Bronislaw Gimpel · Concerto Recordings 1951-1957


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BRONISŁAW GIMPEL plays Glazunov, Mendelssohn and Goldmark

Glazunov: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op 82
Bronisław Gimpel ∙ violin
Sinfonie-Orchester des Süddeutschen Rundfunks
Hans Müller-Kray ∙ conductor

Recorded ∙ 02 October 1956 ∙ Stuttgart ∙ Villa Berg ∙ Süddeutscher Rundfunk ∙ Radio Studio Recording

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op 64
Bronisław Gimpel ∙ violin
Sinfonie-Orchester des Süddeutschen Rundfunks
Georg Solti ∙ conductor

Recorded ∙ 12 September 1957 ∙ Stuttgart ∙ Liederhalle ∙ Süddeutscher Rundfunk ∙ Live Recording

Goldmark: Violin Concerto No 1 in A minor, Op 28
Bronisław Gimpel ∙ violin
Orchestre Henri Pensis
Henri Pensis ∙ conductor

Recorded ∙ 27 December 1951 ∙ Luxembourg ∙ Cercle Municipal ∙ Radio Luxembourg ∙ Live Recording

In cooperation with Peter Gimpel, the nephew of Bronisław Gimpel

Article number: MC 2020
UPC barcode: 791154054109
Recording dates: 1951-1957
Release date: March 2015
Total timing: 79:35
Booklet: 8 Pages
From the Original Masters ∙ © 2015 Meloclassic

June 2015 ∙ MusicWeb International ∙ Bronisław Gimpel plays Glazunov, Mendelssohn and Goldmark
There are fine notes by Peter Gimpel and excellent photographs drawn from the Jakob and Bronislaw Gimpel Archive. Restorations are first class. Gimpel was one of the most brilliant and communicative violinists of his generation. Whatever chain of circumstances denied him a true international reputation is of less significance now. His legacy should be celebrated and this disc does that handsomely.
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July 2015 ∙ MusicWeb International ∙ Bronisław Gimpel plays Glazunov, Mendelssohn and Goldmark
On the evidence of the many recordings of Bronisław Gimpel that I’ve heard, it seems incomprehensible that today he’s largely forgotten. Many of those who are familiar with his art may not be aware that he was a multi-faceted musician, embracing the roles of soloist, concertmaster, chamber musician, teacher and conductor. I’m grateful to Meloclassic, for the release of these radio/studio and live recordings, which bulk out Gimpel’s limited discography. Gimpel projects a big, opulent sound well-suited, especially, to the Glazunov and Goldmark Concertos. He possesses a commanding technique, and his interpretations of all three concertos are informed by intelligent musicianship. Informative booklet notes are supplied courtesy of Peter Gimpel, son of Jakob Gimpel. A selection of black and white photographs is a pleasing addition.
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August 2015 ∙ British Gramophone ∙ Rob Cowan ∙ Bronisław Gimpel plays Glazunov, Mendelssohn and Goldmark
The brothers Jacob and Bronislaw Gimpel make an impressive showing on two separate CDs, violinist Bronislaw with concertos by Mendelssohn, Glazunov and Goldmark (which he later recorded for Vox). Bronislaw’s glorious tone (also heard on various film Soundtracks) wraps around your heart from the very outset of the Glazunov, a truly engaging performance under the ever-reliable Hans Müller-Kray: just try track 2, the concerto’s Central Andante sostenuto, and I challenge you to resist the purchase. Mendelssohn’s Concerto suffers a more remote balance and Georg Solti ‘s conducting is disappointingly mattet-of-fact, whereas the Goldmark, enthusiastically conducted by Henri Pensis is, like the Glazunov, absolutely superb. Again the central movement provides an ideal sampling point.
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