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Release Date: 10/20/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 98667   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  VariousJohann Sebastian BachAntonio VivaldiGeorge Frideric Handel,   ... 
Performer:  Nathan Milstein
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For this new reissue, Milstein has become the “Aristocrat of the Violin,” whatever that means. The are several differences between this set of eight CDs, and EMI’s previous six-disc set called “The Art of Nathan Milstein.” First and foremost, this new release contains his first (mono) Bach Sonatas and Partitas, still one of the reference recordings for this monument of the violin literature. Of course, Milstein’s DG set is another reference. It’s interesting to note, in these days when young violinists play all six works at a single grueling concert, and record them in a day or two of studio work, that Milstein’s recordings were spread out over three years. Think there’s a lesson there, hot shot soloists of today? I offer a taste of the Read more great Chaconne from the D Minor Partita (first sound clip), which Milstein plays in thirteen stunning minutes–almost period-instruments tempos.

None of the other switches and substitutions are as major as this, but some are substantial. To make room for the Bach, two other Baroque items have been omitted (a Vivaldi concerto, Corelli’s “La Follia). Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto has been added, his Second Concerto and Violin Sonata have been deleted. Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata (with Artur Balsam) and two Romances for Violin and Orchestra have been included, and Milstein’s mono, marginally superior recording of the Violin Concerto (with Steinberg) replaces his stereo remake. Finally, you now also get the Bruch First Concerto, Chausson’s Poème, and Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo capriccioso. The disc of encores is identical.

On the whole, this release offers better value, and perhaps a slightly more intelligent choice of works, but of course the ideal would be for EMI simply to gather up everything Milstein did and issue a complete edition. There is nothing here, in terms of violin playing, that doesn’t reach the very highest level. Even the less standard works, such as Milstein’s account of Dvorák’s Violin Concerto (second sound sample) rank with finest versions ever recorded, and while he was active he basically “owned” such works as the Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn concertos (which he also recorded for DG, superbly). The mono and stereo sonics are variable, obviously, but always do justice to the artists involved. A major set.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
2. Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
3. Sonata for Violin solo no 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
4. Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
5. Sonata for Violin solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1005 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
6. Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
7. Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in A major, Op. 2 no 2/RV 31 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1709; Venice, Italy 
8. Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in D major, HWV 371/Op. 1 no 13 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1750; London, England 
9. Chaconne in G minor by Tommaso Antonio Vitali
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
10. Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, B g5 "Devil's Trill" by Giuseppe Tartini
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Notes: Arranger: Kreisler. 
11. Sonata for Violin and Piano in C major, K 296 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Mannheim, Germany 
12. Sonata for Violin and Piano in E minor, K 304 (300c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Paris, France 
13. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Spring" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
14. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802-1803; Vienna, Austria 
15. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
16. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
17. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
18. Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 82 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Russia 
19. Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 19 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
20. Concerto for Violin no 3 in B minor, Op. 61 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 
21. Poème for Violin and Orchestra in E flat major, Op. 25 by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; France 
22. Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879-1880; Bohemia 
23. Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 1 in G major, Op. 40 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
24. Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 2 in F major, Op. 50 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1798; Vienna, Austria 
25. Introduction and Rondo capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 28 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
26. Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
27. Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Germany 
28. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
29. Sorochintsy fair: Hopak by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Notes: Arranger: Jones. 
30. Meditation for Violin and Piano in D major, Op. 32 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Russia 
31. Valse-Scherzo for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 34 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Russia 
32. Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: no 1, Méditation by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Notes: Arranger: Glazunov. 
33. Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: no 2, Scherzo by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Notes: Arranger: Glazunov. 
34. Fantasy on 2 Russian Themes for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 33 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1887; Russia 
Notes: Arranger: Kreisler. 
35. Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Notes: Arranger: Hartmann. 
36. Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 2 in D minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Notes: Arranger: Joachim. 
37. Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Notes: Arranger: Marsick. 
38. Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Wilhelmj. 
39. Orfeo ed Euridice: Dance of the Blessed Spirits by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Arranger: Kreisler. 
40. Nocturne for Piano in C sharp minor, B 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830 
Notes: Arranger: Milstein. 
41. Canciones populares españolas (7): no 4, Jota by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Notes: Arranger: Kochanski. 
42. Scherzo-Tarantelle in G minor, Op. 16 by Henri Wieniawski
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856 
43. Préludes, Book 1: no 12, Minstrels by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
Notes: Arranger: Hartmann. 
44. Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899 
45. Caprices (8) for Violin and Piano, Op. 5: no 2, Perpetuum mobile by Ottokar Novácek
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Czech Republic 
46. Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 

Sound Samples

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
Sonata No.3 in C Major, BWV 1005 (1993 Digital Remaster): I. Adagio
Sonata No.3 in C Major, BWV 1005 (1993 Digital Remaster): II. Fuga
Sonata No.3 in C Major, BWV 1005 (1993 Digital Remaster): III. Largo
Sonata No.3 in C Major, BWV 1005 (1993 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro assai
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
Chaconne in G minor (1993 Digital Remaster)
Violin Sonata in G minor "Il trillo del diavolo" (1993 Digital Remaster): I. Larghetto
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

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