Julian Hartnoll
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Alexander Brailowsky - Mariette Lydis
Mariette Lydis
Alexander Brailowsky

Pencil on Paper
13.5 x 10 inches
1942

This work is included in the Holloways of Banbury  forthcoming sale: Pictures belonging to Julian Hartnoll on the 21st February 2012.

Alexander Brailowsky (1896-1976) was a Russian pianist who specialized in the works of Chopin. He achieved most of his fame between the two world wars

He made his concert debut in Paris in 1919. His first recordings were done in Berlin from 1928 to 1934 (78 rpm discs). In 1938 he recorded in London for HMV. Later discs were produced for RCA Victor and finally in the 1960s, for CBS. Besides his huge output of Chopin, he also included in his repertoire Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Debussy and others.

Brailowsky gave the first complete Chopin cycle in history in Paris in 1924, using the composer's own piano for part of the recitals. He then went on to present a further thirty cycles of Chopin's music, including New York in 1938 and then in Paris, Brussels, Zurich, Mexico City, Buenos Aires and Montevideo.

Inscription
"of Brailowsky by Mariette Lydis, Buenos Aires 1942"