Emanuel Hurwitz


Born: 1919; London, England   Died: November 19, 2006  
A violinist's violinist, Emanuel Hurwitz is one of Britain's most accomplished chamber musicians. He founded and served as co-leader of several important ensembles and has also had an extensive career as an educator and symbol to young musicians throughout the world. This doesn't mean that anyone has learned to spell his name, however. He is frequently identified as "Emmanuel," a mistake that has extended to many album liner notes, concert Read more programs and college bulletins. It has even led to speculation that there are two violinists involved in maintaining his incredibly busy schedule.

He has been associated with the Royal Academy of Music in London for decades as a teacher, and also received his early training there. Hurwitz was part of the generation of British classical musicians most profoundly affected by the second World War. Maintaining a consistent level of study or having the opportunity to train in established orchestras or chamber ensembles were hardly priorities for society at large in the aftermath of such devastation. Many of the British classical orchestras were either temporarily or permanently defunct. Musicians and music college students such as Hurwitz were often drafted and wound up playing with military bands. Following the war, one way Hurwitz filled in his schedule and created income was by performing light music and in gypsy orchestras. It could hardly have seemed insulting since one of his violin heroes, Alfredo Campoli, had done exactly the same thing. As did some of Hurwitz's peers: on a given night he might be sitting next to players such as Jack Rothstein or James Blades in a so-called salon orchestra.

This isn't to say that he neglected his classical ambitions. He founded the Hurwitz String Quartet and began more than 20 years as leader of the English Chamber Orchestra, with whom he frequently appeared as soloist and conductor. During this time he was a co-founder and leader of the important Melos Ensemble, consisting of a pool of about a dozen musicians performing the neglected repertoire for enlarged chamber ensembles and creating an important discography of recordings including many premieres. He spent two seasons as leader of the New Philharmonia Orchestra under Otto Klemperer and Carlo Maria Giulini, sometimes directing the orchestra himself. For 11 years beginning in 1970 he was leader of the Aeolian String Quartet, touring and recording extensively, the latter word certainly not an exaggeration, as this discography includes the complete 22-CD set of Haydn string quartets, an item that has caused many a classical fan to overextend credit card limits.

As an educator he has established his own chamber music course and summer school in his native England. His teaching is certainly not limited to the UK, as he maintains a busy schedule of master classes and seminars from the Austrian Alps to the Canadian Rockies. Read less
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  • 1.
    British String Concertos
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 2346 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Samuel Coleridge-Taylor,  Gustav Holst,  Gerald Finzi,  William Busch  ... 
    Performer:  Lorraine McAslan,  Emanuel Hurwitz,  Kenneth Sillito,  Cecil Aronowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Braithwaite,  Imogen Holst,  David Atherton,  Sir Adrian Boult  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante, Concertone In C / Loveday, Shingles, Marriner, Davis
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002083602 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alan Loveday,  Stephen Shingles,  Eli Goren,  Emanuel Hurwitz
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Britten the Performer - Complete Decca Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001922102 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 27
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Henry Purcell,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Adrian Thompson,  John Tobin,  Jenny Hill,  Robert Tear  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir,  Wandsworth School Choir  ... 
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    Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale / Sir Robert Helpmann, Svetlana Beriosova, Brian Phelan
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4696 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Emanuel Hurwitz
    Conductor:  Derek Hudson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
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    Britten At Aldeburgh - Shostakovich, Janacek, Bridge
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466823 Release Date: 10/02/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Frank Bridge
    Performer:  Benjamin Britten,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Emanuel Hurwitz,  Galina Vishnevskaya  ... 
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    Flute Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001280202 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Albert Roussel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Jacques Ibert,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Grandt,  Irena Grafenauer,  William Bennett,  Timothy Hutchins  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Benjamin Britten,  Karl Münchinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grumiaux Trio,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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    Music For Strings - Elgar, Delius, Bridge, Britten, Purcell
    Label: London/Decca British Collection   Catalog: 425160 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Benjamin Britten,  Frederick Delius  ... 
    Performer:  José Luis Garcia,  Cecil Aronowitz,  Bernard Richards,  Emanuel Hurwitz
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Ireland: Sextet, Trios, Sonatas / Neaman, Parkin, De Peyer
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 2271 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  John Ireland
    Performer:  Yfrah Neaman,  Eric Parkin,  Gervase de Peyer,  André Navarra  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
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    Imogen Holst Conducts Gustav Holst
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 223 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst
    Performer:  William Bennett,  Peter Graeme,  Emanuel Hurwitz,  Kenneth Sillito  ... 
    Conductor:  Imogen Holst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 10.
    The #1 Bach Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472758 Release Date: 01/14/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried H. Stölzel
    Performer:  Trevor Pinnock,  Wolfgang Rübsam,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  János Starker  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  Karl Richter,  Barry Rose,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir  ... 
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    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos 1-6 / Britten, English Co
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 443847 Release Date: 05/16/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  William Bennett,  Carmel Kaine,  Tess Miller,  Emanuel Hurwitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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