Simon Barere

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Simon Barere (. Eigtl Barer , Russ. Симон Барер; born August 20 . Jul / 1. September  1896 greg. In Odessa , then Russian Empire , now Ukraine ; † 2. April 1951 in New York ) was a Russian pianist . He is considered to be one of the most technically brilliant pianists of all time.

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Born into a poor Jewish family as the eleventh of 13 children, Barere had to make a living as a pianist in silent film theaters, folk music groups and restaurants at the age of 11 after the death of his father. After a few years to Odessa's Kaiserl. At the age of 16 he was admitted to the music academy at the St. Petersburg Conservatory through the intercession of Alexander Glasunow , first taught by Anna Jessipowa , after her death by Felix Blumenfeld .

In 1919 Barere became professor at the Kiev Conservatory and in 1928 cultural ambassador in Riga . During this time he was forbidden to tour abroad by Soviet sovereignty. In 1932 he emigrated to Berlin , and after Hitler came to power in 1933 to Sweden . Between 1934 and 1936, Bareres rose to international fame and settled in the United States . On April 2, 1951, Barere died of a stroke during a performance of the Grieg Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy at Carnegie Hall .

Barere was considered a pianist who effortlessly mastered even the most technically demanding works and fast tempos. The American music critic Harold C. Schonberg described, "the more difficult the music ..., the faster Barere played" and described it as a "game machine that amazes with speed, accuracy and ease".

Studio recordings exist only from 1936 with His Master's Voice , a selection of Liszt and Chopin works, as well as Russian composers. His recordings from Carnegie Hall from 1946 to 1949, which contain large parts of his repertoire (especially Liszt, Chopin and Russian composers), are legendary .


Odeon 1929

  • Franz Liszt: Gnome dance
  • Frédéric Chopin: Etude op 10/8; Waltz No. 5, op 42
  • Sergei Rachmaninov : Polka de WR

His Master's Voice 1934-36

  • Franz Liszt: La leggierezza; Petrarch Sonnet N ° 104; Gnome dance; Reminiscences de Don Juan; Valse oubliée N ° 1; Rhapsody espagnole
  • Frédéric Chopin: Scherzo No. 3, op 39; Mazurka No. 38, op 59/3; Waltz No. 5, op 42
  • Mili Balakirew : Islamej
  • Felix Blumenfeld: Etude for the left hand
  • Alexander Glasunow: Etude op 31/1
  • Alexander Scriabin : Etudes opp 2/1, 8/12
  • Leopold Godowsky : Renaissance No. 6 tambourine, 12 gigue
  • Robert Schumann : Toccata op 7

Carnegie Hall live 1946-49


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  1. The Gramophone Good CD Guide 1993 described him in the review of his HMV recordings as "one of the greatest piano heroes of the century"
  2. Gramophone Guide: "a technique that did not know difficulties"
  3. ^ Schonberg: The great pianists, Munich 1965, p.379