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Scharwenka, Franz Xaver (1850-1924)  

Franz Xaver Scharwenka

born: 6 January 1850
died: 8 December 1924
country: Poland

Franz Xaver Scharwenka was born on 6 January 1850 at Samter, near the Polish city of Poznan, which was then in East Prussia. Both Xaver and his older brother Philipp (1847–1917) showed early signs of musical talent and were much encouraged by their father in their first music lessons.

In 1865 the Scharwenka family moved to Berlin where the two brothers were enrolled at Theodor Kullak’s Neue Akademie der Tonkunst. Xaver made rapid progress, studying the piano with Kullak himself, a pupil of Carl Czerny, and composition with Richard Wuerst who in turn had studied with Mendelssohn in Leipzig. This formal musical education, together with his own natural ability and dedication, ensured Scharwenka’s success as both pianist and composer, and in 1869, a year after his pianistic debut at the Berlin Singakademie, his first compositions were published. Before 1874, when he took up a career as a travelling virtuoso, he had already been on Kullak’s teaching staff for some five years as professor of piano, and the experience thus gained was to prove invaluable in later years when he turned his attentions more to teaching, opening his own conservatory in Berlin in 1881, and subsequently a branch in New York in 1891 following his successful American debut. By the middle of the 1890s that institution had become one of the world’s largest, universally acknowledged as offering the highest quality of musical education.

It was the outbreak of war in 1914 which forced Scharwenka’s retirement from the international concert platform after some forty years, during which time he had achieved the highest reputation worldwide, not only as a pianist of exceptional quality but also as a fine all-round musician, receiving numerous decorations and orders from most of the crowned heads of Europe, as well as many honours from various educational institutions. The last few years of his life were spent in semi-retirement in Berlin, where he died, a much respected man, in December 1924.

from notes by Martin Eastick

Albums
'Scharwenka & Rubinstein: Piano Concertos' (CDA67508)
Scharwenka & Rubinstein: Piano Concertos
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67508  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Scharwenka & Sauer: Piano Concertos' (CDA66790)
Scharwenka & Sauer: Piano Concertos
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'Scharwenka: Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 3' (CDA67365)
Scharwenka: Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 3
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'Scharwenka: Piano Music, Vol. 1' (CDH55131)
Scharwenka: Piano Music, Vol. 1
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55131  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Scharwenka: Piano Music, Vol. 2' (CDH55132)
Scharwenka: Piano Music, Vol. 2
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55132  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Scharwenka: Piano Music, Vol. 3' (CDH55133)
Scharwenka: Piano Music, Vol. 3
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDH55133  Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service  
'Scharwenka: Piano Music, Vol. 4' (CDH55134)
Scharwenka: Piano Music, Vol. 4
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDH55134  Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service  
'Scharwenka: The Complete Chamber Music' (CDD22046)
Scharwenka: The Complete Chamber Music
Buy by post £10.50 CDD22046  2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)  
'Rubinstein & Scharwenka: Piano Concertos' (CDA67508)
Rubinstein & Scharwenka: Piano Concertos
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67508  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Sauer & Scharwenka: Piano Concertos' (CDA66790)
Sauer & Scharwenka: Piano Concertos
Buy by post £10.50 CDA66790 
'Stephen Hough's Spanish Album' (CDA67565)
Stephen Hough's Spanish Album
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67565  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2' (HYP20)
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2
HYP20  2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted  
On other labels
'Percy Grainger – The complete 78-rpm solo recordings' (APR7501)
Percy Grainger – The complete 78-rpm solo recordings
APR7501  Download only  
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Barcarolle in E minor, Op 14 (Scharwenka)
Cello Sonata in E minor, Op 46a (Scharwenka)
Drei Klavierstücke, Op 63 (Scharwenka)
Drei Klavierstücke, Op 86 (Scharwenka)
'Eglantine' Waltz, Op 84 (Scharwenka)
Erzählung in D flat major: Langsam und zart  No 1 of Zwei Erzählungen am Klavier 'Legends', Op 5 (Scharwenka)
Erzählung in F major: Sehr schnell bewegt  No 2 of Zwei Erzählungen am Klavier 'Legends', Op 5 (Scharwenka)
Five Polish Dances, Op 3 (Scharwenka)
Four Polish Dances, Op 47 (Scharwenka)
Four Polish Dances, Op 58 (Scharwenka)
Impromptu in D major, Op 17 (Scharwenka)
Menuett  No 1 of Zwei Klavierstücke, Op 65 (Scharwenka)
Moderato  No 2 of Two Polish Dances, Op 29 (Scharwenka)
Novelette und Melodie, Op 22 (Scharwenka)
Piano Concerto No 1 in B flat minor, Op 32 (Scharwenka)
Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, Op 56 (Scharwenka)
Piano Concerto No 3 in C sharp minor, Op 80 (Scharwenka)
Piano Concerto No 4 in F minor, Op 82 (Scharwenka)
Piano Quartet in F major, Op 37 (Scharwenka)
Piano Sonata No 1 in C sharp minor, Op 6 (Scharwenka)
Piano Sonata No 2 in E flat major, Op 36 (Scharwenka)
Piano Trio No 1 in F sharp minor, Op 1 (Scharwenka)
Piano Trio No 2 in A minor, Op 45 (Scharwenka)
Polonaise in C sharp minor, Op 12 (Scharwenka)
Polonaise in F minor, Op 42 (Scharwenka)
Romanzero, Op 33 (Scharwenka)
Scherzo  No 2 of Zwei Klavierstücke, Op 65 (Scharwenka)
Scherzo in G major, Op 4 (Scharwenka)
Serenade for violin and piano, Op 70 (Scharwenka)
Six Waltzes, Op 28 (Scharwenka)
Sonatine in E minor, Op 52 No 1 (Scharwenka)
Spanisches Ständchen  No 1 of Drei Klavierstücke, Op 63 (Scharwenka)
Two Polish Dances, Op 29 (Scharwenka)
Valse-caprice in A major, Op 31 (Scharwenka)
Variations for piano, Op 48 (Scharwenka)
Variations on a theme by C H, Op 57 (Scharwenka)
Violin Sonata in D minor, Op 2 (Scharwenka)
Vivace con fuoco  No 1 of Two Polish Dances, Op 29 (Scharwenka)
Zwei Erzählungen am Klavier 'Legends', Op 5 (Scharwenka)
Zwei Klavierstücke, Op 65 (Scharwenka)
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