IPAM Resources, Reviews, and Links
As a service to pianists, researchers, and general music lovers, IPAM is making available the resources described below. They deal with significant aspects of piano music, piano recordings, and specific historical performers, and are consistent with the typical interests of regular IPAM users. These are publications and websites that represent the work of various dedicated scholars and enthusiasts worldwide. Any opinions expressed belong to the respective authors and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the International Piano Archives at Maryland or the University of Maryland. IPAM welcomes information concerning similar additional resources for possible inclusion here.
An essay by IPAM Curator Donald Manildi, originally published in International Record Review, titled "Too Many Records." It explores the joys and tribulations of collecting piano recordings: "With over a century of recorded sound behind us, I can easily set forth my view that we indeed have too many, as well as too few, recordings. Let me explain...." Too Many Records by Donald Manildi
- An excellent source of information about the life, career, and recorded legacy (both commercial and non-commercial) of pianist Claudio Arrau may be found at www.arrauhouse.org
- Dutch collector/enthusiast Wim de Haan has prepared a website devoted to Josef Hofmann. All aspects of Hofmann's musical activity are covered, including his compositions and mechanical inventions. New material is being added periodically, including documentation of Hofmann's early (pre-1900) concerts: http://www.josef-hofmann.info
- An extensive online tribute to Shura Cherkassky, also prepared by Wim de Haan, consists of a thorough discography, biogaphy, repertoire list, articles, and more: www.shura-cherkassky.info.
- Pianist Alexis Weissenberg is represented by an ongoing website featuring numerous photographs, interesting discographical information, and details of Weissenberg's work as a composer: alexisweissenbergarchive.com
- A comprehensive list of the impressively vast concert repertoire of Leopold Godowsky, culled from nearly 700 programs in IPAM's Godowsky Collection, dating from 1882 to 1930
- A valuable website devoted to the life and works of the late-Romantic composer Sergei Bortkiewicz. His extensive catalog of piano music, currently enjoying a welcome revival, reflects the best keyboard traditions of Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Scriabin. https://sergeibortkiewicz.com
- Pianists searching for works written for the left hand alone should consult the meticulous listing of published scores by over 700 composers to be found at www.left-hand-brofeldt.dk
- Danish collector/enthusiast Claus Nyvang Kristensen has prepared a very useful website dealing with various esoteric piano works, including detailed discographies of Liszt's Transcendental Etudes, the Chopin-Godowsky Studies, major works of Busoni and Sorabji, and much else: www.cnk.dk.
- The recordings and career of the great Cuban-American pianist Jorge Bolet (1914-1990) are represented on the web as follows: a thorough, up-to-date discography prepared by Farhan Malik and Michael Glover can be accessed at http://www.kensington-chelsea.co.uk/boletdiscography, and extensive coverage of Bolet's life and career is available at jorge-bolet.webs.com.
- A good source of information concerning the fascinating 19th-century French composer/pianist Charles-Valentin Alkan can be found at www.alkansociety.org. This UK organization's website contains all issues of their newsletter as well as details of Alkan performances and recordings, and additional references.
- Two invaluable resources dealing with composer-pianist-critic Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji are: www.sorabji-archive.co.uk and www.mus.ulaval.ca/roberge/srs. The latter offers a vast amount of material on all aspects of this fascinating, misanthropic musician's life and music, while the former makes available all of Sorabji's compositions and his critical writings.
- Published in the USSR in 1964, Lev Oborin by Sofia Hentova. English translation by Margarita Glebov describes the career of one of the most significant Soviet pianists who was the teacher of Ashkenazy, Voskresensky and many others. The book, written by a former pupil of Oborin, also provides much detail about pianistic training at the Gnesin School in Moscow and about the interpretation of Chopin's music by various Soviet pianists including Flier, Gilels, Ginzburg and others. (PDF)
- A brief biography of Soviet pianist Isaac Mikhnovsky (1914-1978) by Yevgeny I. Mikhnovsky, translation by Margarita Glebov. Belonging to the same generation as Richter and Gilels but much less widely known, Mikhnovsky - a pupil of Oborin and Igumnov - was a formidable interpreter of Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and other composers. Mikhnovsky also wrote numerous piano transcriptions and paraphrases that are now being published in Russia.
- The Joyce Hatto Scandal - The now-infamous series of some 100 Hatto CDs, produced by Ms. Hatto's husband William Barrington-Coupe on the Concert Artist label, was discovered to consist almost entirely of other pianists' recordings. Research in progress by pianophile Farhan Malik has conclusively identified the actual pianists whose work was issued under Hatto's name on over half of these CDs. Audio WAV-file evidence may be viewed at the website of independent researcher Farhan Malik.
- The Vladimir Horowitz Website, now maintained by collector/enthusiast Bernie Horowitz (no relation), contains detailed, up-to-date information about Horowitz's commercial and non-commercial recordings as well as comprehensive data on his concert programs and various aspects of his career.
- Russian composer-pianist Nicolas Medtner is the subject of an excellent website containing an exhaustive catalog of his works, a thorough discography, publication information, and much else.
- A detailed, penetrating article by Mark Arnest called "Why Couldn't They Play With Their Hands Together?" explores the practice of pianists trained in the 19th century to play certain passages with de-synchronization of the hands (usually the left before the right). (PDF)
- A remarkable, previously-unpublished 7000-word letter from Leopold Godowsky to his wife, dated April 21, 1901. This is one of the most extraordinary letters from a great pianist of the past that has survived. It gives us rare glimpses of Godowsky in his personal and professional life at the height of his fame. (PDF)
- A large collection of materials related to the pianist Vladimir de Pachmann (1848-1933), which includes many published articles and a thorough discography and rollography.
Books about Vladimir de Pachmann include Vladimir de Pachmann: A Piano Virtuoso's Life and Art by Mark Mitchell (Indiana University Press 2002) reviewed here and Chopin’s Prophet: The Life of Vladimir de Pachmann by Edward Blickstein and Gregor Benko (Scarecrow Press, 2013), reviewed here and here.
- A review by IPAM Curator Donald Manildi of Maurice Hinson's Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire (fourth edition, Indiana University Press, 2014).
- A review by IPAM Curator Donald Manildi of The Pianist's Craft: Mastering the Works of Great Composers, edited by Richard Paul Anderson (Scarecrow Press, 2012).
- A review by IPAM Curator Donald Manildi of Moriz Rosenthal in Word and Music by Allan Evans and Mark Mitchell (Indiana University Press, 2006).
- A review by IPAM Curator Donald Manildi of Maurice Hinson's A Pianist's Dictionary (Indiana University Press, 2004).
- A review by IPAM Curator Donald Manildi of David Dubal's The Art of the Piano (Amadeus Press, third edition, 2004).