Martha Goldstein

Martha Goldstein

Goldstein standing behind an 1851 Erard piano
Born Martha Svendsen
10 June 1919[1]
Baltimore, Maryland, United States[1]
Died 14 February 2014 (2014-02-15) (aged 94)[1]
Seattle, Washington, USA[1]
Nationality American
Occupation Harpsichordist and pianist
Spouse(s) Allen A. Goldstein[1]

Martha Goldstein (born Martha Svendsen; 1919–2014)[1] was a harpsichordist and pianist, who gave concerts in the United States, North Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.[2] She performed works by George Frideric Handel, Frédéric Chopin, Georg Philipp Telemann, Franz Liszt, Ferruccio Busoni, Johann Sebastian Bach, and others.[3]

Training and career

She was trained at the Peabody Conservatory and the Juilliard School and studied with Audrey Plitt, Eliza Woods, James Friskin and Mieczysław Munz. She taught at the Peabody Conservatory for 20 years and at the Cornish College of the Arts.[2][3] She also performed as a guest artist with the Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet,[4] wind quintet-in-residence at the University of Washington School of Music since 1968.[5]

Many of Goldstein's recordings were first released on LP by Pandora Records, which was founded in 1973 and active for more than ten years. The company went out of business with the advent of the CD. The entire archive of recordings is now available for download without restriction and can be found at many download sites, including Wikipedia (see Commons:Martha Goldstein).[6] Often her recordings reflect historically informed performance, employing original period instruments and tunings.[7][8]

Commercial recordings

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Performed by Martha Goldstein on an 1851 Erard piano

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Martha Goldstein Obituary: View Martha Goldstein's Obituary by The Seattle Times". The Seattle Times. 27 Feb 2014. Retrieved 18 Jan 2015.
  2. 1 2 "Liner notes for The Sound of the Italian Harpsichord". Pandora Records. 1973. Retrieved 27 July 2010.
  3. 1 2 "Martha Goldstein - Pianist at Piano Society". Piano Society. Retrieved 2009-09-10.
  4. "Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet - Artists" at Retrieved 2010-04-05.
  5. Megan Lyden (2000). "The Story of the Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet", DMA diss, Seattle: University of Washington, 338 pages. OCLC 46797558.
  6. Pandora Records
  7. Chopin: Etudes, Op. 10 and Op. 25. Played on an Erard piano from 1851. (Audio files: commons:Études (Chopin). Further information and biography at Retrieved 2010-04-06.
  8. 1 2 PAN 101 is mentioned by the American Record Guide as a pioneering example of the use of historically informed tunings, in a review of Early Italian Harpsichord Music (15201670); Edward Parmentier, harpsichord; Wildboar WLBR 8001 (Harmonia Mundi): "Still in print is a Martha Goldstein recording of German and Italian music from Pandora (PAN 101). Goldstein uses a modern instrument in various tempered tunings, anticipating Parmentier's performance in his previous Wildboar release of Bach's Italian Concerto in Werckmeister temperament." American Record Guide, January/February 1986, p. 42.
  9. Reviewed by Stereo Review, April 1976, pp. 110111.

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