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Gluck, Beethoven, Paganini, Kreisler, Et Al / T. Spivakovsky


Release Date: 02/26/2002 
Label:  Pearl   Catalog #: 158   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Antonio BazziniJean Joseph MouretJoseph Joachim RaffChristoph W. Gluck,   ... 
Performer:  Jascha SpivakovskyTossy Spivakovsky
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Odessa-born, Berlin-trained Tossy Spivakovsky was a violin prodigy who was named concertmaster of Furtwängler's Berlin Philharmonic when he was 19! He was in Australia when the Nazis took power in 1933, and he eventually made his way to the U.S., where as concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra he gave the American premiere of Bartók's Second Violin Concerto, winning praise from the composer. His successful post-war career as a touring soloist never reached superstar status nor did he make many recordings, though his outstanding Sibelius Violin Concerto with Tauno Hannikainen on Everest is still available and well worth hearing. Spivakovsky died in 1998, aged 91.


Here, Pearl collects 20 short pieces
Read more recorded between 1924 and 1931, when the violinist was on the brink of what should have been a glorious career. Despite their age, the transfers come up sounding well. The notes claim that the anonymous pianist on the published recordings actually is the violinist's brother, Jascha Spivakovsky, who had a solo career and in the 1930s was part of a trio that included Tossy and cellist Edmund Kurz.


Twenty encore pieces is a lot to take in at once unless you're a violinist, but with such rich-toned playing it's more a pleasure than a hardship. In piece after piece Spivakovsky sounds like Kreisler or Elman, with Old School phrasing based on the speaking voice--you could almost put words to his versions of Mouret's Sarabande, Kreisler's arrangement of Gluck's Dance of the Blessed Spirits from Orfeo ed Euridyce, or a dozen other of these selections. Perhaps the most substantial work on the disc is Bloch's Baal Shem, in which Spivakovsky's soulful violin simulates cantorial melismas with an intensity that's positively gripping.


Despite schmaltzy arrangements and heavy-breathing vibrato, Spivakovsky also played with elegance, as in the Kreisler faux-Baroque offerings, with the rhythm crisp and the tone slimmed down for both the Minuet in the style of Porpora and the Sicilienne et Rigaudon in the style of Francoeur, the latter also featuring some precisely articulated supersonic fiddling. (But check with your cardiologist before listening to the high-cholesterol Kreisler/Dvorák Slavonic Dance.) If you're still doubtful, consider this: you will never--repeat, never--hear playing like this from any of today's violinists. Open emotions and sentimentality are cardinal sins these days. Fortunately, they were still legal when these recordings were made, so we can dip into this CD anywhere and smile with delight. Go ahead and wallow!
--Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La ronde des lutins, Op. 25 by Antonio Bazzini
Performer:  Jascha Spivakovsky (Piano), Tossy Spivakovsky (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1847; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/18/1929 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
2.
Le triomphe de sens: Sarabande by Jean Joseph Mouret
Performer:  Tossy Spivakovsky (Violin), Jascha Spivakovsky (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1732; France 
Date of Recording: 06/20/1930 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Dandelot 
3.
Morceaux (6) for Violin and Piano, Op. 85: no 3, Cavatina in D major by Joseph Joachim Raff
Performer:  Tossy Spivakovsky (Violin), Jascha Spivakovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Wiesbaden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/24/1924 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
4.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Dance of the Blessed Spirits by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Jascha Spivakovsky (Piano), Tossy Spivakovsky (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/01/1925 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
5.
Baal shem: 2nd movement, Nigun "Improvisation" by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Jascha Spivakovsky (Piano), Tossy Spivakovsky (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; USA 
Date of Recording: 1931 
Length: 6 Minutes 32 Secs. 
6.
Menuet in the style of Porpora by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Jascha Spivakovsky (Piano), Tossy Spivakovsky (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/13/1925 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
7.
Sonatas (30) for Guitar and Violin: no 11 in A major by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Jascha Spivakovsky (Piano), Tossy Spivakovsky (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1805-1828; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/15/1927 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
8.
Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1: no 20 in D major by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Jascha Spivakovsky (Piano), Tossy Spivakovsky (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1805; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/28/1928 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Fritz Kreisler 
9.
Ruins of Athens, Op. 113: no 5, Marcia alla turca by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jascha Spivakovsky (Piano), Tossy Spivakovsky (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1930 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Auer 
10.
Ruins of Athens, Op. 113: no 4, Chorus of Dervishes by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jascha Spivakovsky (Piano), Tossy Spivakovsky (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1930 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Auer 
11.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 1 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Jascha Spivakovsky (Piano), Tossy Spivakovsky (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/06/1928 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
12.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 15 in A flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Tossy Spivakovsky (Violin), Jascha Spivakovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1930 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Hochstein 
13.
Siciliano and Rigaudon in the style of Francoeur by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Tossy Spivakovsky (Violin), Jascha Spivakovsky (Piano)
Date of Recording: 1931 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
14.
Sonatas (30) for Guitar and Violin: no 12 in C major by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Tossy Spivakovsky (Violin), Jascha Spivakovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1805-1828; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/15/1927 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
15.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83: no 2 in E minor, Dumka by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Tossy Spivakovsky (Violin), Jascha Spivakovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 06/11/1930 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Fritz Kreisler 
16.
Caprice viennois, Op. 2 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Jascha Spivakovsky (Piano), Tossy Spivakovsky (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/06/1928 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
17.
Tambourin chinois, Op. 3 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Tossy Spivakovsky (Violin), Jascha Spivakovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/28/1928 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
18.
Scherzo-Tarantelle in G minor, Op. 16 by Henri Wieniawski
Performer:  Jascha Spivakovsky (Piano), Tossy Spivakovsky (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856 
Date of Recording: 06/11/1930 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
19.
Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Jascha Spivakovsky (Piano), Tossy Spivakovsky (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899 
Date of Recording: 10/11/1929 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
20.
Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 23: no 2, Zapateado by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Tossy Spivakovsky (Violin), Jascha Spivakovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880 
Date of Recording: 06/12/1931 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 

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