(Rachmaninoff admired Friedman's playing but may have opined that he "played too much to the gallery.") At the outbreak of the Second World War, Friedman was in Europe, but managed to escape when a concert tour in Australia was offered at the last moment. He settled in Sydney and remained there until his death (which occurred on Australia Day, 1948). His last concert was in Sydney on July 24, 1943, after which neuritis in his left hand forced him to retire from the concert platform. Friedman's relatively few recordings, which have been collected by Naxos Records on five CDs, are widely admired, particularly his Chopin and his nine Songs Without Words by Mendelssohn. Like most of the great artists of his time who broadcast, much of his recorded material has been lost, including hours of radio recordings made in Australia and New Zealand. He composed more than 90 works, mainly piano miniatures, as well as pieces for cello and a piano quintet, but his compositions have not found a niche in the standard repertory.
He arranged many works, especially those of J. S. Bach and Domenico Scarlatti. He edited an almost complete edition of the piano works of Chopin and also produced editions of Schumann and Liszt. The Sydney Conservatorium of Music awards an annual Ignaz Friedman Prize for composition. Friedman also taught several important pianists, including Joseph Gurt, Ignaz Tiegerman and Bruce Hungerford (who also died in a foreign country on Australia Day). Read more on Last.fm.
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