Nathan Milstein

Biography

Born: December 31, 1904; Odessa, Russia   Died: December 21, 1992; London, England  
Although Nathan Milstein hailed from Odessa, the cradle of Russian violin playing, his personal style was more classical and intellectual in approach than many of his colleagues. By the middle of the twentieth century he had become one of the most renowned violinists in the world, and he did as much as anyone else to imbue Bach's solo violin partitas and sonatas with the rather mystical aura they have presently. Milstein began to study violin at Read more the age of seven. His first teacher was Pyotr Stolyarsky, who remained with him through 1914. Milstein's last recital as a Stolyarsky pupil included another promising student, the five-year-old David Oistrakh. Milstein then went to the St. Petersburg Conservatory to study with Leopold Auer.

Milstein began his concert career at age ten in Odessa, and soon after he played Glazunov's concerto with the composer conducting. He continued to tour the Soviet Union for the next five years. During this time, Milstein made numerous joint appearances with Vladimir Horowitz, and Horowitz's sister Regina also joined them as Milstein's accompanist. In 1925, Milstein and Horowitz were encouraged by government officials to make a concert trip outside of Russia; Milstein would never return. Milstein recalled in his memoirs that the dramatic "grand manner" of Horowitz immediately made the pianist a star, while Milstein, a much more reserved person, did not have such immediate success. In 1926, he went to Brussels to consult with and discuss matters of interpretation with the great violinist and teacher Ysa˙e.

He made his American debut with Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1929, and made his New York debut in 1930. He soon established his base there, eventually becoming a United States citizen in 1942. He may not have become a concert-hall idol like Horowitz, but he had a strong musical reputation and was always in demand. When Arturo Toscanini ended his tenure as music director of the New York Philharmonic in 1936, he asked for Milstein as soloist in his final concert. After World War II Milstein made his home primarily in London, teaching master classes around the world. He was widely regarded as a sympathetic and approachable teacher.

He also established a major recording career and remains best known for his landmark recordings of the complete solo works of J.S. Bach, becoming a pioneer of the Bach solo violin literature at a time when few players programmed these pieces, and he eschewed more superficial works that were a primary part of the violin soloist's repertory. His 1950s recording of the Bach solo partitas and sonatas on the American Capitol Records label are exemplary traversals of that great cycle and are still counted as classics of recording art. Milstein maintained a remarkably long career, keeping the muscular strength and fluid joint motion he needed until his retirement at the age of 83, acquiesced to only after he broke his arm in a fall. Read less

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Biography

Born: December 31, 1904; Odessa, Russia   Died: December 21, 1992; London, England  
Although Nathan Milstein hailed from Odessa, the cradle of Russian violin playing, his personal style was more classical and intellectual in approach than many of his colleagues. By the middle of the twentieth century he had become one of the most renowned violinists in the world, and he did as much as anyone else to imbue Bach's solo violin partitas and sonatas with the rather mystical aura they have presently. Milstein began to study violin at Read more
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Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82 (1993 Digital Remaster): Moderato - Tranquillo
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82 (1993 Digital Remaster): Moderato - Tranquillo
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82 (1993 Digital Remaster): Andante - Tempo I - Cadenza
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82 (1993 Digital Remaster): Andante - Tempo I - Cadenza
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82 (1993 Digital Remaster): Animando - Allegro - Piu animando
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82 (1993 Digital Remaster): Animando - Allegro - Piu animando
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A, Op. 2/No. 2 (1993 Digital Remaster): I. Preludio a capriccio (Presto - Adagio - Presto)
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A, Op. 2/No. 2 (1993 Digital Remaster): II. Corrente (Allegro)
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A, Op. 2/No. 2 (1993 Digital Remaster): III. Adagio
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A, Op. 2/No. 2 (1993 Digital Remaster): IV. Giga (Allegro)
Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001 (1993 Digital Remaster): Adagio
Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001 (1993 Digital Remaster): Fuga (Allegro)
Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001 (1993 Digital Remaster): Siciliano
Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001 (1993 Digital Remaster): Presto
Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002 (1993 Digital Remaster): Allemande
Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002 (1993 Digital Remaster): Double I
Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002 (1993 Digital Remaster): Corrente
Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002 (1993 Digital Remaster): Double II
Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002 (1993 Digital Remaster): Sarabande
Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002 (1993 Digital Remaster): Double III
Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002 (1993 Digital Remaster): Tempo di bourree
Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002 (1993 Digital Remaster): Double IV
Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003 (1993 Digital Remaster): Grave
Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003 (1993 Digital Remaster): Fuga
Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003 (1993 Digital Remaster): Andante
Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003 (1993 Digital Remaster): Allegro
Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 (1993 Digital Remaster): Allemande
Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 (1993 Digital Remaster): Courante
Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 (1993 Digital Remaster): Sarabande
Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 (1993 Digital Remaster): Gigue
Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 (1993 Digital Remaster): Chaconne
Partita No. 3 in E, BWV1006 (1993 Digital Remaster): I. Preludio
Partita No. 3 in E, BWV1006 (1993 Digital Remaster): II. Loure
Partita No. 3 in E, BWV1006 (1993 Digital Remaster): III. Gavotte en rondeau
Partita No. 3 in E, BWV1006 (1993 Digital Remaster): IV. Menuets I
Partita No. 3 in E, BWV1006 (1993 Digital Remaster): Menuets II
Partita No. 3 in E, BWV1006 (1993 Digital Remaster): V. Bourrée
Partita No. 3 in E, BWV1006 (1993 Digital Remaster): VI. Gigue
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A, Op. 2/No. 2 (1993 Digital Remaster): I. Preludio a capriccio (Presto - Adagio - Presto)
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A, Op. 2/No. 2 (1993 Digital Remaster): II. Corrente (Allegro)
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A, Op. 2/No. 2 (1993 Digital Remaster): III. Adagio
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A, Op. 2/No. 2 (1993 Digital Remaster): IV. Giga (Allegro)
Violin Sonata No. 4 in D, Op. 1 (1993 Digital Remaster): I. Adagio
Violin Sonata No. 4 in D, Op. 1 (1993 Digital Remaster): II. Allegro
Violin Sonata No. 4 in D, Op. 1 (1993 Digital Remaster): III. Larghetto
Violin Sonata No. 4 in D, Op. 1 (1993 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro
Violin Sonata in G minor "Il trillo del diavolo" (1993 Digital Remaster): II. Allegro energico
Violin Sonata in G minor "Il trillo del diavolo" (1993 Digital Remaster): III. Grave-Allegro assai: Cadenza - Adagio
Violin Sonata in C, K. 296 (1993 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro vivace
Violin Sonata in C, K. 296 (1993 Digital Remaster): II. Andante sostenuto
Violin Sonata in C, K. 296 (1993 Digital Remaster): III. Rondeau; Allegro
Violin Sonata in E minor, K. 304 (1993 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Violin Sonata in E minor, K. 304 (1993 Digital Remaster): II. Tempo di Minuetto
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F 'Spring' Op. 24 (1993 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F 'Spring' Op. 24 (1993 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio molto espressivo
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F 'Spring' Op. 24 (1993 Digital Remaster): III. Scherzo Allegro molto
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F 'Spring' Op. 24 (1993 Digital Remaster): IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo
Sonate pour violon & piano No. 9 in A major 'Kreutzer' Op. 47: I. Adagio sostenuto - Presto
Sonate pour violon & piano No. 9 in A major 'Kreutzer' Op. 47: II. Andante con variazioni 1-4
Sonate pour violon & piano No. 9 in A major 'Kreutzer' Op. 47: III. Finale (Presto)
Violin Concerto in D, Op.61 (2001 Digital Remaster): I: Allegro ma non troppo (Cadenza by Nathan Milstein)
Violin Concerto in D, Op.61 (2001 Digital Remaster): II: Larghetto
Violin Concerto in D, Op.61 (2001 Digital Remaster): III: Rondo (Allegro) (Cadenza by Nathan Milstein)
Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77 (1993 Digital Remaster): I: Allegro non troppo
Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77 (1993 Digital Remaster): II: Adagio
Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77 (1993 Digital Remaster): III: Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace
Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35 (1993 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35 (1993 Digital Remaster): II. Canzonetta (Andante)
Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35 (1993 Digital Remaster): III. Finale (Allegro vivacissimo)
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82 (1993 Digital Remaster): Moderato - Tranquillo
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82 (1993 Digital Remaster): Andante - Tempo I - Cadenza
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82 (1993 Digital Remaster): Animando - Allegro - Piu animando
Concerto pour violon et orchestre n° 1 en ré majeur, op.19 (2007 Digital Remaster): I Allegro moderato
Concerto pour violon et orchestre n° 1 en ré majeur, op.19 (2007 Digital Remaster): II Scherzo (Vivacissimo)
Concerto pour violon et orchestre n° 1 en ré majeur, op.19 (2007 Digital Remaster): III Moderato
Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor Op. 61 (1993 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro non troppo
Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor Op. 61 (1993 Digital Remaster): II. Andantino quasi allegretto
Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor Op. 61 (1993 Digital Remaster): III. Molto moderato e maestoso - Allegro non troppo
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53 (1993 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro ma non troppo
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53 (1993 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio ma non troppo
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53 (1993 Digital Remaster): III. Finale: Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo
Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op. 64 (1992 Digital Remaster): Allegro Molto Appassionato
Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op. 64 (1992 Digital Remaster): Andante
Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op. 64 (1992 Digital Remaster): Allegretto Non Troppo - Allegro Molto Vivace
1. Preludio
2. Loure
3. Gavotte en Rondeau
4a. Minuet I
4b. Minuet II
5. Bourrée
6. Gigue
Violin Concerto in D, Op.61 (2001 Digital Remaster): I: Allegro ma non troppo (Cadenza by Nathan Milstein)
Violin Concerto in D, Op.61 (2001 Digital Remaster): II: Larghetto
Violin Concerto in D, Op.61 (2001 Digital Remaster): III: Rondo (Allegro) (Cadenza by Nathan Milstein)
Violin Concerto in D, Op.77 (2001 Digital Remaster): I: Allegro non troppo (Cadenza by Nathan Milstein)
Violin Concerto in D, Op.77 (2001 Digital Remaster): II: Adagio
Violin Concerto in D, Op.77 (2001 Digital Remaster): III: Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace
Partita No.1 in B minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1002 (1998 Digital Remaster): I. Allemanda
Partita No.1 in B minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1002 (1998 Digital Remaster): II. Double (Presto)
Partita No.1 in B minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1002 (1998 Digital Remaster): III. Corrente
Partita No.1 in B minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1002 (1998 Digital Remaster): IV. Double
Partita No.1 in B minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1002 (1998 Digital Remaster): V. Sarabande
Partita No.1 in B minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1002 (1998 Digital Remaster): VI. Double
Partita No.1 in B minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1002 (1998 Digital Remaster): VII. Bouree
Partita No.1 in B minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1002 (1998 Digital Remaster): VIII. Double
Partita No. 2 in D minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1004 (1998 Digital Remaster): I. Allemande
Partita No. 2 in D minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1004 (1998 Digital Remaster): II. Courante
Partita No. 2 in D minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1004 (1998 Digital Remaster): III. Sarabande
Partita No. 2 in D minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1004 (1998 Digital Remaster): IV. Gigue
Partita No. 2 in D minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1004 (1998 Digital Remaster): V. Chaconne
Partita No. 3 in E for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV1006 (1998 Digital Remaster): I. Preludio
Partita No. 3 in E for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV1006 (1998 Digital Remaster): II. Loure
Partita No. 3 in E for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV1006 (1998 Digital Remaster): III. Gavotte en rondeau
Partita No. 3 in E for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV1006 (1998 Digital Remaster): IV. Menuets I & II
Partita No. 3 in E for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV1006 (1998 Digital Remaster): V. Bourrée
Partita No. 3 in E for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV1006 (1998 Digital Remaster): VI. Gigue
1. Adagio
2. Fuga (Allegro)
3. Siciliana
4. Presto
1a. Allemanda
- Double
2a. Corrente
- Double
3a. Sarabande
- Double
4a. Tempo di Borea
- Double
1. Grave
2. Fuga
3. Andante
4. Allegro
1. Allemande
2. Corrente
3. Sarabande
4. Giga
5. Ciaccona
1. Adagio
2. Fuga
3. Largo
4. Allegro assai
1. Preludio
2. Loure
3. Gavotte en Rondeau
4a. Minuet I
4b. Minuet II
5. Bourrée
6. Gigue
Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35: II. Canzonetta (Andante)
Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35: III. Finale (Allegro vivacissimo)
Violin Concerto In D Major, Op. 77: I. Allegro Non Troppo
Violin Concerto In D Major, Op. 77: II. Adagio
Violin Concerto In D Major, Op. 77: III. Allegro Giocoso, Ma Non Troppo Vivace
II. Andante
III. Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto vivace


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