André Lévy

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ANDRÉ LÉVY plays Strauss, Brahms and Bach

1-3. STRAUSS: Cello Sonata in F Major, Op.6 [25:16]
Recorded · 11 February 1960 · Paris · Radiodiffusion Française · Radio Studio Recording
André Lévy · cello
Ina Marika · piano

4-6. BRAHMS: Cello Sonata No.1 in E minor, Op.38 [22:18]
Recorded · 05 January 1961 · Paris · Radiodiffusion Française · Radio Studio Recording
André Lévy · cello
Paul Loyonnet · piano

7-12. BACH: Cello Suite No.3 in C Major, BWV 1009 [18:51]
Recorded · 05 January 1961 · Paris · Radiodiffusion Française · Radio Studio Recording
André Lévy · solo cello

Additional Information

Article number: MC 3007
Release date: 02 May 2014
UPC barcode: 0791154050491
Total time: 66:27

Producer and Audio Restoration: Lynn Ludwig
Booklet Notes: Michael Waiblinger
Design: Alessia Issara
Photographs: Boris Lipnitzki
With special thanks to Tully Potter
From the Original Masters · © 2014 Meloclassic

André Lévy was born in 1894 in Paris. He studied chamber music with Camille Chevillard (1859-1923) and cello with Jules Loëb (1852-1933) at the Paris conservatory, receiving his premier prix in 1912. On January 30, 1914, he gave his performance debut with Haydn’s Cello Concerto and the Orchestre d’artistes de la Société des Concerts de Conservatoire under Lucien Wurmser at Salle Pleyel in Paris. He entered the French army on November 10, 1914. After the end of the war, he resumed his career and appeared in Piano Trio recitals with Joseph Bilewski (violin) and Ricardo Viñes (piano). Lévy undertook extensive recital tours throughout Europe with pianist Marthe Girod-Niekerk. He subsequently appeared in recitals with French pianist Paul Loyonnet from 1919 until Loyonnet chose to a temporary break in 1932.

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They performed many times Beethoven’s complete works for piano & cello. On 18 December 1920 he was invited to play with organist Marcel Dupré and on 22 December 1922 with Johnny Aubert (piano) and Mathieu Crickboom (violin) in Piano Trio’s at Salle Gaveau. He became a member of a Piano Trio with Lucien Capet (violin) and Paul Loyonnet (piano). In 1928, he joined the Gentil string quartet with Victor Gentil (1st violin), Léon Temerson (2nd violin) and Pierre Pasquier (viola). In 1931 he performed Bach’s complete Cello Suites in Geneva and toured in Netherlands with pianist Helena van Lunteren-Hansen. Between 1932 and 1938, he gave several recitals with pianists such as Charles Faller, Géza Frid and George de Lausnay.

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Stan Golestan, the music critic for Le Figaro wrote in 1935: “Le violoncelliste André-Lévy possède de son art la plus haute conception. Dans Mozart, Fauré et des pièces modernes, il sait tirer la plus noble expression, esprit clair, amoureux de la ligne nettement tracée, et d’un rythme impeccable, M. Lévy excelle surtout dans l’exécution des grandes oeuvres classiques. Il les rend avec une précision digne des auteurs qu’il interprète, mais sans sécheresse ni dureté. L’instrument chante et vibre sous son archet et donne à l’auditeur l’impression précieuse, d’une oeuvre parfaitement en place. Le public l’a bien senti, hier soir, et il a applaudi avec enthousiasme l’éminent et sympathique artiste, parisien.”

André Lévy recorded a large number of works for cello and piano, violin and cello, and piano trios for Radio France:

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with violinist Roland Charmy:
• Honegger’s Sonatine for violin and cello
• Sonatas for violin and cello written by Jaubert, Mihalovici and Ravel
• Duos for violin and cello written by Kodaly and Rivier

the Ravel piano trio:
• with Hélène Pignari (pn) and Georges Ales (vln)
• with Vlado Perlemuter (pn) and Jeanne Gautier (vln)
• with Geneviève Joy (pn) and Jeanne Gautier (vln)

Various Piano Trio’s written by Pierné, Saint-Saëns, Arrieu, Mendelssohn, Turina, Fauré and Schumann with Geneviève Joy (pn) and Jeanne Gautier (vln)

Various Cello Sonatas written by Poulenc, Barlow, Emmanuel, Martinů, Barthaud, Bax, Rachmaninov and Breval with pianists Jean Ullern, Andre Collard, Geneviève Joy, Odette Pigault, Babeth Leonet, Ina Marika, Henriette Roget and Hélène Boschi.

Before the Second World War he taught at several small conservatories in Paris. After the end of the war, he was nominated by Claude Delvincourt to teach the cello class at the École Normale de Musique de Paris. In 1952, he joined the piano trio “Trio de France” with Geneviève Joy (piano) and Jeanne Gautier (violin). He remained active teaching and concertizing until the 1970s. Lévy was the author of the book “Le Problème de l’émission du son au violoncelle”, published in 1937. André Lévy died in 1982.

© Michael Waiblinger 2014

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