Yvonne Lefébure accompanies Jeanne Gautier in a Radio recital this week.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Piano – Jeanne Gautier, violin – Yvonne Lefébure, piano – ORTF Broadcast, circa 1953
Back to Paris this weekend for a radio broadcast performance of the Ravel Sonata for Violin and Piano as played by two icons of French music in the 20th century, Jeanne Gautier and Yvonne Lefébure.
Jeanne Gautier is probably one of the lesser-known but notable female violinists who recorded in the 1930’s to 1950s but who has pretty much lapsed into obscurity over the years. Less so for Yvonne Lefébure, whose reissues on CD have been numerous in recent years.
As always with these French Radio transcriptions, dates are illusive, but the best guess would put it around 1953. There was a commercial recording of this Ravel Sonata featuring the same musicians, issued on a 45 by the label Le Chant du Monde, but it’s doubtful that performance is derived from this one but it’s possible they may have been recorded around the same time. The commercial disc, at last check, has gone for the princely sum of $1100.00 on Ebay. So . . . . .
In any event, here is the radio recital, as given over the ORTF in the early 1950s.
Lilly Bienvenu – Another composer sadly overlooked.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Bienvenu 1
Within the vast heading of The History Of Music, I don’t there is, or will ever be, a shortage of musicians and composers whose work has gone mostly unnoticed, or at best, largely underrated.
Lily Bienvenu is one of those composers. To be fair, she is known for composing a collection of songs, which were made famous by the great French Baritone Camille Maurane. And her work as a musician playing other composers work has gotten her a high degree of respect as a pianist of note. But her work as a composer, certainly one who has a substantial catalog of works to her credit, having gone largely unnoticed.
Here is a recording, made in the studios of the ORTF in Paris, circa 1951 of Lily Bienvenu performing one of her own works as par of a recital – A Sonata for Violin and Piano, featuring Gerard Jarry, violin with Lily Bienvenu at the Piano. The recording, which comes from the Transcription Service of French Radio doesn’t offer exact dates – but it was guessed to be 1951.
In any event, a rare recording by a highly regarded artist, who was unfortunately a somewhat ignored composer.
Rèka Szilvay – tackling all the Beethoven Violin Sonatas this month.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Part 1: Rèka Szilvay – Violin Recital – YLE
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Part 2: Rèka Szilvay – Violin Recital – Part 2
Over to Helsinki this week for a Recital by Finnish violinist Rèka Szivay and pianist Heini Kärkkäinen in music of B eethoven and Janacek. This is part of a complete Beethoven Violin Sonata cycle currently being broadcast featuring Ms. Szilvay. This one was recorded January 29th at Sibelius Academy by YLE, the public Radio Network of Finland.
Here’s what’s on the players:
Rèka Szilvay, Violin – Heini Kärkkäinin, Piano
1 (top player). Beethoven: Sonata For Violin and Piano Number 8 in G, Major
Leos Janàcek: Sonata For Violin and Piano
2 (bottom player). Beethoven: Sonata For Violin and Piano Number 5 in F Major “Spring.
Certainly qualifies in the Anti-Road Rage Wednesday sweepstakes.
Turn it up and relax. Announcements are in Finnish, but they’ve been cut down because of time constraints.
Devy Erlih – the epitome of the French Style of violin playing.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Pierre-Max Dubois – Violin -Concerto – 1957
I originally ran this post a couple years via my old website. But many readers weren’t happy with the sound quality available at the time. So, as promised, I am running it again with new and improved sound and a new transfer.
This is the World Premier performance of the Violin Concerto by Pierre-Max Dubois, who completed it in 1955. It was given its world Premier during the 1957 Strasbourg Music Festival, with The Strasbourg Radio Symphony, conducted by Louis Martin and featuring the legendary Devy Erlih, violin.
It was recorded by ORTF in concert on June 20, 1957.
To my knowledge, it hasn’t been reissued (unless someone put out my original post on CD in the past two years) and this is the only available recording of that all-but forgotten work.
And now it sounds good.
Henri Merckel – not one to shy away from a challenge. In this case it was Rivier.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Rivier – Violin Concerto
Back over to Paris this week for a radio performance of Jean Rivier‘s Violin Concerto, as played by violinist Henri Merckel with The French Radio Symphony Conducted by Pierre-Michel LeConte.
The Rivier Violin Concerto dates from 1942, and it’s my somewhat hackneyed guess that this performance comes from 1953 or 1954, or possibly earlier.
In either case, it’s a rare broadcast performance of a neglected work by a composer not all that familiar to a lot of listeners, as performed by one of the great violinists of the 20th Century.
If you don’t believe me, hit the Play button.
Renèe France Froment – concert program – bright musical light on the horizon.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Hubeau – Violin Sonata
Another rarity this weekend – and another broadcast recital from French Radio in the 1950’s. This one features rising-young-star Renèe France-Froment on violin with legendary pianist-pedagogue Louise Clavius-Marius on Piano in a performance of the Sonata for Violin and Piano by contemporary 20th Century composer Jean Hubeau.
As with all these discs (and there are a lot of them), dates are sketchy. Sometimes the best guesstimate is based on looking to see when the disc was broadcast by the particular radio station the disc came from. My best guess on this performance is 1952, but it could be much earlier.
In any event, I haven’t seen this particular performance reissued anywhere. And come to think of it, haven’t really seen very much in the way of commercial releases by either of these two extraordinary artists of their day.
So it’s a double-dollop of good news.
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Vilde Frang – rising young star – hasn’t had time to slow down.
Click on the link here for Audio player: Vilde Frang Recital – June 24, 2012
Over to Bad Kissinger in Germany this week for a concert recital from the Kissinger Sommer Festival by rising-young-star-wunderkind Vilde Frang in a program of music by Mozart, Brahms and Prokofiev. The concert was recorded on June 24th for the ARD Radio Festival 2012 going on throughout Germany this month.
Here is what Ms. Frang plays:
ARD RADIOFESTIVAL 2012
Vilde Frang, Violine
Michail Lifits, Klavier
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Violinsonate F-Dur KV 377
3. Violinsonate d-Moll, op. 108
2. Violinsonate D-Dur, op. 94
A delightful concert by a remarkable new talent on the musical horizon.
I’m wondering if there has been an explosion of new talent these past few years or if it has always been that way and we’re just more aware of it now because of the Internet and Streaming audio? Every radio outlet I’ve been listening to in Europe seems overflowing with up-and-coming instrumentalists, performing groups, conductors, singers -it’s running the gamut and the talent is quite extraordinary. It certainly gives hope for the future, and it’s doing a pretty good job of dispelling some cynicism about our culture in general. And that’s a good thing.