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The Complete Recordings of Johanna Martzy on EMI & Deutsche Grammophon


Release Date: 11/12/2013 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 81400  
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsJohann Sebastian BachFranz SchubertFelix Mendelssohn,   ... 
Performer:  Johanna MartzyJean Antonietti
Conductor:  Paul KletzkiWolfgang SawallischFerenc FricsayEugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraBerlin RIAS Symphony OrchestraBavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 13 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The hushed, sustained intensity with which she imbues softer, more introspective music easily explain why certain collectors fawned over Martzy.

For years Johanna Martzy's 1954-55 solo Bach recordings for EMI commanded huge sums on out-of-print LP lists, even after they were reissued in a French budget CD box alongside Janos Starker's EMI Bach Suites... Martzy tends to favor slow tempos, yet she holds interest by virtue of her hefty tone (what richness she gets from the lowest strings!), subtle dynamic variations, and expressive vibrato. If she doesn't match the elder Szigeti's harmonic intensity, her superior intonation and steadier bow arm compensate, save for her sometimes labored execution in the E major
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That said, I find faster movements such as the G minor Presto, A minor Allegro, and C major Allegro assai rather square and uneventful in Martzy's hands, while her C major Fuga and both B minor and D minor Correntes sound relatively flaccid and under-characterized in comparison with James Ehnes' comparably measured traversals. But the hushed, sustained intensity with which she imbues softer, more introspective music such as the great D minor Chaconne's central major section and the A minor Andante easily explain why certain collectors fawned over Martzy.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
reviewing the Bach recordings, previously reissued as Testament 1467


Franz Schubert was a competent violinist and violist and his four violin sonatas pose no problems for skilled players. It is strange, then, that so few really recommendable recordings of them have been made. It is therefore no surprise that these beautiful interpretations by Johanna Martzy and Jean Antonietti have become legendary. These performers bring beautiful, meticulously prepared playing to all half dozen pieces. Their interpretations, which are well balanced and clearly recorded for the time, have an inherent strength but also pliancy, transparency and unsentimental sweetness where required.

-- MusicWeb International
reviewing the Schubert recordings Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Johanna Martzy (Violin)
Conductor:  Paul Kletzki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1954 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
2. Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Johanna Martzy (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1955 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
3. Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Johanna Martzy (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1955 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
4. Sonata for Violin solo no 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Johanna Martzy (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05-06/1955 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
5. Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Johanna Martzy (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1954 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
6. Sonata for Violin solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1005 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Johanna Martzy (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05-06-1954 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
7. Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Johanna Martzy (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1955 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
8. Rondo for Violin and Piano in B minor, D 895/Op. 70 "Rondo Brillant" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jean Antonietti (Piano), Johanna Martzy (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1955 
Venue:  Berlin-Zahlendorf, Electrola Studio 
Length: 0 Minutes Be Secs. 
9. Fantasy for Violin and Piano in C major, D 934/Op. 159 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jean Antonietti (Piano), Johanna Martzy (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1955 
Venue:  Berlin-Zahlendorf, Electrola Studio 
10. Sonatina for Violin and Piano in G minor, D 408/Op. 137 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jean Antonietti (Piano), Johanna Martzy (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1955 
Venue:  Berlin-Zahlendorf, Electrola Studio 
11. Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, D 574/Op. 162 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jean Antonietti (Piano), Johanna Martzy (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1955 
Venue:  Berlin-Zahlendorf, Electrola Studio 
12. Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Johanna Martzy (Violin)
Conductor:  Paul Kletzki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1955 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
13. Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 1 in G major, Op. 40 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Johanna Martzy (Violin)
Conductor:  Paul Kletzki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1955 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
14. Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 2 in F major, Op. 50 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Johanna Martzy (Violin)
Conductor:  Paul Kletzki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1955 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
15. Concerto for Violin no 3 in G major, K 216 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Johanna Martzy (Violin)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1954 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
16. Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Johanna Martzy (Violin)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1954 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
17. Berceuse sur le nom de Fauré by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jean Antonietti (Piano), Johanna Martzy (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1951 
18. Pièce en forme de Habañera by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jean Antonietti (Piano), Johanna Martzy (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1951 
19. Saudades do Brasil, Op. 67: no 5, Ipanema by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Jean Antonietti (Piano), Johanna Martzy (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1921; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1951 
20. La vida breve: Spanish Dance by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Jean Antonietti (Piano), Johanna Martzy (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Spain 
Date of Recording: 08/1951 
21. Nocturne and Tarantella, Op. 28 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Jean Antonietti (Piano), Johanna Martzy (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Poland 
Date of Recording: 08/1951 
22. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 8 in G major, Op. 30 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jean Antonietti (Piano), Johanna Martzy (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1952 
23. Sonata for Violin and Piano in F major, K 376 (374d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jean Antonietti (Piano), Johanna Martzy (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1952 
24. Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Johanna Martzy (Violin)
Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879-1880; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 06/1953 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin 
25. Concerto for Violin no 4 in D major, K 218 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Johanna Martzy (Violin)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775 

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