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Mark Hambourg plays Poldioni : Etude in A major (r.1915) HMV AC recording



Russian Pianist Mark Hambourg (1 June 1879 – 26 August 1960) was a pupil of Leschetizky. He recorded many pieces on HMV 1909 ~ 1930s.

Mark Hambourg was the eldest son of the pianist Michael Hambourg (a pupil of Anton Rubinstein), and was brother of the cellist Boris Hambourg and the violinist Jan Hambourg(with whom he played in chamber ensemble as the Hambourg Trio), and of the musical organiser Clement Hambourg (1900–1973).

His father was principal of the Voronezh Conservatory, and later a professor at the Moscow Conservatory, so that Mark continued his studies with his father even when he attended that academy.

Sponsored largely by Paderewski, Hambourg was sent to study under Theodor Leschetitzky in Vienna for three years, arriving there in autumn 1891. There he won the Liszt Scholarship of 500 marks, and made a large number of friends among the artistic circles of Vienna. He made his first appearance as an adult pianist in early 1895, playing Chopin's Concerto No. 1 in E minor under the baton of Hans Richter, with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Then, while still a student with Leschetizky, he stood in at short notice (on his master's recommendation) to play Liszt's Hungarian Fantasia under Felix Weingartner, in place of Sophie Menter, who was indisposed. The audience, at first disappointed, was completely won over, and at the banquet which followed, Brahms himself proposed the toast to the young pianist.




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