Nathan Milstein : Vignettes

Nathan Milstein (violin), Leon Pommers (piano)

Capitol P 8396

Analogphonic Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

  • Contents & Details

    Henrik Wieniawski (1835-1880) :
    A1 - Polonaise in D., Op. 4
    Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) :
    A2 - Asturiana Jota
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) :
    A3 - Berceuse on the Name of Gabriel Faure
    Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908) :
    A4 - Romanza Andaluza
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856) :
    A5 - Traumerei
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) :
    B1 - Air
    Ottokar Novacek (1866-1900) :
    B2 - Perpetuum Mobile
    Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) :
    B3 - Melodie, Op. 42, No. 3
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918) :
    B4 - The Maid with The Flaxen Hair
    Henrik Wieniawski (1835-1880) :
    Scherzo - Tarantelle, Op. 16

    Recorded on 22, 24 & 26 April 1957 at Capitol Studio A in New York City.

    "At his best Milstein is superb; for instance in the Wieniawski pieces, Träumerei, and the delightful Sarasate dance. He seems right on top of the listener; one can hear him breathing... and Novácek Perpetuum mobile is magically played." - The Gramophone Magazine
    "Milstein recorded many of these pieces more than once; and although his stylings remained remarkably consistent, these recordings, made in 1957, when Milstein was in his early fifties, are the locus classicus. There's no release of any kind I've more eagerly awaited, and none that I could recommend more highly. When all's said and done,...it would come as no surprise to me if Milstein were to be recognized as the premiere violinist of the 20th century. If anything can hasten that judgment, these recordings can." - Fanfare

    Nathan Milstein (1904-1992)'s American debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1929 served notice throughout the nation that a young artist of special consequence had arrived. He was 25 that season, already a veteran of the European concert stage, and accolades. Master classes with Auer and Ysaye readied Milstein for a stellar career.

    He 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, 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.

     

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