P0978. MAGDA TAGLIAFERRO: von Weber, Mendelssohn, Hahn & Albéniz; w.Denise Soriano: Violin Sonata in B-flat, K.454 (Mozart); Violin Sonata #1 in A (Fauré). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-102, recorded 1934-37. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
"A lot has been written about the [above Fauré sonata] recording, mostly that it hasn't been available in practically any form since it was first issued as a 78 set by Pathé in 1934.
Magda Tagliaferro recorded a lot during her career. She also had the chance to know and tour with the likes of Gabriel Fauré, the composer of this sonata. But not a whole lot is known about the violinist, Denise Soriano, other than the fact that the relatively few commercial recordings she made were brilliant. Soriano died in 2006 at the age of 90 after a career centered mostly in Europe and South America. She was married to the violinist Jules Boucherit and frequently collaborated with Tagliaferro in the 1930's and 1940's.
Suffice to say, this is a special recording made by two extraordinary musicians who have not become household names. Too bad for us."
- Gordon Skene, Sunday Gramophone, 5 July, 2009
“Brazilian-born, but of French extraction, Magda Tagliaferro became a distinguished exponent of French music. A disciple of pianist Alfred Cortot, she strove for the realization of the musical ideals exemplified by Cortot: clarity and tenderness, inner strength and emotion, and classical balance in shaping the works being performed. Tagliaferro played with convincing eloquence into her late years, undertaking at age 90 a demanding series of concerts in several major music centers. As a teacher, she saw several of her students embark upon important careers. Tagliaferro's father was a French engineer assigned to South America on a government mission. He remained in Brazil after completion of his assignment and pursued the study of music, becoming a well-established pianist by the time of Magda's birth. The child's first lessons were, therefore, with her father. At the age of nine, Tagliaferro made her début in São Paulo performing Mozart's Piano Concerto #20 in d minor. A year later, Tagliaferro was taken to France to enter the Paris Conservatoire. After studies with Antonin Marmontel, she advanced to a recital that was awarded with a first prize for piano performance. Beginning during this same period, she studied with Cortot and continued to take lessons from the famed pianist for some time into the future. Shortly after graduation from the Conservatoire, Tagliaferro initiated her career with a series of tours. Her commanding ease in the French repertory led Gabriel Fauré to request that she tour with him, performing several of his compositions. During the next two decades, her recital engagements took her to the music centers of more than 30 countries in Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia. Scarcely less active as a soloist with celebrated orchestras, Tagliaferro appeared with the élite of the conducting fraternity, among them Weingartner, Dobroven, Monteux, Furtwängler, Knappertsbusch, Paray, d'Indy, Inghelbrecht, and Georgescu. Other solo artists of the order of Cortot, Thibaud, Enescu, and Casals were pleased to perform with her in joint recital. Composers, too, sought her for the premierès of works they had written, sometimes specifically intending that Tagliaferro be the artist to give birth to the piece. The artist gave serious application to performances of new works by such composers as Hahn, Rivier, Pierné, and Villa-Lobos. Having established herself so thoroughly elsewhere, Tagliaferro made arrangements for her American début in 1941. The onset of war in Europe, however, prompted her to advance her plans to provide for travel by air in December 1939. On 9 March, 1940, Tagliaferro made her début performing the Schumann piano concerto (a Cortot specialty) with the New York Philharmonic. Hailed for her intelligence and maturity in that performance, she won further praise for her recital of French works less than a month later. Having been an instructor at the Paris Conservatoire from 1937 to the eve of her departure for America, Tagliaferro turned once more to pedagogy in her native Brazil as she awaited the end of hostilities in Europe. Several years after the end of WWII, Tagliaferro resumed her performing career in Europe while continuing to devote considerable time to teaching. She established a piano competition and won new respect as a probing, yet thoughtful instructor of master classes. The capacity for beautifully crafted playing she retained at the age of 90 brought adulatory reviews in Europe, New York, and South America.”
- Erik Eriksson, allmusic.com
“Each of these disks, from Canadian engineer Yves St Laurent… [feature] St Laurent's natural transfer – made without filtering, like all his dubbings – it is easy to listen to, despite the surface noise.”
- Tully Potter, CLASSICAL RECORD QUARTERLY, Summer, 2011