Gerhard Taschner;  Sandberg;  Abendroth   (Archipel 0232)
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Gerhard Taschner;  Sandberg;  Abendroth   (Archipel 0232)
S0280. GERHARD TASCHNER, w.Hans Altmann (Pf.): Caprice #24, Op.1 (Paganini); Sonatina in D (Schubert), rec. 1954, München; w.Sandberg Cond. Kölner Rundfunks S.O.: Concerto in d (Sibelius), Broadcast Performance, 1956; w.Abendroth Cond. Berlin Phil.: Concerto #1 in g (Bruch), Live Performance, 16 Dec., 1944. (Germany) Archipel 0232. Final copy! - 4035122402322


“Interest in Gerhard Taschner has grown in recent years. Born in Jagerndorf in 1922 his early training was fascinating – early studies with his grandfather were followed by two years with Hubay in Budapest (from 1930-32) and then time in Vienna with Huberman. He’d already given his début in Prague in 1929 as a wunderkind seven year old, playing a Mozart Concerto. In 1932 at the age of ten he gave a full-scale standard prodigy trio of concerti, assisted by a doubtless wary Felix Weingartner and the Vienna Symphony. Unusually peripatetic, he went briefly to America to chance his arm but returned to Germany and thence to Brno where he took a position at the second desk in the Theatre Orchestra. Here, aged seventeen, he was heard by Hermann Abendroth who was duly impressed, and later on by Furtwängler who encouraged him to stay in Berlin. During the War it was Taschner who along with Siegfried Borries (the Philharmonic’s previous leader) and Erich Rohn, provided the leader-soloists to promote the concerto literature – supporting such acknowledged stars as Georg Kulenkampff. Taschner had some significant successes during these years, not least in the dedication of Fortner’s Concerto, but in later years he turned more to teaching, chamber music and jury serving. He formed duos with Gieseking and Edith Fernadi and was a member of the Taschner-Hoelscher-Gieseking trio. He died prematurely in 1976 at the age of fifty-four.”

- Jonathan Woolf