S0400. PAUL MAKANOWITZKY, w.Noël Lee (Pf.): The ten violin sonatas (Beethoven); The six violin sonatas (Bach). (Canada) 4–Doremi 7946/49, recorded 1955-56/’58, resp., Lumen. - 723721397753
“Born in Stockholm to Russian parents on 20 June, 1920, Paul Makanowitzky began violin studies at age four as a pupil of Ivan Galamian - who taught at the Russian Conservatory in Paris from 1924 to 1937 - and with Jacques Thibaud. Makanowitzky's recital début in 1929 in Salle Gaveau, Paris, astonished the music world. Critics wrote that "the public expected a well-rehearsed puppet, and discovered a true musician." He was dubbed a prodigy among prodigies. What was most striking in the plethora of praise that followed his appearances throughout Europe were phrases rarely associated with child performers: "stupefying authority", "remarkable elegance", "sensitivity", "authority", "purity of style." Makanowitzky made his New York début in 1937. In 1942, still a Swedish subject, Makanowitzky volunteered, to the consternation of his managers and Galamian, to fight for America in World War II. At war's end, Makanowitzky returned to the violin, rebuilding his career as a soloist and was soon engaged by USA leading orchestras under Pierre Monteux, Paul Paray, Vladimir Golschmann and Serge Koussevitzky among others. In 1954, Makanowitzky met Noël Lee. As a duo they concertized extensively between 1954 and 1964. The Boston Herald's P. C. Brooks praised them as " the best ensemble playing to be found anywhere in the world." The duo recorded all the Bach, Beethoven and Brahms violin & piano sonatas. In 1966, Makanowitzky accepted teaching posts at the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute and the Meadowmount School of Music. He was also a visiting professor at Brandeis University, Toho-Gaukuen in Tokyo and the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. He retired from performing in 1967 and joined the strings faculty of the University of Michigan where he served until 1983. He died on 24 February, 1998 in Freeport, Maine."
"First time on CD! Paul Makanowitzky was a superb violinist and is now admired as a cult figure by collectors. These Beethoven and Bach sonata recordings are considered among the greatest ever made of these works."
- H. P. Casavant