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In Memoriam Ginette Neveu

Release Date: 03/09/2010 
Label:  Tahra   Catalog #: 684   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Spoken WordJohannes BrahmsErnest ChaussonJean Sibelius,   ... 
Performer:  Ginette Neveu
Conductor:  Hans Schmidt-IsserstedtCharles MunchWalter SusskindHans Rosbaud
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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A child prodigy, Ginette Neveu took lessons from her mother and made her solo debut at the age of seven with the Colonne Orchestra in Paris. Her parents then decided to send her to study under Line Talluel, and after further studies with Jules Boucherit at the Paris Conservatory, she completed her training with instruction from George Enescu, Nadia Boulanger, and Carl Flesch. At age 15, Ginette Neveu achieved worldwide celebrity status when she won the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition over 180 contestants, including the future virtuoso David Oistrakh, who finished second. She was immediately signed to an extensive touring contract that, over the next two years, saw her give solo performances at the leading concert halls of Germany, Read more Poland, the Soviet Union, the United States, and Canada. Neveu's international career was interrupted by World War II, but she finally was able to make her London debut in 1945. Her brother Jean-Paul accompanied her on piano, and the two toured post-war Europe extensively (appearing at the Prague Spring International Music Festival), as well as visiting Australia and South America. They also made return engagements at major venues in the United States. Noted for her intensity, power, and impeccable sonority, Ginette Neveu is recognized as one of the world's great violinists, despite a career that ended at a very young age. Ginette Neveu gave her last concert on October 20, 1949. A week later, on October 27, she and her brother boarded an Air France flight to another series of concert engagements. All 48 passengers on board the flight, including the famous French boxing champion Marcel Cerdan, died when the plane flew into a mountain after two failed attempts to make a landing at the São Miguel Island airport in the Azores. It has been said that Ginette Neveu's body was found still clutching her Stradivarius in her arms. Read less

Works on This Recording

Interview with Ginette Neveu by Spoken Word
Performer:  Ginette Neveu (Violin)
Date of Recording: 03/05/1949 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Ginette Neveu (Violin)
Conductor:  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/03/1948 
Length: 17 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Počme for Violin and Orchestra in E flat major, Op. 25 by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Ginette Neveu (Violin)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; France 
Date of Recording: 01/02/1949 
Length: 16 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Ginette Neveu (Violin)
Conductor:  Walter Susskind
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Finland 
Date of Recording: 11/21/1945 
Length: 16 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ginette Neveu (Violin)
Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/25/1949 
Length: 20 Minutes 16 Secs. 

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