'THE MAGIC OF JASCHA HEIFETZ"
BERYL SENOFSKY IN CONCERT
Here is yet another Heifetz collection from RCA, this one sort of a sampler of recordings issued many times before. We have concertos of Glazunov, Vieuxtemps and Prokofiev, chamber music of Toch, Mendelssohn, Arensky and Français, and a third disk devoted to sonatas by by Saint-Saéns, and Khachaturisn and shorter works by Gershwin, Sibelius, Falla, Wieniawskiu, Debussy and wieniawski ert. All of these are available elsewhere; should you be interested, the 3 disks sell for the price of one.
American-born master violinist Beryl Senofsky (1926 - 2002) never seemed to capture the imagination of the American public, although he gave many concerts and solo appearances. He won many prizes in his youth and was the first American to win the prestigious Queen Elisabeth International Competition. His career included many performances of the Walton concerto conducted by the composer, and he was a favorite of George Szell (he was associate concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra for several years). He lived in Baltimore where he was professor of violin at the Peabody Conservatory. He made some recordings but few exist today. There is a disk of violin sonatas of Brahms and Prokkofiev with Gary Graffman. We are fortunate to have a live 1958 performance of the Beethoven Concerto with Pierre Monteux and the Boston Symphony issued on Pristine(REVIEW). Also available is a 1959 performance of the Brahms concerto with Sir John Barbirolli and the New York Philharmonic. Now we have this welcome CD from Bridge, a concert at Expo '58. Assisted by pianist Marie Louise Bastyns he is heard in a wide-ranging program (Bartók, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Creston,, Ysaÿe, Bach, Wieniawski and Brahms (only one movement of the Brahms sonata is here). All fine performances, and well recvorded.This is a major addition to the violin CD catalog.
R.E.B. (October 2016)