John Newmark, Vol. I;  Zara Nelsova           (St Laurent Studio YSL 33-432)
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John Newmark, Vol. I;  Zara Nelsova           (St Laurent Studio YSL 33-432)
P1255. JOHN NEWMARK: Duchow, Barclay, Papineau-Couture, Pentland, Brassard, Coulthard, Bartley, Beckwith & Hurst - recorded 1955; ZARA NELSOVA & JOHN NEWMARK: Cello Sonata Op.11 (Hindemith), recorded 1963. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 33-432. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.


“John Newmark (Neumark) was a pianist, accompanist & chamber musician, born in Bremen, 12 June, 1904, then naturalized as a Canadian in 1946. Newmark wanted to leave Germany, but it was not until 1939 that he was able to get to London. There he took part in concerts, notably with the soprano Emmy Heim and the violinist Max Rostal. In 1944 Newmark settled permanently in Montréal, where his services were soon in demand by eminent Canadian and foreign soloists. In 1949 he gave concerts in South America with Goldberg and accompanied Kathleen Ferrier on two extended tours of North America. With her, in 1950, he recorded song cycles of Schumann and Brahms for Decca-London & Brahms' ‘Vier Ernste Gesänge’. In 1952 he won a Grand prix du disque de l'Académie Charles-Cros.

Newmark accompanied more than 80 foreign and at least 160 Canadian artists and has recorded with several of the most prominent. His long collaboration with Maureen Forrester began in 1953; with her he toured the world. After a Toronto recital by the team, John Kraglund wrote (GLOBE AND MAIL, 18 Jan 1960): 'Superb as Miss Forrester was, much of the credit for the exceptionally high quality of the recital must go to Mr. Newmark. Always a reliable accompanist, he gave inspired performances throughout the evening, providing an integral part of each song, without being guilty of either too much or too little'.”


"A female cellist on stage in front of a big symphony orchestra - a rare sight during the first half of the 20th century. Zara Nelsova, however, marked the beginning of a new era."

- Audite

“The second generation of a distinguished Russian musical family, Ms. Nelsova was born in Canada, educated in England, and is a citizen of the USA. She made her début with the London Symphony at age 12, and since that time has regularly toured every continent, including her triumphant tour of the Soviet Union in 1966 as the first to be made by an American soloist.

Zara Nelsova has appeared with virtually every major orchestra in North America including those of New York, Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia. She has appeared with numerous European orchestras including the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Royal, Berlin, and London Philharmonics, the BBC and London symphony orchestras, and in Warsaw and Poznan with the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra. She has collaborated with such eminent conductors as Bernstein, Boulez, Barenboim, Mehta, Haitink, Solti, Böhm, Rostropovich, Ozawa, and Steinberg. Her many international festival appearances have included Tanglewood, Hollywood Bowl, Aspen, Caramoor, Ann Arbor, Lucerne, Casals, Prague, Gstaad, and Bergen.

She has collaborated with many well-known twentieth century composers. Samuel Barber chose her for the recording of his Cello Concerto, as did Ernest Bloch for his ‘Schelomo’. She performed Sir William Walton's Cello Concerto under the baton of the composer as well.

Ms. Nelsova is the recipient of Canada's Centennial Medal of the Confederation ‘in recognition of valuable service to the nation’, and the Jubilee Medal from Canada in honor of the Silver Anniversary of the accession to the throne of Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Ms. Nelsova is a fellow at the Royal Academy of Music, a member of the faculty of The Juilliard School, and chair on the Board of Governors as professor of music at Rutgers University. In 1992, she received an honorary degree from Smith College.”

- Tim Janof, Internet Cello Society