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Ida Haendel: Prague Recordings 1957-1965

Ida Haendel: Prague Recordings 1957-1965


Bartók:

Violin Sonata No. 2, BB 85, Sz. 76

Romanian Folk Dances, Sz.56 (arr. Székely for violin & piano)

Beethoven:

Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 No. 2

Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30 No. 3

Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer'

Romance No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra in G major, Op. 40

arr. for violin and piano

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Glazunov:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82

Lalo:

Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21

Ravel:

Tzigane

Habanera

Sarasate:

Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

Sibelius:

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

Stravinsky:

Divertimento (transcription for violin & piano by Stravinsky & Samuel Dushkin from Le Baiser de la Fée)

Violin Concerto in D

Tartini:

Violin Sonata in G minor 'Devil's Trill'

Wieniawski:

Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22

Scherzo-Tarantelle in G minor, Op. 16

Mazurka in G major, Op. 19 No. 1 'Obertas'

Polonaise brilliante No. 1 in D major, Op. 4


Such attributes as charismatic, singular, exceptional are somewhat overused today. Yet in the case of Ida Haendel they are justified. Born in 1928 into a Polish Jewish family, she was a child prodigy, playing Beethoven’s violin concerto at the age of five... and leading master classes in London at the age of 85. After her Prague debut in 1957, she returned to the city throughout the 1960s, either to give concerts (most frequently with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Karel Ančerl, and exclusively accompanied by the pianist Alfréd Holeček at chamber recitals) or to work in a studio.

The present album features the complete live and studio recordings Ida Haendel made in Prague until 1965 deposited in the Supraphon and Czech Radio archives, with a number of them being released for the very first time. Alongside “virtuoso pieces” and sonatas, the CDs include concertos by Beethoven, Stravinsky, Wieniawski, as well as her “flagship” Sibelius. When listening, you will have no doubts as to the veracity of Ida Haendel’s seemingly immodest statement “I am the violin...”

“The Kreutzer is magisterial and played with intelligence and authority...In the Glazunov she brings to the score a wealth of tonal colour. The Wieniawski is a virtuoso tour de force and in the third movement, whilst she doesn’t quite match Heifetz’s quicksilver dexterity, there’s some sparkling fingerwork.” MusicWeb International, 14th October 2014

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Beethoven & Sibelius: Violin Concertos

Beethoven & Sibelius: Violin Concertos


Beethoven:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Sibelius:

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47


Ida Haendel was rightly branded the “Grande Dame of the Violin” back at the time when it remained a staunchly male domain. When she was seven years of age she met in the final of the Wieniawski Violin Competition such virtuosos as David Oistrakh and Ginette Neveu. Her performances of Elgar’s, Bruch’s and Beethoven’s violin concertos still rank among the benchmark recordings. At the age of twenty-one, the Polish violinist was lauded byJean Sibelius himself, who greatly esteemed her interpretation of his work, the most frequently recorded violin concerto of the 20th century up to the present day. The recording contained on this CD is an invaluable and hitherto unreleased document of the concert that took place at Prague’s Rudolfinum on 18 October 1957. With the utmost mastery, precision and naturalness, the soloist performed the two works with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Karel Ancerl. The special atmosphere was also contributed to by the fact that Jean Sibelius had died less than a month prior to the concert. The sound quality of the recording and the soloist’s flawless live performance(note perfect) are truly awesome. This recording is an encounter with a living legend.

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Ravel, Lalo, Hartmann: Works for Violin & Orchestra

Ravel, Lalo, Hartmann: Works for Violin & Orchestra


Hartmann, K:

Concerto Funèbre for violin & string orchestra

Andre Gertler (viola)

Lalo:

Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21

Ravel:

Tzigane


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