Henryk Szeryng

Biography

Born: September 22, 1918; Zelazowa Wola, Poland   Died: March 3, 1988; Kassel, Germany  
Polish-born violinist Henryk Szeryng was probably the finest product of Carl Flesch's legendary teaching career. Possessing an iron technique and a musical intellect of rare insight, Szeryng established himself as one of the pre-eminent concert violinists of the post-World War II decades.

Szeryng was born in 1918 to a wealthy Polish industrialist whose wife had a great love of music. Studies on the piano were abandoned for the
Read more violin, though Szeryng remained skilled at the keyboard for the rest of his life. Szeryng progressed quickly on his new instrument and by age nine was sufficiently proficient to perform the Mendelssohn concerto for famed violinist Bronislaw Hubermann, a friend of the family. On Hubermann's advice Szeryng was sent to Berlin to study with Carl Flesch; Szeryng would later declare that his technical prowess was solely due to that masterful teacher's influence. Two years later in 1933, Szeryng made his debut performance in Warsaw with the Beethoven concerto under Bruno Walter. That same year he embarked on a minor concert tour, soloing with orchestras in Bucharest, Vienna, and Paris.

Szeryng immediately took to the city of Paris and settled there for a period of further study and growth as a performer. There he came under the influence of legendary violinists Enescu and Thibaud, though he did not formally study with either. Szeryng also thought about pursuing composition as a career, and for six years took lessons from Nadia Boulanger.

At the outbreak of war in 1939 Szeryng enlisted with the Polish army. Being fluent in seven languages, he was assigned to General Sikorski as a translator, with whom Szeryng helped to relocate hundreds of Polish refugees in Mexico. During the war Szeryng gave hundreds of concerts for Allied troops around the globe, and in 1943, during a concert series in Mexico City, was invited to take over the string department at the University of Mexico. Szeryng accepted the offer, and assumed his duties in 1946.

He spent the next ten years in Mexico, and eventually took citizenship there. Performing infrequently, Szeryng was largely forgotten in the musical centers of Europe. A chance encounter with fellow Pole Artur Rubinstein in Mexico City convinced Szeryng to re-enter the musical scene. A New York debut in 1956 immediately established Szeryng as a leading violinist of the day, and for the next 30 years Szeryng divided his time between a globe-trotting concert schedule and his teaching duties in Mexico.

As a violinist Szeryng was unique; sometimes criticized for being too restrained, he was nevertheless capable of playing with warmth and fire when he felt compelled to do so (as in his magnificent performances of the Sibelius concerto). His excellent recordings include two full sets of the Bach Sonatas and Partitas, as well as the major violin concertos in the repertory (he has also championed and recorded the work of many composers from his adopted country of Mexico). Recordings of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas with Artur Rubinstein are particularly rewarding. Of note also is Szeryng's world-premiere recording of Paganini's E major Violin Concerto No. 3, which Szeryng himself reconstructed from parts held in the archives of the legendary Italian violinist's heirs.

Szeryng could at times be somewhat inconsistent. In live performances his calculated precision might turn cold, and in later years it is rumored that troubles with alcohol led to a somewhat deteriorated technical ability. Until his death in 1988 he traveled with a Mexican diplomatic passport, and was involved in various humanitarian projects through the United Nations; Szeryng never ceased believing in music as a unifying, healing power. Read less

Biography

Born: September 22, 1918; Zelazowa Wola, Poland   Died: March 3, 1988; Kassel, Germany  
Polish-born violinist Henryk Szeryng was probably the finest product of Carl Flesch's legendary teaching career. Possessing an iron technique and a musical intellect of rare insight, Szeryng established himself as one of the pre-eminent concert violinists of the post-World War II decades.

Szeryng was born in 1918 to a wealthy Polish industrialist whose wife had a great love of music. Studies on the piano were abandoned for the
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Bartók: Violin Concerto No.2, Sz.112 - 1. Allegro non troppo
Bartók: Violin Concerto No.2, Sz.112 - 2. Andante tranquillo
Bartók: Violin Concerto No.2, Sz.112 - 3. Allegro molto
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat, K.207 - 1. Allegro moderato
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat, K.207 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat, K.207 - 3. Presto
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.2 in D, K.211 - 1. Allegro moderato
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.2 in D, K.211 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.2 in D, K.211 - 3. Rondeau (Allegro)
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.3 in G, K.216 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.3 in G, K.216 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.3 in G, K.216 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K.218 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K.218 - 2. Andante cantabile
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K.218 - 3. Rondeau (Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo)
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219 - 1. Allegro aperto
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219 - 3. Rondeau (Tempo di minuetto)
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.6 in D, K.271a - 1. Allegro maestoso
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.6 in D, K.271a - 2. Andante
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.6 in D, K.271a - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Mozart: Concertone for 2 Violins and Orchestra in C, K.190 - 1. Allegro spiritoso
Mozart: Concertone for 2 Violins and Orchestra in C, K.190 - 2. Andantino grazioso
Mozart: Concertone for 2 Violins and Orchestra in C, K.190 - 3. Tempo di menuetto (Vivace)
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op.77 - 1. Allegro non troppo
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op.77 - 2. Adagio
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op.77 - 3. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace - Poco piů presto
Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op.102 - 1. Allegro
Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op.102 - 2. Andante
Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op.102 - 3. Vivace non troppo - Poco meno allegro - Tempo I
Schumann: Violin Concerto in D minor - 1. In kräftigem, nicht zu schnellem Tempo
Schumann: Violin Concerto in D minor - 2. Langsam
Schumann: Violin Concerto in D minor - 3. Lebhaft, doch nicht schnell
Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor, Op.61 - 1. Allegro non troppo
Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor, Op.61 - 2. Andantino quasi allegretto
Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor, Op.61 - 3. Molto moderato e maestoso
Beethoven: Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C, Op.56 - 1. Allegro
Beethoven: Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C, Op.56 - 2. Largo -
Beethoven: Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C, Op.56 - 3. Rondo alla Polacca
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, Op.61 - 1. Allegro ma non troppo
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, Op.61 - 2. Larghetto -
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, Op.61 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
J.S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1043 - 2. Largo ma non tanto
J.S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1043 - 2. Largo ma non tanto
I. Allegro
II. Andante cantabile
III. Rondo: Andante grazioso
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Rondeau: Allegro
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat, K.207 - 1. Allegro moderato
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat, K.207 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat, K.207 - 3. Presto
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.2 in D, K.211 - 1. Allegro moderato
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.2 in D, K.211 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.2 in D, K.211 - 3. Rondeau (Allegro)
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.3 in G, K.216 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.3 in G, K.216 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.3 in G, K.216 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K.218 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K.218 - 2. Andante cantabile
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K.218 - 3. Rondeau (Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo)
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219 - 1. Allegro aperto
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219 - 3. Rondeau (Tempo di minuetto)
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.6 in D, K.271a - 1. Allegro maestoso
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.6 in D, K.271a - 2. Andante
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.6 in D, K.271a - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Mozart: Concertone for 2 Violins and Orchestra in C, K.190 - 1. Allegro spiritoso
Mozart: Concertone for 2 Violins and Orchestra in C, K.190 - 2. Andantino grazioso
Mozart: Concertone for 2 Violins and Orchestra in C, K.190 - 3. Tempo di menuetto (Vivace)
1. Allegro non troppo
2. Adagio
3. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace - Poco piů presto
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Vivace non troppo - Poco meno allegro - Tempo I
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F, BWV 1047 - 1. (Allegro)
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F, BWV 1047 - 2. Andante
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F, BWV 1047 - 3. Allegro assai
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G, BWV 1049 - 1. Allegro
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G, BWV 1049 - 2. Andante
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G, BWV 1049 - 3. Presto
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D, BWV 1050 - 1. Allegro
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D, BWV 1050 - 2. Affetuoso
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D, BWV 1050 - 3. Allegro
J.S. Bach: Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, BWV 1041 - 1. (Allegro moderato)
J.S. Bach: Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, BWV 1041 - 2. Andante
J.S. Bach: Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, BWV 1041 - 3. Allegro assai
J.S. Bach: Violin Concerto No.2 in E, BWV 1042 - 1. Allegro
J.S. Bach: Violin Concerto No.2 in E, BWV 1042 - 2. Adagio
J.S. Bach: Violin Concerto No.2 in E, BWV 1042 - 3. Allegro assai
J.S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1043 - 1. Vivace
J.S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1043 - 2. Largo ma non tanto
J.S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1043 - 3. Allegro
Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 99 in B-flat: Allegro moderato
Andante un poco mosso
Scherzo: Allegro
Rondo: Allegro vivace
Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 63 in D Minor: Mit Energie und Leidenschaft
Lebhaft, doch nicht zu rasch
Langsam, mit inniger Empfindung
Mit Feuer
Allegro energico
Presto non assai
Andante grazioso
Allegro molto
Piano Trio No. 2, Op. 100 in E-flat: Allegro
Andante con moto
Scherzando: Allegro moderato
Allegro moderato
Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.5 in F, Op.24 - "Spring" - 1. Allegro
Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.5 in F, Op.24 - "Spring" - 2. Adagio molto espressivo
Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.5 in F, Op.24 - "Spring" - 3. Scherzo (Allegro molto)
Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.5 in F, Op.24 - "Spring" - 4. Rondo (Allegro ma non troppo)
Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in A, Op.12 No.2 - 1. Allegro vivace
Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in A, Op.12 No.2 - 2. Andante piů tosto allegretto
Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in A, Op.12 No.2 - 3. Allegro piacevole
Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.9 in A, Op.47 - "Kreutzer" - 1. Adagio sostenuto - Presto
Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.9 in A, Op.47 - "Kreutzer" - 2. Andante con variazioni
Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.9 in A, Op.47 - "Kreutzer" - 3. Finale (Presto)
Allegro con brio
Allegro molto - Meno allegro
Adagio
Allegro
Piano Trio No. 2, Op. 87 in C: Allegro
Andante con moto
Scherzo: Presto - Poco meno presto
Finale: Allegro giocoso
Allegro
Adagio molto espressivo
Scherzo: Allegro molto
Rondo
Sonata No. 8, Op. 30, No. 3 in G: Allegro assai
Tempo di minuetto
Allegro vivace
Sonata No. 9, Op. 47 in A ("Kreutzer"): Adagio sostenuto -- presto
Andante con variazioni
Presto
Vivace ma non troppo
Adagio
Allegro molto moderato
Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano, Op. 100 in A: Allegro amabile
Andante tranquilo - Vivace - Andante - Vivace di piů - Andante - Vivace
Allegro grazioso (quasi Andante)
Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano, Op. 108 in D Minor: Allegro
Adagio
Un poco presto e con sentimento
Presto agitato
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op.77 - 1. Allegro non troppo
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op.77 - 2. Adagio
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op.77 - 3. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace - Poco piů presto
Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op.102 - 1. Allegro
Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op.102 - 2. Andante
Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op.102 - 3. Vivace non troppo - Poco meno allegro - Tempo I
Beethoven: Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C, Op.56 - 1. Allegro
Beethoven: Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C, Op.56 - 2. Largo -
Beethoven: Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C, Op.56 - 3. Rondo alla Polacca
1. Introduzione (Andante) - Allegro marziale
2. Adagio (Cantabile spianato)
3. Polacca (Andantino vivace)
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andantino sostenuto e cantabile
3. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Adagio - Allegro
2. Tema con variazioni: Tema - Var. I/V - Tema
1. Allegro
2. Andante con moto
3. Rondeau (Allegro)
1. Largo - Allegro
2. Andante
3. Allegretto
1. Molto allegro
2. Adagio
3. Allegretto (con variazioni)
1. Allegro molto
2. Andante
3. Presto
1. Andantino cantabile
2. Allegro
3. Tema (Andante) con variazioni
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in C, K.296 - 1. Allegro vivace
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in C, K.296 - 2. Andante sostenuto
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in C, K.296 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in G, K.301 - 1. Allegro con spirito
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in G, K.301 - 2. Allegro
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in E flat, K.302 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in E flat, K.302 - 2. Rondeau (Andante grazioso)
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in C, K.303 - 1. Adagio - Molto allegro
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in C, K.303 - 2. Tempo di minuetto
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in E minor, K.304 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in E minor, K.304 - 2. Tempo di minuetto
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in A, K.305 - 1. Allegro di molto
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in A, K.305 - 2. Tema con variazioni: Tema - Var. I/VI
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in D, K.306 - 1. Allegro con spirito
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in D, K.306 - 2. Andantino cantabile
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in D, K.306 - 3. Allegretto
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in F, K.376 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in F, K.376 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in F, K.376 - 3. Rondo (Allegretto grazioso)
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in F, K.377 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in F, K.377 - 2. Tema (Andante) con variazioni
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in F, K.377 - 3. Tempo di menuetto
1. Allegro
2. Adagio cantabile
3. Scherzo (Allegro)
4. Finale (Presto)
1. Adagio - Allegro vivace
2. Largo con espressione
3. Scherzo (Allegro)
4. Finale (Presto)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Andante cantabile con variazioni
3. Menuetto (Quasi allegro)
4. Finale (Prestissimo)
1. Allegro vivace e con brio
2. Largo assai ed espressivo
3. Presto
1. Poco sostenuto - Allegro ma non troppo
2. Allegretto
3. Allegro ma non troppo
4. Finale (Allegro)
1. Allegro moderato
2. Scherzo (Allegro)
3. Andante cantabile, ma perň con moto - Poco piů adagio
4. Allegro moderato


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