Aida Stucki;  Walter Barylli;  Hermann Scherchen   (Tahra TAH 663)
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Aida Stucki;  Walter Barylli;  Hermann Scherchen   (Tahra TAH 663)
S0002. AIDA STUCKI, w. Scherchen Cond. Beromubster Orch: Violin Concerto in D (Beethoven), recorded 30 Dec., 1949; AIDA STUCKI & WALTER BARYLLI, w. Scherchen Cond. Vienna Statsoper Orch.: Violin Concerto in E (Bach), recorded 1953. (France) Tahra TAH 663. Final Sealed Copy! - 3504129066314


“The daughter of a Swiss entrepreneur and an Italian singer, Aida Stucki was born in 1921. At the age of 10 she started violin lessons in Switzerland with Ernst Wolters, the concert master of Winterthur/Zürich City Orchestra. Under his guidance, she gave her debut playing Mozart's Violin Concerto K.216, when she was 13. She attended master classes of Hungarian born violinist Stefi Geyer (1888-1956) at the Zürich Academy of Music and continued her studies with the most important violin pedagogue of that time, Carl Flesch (1873 - 1944) who, upon hearing her for the first time, praised her as ‘the best violinist in Switzerland’.

After winner of the Geneva International Music Competition in 1940, she began performing with leading orchestras and conductors, including Hermann Scherchen, Paul van Kempen, Joseph Keilberth, Pierre Colombo, Victor Desarzens, Eliyahu Inbal, Armin Jordan, and Carlo Zecchi. She also appeared in Duo-recitals with Clara Haskil ( during 1945-50), Elly Ney, Adrian Aeschbacher, Pina Pozzi, Walter Frey and Christoph Lieske. From 1948 Aida Stucki taught at the Musikhochschule Winterthur/Zürich (now Zürich University of Art) violin and chamber music.

With her fellow university professor Christoph Lieske (a student of Karl Engel, he later became a professor at the Salzburg Mozarteum), she performed the entire violin sonatas of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, and Debussy from 1970 to 1980. In 1959 Aida Stucki, with her husband Giuseppe Piraccini, the concertmaster of the Zürich Radio Orchestra and the Zürich Tonhalle orchestra, founded the internationally known ‘Piraccini-Stucki’ String Quartet.

Her most famous student, Anne-Sophie Mutter, began to study with Aida at age nine. The star violinist never forgets to mention in many interviews her gratitude to her teacher and discoverer.”

- Jacob Harnoy

"Walter Barylli is an Austrian violinist who had a distinguished career based in his native Vienna, as Konzertmeister of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, founder and leader of the Barylli string quartet, and Professor of violin at the Vienna City Academy. Walter Barylli was born in Vienna on 16 June 1921. He studied at the Vienna Music Academy with the Philharmonic Konzertmeister Franz Mairecker, and in Munich with Florizel von Reuter, a violinist who had achieved outstanding success early in life. In 1936 Barylli gave his first public performance as a soloist in Munich, and made his first gramophone recordings in Berlin. Over the next two years he made an international career as a soloist. Mairecker advised him that in autumn 1938 a first violin desk would become available with the Vienna Philharmonic. Travelling to the audition at Vienna by train from Stuttgart on 12 March 1938, Barylli became aware of the preparations for the invasion of Austria and realised he must make his career with an orchestra rather than as a travelling soloist: he won the position and became a member of the VPO.”


"...Scherchen, as ever in his readings, proves himself a highly individual, profoundly spiritual artist, whose musical vagaries can be tolerated because the results, as here, are heart-searching, those involved obviously responsive to their conductor's beseeching approach...."


"Tahra is a tiny classical music record company based in rural France. It's run by Myriam Scherchen, daughter of Hermann Scherchen, who co-ran the music label Tahra, which released officially authorized historical recordings of conductors such as Scherchen, Furtwängler, Mengelberg and others, generally drawn from primary recorded sources. Tahra ceased business after the death of the co-principal of the label, René Trémine. And despite its small size, the label has won some of the classical music industry's most prestigious awards, outgunning many of the big multinational conglomerates that dominate classical music today. Tahra's records are historical recordings, often taken from 78s or tapes of decades-old radio broadcasts."

- Julian Crandall Hollick, NPR Music, 28 Aug., 2005