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Ida Haendel & Vladimir Ashkenazy Play Enescu, Bartók, Etc


Release Date: 06/13/2000 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 455488   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George EnescuBéla BartókKarol SzymanowskiLudwig van Beethoven,   ... 
Performer:  Ida HaendelVladimir AshkenazyIvor NewtonAdela Kotowska,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Remarkable playing from a noted exponent of the "old school" as well as lively reminders of how this much-loved artist sounded in her youth.

'And of course there's Ida Haendel ... ' - words invariably uttered with a smile, recalling a distinctive playing style where tonal sweetness is married to considerable technical facility and unostentatious musicianship. Testament has already given us Haendel's magisterial unaccompanied Bach (1/97) and now Decca has come up with this youthful-sounding Slavic menu, recorded at Winterthur an unbelievable 60 years after Haendel made her debut in 1936. True, the tone has thinned somewhat and the reflexes aren't quite as alert as they once were, but the latter part of
Read more Szymanowski's 'La fontaine d'Arethuse' has an almost Heifetzian lustre. Elsewhere, expressive slides signal an 'old world' manner of phrasing that is for the most part quite lost to present-day concertgoers (CD buyers are rather more fortunate).

Judged on its own terms, this is a truly remarkable recital, but Decca's laudable decision to supplement the new programme with a carefully restored collection of Haendel's 78rpm recordings for the same company (aired with a touch of added ambience) helps focus at least one significant drawback. Intensity and liveliness are consistent virtues with both players, but where the older recordings enjoy relatively discreet (though not always terribly subtle) piano accompaniments, Vladimir Ashkenazy seems reluctant to play anything softer than mezzo forte. You only have to compare the two recordings of Bartok's Romanian Folkdances to hear how Ashkenazy's pianistic outspokenness tends to take over. Heard next to Jerzy Marchewinska (Polskie Nagrania, 1/80 - nla) or Krystian Zimerman (DG, 6/81 - nla), his Szymanowski is short on fantasy ('La fontaine d'Arethuse' seems rushed) while the Enescu Sonata lacks the improvisational quality achieved by, say, Valentin Gheorghiu (with the wonderfully idiomatic Sherban Lupu - Electrecord EDC 324-5, soon to be made available in the UK).

Haendel's Enescu promotes some creditable gipsy-style inflections. The idiom is certainly mastered but Lupu (who sounds uncannily like Enescu himself) is finer still and in the Bartok Rhapsody Susanne Stanzeleit and Gusztav Fenyo achieve degrees of playfulness and flexibility that the more brittle Haendel- Ashkenazy partnership doesn't quite match.

Viewed as a showcase of what a fine violinist could still achieve in her early seventies, the later Decca recital is - as I've already suggested - something of an inspiration. In a sense, the earlier recordings are easier on the ear (though the Beethoven G major Sonata with Noel Mewton-Wood is rather hectic) with Achron's Hebrew Melody and Albeniz's 'Malaguena' as undoubted highlights. The set would be well worth considering just for the sake of hearing them.

-- Rob Cowan, Gramophone [5/2000]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in A minor, Op. 25 by George Enescu
Performer:  Ida Haendel (Violin), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Romania 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Town House, Winterthur 
Length: 25 Minutes 9 Secs. 
2.
Rhapsody for Violin and Piano no 1, Sz 86 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Ida Haendel (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Town House, Winterthur 
Length: 9 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3.
Romanian Folkdances (6) for Piano, Sz 56 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Ida Haendel (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Town House, Winterthur 
Length: 7 Minutes 4 Secs. 
4.
Myths (3), Op. 30 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Ida Haendel (Violin), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Town House, Winterthur 
Length: 19 Minutes 28 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 8 in G major, Op. 30 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ida Haendel (Piano), Ivor Newton (Piano), Adela Kotowska (Piano),
Noel Mewton-Wood (Piano), Ida Haendel (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/18/1941 
Venue:  Decca Studios, London, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording.
This selection is an ADD recording. 
6.
Sonatina for Violin and Piano in G minor, D 408/Op. 137 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Adela Kotowska (Piano), Ida Haendel (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/02/1942 
Venue:  Decca Studios, London, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording.
This selection is an ADD recording. 
7.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 15 in A flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Adela Kotowska (Piano), Ida Haendel (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/09/1940 
Venue:  Decca Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording.
This selection is an ADD recording. 
8.
Tambourin chinois, Op. 3 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Adela Kotowska (Piano), Ida Haendel (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/09/1940 
Venue:  Decca Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording.
This selection is an ADD recording. 
9.
Schön Rosmarin by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Ida Haendel (Violin), Adela Kotowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/09/1940 
Venue:  Decca Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording.
This selection is an ADD recording. 
10.
Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 23: no 2, Zapateado by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Ida Haendel (Violin), Adela Kotowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880 
Date of Recording: 09/10/1940 
Venue:  Decca Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a monoaural recording.
This selection is an ADD recording. 
11.
Hebrew Melody for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 33 by Joseph Achron
Performer:  Alice Haendel (Piano), Ida Haendel (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Poland 
Date of Recording: 12/18/1942 
Venue:  Decca Studios, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording.
This selection is an ADD recording. 
12.
Scherzo-Tarantelle in G minor, Op. 16 by Henri Wieniawski
Performer:  Ida Haendel (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856 
Date of Recording: 04/08/1942 
Venue:  Decca Studios, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording.
This selection is an ADD recording. 
13.
Recuerdos de Viaje, Op. 71: no 6, Puerta del tierra by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Noel Mewton-Wood (Piano), Ida Haendel (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1887; Madrid, Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/02/1941 
Venue:  Decca Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording.
This selection is an ADD recording.
Arranged: Fritz Kreisler 
14.
Spanischer Tanz by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Ida Haendel (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/08/1942 
Venue:  Decca Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an arrangement of Manuel de Falla's Danza no 1 from 'La
vida breve.'
This selection is a monaural recording.
This selection is an ADD recording. 
15.
Nocturne and Tarantella, Op. 28 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Adela Kotowska (Piano), Ida Haendel (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Poland 
Date of Recording: 10/15/1946 
Venue:  Decca Studios, London, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording.
This selection is an ADD recording. 
16.
King Roger, Op. 46: Roxana's Song by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Adela Kotowska (Piano), Ida Haendel (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1924; Poland 
Date of Recording: 04/02/1946 
Venue:  Decca Studios, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Kochánski
This selection is a monaural recording.
This selection is an ADD recording. 
17.
Romanian Folkdances (6) for Piano, Sz 56 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Ivor Newton (Piano), Ida Haendel (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 9/15/1947 
Venue:  Decca Studios, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording.
This selection is an ADD recording. 

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