Do many Americans realize what they owe to Josef Gingold, who after a distinguished career as concertmaster and soloist has now taught several generations of violinists at Indiana University? In addition to teaching some of the stars (whose publicists often prefer to label their charges as Galamian or Heifetz pupils, even when it was Gingold who made musicians out of them) of the solo and chamber-music platforms, America's orchestras benefit mightily from having Gingold pupils populate their violin sections. The Faéré, from a two-LP set on Red Bud that John Wiser praised in Fanfare 8:5, p. 249, is a 1966 concert recording with much tape hiss and audience noise, but is no less lovely for all that: patience and experience areRead more called for and supplied. The Kreisler items, some of which are rarely encountered in recital or on disc, are from a mid-1970s Fidelio LP (I cannot find the Fanfare review). Gingold's rhythms are perhaps not as springy and tight as Kreisler's from the 1920s—this is more like the later Kreisler, when Gingold knew him. The sound here is a bit metallic. While the entire Red Bud set should be transferred to CD, this is a worthy and desirable homage to Josef Gingold.
-- David K. Nelson, FANFARE [9/1989]
The Fauré is a mono recording; the Kreisler pieces are recorded in stereo. Read less
Recording by a great master of the old tradition November 18, 2013By See All My Reviews"Josef Gingold represented a priceless tradition in violin playing. Born in Russia, he lived in the U.S. for many years, played on Broadway, in the NBC Symphony with Toscanini, and was concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. As a teacher at Indiana University, he passed down his old-world tradition to many students, including William Preucil, who now holds Gingold's old spot in the Cleveland Orchestra, and Josh Bell. He had as much love for music and generosity toward his students as any teacher, and I consider myself very privileged to have had a little bit of contact with him. This recording is a wonderful example of Gingold's style and approach to music. Lovers of violin playing will especially appreciate the Kreutzer pieces, which went out of fashion for many years but are still played quite stylishly by Gingold's students. I have happily placed this CD on the shelf right alongside the disc of Kreisler by Josh Bell. Although the recorded sound is not great, the playing is never less than warm, accurate and highly musical. This his definitely recommended for anyone who loves the violin."Report Abuse