BRAHMS: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77
CORELLI: Sonata No. 8 in E minor, Op. 5 No. 8. PLATTI (arr. Jarnach):
Sonata No. 1 in E minor. HANDEL (arr. Flesch) Prayer from Te Deum. SCHUBERT:
Sonatina No. 1 IN D, D. 384, Op. 137. Sonatina No. 3 in G minor, D. 408,
Op. 137 No. 3. DVORÁK: Sonatina in G minor, Op. 100. Slavonic Dance in
G minor, Op. 46 No. 8 (arr. Press). BURMESTER: Vienna Serenade. VECSEY:
Capricc No. 2 "Cascade." SARASATE: Adios, montañas mias. Three Spanish
Violinist Oskar Reiss (b. Vienna 1920 - December 3 1953) had an impressive European career. He came to the United States when he was 17, became an American citizen, joined the U. S. Army, and played more than 500 concerts for the military. It was at the suggestion of his manager that he changed his name and eventually was known as Ossy Renardy. His international fame continued but was cut short by a tragic car accident December 3, 1953 in New Mexico, a major loss to the musical world, reminiscent of another tragic loss a new months earlier (October 29, 1953) when the brilliant American pianist William Kapell was killed in an airplane crash. Renardy made quite a few recordings, and Pristine now has issued one of the most important, the Brahms concerto recorded with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra directed by Charles Munch. Pristine's CD notes say the recording was made June 27, 1948, but the official Jan Van Bart's Discografie of the Concertgebouw gives the dates as September 13-14, 1948. It was issued on five 78 rpm disks. It is a magnificent performance in every way, and this Andrew Rose restoration is miraculous. Doubtless Kenneth Wilkinson was the engineer, and he surely got it right. This performance was issued more than a dozen years ago on Dutton, but that is no longer available, and this new transfer is superior. It is unfortunate Pristine did not also include on this disk the only other recording Munch made with the famous Dutch orchestra, Saint-Saëns' Danse macabre, which was recorded September 15. Perhaps some day it will show up? Collectors might be interested to know that a few days later (Sept. 20) Eduard van Beinum made his famous recording of Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra, the second ever made of this masterpiece (the first was Fritz Reiner's Pittsburgh recording made earlier that year)..
Pristine also has provided a valuable service by making available a disk of Renardy's complete Columbia studio recordings, 1938-1939. Again, the violinist's beautiful tone and virtuosity are displayed.
R.E.B. (June 2013)