Dances (Exerpts): No. 1 G Minor
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7. Dances Of Jacarémirim For Violin And Piano Op. 256: No. 1 Sambinha
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8. Dances Of Jacarémirim For Violin And Piano Op. 256: No. 2 Tanguinho
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9. Dances Of Jacarémirim For Violin And Piano Op. 256: No. 3 Choriniho
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10. Cello Sonata In E Minor Op. 38: I. Allegro Non Troppo
11. Cello Sonata In E Minor Op. 38: II. Allegretto Quasi Menuetto
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12. Cello Sonata In E Minor Op. 38: III. Allegro
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13. Méditation In D Major Op. 32
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14. Mazurka In D Major Op. 19,2
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15. Chanson Russe
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16. Chaconne In G Minor
17. Flight Of The Bumble Bee
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18. Slavonic Dance No. 2 In E Minor Op. 46
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19. Caprice In A Minor
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20. Concert Fantasy On „carmen“ Op. 25: Finale
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21. La Chasse
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22. Sea Shell
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23. Banjo And Fiddle
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Pianist and music teacher Artur Balsam was born in Warsaw on February 8, 1906. He attended the Helena Kijenska-Dobkiewiczowa Conservatory (now Academy) of Music established at the beginning of the 20th century in the Polish city of Lodz. After that he went to the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, where he continued his studies with Artur Schnabel. A mere 12 years elapsed between his concert debut in 1918 and his success at the 1930 Berlin International Piano Competition; shortly after winning that competition, he was awarded the Mendelssohn Prize for chamber music in 1931 in Munich. Balsam matured into a sought-after partner at the piano: having won the Mendelssohn Prize together with the violinist Roman Totenberg, he toured the USA the following year with the brilliant young Yehudi Menuhin. After the rise to absolute power in Germany of Adolf Hitler at the head of his Nazi party, Balsam emigrated to the United States. He settled in New York in 1940, made a name for himself on the American chamber music scene and was the favorite accompanist of many famous soloists, especially in the years from 1940 to the early Seventies of the last century. He frequently partnered the great violinists Nathan Milstein and David Oistrakh, also playing for Joseph (violin) and Lillian (viola) Fuchs, Leonid Kogan (violin), Zino Francescatti (violin), Pierre Fournier (cello) and Mstislav Rostropovich (cello). Balsam was the pianist of the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini for five years. He was also a piano soloist for other leading orchestras.