Paul Badura-Skoda

Paul Badura-Skoda

Paul Badura-Skoda (born 6 October 1927, Vienna) is an Austrian pianist, prolific recording artist, scholar and keyboard instrument collector.

A student of Edwin Fischer, Badura-Skoda first rose to prominence by winning first prize in the Austrian Music Competition in 1947. In 1949, he performed with distinguished conductors including Wilhelm Furtwängler and Herbert Karajan; over his long career, he has recorded with conductors including Hans Knappertsbusch, Hermann Scherchen, and Georg Szell. Along with his contemporaries Friedrich Gulda and Jörg Demus, he was part of the so-called "Viennese Troika".

He is best known for his performances of works by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, but has an extensive repertoire including many works of Chopin and Ravel. Badura-Skoda is well known for his performances on "historical instruments", and owns several (his recording of the complete piano sonatas of Schubert is on five instruments from his private collection). A prolific recording artist, Badura-Skoda's over 200 records include many duplicates made to highlight the sound of different pianos: in a 2013 record, he recorded Schubert's last sonata three times on instruments from the 1820s, 1920s, and early 2000s (having already recorded the piece several times before); one of his box sets of the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven similarly includes three different versions of the "Hammerklavier" Sonata. Indeed, he is the only pianist to have not only recorded the complete piano sonatas of Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, but to have done so on both historic and modern instruments.

His frequent collaborations with Demus include several duet recordings and performances, and a book on the interpretation of Beethoven's piano sonatas. Badura-Skoda also collaborated with Frank Martin, producing editions and recordings of his music, and several articles on it.

Badura-Skoda is also well known for his musical scholarship, often along with his wife Eva Badura-Skoda. The Badura-Skodas edited one of the volumes of Mozart's piano concertos for the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe (Serie V/Werkgruppe 15/Band 5, consisting of K. 453, 456, and 459). They also produced books on the interpretation of the piano music of Mozart and the keyboard music of Bach, which have been translated into several languages.

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Paul Badura-Skoda

Paul Badura-Skoda

Paul Badura-Skoda (born 6 October 1927, Vienna) is an Austrian pianist, prolific recording artist, scholar and keyboard instrument collector.

A student of Edwin Fischer, Badura-Skoda first rose to prominence by winning first prize in the Austrian Music Competition in 1947. In 1949, he performed with distinguished conductors including Wilhelm Furtwängler and Herbert Karajan; over his long career, he has recorded with conductors inclu...

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RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Piano Concerto

Recorded in 1950
Duration: 13:01

Paul Badura-Skoda, piano
Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Henry Swoboda

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SCRIABIN Piano Concerto

Recorded in 1950
Duration: 27:30

Paul Badura-Skoda, piano
Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Henry Swoboda


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BEETHOVEN Piano Trio No 7 in B flat, Op. 97, "Archduke"

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BRAHMS Piano Trio No. 1 in B, Op. 8

Jean Fournier, violin
Antonio Janigro,
cello
Paul Badura-Skoda,
piano

Recorded in 1953
Duration: 33'23"

 

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HAYDN Piano Trio No. 39 in G major, HOB XV:25
HAYDN Piano Trio No. 18 in G major, HOB XV:5
HAYDN
Piano Trio No. 28 in D major, HOB XV:16
HAYDN
Piano Trio No. 23 in E flat major, HOB XV:10

Recorded in 1952
Total duration: 53:56

Jean Fournier, violin
Paul Badura-Skoda,
piano
Antonio Janigro,
cello



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MOZART Divertimento in B flat major, K.254
MOZART
Piano Trio in G major, K.564
MOZART
Piano Trio in B flat major, K.502
Recorded c.1953, Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal, Vienna

Duration 61:23


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    MOZART Piano Trio in E major, K.542
    MOZART Piano Trio in G major, K.496
    MOZART Piano Trio in C major, K.548
    Recorded c.1953, Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal, Vienna
    Released as Westminster LPs 52-42, 52-67
    Duration 65:18


    Jean Fournier, violin
    Antonio Janigro,
    cello
    Paul Badura-Skoda,
    piano


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    SCHUBERT Piano Trio No 1 in B flat, D898

    Recorded 15-30 October 1951
    Duration 35:17

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    SHOSTAKOVICH  Symphony No. 9
    SCRIABIN  Piano Concerto

    DVORÁK  Symphonic Variations

      Live stereo concert recording, 1962
      Total duration: 74:47

      Paul Badura-Skoda, piano
      Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra

      Charles Mackerras
      , conductor


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      BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5
      BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 'Emperor'

      Recorded 1954 & 1951
      Total duration: 70:37

      Paul Badura-Skoda, piano
      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
      Vienna State Opera Orchestra
      conductor Hermann Scherchen