Isaac Stern

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Born: July 21, 1920; Russia   Died: September 22, 2001; USA  
Isaac Stern was among the most distinguished of the world's violinists. He achieved a strong rapport with his audience through his own personality and his visible love for the music, with an unerring command of the proper style for each work in his exceptionally wide repertoire. His technique was impeccable, his tone strong and warm, though not rich. He performed and recorded virtually the entire standard violin repertoire, including most of the Read more many great violin concertos of the 1930s: those of Hindemith, Berg, Prokofiev (No. 2), Walton, Bartok (No. 2) and other works, some quite contemporary. His repertoire extended at least from Vivaldi to Dutilleux. Stern also dubbed on-screen appearances by actors impersonating violinists; his films include Humoresque, Tonight We Sing, and Fiddler on the Roof.
Stern's family moved to the United States and settled in San Francisco when he was one year old. His mother, a professional singer, gave him his first music lessons. He began studying the violin at the San Francisco Conservatory in 1928. In 1932 he became the third immensely talented San Francisco-area boy to train with the San Francisco Symphony concertmaster Louis Persinger (the others were Menuhin and Ruggiero Ricci). However, he considered Naoum Blinder, with whom he studied until the age of 15, his only true teacher. Stern made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony on February 18, 1936, with Pierre Monteux conducting the Third Concerto by Saint-Saëns. After his New York debut in 1937, he returned to San Francisco for further study. He re-entered concert life on February 18, 1939, again giving a recital in New York. Soon he was one of the leading American violinists, particularly noticed for his young age, and his January 8, 1943, recital at Carnegie Hall (his first solo performance there) was a smash hit.
In 1943 and 1944 Stern entertained American troops in Iceland, Greenland, and the South Pacific. After the war he toured Australia in 1947, and made his first trip to Europe in 1948. He played at Pablo Casals' Prades Festival from 1950-1952, and the Edinburgh Festival in 1953. His tour of the U.S.S.R. in 1956 was an early sign of one of the recurrent thaws in the Cold War. In 1960 he formed a durable trio with pianist Eugene Istomin and cellist Leonard Rose; the group played the complete trio literature by Beethoven in bicentennial celebrations of the composer's birth. He recorded mostly for Columbia (which subsequently became CBS, then Sony Classics), with major orchestras and conductors, with the Stern-Rose-Istomin Trio, and in sonata and other duet repertory with his regular partner, Alexander Zakin. He made several appearances at the White House.
In the late 1950s, when the City of New York planned the construction of the Lincoln Center complex, it became clear that the plans as they stood would entail the destruction of the old Metropolitan Opera house and of Carnegie Hall. The latter, one of the finest concert halls in the world acoustically, was saved for posterity by the actions of a group Stern formed in 1960. Stern was chosen president of the Carnegie Hall Corporation, formed to supervise the artistic program of the great concert hall. He also was involved in the formation of the U.S. National Endowment of the Arts, and was appointed to its initial advisory board. He served as chairman of the board of the American-Israel Cultural Foundation, which aids the careers of young musicians. Stern, among other honors, was named Officer of the Légion d'honneur of France. Read less

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Born: July 21, 1920; Russia   Died: September 22, 2001; USA  
Isaac Stern was among the most distinguished of the world's violinists. He achieved a strong rapport with his audience through his own personality and his visible love for the music, with an unerring command of the proper style for each work in his exceptionally wide repertoire. His technique was impeccable, his tone strong and warm, though not rich. He performed and recorded virtually the entire standard violin repertoire, including most of the Read more
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro moderato - Moderato assai
II. Canzonetta: Andante
III. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante tranquillo
III. Allegro molto
I. Allegro
II. Intermezzo. Allegro ma non troppo - Trio. Animato
III. Andante con moto
IV. Rondo alla Zingarese. Presto
Quartet No. 3 in C minor for Piano and Strings, Op. 60: I. Allegro non troppo
II. Scherzo. Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Finale. Allegro comodo
Quartet No. 2 in A Major for Piano and Strings, Op. 26: I. Allegro non troppo
II. Poco adagio
III. Scherzo - Trio. Poco allegro
IV. Finale. Allegro
Concerto in E minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 64: I. Allegro molto appassionato
II. Andante
III. Allegretto ma non troppo; Allegro molto vivace
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 35: I. Allegro moderato
II. Canzonetta. Andante
III. Finale. Allegro vivacissimo
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Scherzando. Allegro molto
III. Intermezzo. Allegretto Non Troppo
IV. Andante
V. Rondo. Allegro
Concerto No. 1 in G minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 26: I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Finale. Allegro energico
I. Allegro molto moderato
II. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro molto
Quartet No. 2 in G minor for Piano & Strings, Op. 45: I. Allegro molto moderato
II. Allegro molto
III. Adagio non troppo
IV. Allegro molto
Trio for Violin, Violoncello and Piano No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 99, (D 898): I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante un poco mosso
III. Scherzo. Allegro
IV. Rondo. Allegro vivace
Quintet No. 2 in G Major for Strings, Op. 111: I. Allegro non troppo, ma con brio
II. Adagio
III. Un poco allegretto
IV. Vivace ma non troppo presto
I. [ ]
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
Concerto in E Major for Violin and Orchestra, BWV 1042: I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro assai
Concerto in D minor for Two Violins and Orchestra, BWV 1043: I. Vivace
II. Largo, ma non tanto
III. Allegro
Concerto in C minor for Oboe, Violin and Orchestra, BWV 1060: I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto in moto
Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 102: I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Vivace non troppo
Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60: I. Allegro non troppo
II. Scherzo: Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Finale: Allegro comodo
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Rondo
Concerto in C Major for Violin, Cello, Piano and Orchestra, Op. 56, "Triple Concerto": I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Rondo alla Polacca
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante cantabile
III. Allegretto
IV. Rondo: Allegro vivace
II. Andantino sostenuto e cantabile
III. Rondeau. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major, K. 301: I. Allegro con spirito
II. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major, K. 379: I. Adagio - Allegro
II. Tema (mit sechs Variationen). Andantino cantabile
Trio for Violin, Violoncello and Piano No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 99, (D 898): I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante un poco mosso
III. Scherzo. Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andantino sostenuto e cantabile
III. Rondeau. Allegro
III. Un poco allegretto
IV. Vivace ma non troppo presto
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Adagio
III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace
I. Allegro con fuoco
II. Lento
III. Allegro moderato, grazioso
IV. Finale - Allegro, ma non troppo
Romantic Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 75: I. Allegro moderato
II. Allegro maestoso
III. Allegro appassionato
IV. Larghetto
Sonatina in G Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 100: I. Allegro risoluto
II. Larghetto
III. Scherzo. Molto vivace
IV. Finale. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro assai
Concerto for Oboe, Violin and Orchestra in C minor, BWV 1060: I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
I. Allegro appassionato
II. Adagio
III. Allegro molto
Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano (1922): I. Molto moderato
II. Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Rondo
I. Allegro
II. Tema (mit 6 Variationen) [Andante]
III. Tempo di Menuetto
Sonata in E minor, K 304 (300c): I. Allegro
II. Tempo di Menuetto
Sonata in F Major, K 547: I. Andantino cantabile
II. Allegro
III. Andante con Variazioni
Sonata in E-flat Major, K 481: I. Molto allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto (mit 6 Variationen)
I. Allegro con brio
II. Tema con Variazioni
III. Rondo. Allegro
IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Andante piů tosto allegretto
III. Allegro piacévole
Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 12, No. 3: I. Allegro con spirito
II. Adagio con molto espressione
III. Rondo. Allegro molto
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A minor, Op. 23: I. Presto
II. Andante scherzoso, piů allegretto
III. Allegro molto
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major, Op. 30, No. 1: I. Allegro
II. Adagio molto espressivo
III. Allegretto con variazioni
I. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante piů tosto allegretto
II. Andante piů tosto allegretto
III. Allegro piacévole
III. Allegro piacévole
IV. Finale. Allegro
IV. Finale. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major, Op. 96: I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio espressivo
III. Scherzo. Allegro
IV. Poco allegretto
Sonata for Violin and Piano in F Major, Op. 24 "Spring": I. Allegro
II. Adagio molto espressivo
III. Scherzo. Allegro molto
IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3: I. Allegro assai
II. Tempo di minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Adagio con molto espressione
III. Rondo. Allegro molto
III. Scherzo. Allegro
I. Vivace ma non troppo
II. Adagio
III. Allegro molto moderato
Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano in A Major, Op. 100: I. Allegro amabile
II. Andante tranquillo - Vivace di piů
III. Allegretto grazioso (quasi Andante)
Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano in D minor, Op. 108: I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Un poco presto e con sentimento
IV. Presto Agitato
I. Allegretto ben moderato
II. Allegro
III. Recitativo - Fantasia. Ben moderato
IV. Allegretto poco mosso
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in G minor (1917): I. Allegro vivo
II. Intermčde. Fantasque et léger
III. Finale. Trčs animé


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