Isaac Stern


Born: July 21, 1920; Russia   Died: September 22, 2001; USA  
Isaac Stern was among the most distinguished of the world's violinists. He achieved a strong rapport with his audience through his own personality and his visible love for the music, with an unerring command of the proper style for each work in his exceptionally wide repertoire. His technique was impeccable, his tone strong and warm, though not rich. He performed and recorded virtually the entire standard violin repertoire, including most of the Read more many great violin concertos of the 1930s: those of Hindemith, Berg, Prokofiev (No. 2), Walton, Bartok (No. 2) and other works, some quite contemporary. His repertoire extended at least from Vivaldi to Dutilleux. Stern also dubbed on-screen appearances by actors impersonating violinists; his films include Humoresque, Tonight We Sing, and Fiddler on the Roof.
Stern's family moved to the United States and settled in San Francisco when he was one year old. His mother, a professional singer, gave him his first music lessons. He began studying the violin at the San Francisco Conservatory in 1928. In 1932 he became the third immensely talented San Francisco-area boy to train with the San Francisco Symphony concertmaster Louis Persinger (the others were Menuhin and Ruggiero Ricci). However, he considered Naoum Blinder, with whom he studied until the age of 15, his only true teacher. Stern made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony on February 18, 1936, with Pierre Monteux conducting the Third Concerto by Saint-Saëns. After his New York debut in 1937, he returned to San Francisco for further study. He re-entered concert life on February 18, 1939, again giving a recital in New York. Soon he was one of the leading American violinists, particularly noticed for his young age, and his January 8, 1943, recital at Carnegie Hall (his first solo performance there) was a smash hit.
In 1943 and 1944 Stern entertained American troops in Iceland, Greenland, and the South Pacific. After the war he toured Australia in 1947, and made his first trip to Europe in 1948. He played at Pablo Casals' Prades Festival from 1950-1952, and the Edinburgh Festival in 1953. His tour of the U.S.S.R. in 1956 was an early sign of one of the recurrent thaws in the Cold War. In 1960 he formed a durable trio with pianist Eugene Istomin and cellist Leonard Rose; the group played the complete trio literature by Beethoven in bicentennial celebrations of the composer's birth. He recorded mostly for Columbia (which subsequently became CBS, then Sony Classics), with major orchestras and conductors, with the Stern-Rose-Istomin Trio, and in sonata and other duet repertory with his regular partner, Alexander Zakin. He made several appearances at the White House.
In the late 1950s, when the City of New York planned the construction of the Lincoln Center complex, it became clear that the plans as they stood would entail the destruction of the old Metropolitan Opera house and of Carnegie Hall. The latter, one of the finest concert halls in the world acoustically, was saved for posterity by the actions of a group Stern formed in 1960. Stern was chosen president of the Carnegie Hall Corporation, formed to supervise the artistic program of the great concert hall. He also was involved in the formation of the U.S. National Endowment of the Arts, and was appointed to its initial advisory board. He served as chairman of the board of the American-Israel Cultural Foundation, which aids the careers of young musicians. Stern, among other honors, was named Officer of the Légion d'honneur of France. Read less
Browse 1-25 of 98 Available Recordings
1 2 3 4
  • 1.
    Leonard Rose: The Complete Concerto & Sonata Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985490172 Release Date: 05/25/2018   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Ernest Bloch,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Bidu Sayao,  Leonard Rose,  Mieczyslaw Horszowski,  Leonid Hambro  ... 
    Conductor:  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Dimitri Mitropoulos,  Eugene Ormandy,  Bruno Walter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cello Octet,  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
    On sale!
    CD: $29.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $39.99   CD:  $29.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 2.
    100 Violin Masterworks
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4798318 Release Date: 02/23/2018   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Itzhak Perlman,  Nathan Milstein,  Georges Pludermacher  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    On sale!
    CD: $23.99
    In Stock
    On sale!     CD:  $23.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 3.
    Isaac Stern & Yefim Bronfman play Mozart
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985464992 Release Date: 01/05/2018   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Yefim Bronfman
    On sale!
    CD: $21.49
    In Stock
    On sale!   $22.98   CD:  $21.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 4.
    Daniel Barenboim: A Retrospective / Various
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985393632 Release Date: 08/18/2017   Number of Discs: 46
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Carl Stamitz  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Saschko Gawriloff,  Halina Lukomska,  Pinchas Zukerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Daniel Barenboim,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
    On sale!
    CD: $113.49
    In Stock
    On sale!   $117.98   CD:  $113.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 5.
    Eugene Ormandy conducts Tchaikovsky
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88883737162 Release Date: 05/12/2017   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Leonard Rose,  Isaac Stern,  Gary Graffman,  Tedd Joselson
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
    On sale! $32.98
    CD: $29.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $32.98   CD:  $29.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 6.
    Charles Rosen plays Modern Piano Music
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985373772 Release Date: 04/28/2017   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Elliott Carter,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Rosen,  Ralph Kirkpatrick,  Paul Jacobs,  Heather Harper  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky,  Gustav Meier,  Frederik Prausnitz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra
    On sale!
    CD: $21.49
    In Stock
    On sale!   $22.98   CD:  $21.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 7.
    Pinchas Zukerman plays Vivaldi
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985370982 Release Date: 04/21/2017   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Neil Black,  Isaac Stern,  Itzhak Perlman  ... 
    Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic members,  Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra  ... 
    CD: $22.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $22.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 8.
    New York Philharmonic: 175th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 533636 Release Date: 04/07/2017   Number of Discs: 65
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ambroise Thomas  ... 
    Performer:  Oscar Levant,  Robert Casadesus,  Isaac Stern,  Yo-Yo Ma
    Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg,  Josef Stransky,  Arturo Toscanini,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
    On sale!
    CD: $184.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $199.98   CD:  $184.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 9.
    50 Classical Masterworks
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002596702 Release Date: 12/02/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Bedrich Smetana,  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  David Garrett,  Hélčne Grimaud,  Max Richter,  Daniel Hope  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel,  Rafael Kubelik,  Herbert von Karajan,  André de Ridder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin  ... 
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 10.
    Classic Archive - Brahms: The Complete Chamber Music
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 26401 Release Date: 11/18/2016  
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Elena Bashkirova,  Maxim Vengerov,  Boris Pergamenschikow,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna String Sextet,  Takács String Quartet,  Berlin Soloists  ... 
    Blu-ray Video: $85.99
    Low Stock
    Blu-ray Video:  $85.99 Add to Cart

  • 11.
    Pinchas Zukerman: Complete Recordings on DG, Decca, & Philips
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002514302 Release Date: 07/22/2016   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Midori,  Daniel Barenboim,  Marc Neikrug  ... 
    Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Daniel Barenboim,  Charles Dutoit,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
    CD: $78.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $78.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 12.
    Beethoven: Triple Concerto - Brahms: Double Concerto
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 8047 Release Date: 07/01/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Eugene Istomin,  Isaac Stern,  Leonard Rose
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 13.
    Great Moments at Carnegie Hall (Selected Highlights)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 530420 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Paul de Schlözer,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Ronald Turini,  Artur Rubinstein,  Jorge Bolet,  Van Cliburn  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Arturo Toscanini,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's
    CD: $11.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $11.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 14.
    Great Moments at Carnegie Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503227 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Roy Harris,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz,  Jussi Björling,  Frederick Schauwecker,  Van Cliburn  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini,  Serge Koussevitzky,  Bruno Walter,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    On sale!
    CD: $138.49
    In Stock
    On sale!   $149.98   CD:  $138.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 15.
    Eugene Ormandy conducts Sibelius
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88875108582 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Dylana Jenson,  Isaac Stern
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra Chorus,  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    CD: $23.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $23.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 16.
    Stravinsky conducts Stravinsky: Symphonies and Concertos
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875126242 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Benny Goodman,  Philippe Entremont,  Charles Rosen,  Isaac Stern
    Conductor:  Robert Craft,  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  CBC Symphony Orchestra,  Festival Singers of Toronto  ... 
    CD: $19.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $19.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 17.
    Igor Stravinsky: The Complete Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 502616 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 57
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Various
    Performer:  Roger Sessions,  Aaron Copland,  Lukas Foss,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky,  Robert Craft,  Gregg Smith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  CBC Symphony Orchestra,  American Concert Choir  ... 
    On sale!
    CD: $184.99
    Low Stock
    On sale!   $199.98   CD:  $184.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 18.
    Yo-Yo Ma: The Classical Cello Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 513074 Release Date: 10/02/2015   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Luigi Boccherini,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Ton Koopman,  Emanuel Ax,  Edgar Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman,  Claudio Abbado,  Kurt Masur,  Lorin Maazel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  ORTF National Orchestra  ... 
    CD: $47.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $47.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 19.
    Itzhak Perlman - Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002298802 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Igor Stravinsky,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Daniel Barenboim,  Myor Rosen  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Daniel Barenboim,  Zubin Mehta,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
    CD: $103.49
    In Stock
    CD:  $103.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 20.
    Orchestre National de France: 80 ans de Concerts Inedits
    Label: Radio France   Catalog: 20 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Edouard Lalo,  Albert Roussel,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Pierre [Baritone Vocals] Bernac,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Irma Kolassi,  Victoria de los Angeles  ... 
    Conductor:  Désiré-Emile Inghelbrecht,  Paul Paray,  Charles Munch,  Roger Desormičre  ... 
    CD: $37.49
    Back Order
    CD:  $37.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 21.
    Isaac Stern plays Brahms
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88843061362 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Leonard Rose,  Eugene Istomin,  Yo-Yo Ma  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Eugene Ormandy,  Milton Katims
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
    On sale!
    CD: $21.49
    In Stock
    On sale!   $22.98   CD:  $21.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 22.
    Pierre Boulez: The Complete Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 301333 Release Date: 11/24/2014   Number of Discs: 67
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Alexander Scriabin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alban Berg  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Dönch,  Isabel Strauss,  Walter Berry,  Fritz Uhl  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Anton Webern
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Camerata Singers,  Schola Cantorum New York  ... 
    On sale!
    CD: $213.49
    In Stock
    On sale!   $221.98   CD:  $213.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 23.
    Leonard Bernstein Edition - Concertos & Orchestral Works
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 301330 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 80
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Leonard Bernstein,  Harold Gomberg,  William Heim  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Seiji Ozawa,  Maurice Peress
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  New York Philharmonic members,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  ... 
    On sale!
    CD: $146.99
    Special Order
    On sale!   $149.98   CD:  $146.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 24.
    Mozart: The Piano Quartets / Ax, Stern, Ma, Laredo
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 56121 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Emanuel Ax,  Jaime Laredo,  Yo-Yo Ma
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 25.
    Schubert, Boccherini: String Quintets / Stern, Lin, Laredo, Ma, Robinson
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 56118 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Luigi Boccherini
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Lin Cho-Liang,  Jaime Laredo,  Yo-Yo Ma  ... 
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

1 2 3 4