Mikhail Waiman ∙ Concerts in East Germany 1950-1963 ∙ 2CD


Mikhail Waiman received his violin education at the Odessa school under the guidance of Pyotr Stolyarsky, renowned for nurturing some of Russia’s most illustrious violinists, including David Oistrakh, Boris Goldstein, Elizaveta Gilels, and Mikhail Fichtengolz, among others. Waiman further honed his skills by studying with Abram Yampolsky at the Moscow Conservatory and later with Yuri Eidlin at the Leningrad Conservatory. From 1950 onwards, he established a notable presence in East Germany, captivating audiences in major cities such as Dresden, Leipzig, Magdeburg, and Berlin. Collaborating with esteemed conductors like Rudolf Kempe, Hermann Abendroth, Franz Konwitschny, and Kurt Masur, he solidified his reputation as a highly esteemed violinist. A significant and enduring musical partnership was formed with pianist Maria Karandashova, who also held a professorship at the Leningrad Conservatory. This double album presents a captivating compilation of Waiman’s live and radio studio recordings for Radio GDR (Rundfunk der DDR).

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MIKHAIL WAIMAN Concerts in East Germany 1950-1963

CD 1

TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op 35
Mikhail Waiman ∙ violin
Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Rolf Kleinert ∙ conductor

Recorded · 20 May 1957 ∙ Berlin ∙ Funkhaus Nalepastraße · Rundfunk der DDR ∙ Radio Studio Recording

MOZART: Violin Concerto No 5 in A Major, KV 219
Mikhail Waiman ∙ violin
Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Hermann Abendroth ∙ conductor

Recorded · 15 May 1955 ∙ Berlin ∙ Komische Oper · Rundfunk der DDR ∙ Live Recording

BACH: Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042
Mikhail Waiman ∙ violin
Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Leipzig
Karl Eliasberg ∙ conductor

Recorded · 29 July 1950 ∙ Leipzig ∙ Schauspielhaus · Rundfunk der DDR ∙ Live Recording

CD 2

MACHAVARIANI: Violin Concerto (1949)
Mikhail Waiman ∙ violin
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Franz Konwitschny ∙ conductor

Recorded · 27 November 1951 ∙ Leipzig · Kongresshalle ∙ Rundfunk der DDR ∙ Live Recording

PROKOFIEV: Violin Sonata No 1 in F Minor, Op 80
BARTÓK: Romanian Folk Dances, Sz 56 (Arr. Z. Székely)
VIVALDI: Praeludium in C Minor
BACH: Solo Sonata No 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001

Mikhail Waiman ∙ violin
Maria Karandschova ∙ piano

Recorded · 30 October 1963 ∙ Berlin ∙ Volksbühne · Rundfunk der DDR ∙ Live Recording

Article number: MC 2051
UPC barcode: 791154050941
Release date: 1 April 2022
Booklet: 12 Pages
Total timing: 77:31 CD1 ∙ 76:07 CD2
From the Original Masters ∙ © 2021 Meloclassic  

August 2022 ∙ British Gramophone ∙ Rob Cowan ∙ Mikhail Waiman ∙ Concerts in East Germany 1950-1963
Ukrainian violin magic. A 1957 radio studio recording of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto with the Berlin RSO under Rolf Kleinert certainly reports a sensitive temperament and sweet, tremulous tone as well as a markedly individual approach to phrasing. The same ‘twofer’ also contains a lyrical yet lively Mozart Turkish Concerto as well as a markedly Khachaturian-like Violin Concerto (1949) by the Russian composer Aleksi Machavariani (under Franz Konwitschny, 1951), which Waiman plays with brilliance and panache. There’s also some exceptional Bach, the E major Concerto, where Karl Eliasberg can be heard groaning away at the head of Leipzig’s Radio Symphony. A marvellous set.
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May 2022 ∙ MusicWeb International ∙ Jonathan Woolf ∙ Mikhail Waiman ∙ Concerts in East Germany ∙ 1950-1963
Waiman was a formidable performer in the best Soviet traditions. Though taken from different concert venues the sound quality and restoration of the tapes remains consistently good and the documentation is first-class.
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