S0693. GIOCONDA de VITO: Chaconne in g (Vitali); w.Michael Raucheisen (Pf.): Sonata in A, Op.100 (Brahms), Live Performance, 1951, Berlin; w.Georg Ludwig Jochum Cond.RIAS S.O.: Concerto in D (Beethoven), Live Performance, 1954, Berlin (Germany) Audite 95.621. - 4022143956217
"Gioconda de Vito was one of the few female violinists able to establish themselves as soloists on the concert platform during the first half of the 20th century. Born in the South Italian region of Puglia, the artist studied in Pesaro and Rome, accepting her first professorship at the tender age of seventeen. De Vito built an international career which took her as far afield as Argentina and Australia. In Germany she was especially highly regarded during the 1930s and 40s. Bach, Beethoven and Brahms represented the main pillars of her repertoire which, however, largely eschewed more modern music. De Vito cultivated a sumptuously romantic tone and never sought superficial violinistic brilliance.
In 1961, aged only fifty-four, she retired from the concert stage. De Vito never recorded the Beethoven Violin Concerto in the studio: this sole live recording from 1954 with the RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester under the baton of Georg Ludwig Jochum presented here is therefore of particular documentary value.
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“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