Zino Francescatti

Biography

Born: August 9, 1902; Marseille, France   Died: September 17, 1991; La Ciotat  
Though indeed of Italian background, violinist Zino Francescatti was a Frenchman, born in Marseilles in 1902. His real name was René-Charles Francescatti. Both his parents played the violin, and his father René had been a student of Paganini. The younger Francescatti performed the Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1 at his official Paris debut in 1925.

By that time Francescatti was already an experienced performer. He gave his first concert at
Read more age 5 and played the Beethoven violin concerto at 10. From his late teens he concertized regularly, and after arriving in Paris in 1924 he formed a duo with none less than Maurice Ravel and embarked on an international tour. In the 1920s and 1930s Francescatti toured the globe, although his U.S. debut didn't come until 1939, once again with the Paganini Concerto No. 1, in a New York Philharmonic concert.

Despite his fondness for Paganini, Francescatti was more identified with elegant, natural-seeming playing than with sheer virtuoso fireworks. Later in life he toured and recorded with the similarly fluid French pianist Robert Casadesus in duo repertory; they recorded a complete set of Beethoven's violin and piano sonatas, lyrical works ideally suited to their combined styles. Living in New York but often returning to France to perform and teach, Francescatti made durable recordings of several major repertory works, including the Beethoven concerto with conductor Bruno Walter and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra. Francescatti retired in 1976, moved back to France, and sold his prized Stradivarius instrument to Salvatore Accardo. In 1987 he used part of the proceeds to establish an educational foundation and a violin competition in the city of Aix-en-Provence.

Despite the deep-rooted European traditions exemplified in his playing, Francescatti's memory has not been particularly well served by reissue houses. An exception, however, is the Bridge release An Evening of Paganini (Great Performances from The Library of Congress, Vol. 17), which won a Best Recording of the Year award from Fanfare magazine. The disc presents a 1954 Paganini recital Francescatti gave with pianist Artur Balsam. The Zino Francescatti in Performance two-disc set released by the Music & Arts label offers Francescatti concerto performances from the 1940s and 1950s with various orchestras. Some of his original concerto recordings on the Columbia label have been reissued as part of the Sony Masterworks Heritage series. Read less
Beethoven: Symphony No 2; Brahms Violin Concerto / Mitropoulos, Francescatti
Release Date: 09/19/2000   Label: Orfeo D'or  
Catalog: 534001   Number of Discs: 1
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Zino Francescatti Vol 2 - Beethoven, Mozart, Ravel
Release Date: 05/07/2002   Label: Doremi Records  
Catalog: 7812   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms, Bach, Ben-Haim, Ravel, Saint-Saëns / Zino Francescatti, Eugenis Bagnoli
Release Date: 10/28/2008   Label: Orfeo D'or  
Catalog: 711081   Number of Discs: 1
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Zino Francescatti Vol 3 - Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Kreisler
Release Date: 11/11/2008   Label: Doremi Records  
Catalog: 7888   Number of Discs: 1
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Biography

Born: August 9, 1902; Marseille, France   Died: September 17, 1991; La Ciotat  
Though indeed of Italian background, violinist Zino Francescatti was a Frenchman, born in Marseilles in 1902. His real name was René-Charles Francescatti. Both his parents played the violin, and his father René had been a student of Paganini. The younger Francescatti performed the Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1 at his official Paris debut in 1925.

By that time Francescatti was already an experienced performer. He gave his first concert at
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Adagio
III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace
I. Decide - Calme - Anime
II. Sicilienne
III. Grave
IV. Finale: Tres anime
I. Allegro vivo
II. Intermede: Fantastique et leger
III. Finale: Tres anime
I. Allegretto
II. Blues: Moderato
III. Perpetuum mobile: Allegretto
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante
III. Final: Allegro non troppo
I. Andante - Moderato - Cadenza
II. Adagio religioso
III. Scherzo: Trio
IV. Finale marziale: Allegro
IV. Finale marziale: Allegro
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Scherzando: Allegro molto
IV. Andante
V. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegretto ben moderato
II. Allegro
III. Recitativo - Fantasia : Ben moderato - molto lento
IV. Allegretto poco mosso
I. Allegro moderato
II. Canzonetta: Andante
III. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo
I. Vorspiel: Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Finale: Allegro energico
Serenade after Plato's "Symposium" for Solo Violin, Strings, Harp and Percussion: I. Phaedrus: Pausanias (Lento - Allegro marcato)
II. Aristophanes (Allegretto)
III. Erixymathus (Presto)
IV. Agathon (Adagio)
V. Socrates: Alcibiades (Molto tenuto - Allegro molto vivace)
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Larghetto
III. Rondo: Allegro


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