C0820. FERENC FRICSAY Cond. RIAS S.O.: Symphony #2 in D, recorded 1953; w.Gioconda de Vito: Violin Concerto in D, recorded 1951 (both Brahms). (Germany) Audite 95.585. - 4022143955852
“In 1932, Gioconda de Vito won the first International Violin Competition in Vienna. After she played the Bach Chaconne in d minor, the great Czech violinist Jan Kubelík came up to the stage and kissed her hand. She later appeared under the baton of his son, Rafael Kubelík.
In 1948 de Vito made her London début playing the Brahms violin concerto. Its success led to performances at the Edinburgh Festival and with fellow artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. By 1953, she was considered Europe’s foremost woman violinist, while remaining virtually unknown in the United States.”
- Philip Lee, MUSIC & MUSICIANS