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Toscha Seidel - Violin Recital

Johannes Brahms , Edvard Grieg , Toscha Seidel , Arthur Loesser , Emanuel Bay Audio CD


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1. Sonata No. 1 In G Major, Op. 78: Vivace ma non troppo
2. Sonata No. 1 In G Major, Op. 78: Adagio
3. Sonata No. 1 In G Major, Op. 78: Allegro molto moderato
4. Sonata No. 2 In A Major, Op. 100: Allegro amabile
5. Sonata No. 2 In A Major, Op. 100: Andante tranquillo; Vivace
6. Sonata No. 2 In A Major, Op. 100: Allegretto grazioso
7. Sonata No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 45: Allegro molto ed appassionato
8. Sonata No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 45: Allegretto espressivo alla Romanza,allegro molto
9. Sonata No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 45: Allegro animato - Cantabile prestissimo
10. Hungarian Dance No. 1 In G Minor

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5.0 out of 5 stars VIOLIN FEAST FOR ALL BRAHMS LOVERS 5 April 2011
By Citron alberto - Published on Amazon.com
I agree with the precedent review, but I would ostensibly like to improve the vote from 4 to 5 stars.
First of all: not only violin historians are interested by this issue: let listen to the Hungarian Dance at the end of the CD, and you will find a tone which more than Heifetzian: it moves everyone.

The violin sonatas are accompanied by Loessier who was a great Swiss pianist, emigrated to the USA and the founder of yhe International Piano Library at the Maryland University: you can listen to him difficultly, but difficultly these sonatas have been better assisted by a great pianist...Kapell and Horowitz have recorded Brahms' 3rd, and Rachmaninov - though exceptional with Kreisler - has not reached such perfect collaboration in Grieg. The only version of one of these sonatas to be reckoned as equal to Seidel's interpretation is the famous Heifetz/Bay version of the 2nd by Brahms. The other are the best versions available in the discography, notwithstanding Suk, Kogan, Oitrsakh and so on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A golden tone and warmth from another age. 17 Mar 2007
By Stewart Kiritz - Published on Amazon.com
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Toscha Spiedel was one of Gershwin's Jascha, Toscha, Sascha, and Mischa in his song about famous fiddlers. A student of Auer at the same time as Heifetz, Spiedel failed to reach similar heights, partly due to a cranky personality and lack of discipline, though probably not lack of commensurate talent. He wound up in Hollywood. You will have heard him without knowing it in lush solos from movies of the Golden Age as principal violin at MGM. He also was a respected teacher in the LA scene (among his students being Michael Steinhart of Guarnieri Quartet fame). This disc is a pleasant one. The Brahms sonatas are well-done. The playing is somewhat old fashioned...more slides than we are used to today, and not as edited. But the golden tone is very much present. The sound quality is surprisingly good for 78 transfers. A must for students of violin history.
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