Eugen d'Albert

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Eugen (originally Eugène) Francois Charles d'Albert (10 April 1864 – 3 March 1932) was a Scottish-born German pianist and composer.

Educated in Britain, d'Albert showed early musical talent and, at the age of seventeen, he won a scholarship to study in Austria. Feeling a kinship with German culture and music, he soon emigrated to Germany, where he studied with Franz Liszt and began a career as a concert pianist. D'Albert repudiated his early training and upbringing in Scotland and considered himself German.

While pursuing his career as a pianist, d'Albert focused increasingly on composing, producing 21 operas and a considerable output of piano, vocal, chamber and orchestral works. His most successful opera was Tiefland, which premiered in Prague in 1903. His successful orchestral works included his cello concerto (1899), a symphony, two string quartets and two piano concertos. In 1907, d'Albert became the director of the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, where he exerted a wide influence on musical education in Germany. He also held the post of Kapellmeister to the Court of Weimar.

D'Albert was married six times, including to the pianist-singer Teresa Carreño, and was successively a British, German and Swiss citizen.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 The Romantic Piano Concerto, Volume 9: Piano Concerto no. 1 in B minor / Piano Concerto no. 2 in E major Eugen d'Albert; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Alun Francis, Piers Lane 1
1997 Solo Piano Music Eugen d'Albert; Piers Lane 2
2004 Lamond: Symphony in A major / Concert Overture "From the Scottish Highlands" / D'Albert: Overture to Esther, op. 8 Frederic Lamond, Eugen d'Albert; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins 1
2004 Tiefland (Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks mit Dirigent: Rudolf Albert, Marianne Schech, Bernd Aldenhoff) Eugen d'Albert 1
2005 The Romantic Cello Concerto, Volume 1: Dohnányi: Konzertstück in D major, op. 12 / Enescu: Symphonie concertante in B-flat minor, op. 8 / D'Albert: Cello Concerto in C major, op. 20 Dohnányi, Enescu, d'Albert; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Carlos Kalmar, Alban Gerhardt 1
2008 Die toten Augen (Radio Symphonieorchester Stuttgart, feat. conductor: Walter Born, singers: Schech, Windgassen, Czubok, Fehringer) Eugen d'Albert 1
2010 Bach Piano Transcriptions 8 Johann Sebastian Bach / Eugen d'Albert; Piers Lane 1

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