P0002. YOURA GULLER: Barcarolle, Op.60; 3 Mazurkas; 2 Nocturnes; 1958 Interview with Guller; w. Edmond Appia Cond. Orchestre de la Suisse Romande: Piano Concerto #2 in f (all Chopin). (France) Tahra TAH 630, Live Performances, 1958 & 1959. Final Sealed Copy! - 3504129063016
“Guller was born in Marseille as Rose-Georgette Guller, of Russian-Romanian heritage. She began her studies at the age of five. She performed in recitals and at the age of nine enrolled at the Paris Conservatory, where she worked with Isidor Philipp. In the 1930s, on the occasion of a concert tour planned for just 10 days, she stayed in China for eight years, returning to France on the verge of the Second World War and the invasion of German troops. As a Jew, she was forced to restrict her activities and to hide. After the war in the 1950s she performed only occasionally due to illness. She made her New York debut in 1971. Youra Guller' career wavered continually between failure and glory. Her life was a tapestry of heady success, nervous breakdowns, sumptuous receptions, drug addiction. Twenty-five years after her death, she has acquired an almost mythical status. Her known recordings are three rare LPs.
Youra Guller died in Geneva at 85.
Edmond Appia began studying violin at the Geneva Conservatory, in the class of Henri Marteau then followed in Paris the lessons of G. Rémy and Lucien Capet, from 1908 to 1913, when he joined the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels. He founded in 1925 the Society of Professional Musicians of Geneva of which he was the first president until 1935. He made an international career of concertist between the years 1932 and 1935, beginning a career as a solo violinist, then as conductor of the Radio- Lausanne Orchestra and, since 1938, as an appointed conductor of the Radio-Genève Orchestra. His repertoire favored French and Italian music of the 17th and 18th centuries; he thus makes known with elegance and style. Also a teacher, he was a professor of violin at the Conservatoire de Lausanne and La Chaux-de-Fonds for almost twenty years, from 1924 to 1943, and taught the history of bow instruments at the Geneva Conservatory of Music from 1934 to his death in 1961.
Edmond Appia was decorated with the Legion of Honor on September 2, 1952. He died in 1961. “
"Tahra is a tiny classical music record company based in rural France. It's run by Myriam Scherchen, daughter of Hermann Scherchen, who co-ran the music label Tahra, which released officially authorized historical recordings of conductors such as Scherchen, Furtwängler, Mengelberg and others, generally drawn from primary recorded sources. Tahra ceased business after the death of the co-principal of the label, René Trémine. And despite its small size, the label has won some of the classical music industry's most prestigious awards, outgunning many of the big multinational conglomerates that dominate classical music today. Tahra's records are historical recordings, often taken from 78s or tapes of decades-old radio broadcasts."
- Julian Crandall Hollick, NPR Music, 28 Aug., 2005