Pablo Casals was a towering figure in the history of cello playing—at once artist, exponent, exemplar, and liberator.
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.
For the first half of the twentieth century, the Frenchman Jacques Thibaud (1880-1953) was one of the world’s most beloved violin soloists.
For several decades in the mid-twentieth century, Piatigorsky was the cello’s greatest international star.
By Sasha Margolis Pierre 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: The Tragically Short Lives of Gifted Violin Stars Hassid, Renardy, & Sitkovetsky
By Sasha Margolis When 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...
In a mid-twentieth-century music world dominated by male stars, Morini, a woman steeped in more sober Central European violin traditions, carved out a career as a top soloist.
By Sasha Margolis The 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 Margolis Fritz 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.