isabelle vengerova

isabelle vengerova

Chopin Etudes No 4 and 8 Op 10 Foster Rec 1952

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Sidney Foster (1917- 1977). Born in South Carolina, he played to Josef Hofmann and therefore was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. There, Foster first studied with the legendary Isabelle Vengerova and later with David Saperton. Because of his talent, he developed a special relationship with Saperton. It was Foster, along with others, who sat with Saperton, day after day for many hours while he agonized over the different test pressings of 10 Chopin- Godowsky Etudes recorded for RCA Victor in 1940. They were never released because of the outbreak of WW 2. The metal masters were melted down for the war effort. When David Sapertons 1950s recordings were once again made available on the I.P.A. label in 1977, it was Sidney Foster who wrote the liner notes. He had just finished writing the notes when he died on February 7, 1977. Foster was not only Sapertons greatest disciple, but he was also a significant pianist whose importance has been lost in time. (Among many others). Notice the slight textual changes in No 4. Remember, Foster was a pupil of Saperton, a disiple of Godowsky.