BIG VIOLIN BOX

10+ HOURS OF MUSIC

TRACK LISTING

1
Vivaldi: Sonata in G minor, RV26: I. Adagio
by Jan Tomasow & Anton Heiller
2:04

2
Vivaldi: Sonata in G minor, RV26: II. Allegro
by Jan Tomasow & Anton Heiller
1:21

3
Vivaldi: Sonata in G minor, RV26: III. Adagio
by Jan Tomasow & Anton Heiller
2:04

4
Vivaldi: Sonata in G minor, RV26: IV. Allegro
by Jan Tomasow & Anton Heiller
0:52

5
Vivaldi: Sonata in G minor, RV26: V. Giga
by Jan Tomasow & Anton Heiller
1:50

6
Albinoni: Sonata in A Major, Op. 6, No. 11: I. Grave
by Jan Tomasow & Anton Heiller
1:58

7
Albinoni: Sonata in A Major, Op. 6, No. 11: II. Allegro
by Jan Tomasow & Anton Heiller
2:33

8
Albinoni: Sonata in A Major, Op. 6, No. 11: III. Andante
by Jan Tomasow & Anton Heiller
1:45

9
Albinoni: Sonata in A Major, Op. 6, No. 11: IV. Allegro
by Jan Tomasow & Anton Heiller
2:18

10
Tartini: Sonata in G Minor, Op. 1, No. 10: I. Tempo moderato (quasi andantino)
by Jan Tomasow & Anton Heiller
5:20

11
Tartini: Sonata in G Minor, Op. 1, No. 10: II. Allegro con fuoco
by Jan Tomasow & Anton Heiller
1:42

12
Tartini: Sonata in G Minor, Op. 1, No. 10: III. Largo
by Jan Tomasow & Anton Heiller
2:42

13
Marcello: Sonata in D Major, Op. 2, No. 1: I. Adagio
by Jan Tomasow & Anton Heiller
2:27

14
Marcello: Sonata in D Major, Op. 2, No. 1: II. Allegro
by Jan Tomasow & Anton Heiller
1:52

15
Marcello: Sonata in D Major, Op. 2, No. 1: III. Largo
by Jan Tomasow & Anton Heiller
1:12

16
Marcello: Sonata in D Major, Op. 2, No. 1: IV. Allegro
by Jan Tomasow & Anton Heiller
2:07

17
Tartini: Sonata in G Major, Op. 1, No. 4: I. Grave
by Jan Tomasow & Anton Heiller
1:42

18
Tartini: Sonata in G Major, Op. 1, No. 4: II. Allegro
by Jan Tomasow & Anton Heiller
2:41

19
Tartini: Sonata in G Major, Op. 1, No. 4: III. Allegro assai
by Jan Tomasow & Anton Heiller
1:59

20
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64: I. Allegro molto appassionato
by Mischa Elman, Vienna State Opera Orchestra & Vladimir Golschmann
13:06

21
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64: II. Andante
by Mischa Elman, Vienna State Opera Orchestra & Vladimir Golschmann
8:06

22
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64: III. Allegretto non troppo. Allegro molto vivace
by Mischa Elman, Vienna State Opera Orchestra & Vladimir Golschmann
7:09

23
Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53: I. Allegro ma non troppo
by David Oistrakh, State Symphony Orchestra of Russia & Kiril Kondrashin
10:58

24
Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53: II. Adagio ma non troppo
by David Oistrakh, State Symphony Orchestra of Russia & Kiril Kondrashin
11:30

25
Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53: III. Finale: Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo
by David Oistrakh, State Symphony Orchestra of Russia & Kiril Kondrashin
9:45

26
Glière: Romance for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 3
by David Oistrakh, State Orchestra of USSR & Kiril Kondrashin
4:50

27
Massenet: Meditation from Thaïs
by Mischa Elman & Joseph Seiger
4:38

28
Arensky: Serenade
by Mischa Elman & Joseph Seiger
2:03

29
Schumann: Träumerei
by Mischa Elman & Joseph Seiger
3:06

30
Cui: Orientale
by Mischa Elman & Joseph Seiger
2:08

31
Drigo: Valse Bluette
by Mischa Elman & Joseph Seiger
2:13

32
Sulzer: Sarabande, Op. 8
by Mischa Elman & Joseph Seiger
4:28

33
Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen
by Mischa Elman & Joseph Seiger
9:56

34
Schumann: Ave Maria
by Mischa Elman & Joseph Seiger
4:36

35
Dvorak: Humoresque
by Mischa Elman & Joseph Seiger
3:53

36
Gossec: Gavotte
by Mischa Elman & Joseph Seiger
2:01

37
Chopin: Nocturne in E-flat, Op. 9, No.2
by Mischa Elman & Joseph Seiger
5:24

38
Schumann: “Prophet Bird” from Waldszenen, Op.82
by Mischa Elman & Joseph Seiger
3:32

39
Beethoven: Minuet in G Major
by Mischa Elman & Joseph Seiger
2:40

40
Tchaikovsky: Melodie Op. 42, No. 3 for violin and piano
by Mischa Elman & Joseph Seiger
4:23

41
Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 21: I. Allegro non troppo
by Mischa Elman, Vienna State Opera Orchestra & Vladimir Golschmann
8:06

42
Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 21: II. Scherzando. Allegro molto
by Mischa Elman, Vienna State Opera Orchestra & Vladimir Golschmann
4:40

43
Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 21: III. Andante
by Mischa Elman, Vienna State Opera Orchestra & Vladimir Golschmann
7:37

44
Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 21: IV. Rondo. Allegro
by Mischa Elman, Vienna State Opera Orchestra & Vladimir Golschmann
7:43

45
Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28
by Mischa Elman, Vienna State Opera Orchestra & Vladimir Golschmann
10:35

46
Fauré: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13: I. Allegro molto
by Jan Tomasow, *, & Franz Holetschek,
8:06

47
Fauré: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13: II. Andante
by Jan Tomasow, *, & Franz Holetschek,
7:44

48
Fauré: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13: III. Allegro vivo
by Jan Tomasow, *, & Franz Holetschek,
11:46

49
Fauré: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13: IV. Allegro quasi presto
by Jan Tomasow, *, & Franz Holetschek,
5:34

50
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, K. 364/320d: I. Allegro maestoso
by Josef Suk, Thomas Kakuska, Suk Chamber Orchestra & Josef Suk
13:18

51
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, K. 364/320d: II. Andante
by Josef Suk, Thomas Kakuska, Suk Chamber Orchestra & Josef Suk
11:14

52
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, K. 364/320d: III. Rondo: Presto
by Josef Suk, Thomas Kakuska, Suk Chamber Orchestra & Josef Suk
6:30

53
Mozart: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in D Major, K. 211: I. Allegro moderato
by Josef Suk, Suk Chamber Orchestra & Josef Suk
8:26

54
Mozart: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in D Major, K. 211: II. Andante
by Josef Suk, Suk Chamber Orchestra & Josef Suk
6:52

55
Mozart: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in D Major, K. 211: III. Rondeau: Allegro
by Josef Suk, Suk Chamber Orchestra & Josef Suk
4:14

56
Mozart: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 in G Major, K. 216: I. Allegro
by Josef Suk, Suk Chamber Orchestra & Josef Suk
8:31

57
Mozart: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 in G Major, K. 216: II. Adagio
by Josef Suk, Suk Chamber Orchestra & Josef Suk
7:13

58
Mozart: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 in G Major, K. 216: II. Adagio
by Josef Suk, Suk Chamber Orchestra & Josef Suk
5:34

59
Bach: Sonata No. 1 for Solo Violin in G Minor, BWV1001: I. Adagio
by Joseph Szigeti
5:12

60
Bach: Sonata No. 1 for Solo Violin in G Minor, BWV1001: II. Fugue: Allegro
by Joseph Szigeti
5:51

61
Bach: Sonata No. 1 for Solo Violin in G Minor, BWV1001: III. Siciliano
by Joseph Szigeti
3:51

62
Bach: Sonata No. 1 for Solo Violin in G Minor, BWV1001: IV. Presto
by Joseph Szigeti
3:44

63
Bach: Partita No. 1 for Solo Violin in B Minor, BWV1002: I. Allemande
by Joseph Szigeti
3:21

64
Bach: Partita No. 1 for Solo Violin in B Minor, BWV1002: II. Allemande: Double
by Joseph Szigeti
3:26

65
Bach: Partita No. 1 for Solo Violin in B Minor, BWV1002: III. Courante
by Joseph Szigeti
2:48

66
Bach: Partita No. 1 for Solo Violin in B Minor, BWV1002: IV. Courante: Double (Presto)
by Joseph Szigeti
3:45

67
Bach: Partita No. 1 for Solo Violin in B Minor, BWV1002: V. Sarabande
by Joseph Szigeti
4:09

68
Bach: Partita No. 1 for Solo Violin in B Minor, BWV1002: VI. Sarabande: Double
by Joseph Szigeti
2:34

69
Bach: Partita No. 1 for Solo Violin in B Minor, BWV1002: VII. Tempo di bourrée
by Joseph Szigeti
4:21

70
Bach: Partita No. 1 For Solo Violin In B Minor, Bwv1002: VIII. Tempo Di Bourrée: Double
by Joseph Szigeti
3:39

71
Bach: Sonata No. 2 for Solo Violin in A Minor, BWV1003: I. Grave
by Joseph Szigeti
5:21

72
Bach: Sonata No. 2 for Solo Violin in A Minor, BWV1003: II. Fuga
by Joseph Szigeti
8:30

73
Bach: Sonata No. 2 for Solo Violin in A Minor, BWV1003: III. Andante
by Joseph Szigeti
6:19

74
Bach: Sonata No. 2 for Solo Violin in A Minor, BWV1003: IV. Allegro
by Joseph Szigeti
5:40

75
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op30, No. 1: I. Allegro
by Joseph Szigeti & Claudio Arrau
7:58

76
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op30, No. 1: II. Adagio molto espressivo
by Joseph Szigeti & Claudio Arrau
8:22

77
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op30, No. 1: III. Allegretto con variazioni
by Joseph Szigeti & Claudio Arrau
8:37

78
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 7 in C Minor, Op30, No. 2 ('Eroica'): I. Allegro con brio
by Joseph Szigeti & Claudio Arrau
7:15

79
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 7 in C Minor, Op30, No. 2 ('Eroica'): II. Adagio cantabile
by Joseph Szigeti & Claudio Arrau
11:32

80
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 7 in C Minor, Op30, No. 2 ('Eroica'): III. Scherzo: Allegro
by Joseph Szigeti & Claudio Arrau
3:16

81
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 7 in C Minor, Op30, No. 2 ('Eroica'): IV. Finale: Allegro. Presto
by Joseph Szigeti & Claudio Arrau
5:02

82
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3: I. Allegro assai
by Joseph Szigeti & Claudio Arrau
6:22

83
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3: II. Tempo di menuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso
by Joseph Szigeti & Claudio Arrau
8:34

84
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3: III. Allegro vivace
by Joseph Szigeti & Claudio Arrau
3:19

85
Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 26 in B-flat Major, K.378: I. Allegro moderato
by Joseph Szigeti & George Szeill
9:37

86
Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 26 in B-flat Major, K.378: II. Andantino sostenuto e cantabile
by Joseph Szigeti & George Szeill
6:54

87
Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 26 in B-flat Major, K.378: III. Rondeau: Allegro
by Joseph Szigeti & George Szeill
4:30

88
Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 27 in G Major, K.379: I. Adagio & II. Allegro
by Joseph Szigeti & George Szeill
6:40

89
Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 27 in G Major, K.379: III. Theme and Variations: Andantino cantabile
by Joseph Szigeti & George Szeill
9:58

90
Mozart: Violin Sonata No.28 in E-flat Major, K.380: I. Allegro
by Joseph Szigeti & George Szeill
6:46

91
Mozart: Violin Sonata No.28 in E-flat Major, K.380: II. Andante con moto
by Joseph Szigeti & George Szeill
6:15

92
Mozart: Violin Sonata No.28 in E-flat Major, K.380: III. Rondo: Allegro
by Joseph Szigeti & George Szeill
4:21

93
Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 32 in B-flat Major, K.454: I. Largo. Allegro
by Joseph Szigeti & George Szeill
7:14

94
Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 32 in B-flat Major, K.454: II. Andante
by Joseph Szigeti & George Szeill
7:58

95
Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 32 in B-flat Major, K.454: III. Allegretto
by Joseph Szigeti & George Szeill
6:30

96
Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 33 in E-flat Major, K.481: I. Molto allegro
by Joseph Szigeti & George Szeill
6:42

97
Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 33 in E-flat Major, K.481: II. Adagio
by Joseph Szigeti & George Szeill
9:27

98
Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 33 in E-flat Major, K.481: III. Theme and Variations: Allegretto
by Joseph Szigeti & George Szeill
7:30

99
Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 35 in A Major, K.526: I. Molto allegro
by Joseph Szigeti & George Szeill
6:34

100
Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 35 in A Major, K.526: II. Andante
by Joseph Szigeti & George Szeill
7:27

101
Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 35 in A Major, K.526: III. Presto
by Joseph Szigeti & George Szeill
7:03

102
Franck: Violin Sonata in A Major I. Allegretto ben moderato
by David Oistrakh and Lev Oborin
6:23

103
Franck: Violin Sonata in A Major: II. Allegro
by David Oistrakh and Lev Oborin
8:36

104
Franck: Violin Sonata in A Major: III. Recitativo - Fantasia
by David Oistrakh and Lev Oborin
7:28

105
Franck: Violin Sonata in A Major: IV. Allegretto poco mosso
by David Oistrakh and Lev Oborin
6:13

106
Tchaikovsky: Waltz-Scherzo, Op. 34
by David Oistrakh & Vladimir Yampolsky
5:27

107
Tchaikovsky: Meditation, Op. 42, No. 1
by David Oistrakh & Vladimir Yampolsky
9:35

108
Brahms: Hungarian Dances, Number 9: Allegro non troppo (E Minor)
by David Oistrakh & Vladimir Yampolsky
2:37

109
Brahms: Hungarian Dances, Number 8: Presto (E Major)
by David Oistrakh & Vladimir Yampolsky
2:29

110
Brahms: Hungarian Dances, Number 5: Allegro (F-sharp Minor)
by David Oistrakh & Vladimir Yampolsky
2:23

111
Glazonov: Mediation
by David Oistrakh & Vladimir Yampolsky
3:59

112
Beethoven: Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47: I. Adagio sostenuto, Presto
by David Oistrakh and Lev Oborin
11:27

113
Beethoven: Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47: II. Andante con variazioni
by David Oistrakh and Lev Oborin
15:24

114
Beethoven: Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47: III. Finale - Presto
by David Oistrakh and Lev Oborin
6:36

115
Leclair: Sonata for Violin and Piano in D Major, Op 9, No 3 ("Tombeau"): I. Un poco andante
by David Oistrakh & Vladimir Yampolsky
2:56

116
Leclair: Sonata for Violin and Piano in D Major, Op 9, No 3 ("Tombeau"): II. Allegro - Adagio
by David Oistrakh & Vladimir Yampolsky
2:11

117
Leclair: Sonata for Violin and Piano in D Major, Op 9, No 3 ("Tombeau"): III. Sarabande
by David Oistrakh & Vladimir Yampolsky
2:18

118
Leclair: Sonata for Violin and Piano in D Major, Op 9, No 3 ("Tombeau"): IV. Tambourin: Presto
by David Oistrakh & Vladimir Yampolsky
3:03

Ysaÿe: Sonata for solo violin in E Major, Op. 27, No. 3
by David Oistrakh
6:23

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Music for the violin is the indulged child of the Bach Guild catalog. Seymour Solomon, the originator (along with Maynard Solomon) of Vanguard/Bach Guild played the violin and as the label grew, music of the violin appears throughout the catalog. Violin repertoire never played the role of the North Star (that would be the music of Bach), but it played the role of a sweet indulgence, like a lovely Viennese dessert.

If Seymour Solomon had been led by his love the violin, The Bach Guild might have been a vastly different label. But he seemed to keep his love of the instrument and his repertoire choices separate – for the most part. The devotion to the violin appears at the margins of the catalog. Certainly no catalog that boasts the performances of David Oistrakh, Mischa Elman, Alexander Schneider and Joseph Szigeti can be truly labelled a “marginal” catalog. But as we have seen, Seymour Solomon could become slightly unbalanced when repertoire was involved (and occasionally, artists). He always kept his obsessions controlled by a tight logic – if there was a need in the marketplace, he would indulge it. But the violinists involved with the labels fit the definition of “independent label” and the role such an institution should play – but just barely.

The margins? What does that mean? It means that in a world dictated by simple math, The Bach Guild rarely made recordings that weren’t going to survive in a classical music marketplace. Except where the violin was concerned, there was some leeway, and if chamber music is included, a considerable amount of leeway. You can sense a small feeling of “if I’m going to do this, I’m going to use this as a chance to sit down next to some of the greatest violinists in the world and make some recordings.” Nowhere else is that emotion indulged in the catalog – where it could have been used to include the great pianists of the era, or singers, is isn’t. But violinists? Sure…here’s have a cookie/recording session.

Seymour’s love of the violin and violinists is particularly defined by his recordings of Joseph Szigeti and Mischa Elman. Both violinists prospered in an era where their performances were at the mainstream of musical society. Elman’s career was also punctuated with tremendous success in the area of record sales (his “Meditation” from Thais was one of the most popular recordings in the world until the late 1930s). Such a sales history had to be appealing, even after Elman’s contract with a major label had been allowed to expire in the 1950s. Bach Guild/Vanguard snapped up Elman and created a satisfying collection of recitals and orchestral recordings, many of which are featured here.

In Joseph Szigeti, Seymour Solomon may have found a musician whom he wished to emulate– but since his own musical abilities were vastly outclassed by Szigeti, Seymour’s appreciation for Szigeti’s tremendous interpretive skills certainly lit the fire of Seymour’s inquisitive nature. Still a musician who draws strong opinions on both sides, Szigeti’s Vanguard recordings show a depth of understanding that certainly explains why he is a thinking man’s virtuoso.

The David Oistrakh recordings were among the violinist’s first recordings released in the United States. Seymour’s strong stance against the HUAC and embrace of “Communist” artists like Pete Seeger and Paul Robeson gave him significant inroads into the mysterious world of Soviet commerce circa 1955, and Vanguard was able to debut recordings of Gilels, Mravinsky, Shafran and Oistrakh to the US and Canadian market.

Sprinkled in are some very tasty goodies long unreleased – either from the vaults or in some cases, from CDs long ago deleted and never revived. Jan Tomasow was one of the first violinists from the Vienna State Opera Orchestras– and he pops up quite often in the 1950s Bach Guild recordings. While no devotee of the burgeoning early music scene in Vienna, he did make a lovely recording of baroque violin sonatas, beautifully accompanied by Anton Heiller. Later in this collection Tomasow appears again on the opposite side – performing Faure’s violin sonata. (His Debussy performance will soon be issued on in a Debussy box on Bach Guild.)

2 thoughts on “Big Violin Box”

    1. thanks, Violin Vol. 2 might be nice – there’s a bit of a dispute over some excellent violin repertoire – many hours worth – in the catalogs right now. As soon as that is resolved we will try and build Volume 2.

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