Paul Makanowitzky ∙ Hamburg Recitals 1961-1963

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The Duo Lee-Makanowitzky formed an equal partnership, focusing on a balanced and sensitive conception of the music. A critic in Montreal wrote: “The duo is now unchallenged in its field. A team with such unconscious co-ordination, such refinement of technique, and such unity of musical thought.” Our CD album features two pieces missing from their commercial legacy. The Mozart Violin Sonata in C Major, KV 296, and the Franck Violin Sonata, all recorded for NDR in Hamburg.

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PAUL MAKANOWITZKY & NOËL LEE play Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Franck

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No 2 in A Major, Op 12, No 2
Brahms: Violin Sonata No 3 in D minor, Op 108

Paul Makanowitzky · violin
Noël Lee · piano

Recorded · 03 May 1961 · Hamburg · Studio NDR · Norddeutscher Rundfunk · Radio Studio Recording

Mozart: Violin Sonata in C Major, KV 296
Franck: Violin Sonata in A Major, FWV 8

Paul Makanowitzky · violin
Noël Lee · piano

Recorded · 13 February 1963 · Hamburg · Studio NDR · Norddeutscher Rundfunk · Radio Studio Recording

Article number: MC 2032
UPC barcode: 791154054369
Recording date: 1961 – 1963
Release date: July 2016
Total timing: 76:19
Booklet: 8 Pages
From the Original Masters ∙ © 2016 Meloclassic

September 2016 ∙ MusicWeb International ∙ Paul Makanowitzky play Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Franck
Meloclassic revisits the broadcast legacy of violinist Paul Makanowitzky and his decade-long accompanist and colleague, Noël Lee, in a follow-up to their twofer on MC2025 (review). Sufficient biographical material in that earlier review will alert one to the formidable strengths of the duo, and in the latest release, devoted to Hamburg broadcasts made in 1961 and 1963, it’s the central repertoire that is examined. Nevertheless, this big, assertive, and bold playing has been captured in excellent sound, supported by a well-crafted booklet note. It adds materially to the duo’s representation on disc, expanding their discography too, not least because they never recorded the Mozart and Franck in the studio.
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November 2016 ∙ MusicWeb International ∙ Paul Makanowitzky play Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Franck
The more I listen to the playing of Paul Makanowitzky, the more I’m at a loss as to his relative neglect. He was a superb violinist and is now considered a cult figure by collectors. What we have here are radio recordings from Hamburg, culled from two sessions in 1961 and 1963. The Beethoven and Brahms Sonatas offer alternatives to their commercial counterparts. All are first CD releases. The Mozart and Franck works were never recorded commercially. So, all in all, these constitute valuable additions to the violinist’s discography. I’m amazed how well the recordings sound, much better than I would have expected. As in the other volumes from this latest batch I have reviewed, there is an excellent, informative liner contribution from Meloclassic. Lovers of masterly violin performance will want to seek this volume out.
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