Joseph Szigeti: Complete Columbia Album Collection

Release Date: 4/9/2021
Label: Sony
Catalog Number: 19075940352
Number of Discs: 17

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$59.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sony Classical is pleased to announce the release of a 17-CD box set collecting the recordings made between 1940 and 1956 for American Columbia by the renowned Hungarian violinist Joseph Szigeti.

 

Szigeti had a remarkable career. Born in 1892 in Budapest, where he studied with Jenő Hubay, one of most celebrated virtuosos and teachers of that golden era of violin playing, he was praised by the iconic German violinist Joseph Joachim at his Berlin debut in 1905; lived in London for several years following his acclaimed 1907 debut and played chamber music with, among others, Myra Hess and Ferruccio Busoni; was a frequent visitor after the war to the Soviet Union, where he introduced Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto; made his triumphant American debut at Carnegie Hall under Stokowski in 1925; toured the world during the 1930s before finally settling in the US in 1940.

 

It was in that year that Szigeti renewed his friendship with fellow Hungarian émigré Béla Bartók, and in April the two gave a now-legendary recital in Washington which featured Bartók’s First Violin Rhapsody of 1928 – a work dedicated to and premiered by Szigeti in Europe. In May 1940, Columbia recorded their interpretation of this “vehicle for Szigeti’s biting and wholly magnificent fiddling” (MusicWeb International) in New York. That performance appears here for the first time on CD, along with another important work by Bartók, the classic first recording of his Contrasts for clarinet, violin and piano, written for and performed with Szigeti and Benny Goodman.

 

The rest of the new collection displays many more treasures of Szigeti’s passionate dedication to chamber music: in Bach, Handel, Tartini, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Dvořák, Debussy, Ravel, Bloch, Busoni, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Henry Cowell, collaborating with such artists as Andor Foldes – another Hungarian émigré – as well as with Mieczyslaw Horzowski, Myra Hess, Pablo Casals and Igor Stravinsky.

 

There are, of course, major orchestral works represented in the new Szigeti edition, including two towering concertos in D major – the Brahms, recorded in 1945 with Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Beethoven, recorded in 1947 with Bruno Walter and the New York Philharmonic (“an account of impassioned grandeur” – MusicWeb International) – along with Busoni’s early Violin Concerto in D major, recorded in 1954 with Thomas Sherman conducting the Little Orchestra Society. Szigeti’s numerous Bach concerto recordings for Columbia are here as well, conducted by Casals, Fritz Stiedry and George Szell.

 

As Nathan Milstein, one of his great colleagues, said in a touching tribute to Szigeti, who died in 1973: “He was an incredibly cultured musician. Actually, his talent grew out of his culture. … I always admired him, and he was respected by musicians.” In his late years, Joseph Szigeti finally got the appreciation he deserved from the general public as well. Sony Classical’s new collection his Columbia recordings, many never before released on CD at Sony Classical, can only further enhance that appreciation.

 

REVIEWS:

 

The 31 works, from sonatas to chamber works to concertos, span Bach and Beethoven to Debussy, Ravel, Busoni and Henry Cowell. Bartók is pianist in his own Rhapsody No 1 for Violin and Piano. All the Brahms, including the Trio No 2 in C major with Hess and Casals, is to treasure. Szigeti plays Dvořák with grace and melancholy, and gives bite and attack to Stravinsky. The style may be redolent of another era, yet still this playing speaks to us.

 

– Guardiaqn (UK)

 

This is a quite wonderful set, one of the highlights being an all-Busoni disc, the Second Sonata with Mieczysπaw Horszowski and the Violin Concerto with the Little Orchestra Society under Thomas Sherman. No one listening could fail to grasp the profound level of Szigeti's musical understanding.

 

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Works on This Recording
1. Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra no 1, Sz 87 by Béla Bartók
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1928 ; Budapest, Hungary
2. Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz 111 by Béla Bartók
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Béla Bartók (Piano), Benny Goodman (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1938 ; Budapest, Hungary
3. Baal shem by Ernest Bloch
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Andor Foldes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923 ; USA
4. Saudades do Brasil, Op. 67: no 9, Sumaré by Darius Milhaud
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Andor Foldes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1920-1921 ; France
5. El sombrero de tres picos: Miller's Dance "Farruca" by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Andor Foldes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1919 ; Spain
6. Divertimento for 2 Horns and Strings no 15 in B flat major, K 287 (271H) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin)
Conductor: Max Goberman
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1776 ; Salzburg, Austria
7. Sorochintsy fair: Hopak by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Andor Foldes (Piano)
Period: Romantic
8. Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83: no 2 in E minor, Dumka by Antonín Dvořák
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878 ; Bohemia
9. Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 72/B 147: no 2 in E minor, Dumka by Antonín Dvořák
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886-1887 ; Bohemia
10. Scènes de la Csárda no 3, Op. 18 "Maros vize" by Jenö Hubay
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1882-1883 ; Hungary
11. Háry János, Op. 15: Suite - no 5, Intermezzo by Zoltán Kodály
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1927 ; Hungary
12. Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 5 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868 ; Austria
13. Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor by Claude Debussy
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Andor Foldes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1916-1917 ; France
14. Blumenleben (6), Op. 30: no 5, Der Zephyr by Jenö Hubay
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Harry Kaufman (Piano)
Period: Romantic
15. Morceaux (6) for Piano, Op. 51: no 6, Valse sentimentale by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Harry Kaufman (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1882 ; Russia
16. Bagatelles (12) for Violin and Piano, Op. 13: no 9, L'Abielle by François Schubert
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Harry Kaufman (Piano)
17. Pastorale by Igor Stravinsky
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Harry Kaufman (Piano)
Written: 1933 instr chamber e ;
18. Duo concertant for Violin and Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Igor Stravinsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1931-1932 ; France
19. Pastorale for Violin, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet and Bassoon by Igor Stravinsky
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Mitchell [oboe] Miller (Oboe), Robert McGinnis (Clarinet), Sol Schoenbach (Bassoon)
Conductor: Igor Stravinsky
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1933 ; France
20. Mavra: Russian Song by Igor Stravinsky
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Igor Stravinsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
21. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin)
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
Period: Classical
Written: 1806 ; Vienna, Austria
22. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin)
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878 ; Austria
23. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108: 2nd movement, Adagio by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Leonid Hambro (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886-1888 ; Austria
24. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in D major, Op. 12 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1797-1798 ; Vienna, Austria
25. Sonatina for Violin and Piano in D major, D 384/Op. 137 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Andor Foldes (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1816 ; Vienna, Austria
26. Sonata for Piano in D major, D 850/Op. 53 "Gasteiner": 4th movement by Franz Schubert
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Andor Foldes (Piano)
27. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 7 in C minor, Op. 30 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1801-1802 ; Vienna, Austria
28. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 80 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Joseph Levine (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1938-1946 ; USSR
29. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D major, Op. 94bis by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Leonid Hambro (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944 ; USSR
30. Sonata for Violin solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1005 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
31. Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin)
Conductor: Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Friends of Music Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1738-1739 ; Leipzig, Germany
32. Fantasy for Violin and Piano in C major, D 934/Op. 159 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Joseph Levine (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1827 ; Vienna, Austria
33. Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 12 in D minor "La Follia" by Arcangelo Corelli
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Andor Foldes (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1700 ; Rome, Italy
34. Suite Bergamasque, L. 75: III. Clair de lune by Claude Debussy
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Andor Foldes (Piano)
Period: Modern
Written: 1890 ; France
35. Le Roi d'Ys: Vainement, ma bien-aimée [Aubade] by Edouard Lalo
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Andor Foldes (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875-1888 ; France
36. Morceaux (6) for Piano, Op. 51: no 6, Valse sentimentale by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Harry Kaufman (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1882 ; Russia
37. Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: 7th movement, Tempo di Bourée by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
38. Concerto for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord in A minor, BWV 1044 "Triple Concerto" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: John Wummer (Flute), Alexander Schneider (Violin), Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Conductor: Pablo Casals
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prades Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1730 ; Leipzig, Germany
39. Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin)
Conductor: Pablo Casals
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prades Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1738-1739 ; Leipzig, Germany
40. Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: John Wummer (Flute), Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Eugene Istomin (Piano)
Conductor: Pablo Casals
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prades Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1720-1721 ; ?Cöthen, Germany
41. Rondo for Violin and Piano in B minor, D 895/Op. 70 "Rondo Brillant" by Franz Schubert
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Carlo Bussotti (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1826 ; Vienna, Austria
42. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 96 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1812 ; Vienna, Austria
43. Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, D 574/Op. 162 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Myra Hess (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1817 ; Vienna, Austria
44. Quartet for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 60 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Myra Hess (Piano), Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Milton Katims (Viola), Paul Tortelier (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855-1875 ; Austria
45. Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 87 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Myra Hess (Piano), Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Pablo Casals (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1880-1882 ; Austria
46. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 by Henry Cowell
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Carlo Bussotti (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945 ; USA
47. Sonata for Piano 4 Hands by Harold Shapero
Performer: Leo Smit (Piano), Harold Shapero (piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1941 ; USA
48. How Old is Song? by Henry Cowell
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Henry Cowell (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1931/1942 ; USA
49. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Spring" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1800-1801 ; Vienna, Austria
50. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 6 in A major, Op. 30 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1801-1802 ; Vienna, Austria
51. Concerto for Violin in G minor, BWV 1056 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin)
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque
52. Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in D major, HWV 371/Op. 1 no 13 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Carlo Bussotti (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1750 ; London, England
53. Concerto for Violin in D minor, D 45 by Giuseppe Tartini
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin)
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ; Italy
54. Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 2: no 12 in G major, B G19 by Giuseppe Tartini
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Carlo Bussotti (Piano)
55. Violin Sonata in G Major by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Carlo Bussotti (Piano)
Written: 1922 ;
56. Sonata for Violin and Piano in E major by Paul Hindemith
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Carlo Bussotti (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935 ; Germany
57. Sonata for Violin solo in D major, Op. 115 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1947 ; USSR
58. Melodies (5) for Violin and Piano, Op. 35bis by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Carlo Bussotti (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1925 ; Paris, France
59. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35a/K 243 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin)
Conductor: Thomas Scherman
Orchestra/Ensemble: Little Orchestra Society
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1899 ; Berlin, Germany
60. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in E minor, Op. 36a/K 244 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1901 ; Berlin, Germany
61. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878-1879 ; Austria
62. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886-1888 ; Austria
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