The Tragedy of Friedman
this video of Friedman reminded me what a great violinist he had been. might not be so familiar to younger generation unless they watch Heifetz masterclasses. he looks like he is seriously ill to me. here but the playing is just exquisite
That was beautiful; thank you for posting.
Wow- a whole clinic on Heifetz' nuances. You could get a lot of mileage just from writing his fingerings into the part.
I attended a performance by Erick Friedman of the Brahms concerto about 50 years ago. Acoustically it was probably not the ideal venue - the all-purpose room of our local high school (a few years before their auditorium was constructed). Friedman was accompanied by the Kern Philharmonic (now known as the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, their original name. A number of the orchestra members were LA professionals.). The orchestra members had to drive to our town either the 160 miles from LA or the 110 miles from Bakersfield - over the northern end of the Tehachapi mountains and the southern end of the Sierra Nevada to get to the venue. (I wonder how their ears survived the journey, because 6 years earlier I drove over those mountains to Bakersfield to perform and my ears closed up and were still closed when we rehearsed on the stage and fortunately I yawned just as we walked out on the stage to perform Schubert's C Major Quintet.)
Thank you for posting this Buri. It brings back many memories. I’m so glad that he played part of the recital on this beautiful Stradivarius which was loaned to him by this wonderful person and violinist I know.
very touching, actually.
I had the good fortune of meeting Erick Friedman twice, in Miami and Miami Beach. I had a front row seat when he played the Brahms Concerto in the mid 1970s with the Miami Philharmonic, Sixten Ehrling was the conductor. I was only about 14 years old then, but it was truly unforgettable. I then attended his recital in Miami Beach and met him backstage after the concert. He was a gentle giant. He towered over me, but was very kind and attentive. He signed a promotional flyer with his picture for me. I have it framed on my wall of violin superstars, right next to my priceless Heifetz poster from The Strad magazine. I love Friedman's playing and regret I didn't study with him. Like Elisabeth Matesky, he was a star pupil of Heifetz and Milstein! I'm still saddened to think that he's passed away. Thankfully, his recorded legacy lives on. I highly recommend his rendition of Cesar Franck's Sonata. You can find it on YouTube.
RIP Mr. Friedman. Thank you for sharing those wonderful stories.
Thank you, Buri, for this welcome post. My first recording of the Bach Double was Heifetz/Friedman. Many poignant memories are associated.