Tuned in concert Norwalk CT. (1976)
When Claude Frank played the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major with the New York Philharmonic under Rafael Kubelik in February 1975, it will have been his tenth appearance with this great orchestra. This crowning event is only one in a season which includes over seventy appearances on three continents. Among the cities in which Mr. Frank appears this season (mid 1970s) are New York, Washington, Baltimore, Denver, Miami, London, Brussels, Zurich, Rio de Janeiro, and Buenos Aires, with a repetoire that includes over ten concertos, numerous chamber music works, and four recital programs from Bach to Ginastera.
Mr. Frank recently returned from a tour of South America which brought startling acclaim for each performance.... "For three weeks the beautiful concert hall of the Museu de Arte became the scene for an extraordinary event. In eight evenings, the pianist Claude Frank interpreted the entire cycle of Beethoven Sonatas. Needless to say it takes an artist of extraordinary quality to transmit this experience. Such an artist is Claude Frank," praised the critic of Deutsche Zeitung, Sao Paulo. "with this artist, the public feels almost the physical presence of the personality, the art and the esthetic of Beethoven. He realized with authenticity an interpretation of man and work, of the esthetic and the message."
In addition, he gave numerous master classes and lectures at such places as the North Carolina School of the Arts, Aspen Music Festival, and the Yale University's School of Music.
A milestone in Claude Frank's career was the release of his recordings of the thirty-two Beethoven Sonatas for RCA Victor,and his series of eight New York recitals of the Sonatas at Hunter College. The nationwide acclaim for the album was such that the album became a best-seller. Mr. Frank's Beethoven is more thoughtful than many other pianist's. It is spontaneous, but not impulsive. Beethoven's intellect as well as his emotions can be savored.
The list of major orchestras with which Claude Frank has performed includes the New York Philharmonic, the Boston and Chicago Symphonies, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, The National Symphony, the orchestra of Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cincinnati, New Orleans, Toronto and many more; and in Europe, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, the Royal Philharmonic of London, and the orchestras of Zurich, Lausanne, Brussels, Hamburg, Frankfurt, and many more. Mr Frank also appeared on the ABC-TV network in the highly acclaimed program, "Beethoven: Ordeal and Triumph."
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