Nathan Milstein : Four Italian Sonatas
Nathan Milstein (violin), Leon Pommers (piano)
Capitol P 8481
Analogphonic Records : LP 180 gram
Brand New and Sealed Record
Contents & Details
Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770) :
A1 - Sonata In G Minor ("The Devil's Trill")
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) :
A2 - Sonata In A Major, Opus 2 No. 2
Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) :
B1 - La Follia, Opus 5 No. 12
Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762) :
B2 - Sonata In A Major, Opus 4 No. 10
Recorded in 1958 at Capitol Studio A in New York City
"The emphasis here is on the violinist's playing rather than on an authentic re-creation of Baroque music and style. Conceding this limitation, much pleasure can be derived from Milstein's beautiful tone and sensitive musicianship. His accuracy of pitch and control of the bow are virtually perfect. He can spin a melody so that it floats effortlessly and can play runs with awesome virtuosity. Pommers gives him able support and the recording is elegantly balanced." - Stereo Review
Nathan Mironovich Milstein (1904-1992) performed at the highest level into his mid 80s, retiring only after suffering a broken hand. After playing many different violins in his earlier days, including the 1710 ex-"Dancla" Stradivarius for a short period, Milstein finally acquired the 1716 "Goldman" Stradivarius in 1945 which he used for the rest of his life. He renamed this Stradivarius the "Maria Teresa" in honour of his daughter Maria .
The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.
This Analogphonic record was mastered from the original Deutsche Grammophon master tapes by Maarten De Boer, using pure analogue audiophile equipment, cut at Emil Berliner Studio Berlin, and pressed at Pallas GmbH in Germany.