The Worcester Telegram & Gazette
September 7, 2015
An Introduction to the Piano Collection by Edmund M. Frederick, Owner / Curator / Restorer
Courtesy Daesik Cha
We continue hosting Piano Collection tours for groups and individuals, pianists and students, and members of the music-loving public. Tours can be scheduled by appointment, for most days of the week, by phone (978) 827-6232 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A typical tour takes three hours, due to the number and variety of pianos to be encountered; musicians frequently stay longer to explore the instruments in more depth.
See our Spring, 2022 schedule below for dates, program details, and musicians’ bios and photos.
Admission is still $15.00 per person, children and students, free. Season passes are available on request, offering six spring, 2022 concerts for the price of five ($75.00) with a free guest pass, to introduce a new person to these concerts. Any unused portion of the pass will be counted as a tax-deductible donation.
We will be monitoring the state of the pandemic throughout the season. As was our policy last fall, concert audience members will be asked to show proof of booster vaccination. Vaccination status will be checked off, the first time a person attends this season, to avoid repeated requests for proof. Masks will be at attendees’ discretion. In the event of a concerning increase in local cases, the concerts will continue, but masking will be mandatory, and socially-distant seating will be strongly advised.
One of the few positive offshoots of the pandemic is the newly expanded use of technology; all of our concerts are being recorded with video, and posted on our own YouTube channel, Music from the Frederick Collection. The high-fidelity audio, by our recording engineer, Christopher Greenleaf, is synchronized with his video footage, chosen from two camera angles by pianist/videographer, Daesik Cha, who also fills-in the titles of the works being played. The resulting videos, posted a few days after each concert, make the performances available at any time, and at no cost, to those:
Early April saw the release of “our” newest CD: Ravel Compared by pianist Elaine Greenfield, with our 1893 Erard – the same make and model as the composer’s own piano. A two-CD album, one disc is with our piano; the other is the same music performed on a grand piano of 1917 by Ivers & Pond, Boston. (See the full description of the recording below).
Concerts are held at the New Dawn Arts Center/Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main Street (Route 12) at the corner of Chapel Street, Sundays at 4:00 PM. Admission is $15.00, students and children, free.
All pianos are from The Frederick Collection of Historical Grand Pianos.
CHANGE OF PLANS!
Thomas Pandolfi has canceled his mostly-Chopin recital here on Sunday, May 22nd. The orchestra with which he was contracted to play a concerto, June 4th, has suddenly bumped that concert up to this weekend. He will play here May 7th, 2023, instead.
BY GREAT GOOD FORTUNE…
Pianist Ivan Gusev’s proposals for this season were a Chopin program or a Beethoven/Schumann program. We chose the latter, which he played on May 1st, since his Chopin program and Thomas Pandolfi’s were fairly similar. We are delighted that Ivan is available to play his Chopin program for us on the 22nd!
|April 24, 2022||Constantine Finehouse, Brahms program with 1868 Streicher piano of Vienna.|
|May 1, 2022||Ivan Gusev|
|May 8, 2022||Stanley Wilson, tenor with Hugh Keelan, piano. Erard piano, Paris, 1893.
Songs by Fauré, Debussy and Nadia Boulanger. Piano solos to be decided upon.
|May 15, 2022||Jerilyn Jorgensen, violin with Cullan Bryant, piano; Schubert program|
|May 22, 2022||Ivan Gusev, Chopin program.|
|May 29, 2022||Maksim Shtrykov, clarinet, Misuzu Tanaka, piano; music by Schumann and Brahms.|
Two new CD albums are due to become available in 2022:
Pianist Elaine Greenfield's two-disc set, Ravel Compared, is due for release April 1 on the Navona label. One disc, recorded with our 1893 Erard, shows the music on the same make and model as Ravel's own piano; the other disc is of the same repertoire as it might have been heard in the United States, on a 1917 grand piano by Ivers and Pond, of Boston.
The other two-disc album is of works by Schumann, recorded on our 1846 Streicher piano of Vienna, by pianist Yuan Sheng.
We anticipate having copies of both albums for sale at the Study Center and concerts. (Details to follow.)
Our "New in 2020" recording is a four-disc album, Ludwig van Beethoven, The Complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin on Historic Instruments Jerilyn Jorgensen, violin, Cullan Bryant, piano. Albany Records, No.Troy 1825-28. The album of ten sonatas features five pianos from the Frederick Collection, ca.1790-ca.1830. The album is available from us at $35.00 plus $5.00 mailing. You can read a review of this recording by John Puccio on his blog, Classical Candor.
Gail Olszewski's CD, Northern Lights, was issued on the Centaur label in 2019. This collection of Finnish favorites was recorded on our 1877 Blüthner piano. A listing of the pieces included on the album can be viewed here. You can buy it, and many other albums recorded with Frederick Collection pianos: see the complete list below.
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The Frederick Collection of Period Grand Pianos includes over twenty original pianos in playing condition, specifically, the sorts of pianos known to important composers from about 1790 to 1928. At present, there is no comparable collection of period, playing grand pianos in the United States. Most museum collections that include pianos focus on their decorative appearance rather than their musical value. Such instruments are rarely used for performance; perhaps two or three pianos in each of the other major collections in this country are maintained in regular playing condition.