Solomon

Solomon

Solomon Cutner CBE (9 August 1902 – 2 February 1988) was a British pianist known professionally simply as Solomon.

Solomon Cutner was born in the East End of London in 1902. He was a child prodigy whose talent was recognised at the age of seven when, having had no formal tuition, he performed his own arrangement of the 1812 Overture on the family piano. He gave his first concerts in 1912 at the age of ten, retired from public performance in his teens and then resumed his career as an adult performer. He began making records in 1929. As a child he was sent to live with his teacher, Mathilde Verne, who had studied with Clara Schumann.

After establishing a reputation, he toured abroad a good deal, particularly before, during and shortly after World War II, when he gave numerous much-cherished recitals in the United States and Australia. He premiered the Piano Concerto in B-flat by Arthur Bliss at the 1939 New York World's Fair. Renowned especially for his Beethoven, which had an almost legendary status (he broadcast the entire cycle of the 32 piano sonatas for the BBC), he was in the midst of recording the complete cycle of the sonatas for EMI Records when he suffered a devastating stroke in 1956, which paralysed his right arm. He never recorded or performed in public again, but lived on for another 32 years. His recordings of Mozart, Schumann and Brahms are also highly regarded; his Debussy, Bach and Schubert recordings are likewise esteemed.

He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1946. He died in London in 1988, aged 85.

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Solomon

Solomon

Solomon Cutner CBE (9 August 1902 – 2 February 1988) was a British pianist known professionally simply as Solomon.

Solomon Cutner was born in the East End of London in 1902. He was a child prodigy whose talent was recognised at the age of seven when, having had no formal tuition, he performed his own arrangement of the 1812 Overture on the family piano. He gave his first concerts in 1912 at the age of ten, retired from public perform...

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BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 21, "Waldstein"
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 26, "Les Adieux"

Recorded in 1955 and 1952
Total duration: 77:11

Solomon, piano
The Philharmonic Orchestra
conductor Herbert Menges

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BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2
Recorded in 1956 and 1952
Total duration: 62:23

Solomon, piano
The Philharmonia Orchestra
conductors Herbert Menges, André Cluytens

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BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4

Recorded in 1956 and 1952
Total duration: 69:10

Solomon, piano
The Philharmonic Orchestra
conductors Herbert Menges & André Cluytens

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

    Recorded 9-10 September, 1943, Abbey Road Studio 3, London
    Duration 36:40


    Henry Holst,
    violin
    Solomon,
    piano
    Anthony Pini,
    cello