[ EMI Icon / 8 CD Box Set ]
Release Date: Saturday 1 November 2008
This Icon set of 8 well-filled CDs brings together a carefully-chosen selection of some of Milstein's greatest recordings for Capitol and EMI Classics, made during the years 1955 - 1964, when Milstein's incredible talent as one of the finest soloists of the 20th Century was at its best.
Nathan Mironovich Milstein was born in 1903 in Odessa (then in Russia but now in the Ukraine). His first violin lessons took place when he was just 7 years old in Odessa with the eminent teacher Piotr Stolyarsky who, a little later, taught David Oistrakh and, later still, his son Igor.
Milstein then took up studies in St. Petersburg at the invitation of the great Leopold Auer, himself a virtuoso of the violin and a hugely influential teacher. It was at this time that he became friendly with Jascha Heifetz and Vladimir Horenstein and, whilst on tour with Horowitz, the two young men decided not to return to Soviet Russia but to stay in the West.
In 1929 Milstein made his American début with Leopold Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. Eventually he settled in the US and became an American citizen in 1942. In 1948 Milstein's recording of the Mendelssohn E minor Concerto, with Bruno Walter conducting, became the very first item in Columbia Records' new LP catalogue.
This new Icon set of 8 well-filled CDs brings together a carefully-chosen selection of some of Milstein's greatest recordings for Capitol and EMI Classics, made during the years 1955 - 1964, when Milstein's incredible talent as one of the finest soloists of the 20th Century was at its best.
Bach: Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV1001
Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV1002
Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV1003
Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV1004
Bach: Sonata No.3 in C, BWV1005
Partita No.3 in E, BWV1006
Vivaldi: Violin Sonata No.2 in A. Op.2/No.2 (ed. David)
Handel: Violin Sonata No.4 in D Op.1 No.13 (HWV371)
Vitali: Chaconne In G minor (attrib.)
Tartlni: Violin Sonata in G minor "II trillo del diavolo" (arr. Kreisler)
Mozart: Violin Sonata In C, K296
Violin Sonata In E mlnor, K304
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.5 in F, Op.24 'Spring'
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.9 in A, Op.47 'Kreutzer'
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op.61
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op.77
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op.35
Glazunov: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.82
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No.1 in D, Op.19
Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor, Op.61
Chausson: Poème, Op.25
Dvorák: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.53
Beethoven: Romance No.1 in G, Op.40
Romance No.2 in F, Op.50
Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, Op.28
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64
Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor, Op.26
Rachmaninov: Vocalise, Op.34 No.14
Mussorgsky: Sorochlntsky Fair - Gopak (arr. Jones)
Glazunov: Meditation, Op.32
Tchalkovsky: Waltz-Scherzo, Op.34
Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op.42 (arr. Glazunov) - Meditation, Scherzo
Rlmsky-Korsakov: Fantasia on Russian Themes, Op.33 (arr. Kreisler)
The Tale of the Tsar Sultan - Flight of the Bumblebee (arr. Hartmann)
Brahms: Hungarian Dance No.2 (arr. Joachim)
Massenet: Thaïs - Meditation (arr. Marsick)
Bach: Air from Orchestral Suite No.3 In D. BWV1068 (arr. Wilhelmj)
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice - Dance of the Blessed Spirits (arr. Kreisler)
Chopin: Nocturne No.20 In C minor (arr. Milstein)
Falla: Siete canciones populares españolas - Jota (arr. Kochanski)
Wieniawski: Scherzo-Tarantelle, Op.16
Debussy: Préludes, Livre I - Minstrels (arr. Hartmann)
Sarasate: Introduction and Tarantelle, Op.43
Novecek: Perpetuum mobile
Kreisler: Praeludlum and Allegro in the Style of Pugnani