Legendary Soviet Violinists in Germany ∙ 2CD


This double album of Soviet violinists pays tribute to Boris Goldstein, Igor Bezrodny and Julian Sitkovetsky, all making live and radio studio recordings while on tour in Germany.

Carl Flesch shared his thoughts full of benevolent sympathy for Boris Goldstein, when the latter attended the Eugène Ysaÿe International Violin Competition in 1937: “Goldstein is an enchanting violinist, his talent developed early on, his playing is stupendous.” After the second World War, Goldstein was sent abroad only one time. In 1955, he went on a concert tour to Greece and Hungary. Subsequently, he was no longer permitted to leave the country for many years, and he became subjected to special discrimination by the cultural bureaucracy of the Soviet Union. Goldstein emigrated with his family to Hannover in West Germany in 1974. From there, a second creative life for this violinist began.

Igor Bezrodny studied exclusively with Abram Yampolsky for the duration his entire education, first in the Central Music School, and later in the Moscow Conservatoire. His classmates were Leonid Kogan, Julian Sitkovetsky, Eduard Grach, Boris Goldstein, and Elizaveta Gilels. As early as 1950, he visited East Germany for the first time and he returned many times.

Julian Sitkovetsky made his debut in East Germany, relatively late in 1955, compared to most other Soviet violinists of his generation, playing the concertos by Sibelius, Khachaturian and Paganini (No 2) in a row. A year later, he fell ill and cancer of the lung was diagnosed. Bezrodny reported on Sitkovetsky’s last concerts: “He had a remarkable success with his interpretation of Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto, which he played during one of his last performances and already seriously ill.”

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CD 1

WIENIAWSKI: Violin Concerto No 1 in F-sharp Minor, Op 14
Boris Goldstein ∙ violin
Rundfunkorchester Hannover des NDR
Zdeněk Mácal ∙ conductor

Recorded · 06 June 1975 ∙ Hannover ∙ Landesfunkhaus ∙ NDR ∙ Live Recording

PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto No 2 in G Minor, Op 6
Boris Goldstein ∙ violin
Yuri Ahronovitch ∙ conductor

Recorded · 08 October 1976 ∙ Hannover ∙ Landesfunkhaus ∙ NDR ∙ Live Recording

BRAHMS: Violin Sonata No 3 in D Minor, Op 108
Boris Goldstein ∙ violin
Kirsti Hjort ∙ piano

Recorded · 03 June 1977 ∙ Hannover ∙ Landesfunkhaus ∙ NDR ∙ Radio Studio Recording

CD 2

KHACHATURIAN: Song-Poem in Honor of Ashugs
KHACHATURIAN: Ayesha’s Dance (Arr. by Jascha Heifetz)
KHACHATURIAN: Sabre Dance (Arr. by Jascha Heifetz)

Boris Goldstein ∙ violin
Kirsti Hjort ∙ piano

Recorded · 03 June 1977 ∙ Hannover ∙ Landesfunkhaus ∙ NDR ∙ Radio Studio Recording

HÄNDEL: Violin Sonata in E Major, Op 1, No 15, HWV 373
Igor Bezrodny ∙ violin
Vsevolod Petrushansky ∙ piano

Recorded · 08 June 1968 ∙ Leipzig ∙ Kongreßhalle · Rundfunk der DDR ∙ Live Recording

KABALEVSKY: Violin Concerto in C Major, Op 48
Igor Bezrodny ∙ violin
Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Kirill Kondrashin ∙ conductor

Recorded ∙ 24 July 1950 ∙ East Berlin ∙ Friedrichstadtpalast · Rundfunk der DDR ∙ Live Recording

PAGANINI: Violin Concerto No 2 in B Minor, Op 7
Julian Sitkovetsky ∙ violin
Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Leipzig
Franz Jung ∙ conductor

Recorded ∙ 17 December 1955 ∙ Leipzig ∙ Funkhaus · Rundfunk der DDR ∙ Radio Studio Recording

Article number: MC 2050
UPC barcode: 791154050934
Release date: 1 April 2022
Booklet: 12 Pages
Total timing: 72:16 CD1 ∙ 66:13 CD2
From the Original Masters ∙ © 2021 Meloclassic

May 2022 ∙ MusicWeb International ∙ Jonathan Woolf ∙ Legendary Soviet Violinists ∙ Concerts in Germany ∙ 1950-1977
Three great Soviet performers (Boris Goldstein, Igor Bezrodny, Julian Sitkovetsky) are caught in this twofer, in excellent sound, finely remastered and outstandingly well documented. This album is especially valuable for access to the live and radio recordings made by Goldstein (1922-1987), a superbly gifted performer, whose career was sabotaged by Soviet discrimination and who emigrated to West Germany in 1974.
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