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American piano music in the Brahms' mold.

Ernest Schelling - child prodigy, virtuoso pianist, composer, conductor, patron and founder of the Children's Concerts with the New York Philharmonic - was one of the most brilliant and enterprising personalities on the American scene in his day. As a pianist, he appeared frequently with every major Orchestra, often as soloist in his own piano and Orchestral works. His Violin Concerto was premiered by Fritz Kreisler and the Boston Symphony under Karl Muck and his "Victory Ball" was a crowd pleaser in its day. Schelling was trained entirely by his father, Dr. Felix Schelling, a physician and musician from St. Gallen in Switzerland. He made his piano debut at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia on March 8, 1880 at the age of four-and-a-half. At the age of seven, he entered the Paris Conservatory, the youngest pupil ever accepted. Here he studied under Georg Mathias, a pupil of Chopin. In 1896, his career changed when he became the only pupil of Ignance Jan Paderewski who enabled him to make the difficult transition from child prodigy to mature artist. The two pianists became life-long friends. He made his London debut on November 25, 1900 and his American debut as an adult on January 24, 1905. The last 17 years of his life attracted the attention of the music world when he created the Children's Concerts of the New York Philharmonic during the 1923-24 season. He was called "the musical godfather of America's younger generation." He conducted 187 of these concerts in New York alone, as well as in other cities from Boston to San Francisco. From 1930 on, they were broadcast live by CBS from coast to coast. In 1939, he was scheduled to inaugurate these concerts in London, but tragically, he died before he ever got there. The music contained on this disc is charming and appealing. Mary Louise Boehm is an authority on Schelling and has studied his music extensively.
Contents:
Ernest Schelling, composer
Theme and Variations
Mary Louise Boehm, piano

Ernest Schelling, composer
Fatalisme
Mary Louise Boehm, piano

Ernest Schelling, composer
Romance
Mary Louise Boehm, piano

Ernest Schelling, composer
Valse Gracieuse
Mary Louise Boehm, piano

Ernest Schelling, composer
Ragusa (Nocturne)
Mary Louise Boehm, piano

Ernest Schelling, composer
Improvisation
Mary Louise Boehm, piano

Ernest Schelling, composer
Un Petit Rien
Mary Louise Boehm, piano

Ernest Schelling, composer
Au Chateau de Wiligrad
Mary Louise Boehm, piano

Ernest Schelling, composer
Ritmicissimo
Mary Louise Boehm, piano

Review:
Ernest Schelling (1876-1939) is pretty much forgotten today, though in his time he was an internationally famous pianist.Mary Louise Boehm, who has done so much for neglected American piano music, has decided to do something about Schelling's neglect, and this disc presents a cross-section of his piano music, starting with the long Theme and Variations. Shorter pieces follow. Schelling was a ranking pianist, and it goes without saying that his keyboard writing was idiomatic and often ingenious.The language is post-romantic, with a few unexpected slips into vague tonalities." (American Record Guide)
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