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Mischa Elman - Complete Decca Recordings Vol 2

Elman,Mischa
Release Date: 05/11/2004 
Label:  Testament   Catalog #: 1344   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Edvard GriegGabriel FauréJohannes BrahmsCésar Franck,   ... 
Performer:  Mischa ElmanJoseph Seiger
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 4 Hours 22 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mischa Elman's prime years in the late teens and early 1920s were overshadowed by the arrival of Jascha Heifetz, who ushered in the modern violin era virtually overnight. The fallout rendered Elman's late-19th century Russian Romantic style anachronistic. Thus when Elman signed on with Decca in 1954 his reputation was more that of a relic than an icon. Yet time lends perspective, and the recordings he made for the label with pianist Joseph Seiger reveal Elman's artistry to be quite engaging and serious, his technique up to par and his celebrated tone still huge, resonant, and communicative. There are tiny intonation bobbles in high-lying passages, but not many, and they're not important.


Don't expect incendiary
Read more splendor or the most incisive bow arm in the Brahms D minor sonata's intense finale, or in the light-footed scherzos of Fauré's A major and Beethoven's "Spring" sonatas, or in the "Kreutzer" sonata's outer movements. Instead, notice how Elman's subtle freedom, telling portamentos, and varied articulations never draw attention to themselves (unlike, say, Anne Sophie Mutter's occasional overphrasing) but rather bring a disarming, storytelling quality to Brahms and Franck's loftiest ideas. And if we must have old-fashioned Handel, or more tempo changes in the "Spring" sonata's outer movement than Beethoven indicates, Elman's natural authority within the style that formed his aesthetic is governed by genuine musical impulse. Perhaps Grieg's First and Third sonatas find the closest meeting of minds and hearts between composer and violinist, where Seiger's accompaniments rise above his sensitive yet deferential norm.


Disc 4 consists entirely of the encore-type pieces Elman fans dote upon. He serves them up with generous dollops of style, heart, and soul--and just enough schmaltz! As with Volume 1, Testament's vivid, lifelike transfers eschew the added reverberation heard throughout Japanese Decca's out-of-print complete Elman edition, and far surpass the old LP pressings collectors no longer need to horde. Tully Potter's perceptive, even-handed, and well-researched booklet notes can't be beat.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 8 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Mischa Elman (Violin), Joseph Seiger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Denmark 
Venue:  West Hampstead Studios, London, England 
Length: 20 Minutes 3 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 45 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Mischa Elman (Violin), Joseph Seiger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1887; Norway 
Venue:  West Hampstead Studios, London, England 
Length: 27 Minutes 22 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A major, Op. 13 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Mischa Elman (Violin), Joseph Seiger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; France 
Venue:  West Hampstead Studios, London, England 
Length: 28 Minutes 20 Secs. 
4. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 100 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Mischa Elman (Violin), Joseph Seiger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
Venue:  West Hampstead Studios, London, England 
Length: 21 Minutes 30 Secs. 
5. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Mischa Elman (Violin), Joseph Seiger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1888; Austria 
Venue:  West Hampstead Studios, London, England 
Length: 21 Minutes 7 Secs. 
6. Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8 by César Franck
Performer:  Mischa Elman (Violin), Joseph Seiger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Venue:  West Hampstead Studios, London, England 
Length: 28 Minutes 8 Secs. 
7. Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in D major, HWV 371/Op. 1 no 13 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Mischa Elman (Violin), Joseph Seiger (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1750; London, England 
Venue:  West Hampstead Studios, London, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 48 Secs. 
8. Slavonic Fantasie by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Mischa Elman (Violin), Joseph Seiger (Piano)
Venue:  West Hampstead Studios, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
9. Songs without words, vol 5, Op. 62: no 1, Andante espressivo in G major "May Breezes" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Mischa Elman (Violin), Joseph Seiger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Venue:  West Hampstead Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
10. Cubanaise, for violin & piano by Charles Miller
Performer:  Mischa Elman (Violin), Joseph Seiger (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  West Hampstead Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
11. Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Mischa Elman (Violin), Joseph Seiger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Venue:  West Hampstead Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
12. Tango, for violin & piano by Mischa Elman
Performer:  Mischa Elman (Violin), Joseph Seiger (Piano)
Venue:  West Hampstead Studios, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
13. Canto amoroso for violin & piano by Giuseppe Sammartini
Performer:  Mischa Elman (Violin), Joseph Seiger (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  West Hampstead Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
14. From San Domingo, for violin & piano by Arthur Benjamin
Performer:  Mischa Elman (Violin), Joseph Seiger (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1945 
Venue:  West Hampstead Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
15. Pieces (2) for Violin and Piano, T 128 "From my homeland": no 2 in G minor by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  Mischa Elman (Violin), Joseph Seiger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Czech Republic 
Venue:  West Hampstead Studios, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
16. Work(s): Passacaglia by Giuseppe Sammartini
Performer:  Mischa Elman (Violin), Joseph Seiger (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  West Hampstead Studios, London, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 18 Secs. 
17. Hebrew Melody for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 33 by Joseph Achron
Performer:  Mischa Elman (Violin), Joseph Seiger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Poland 
Venue:  West Hampstead Studios, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 8 Secs. 
18. Airs Tziganes, for violin & piano, Op. 11 by Cesar Espejo
Performer:  Mischa Elman (Violin), Joseph Seiger (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1926 
Venue:  West Hampstead Studios, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 44 Secs. 
19. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Spring" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mischa Elman (Violin), Joseph Seiger (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  West Hampstead Studios, London, England 
Length: 21 Minutes 13 Secs. 
20. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mischa Elman (Violin), Joseph Seiger (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802-1803; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  West Hampstead Studios, London, England 
Length: 33 Minutes 22 Secs. 
21. Mazurkas (2), Op. 19: no 2 in D major "Le ménétrier" by Henri Wieniawski
Performer:  Mischa Elman (Violin), Joseph Seiger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1860; St. Petersburg, Russ 
Venue:  West Hampstead Studios, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
22. Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Mischa Elman (Violin), Joseph Seiger (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  West Hampstead Studios, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 
23. Baal shem: 2nd movement, Nigun "Improvisation" by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Mischa Elman (Violin), Joseph Seiger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; USA 
Venue:  West Hampstead Studios, London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 17 Secs. 

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