By Sasha MargolisPierre Fournier (1906–86), known as “the aristocrat of cellists,” was among the twentieth century’s most wonderful string artists. A music... Read More...
essential historical recordings
These recordings are not new, but they are still captivating and beautiful, in addition to being inspirational and pivotal in musical history.
Essential Historical Recordings: The Tragically Short Lives of Gifted Violin Stars Hassid, Renardy, & Sitkovetsky
By Sasha MargolisWhen the thirty-year-old violinist Ginette Neveu perished in a plane crash in 1949, the music world experienced a deep sense of loss. In t... Read More...
By Sasha MargolisThe death of Ginette Neveu was one of the great tragedies in violin history. The French violinist was 30, and a still-rising star, when th... Read More...
By Sasha MargolisFritz Kreisler, who forever changed the way we listen to and play the violin, was a disarmingly charming revolutionary. His music-making w... Read More...
Essential Historical Recordings: Violinist Zino Francescatti’s Virtuosity Extended from the Stage to the Page
Francescatti was one of the 20th century’s great soloists, with interpretations that were unfailingly gorgeous, often original, & never less than thrillingly virtuosic.
What Milstein brought to the music he performed was total clarity, when it came to both interpretive intent and violinistic articulation.
For several decades in the mid-twentieth century, Piatigorsky was the cello’s greatest international star.
Essential Historical Recordings: Cellist Emanuel Feuermann Developed Unmatched Technical Ease in a Tragically Short Life
Few musicians have been so respected by their peers as Emanuel Feuermann. Pianist Artur Rubinstein thought him “the greatest cellist of all times.”
Essential Historical Recordings: Violinist Szymon Goldberg Escaped Nazi Germany to Forge a Long, Fruitful Career
He eschewed extravagance and obviousness in his playing. But for the attentive listener, his art was full of energy, drama and sheer brilliance of musical conception.
His playing is instantly recognizable for its rhythmic freedom, its heightened emotional engagement, and especially its extraordinary palette of colors.