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The Art Of Camilla Wicks - Beethoven, Bloch, Sibelius


Release Date: 04/26/2005 
Label:  Music & Arts Programs Of America Catalog #: 1160   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenJean SibeliusPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyErnest Bloch
Performer:  Camilla Wicks
Conductor:  Bruno WalterJohn BarnettArthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony OrchestraStandard Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Born in 1928, Camilla Wicks studied during her early years with Louis Persinger, who had served as mentor to two earlier prodigies, Yehudi Menuhin and Ruggiero Ricci. Her subsequent failure to achieve a reputation commensurate with her imposing violinistic and musical abilities, only partially explained perhaps by her repeated withdrawals from regular performance, establishes her as a counterexample to the conventional wisdom that “Genius will out.” Music & Arts has gathered together broadcast performances spanning the period of her early to mid-twenties. Nathaniel Vallois remarks in the booklet that at the time of the performance of Beethoven’s Concerto with Bruno Walter in Carnegie Hall, her pregnancy clearly showed. It certainly Read more didn’t affect her performance: there’s no trace of discomfort or uncertainty. Her playing of Kreisler’s cadenza in the first movement reveals her stupendous technical mastery, but her assurance and decisive command in the Viotti-like passagework throughout the movement, undergirded by Walter’s rugged support, reveals that her musical comprehension equaled her technical mastery. If she doesn’t exhibit a similarly prepossessing personality in the Rondo, that may be due to the first movement’s greater inherent drama. The recorded sound, at times unsteady, still conveys the snap of her bow in Kreisler’s big cadenza in that movement. The announcer’s identifying the second movement of Bloch’s Baal Shem as “Ningun” and placing Wicks in her teens—and some exceedingly sour orchestral intonation near the beginning of the piece—seem almost irrelevant in view of the searching, quasi-mystical intensity of Wick’s reading. She soars vibrantly in this tour de force; yet here, as in her tightly knit reading of the finale of Sibelius’s Concerto from the same Standard Hour broadcast, the engineers captured her so close-up as to impart to her sound (or reveal in it?) an unattractively rough edge that doesn’t appear in her reading of Beethoven’s Concerto. Those performances in May 28th’s broadcast apparently garnered her an invitation to return in July, this time with Arthur Fiedler conducting, for a spirited and, at times, electrifying, performance of the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto. In this, the engineers have struck a more satisfactory balance; and Wick’s tone, while retaining some of its bite, no longer sounds so feral.

Vallois’s notes describe Wicks, at this stage of her career, as one of the “most identifiable” violinists, citing student Jim Pettitt’s remarks on her distinctive intonation. Yet she hardly seems to possess the same degree of individuality as did the great personalities of the time (Heifetz, Oistrakh, Francescatti, Milstein, and even Menuhin come to mind)—although she may nearly equal them in intellect and virtuosity and seemed destined to have developed a similar if not comparable persona. To students of the period, whatever the state of the original recorded sound, Music & Arts’s collection should give testimony to the promise of a stunning young violinist—and the Beethoven Concerto with Walter reveals more than simple promise. Strongly recommended.

-- Robert Maxham, FANFARE [9/2005]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Camilla Wicks (Violin)
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/15/1953 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
2.
Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47: 3rd movement, Allegro ma non tanto by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Camilla Wicks (Violin)
Conductor:  John Barnett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Standard Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Finland 
Date of Recording: 05/28/1950 
Venue:  Live  Los Angeles, California 
3.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Camilla Wicks (Violin)
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Standard Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/16/1950 
Venue:  Live  San Francisco, California 
4.
Baal shem: 2nd movement, Nigun "Improvisation" by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Camilla Wicks (Violin)
Conductor:  John Barnett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Standard Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/28/1950 
Venue:  Live  Los Angeles, California 
5.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35: 1st movement, Allegro moderato by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Camilla Wicks (Violin)
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Standard Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/16/1950 
Venue:  Live  San Francisco, California 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: opening announcement
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: I. Allegro ma non troppo
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: II. Larghetto
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: III. Rondo: Allegro
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: applause
Baal Shem (version for violin and orchestra): Opening announcement
Baal Shem (version for violin and orchestra): Baal Shem: No. 2. Nigun
Baal Shem (version for violin and orchestra): Applause and closing announcement
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47: opening announcement
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47: III. Allegro ma non tanto
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47: applause and closing announcement
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: Opening announcement
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: Applause and closing announcement

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