S0287. RICARDO ODNOPOSOFF: Partita #2 in d - Chaconne for violin unaccompanied (Bach); Sonata #3 for violin unaccompanied (Ysa˙e); w.Heinz Wehrle (Organ): Chaconne in g (Vitali); w.Leonid Hambro (Pf.): Sonata in g (Debussy); Violin Sonata #3 (Villa-Lobos); w.Valentin Pavlovsky (Pf.): La Campanella (Paganini, arr. Kochanski); Peter and the Wolf - Theme & processional (Prokofiev, arr.Grunes); w.Gregory Ashman (Pf.): Malagueńa; Habańera (both Sarasate); w.Otto Herz (Pf.): O Canto do cysne negro (Villa-Lobos); Perpetuum mobile (Novácek); w.Stefan Auber (cello) & Angelica Morales (Pf.); Weingartner Cond. Vienna Phil.: Triple Concerto in C (Beethoven); w.Leo Rostal (cello), Benjamin Oren (Harpsichord) & Heinz Wehrle (Organ): Sonata in f; Sonata in A (both Vivaldi); w.Carl Bamberger Cond. Frankfurt Opera Orch.: Concerto in D (Brahms); w.Walter Goehr Cond. Paris S.O.: Concerto in a (Glazounov); Concerto in a (Dvorák); w.Walter Goehr Cond. Netherlands Philharmonic Orch.: Concerto in E (Bach); Concerto in D (Tchaikowsky); Concerto #1 in g (Bruch); w.Walter Goehr Cond. Utrecht S.O.: Symphonie espagnole (Lalo); w.Gianfranco Rivoli Cond. Geneva Radio S.O.: Počme (Chausson); Havanaise (Saint-Saëns); Zigeunerweisen (Sarasate); Concerto in e (Mendelssohn); Concerto #1 in D (Paganini); Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso (Saint-Saëns); w.Paul Hupperts Cond. Utrecht S.O.: Concerto #2 in b (Paganini); w.Heinrich Hollreiser Cond. Zürich Radio S.O.: Concerto #1 in D (Prokofiev). (Canada) 6-Doremi 7874/79, recorded 1937-57. Final Copy! - 723721222055
“One of the finest violinists of all time, Ricardo Odnoposoff was born in Buenos Aires on 24 February, 1914, the son of Russian immigrants. Following early studies in Buenos Aires and Berlin, he was accepted at thirteen to the Berlin Hochschule für Musik, where he studied violin with Carl Flesch from 1928 to 1931 and composition under Paul Hindemith. At the end of these studies, his career was inaugurated by an appearance, at 17, as a featured soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Erich Kleiber. Shortly afterwards, he took the first prize at the 1932 Vienna Competition, and followed up this triumph five years later winning the second prize of the 1937 legendary Queen Elisabeth Competition in Bruxelles - a notable achievement since it was the great David Oistrakh who won the first prize. At the time, he was concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic (a position he held for several years). In this period, he also taught at the Vienna Conservatory, where one of his students (1933-1935) was Norbert Brainin, later leader of the famed Amadeus Quartet.
Odnoposoff had a brilliant career as a concert soloist, performing extensively on five continents. In the early 1940s he moved to the USA where his Carnegie Hall début took place in 1944. Among the conductors he worked with were Arturo Toscanini, Bruno Walter, Ernest Ansermet, Leonard Bernstein, Fritz Busch and André Cluytens. In 1956 he returned to Vienna, where he again taught in the Vienna Conservatory. From 1975 to 1984 he was professor of violin performance at the Zürich Hochschule für Musik in Switzerland.
An examination of his recorded legacy reveals a supreme artist, equipped with a brilliant technical command. His sonority was astonishingly beautiful, big and round, with an exciting, penetrating quality. He was an electrifying artist, a virtuoso who must be accorded a place of honour in the pantheon of twentieth century violin legends.”
- H. P. Casavant