S0016. ZINO FRANCESCATTI, w.Artur Balsam (Pf.): Tzigane (Ravel), Live Performance, 13 April, 1947; w.Cluytens Cond. Champs-Élysées S.O.: Concerto in D (Beethoven); Concerto #3 in G, K.216 (Mozart), Live Performances, 13 Nov., 1946. (Canada) Doremi 7812. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 723724417021
"Zino Francescatti was one of the most loved and admired violinists of the 20th century. His musical lineage can be traced to the legendary Niccolò Paganini since his father, a noted violinist and teacher, studied with Camillo Sivori who was a student of Paganini. He performed internationally with the world leading orchestras and conductors. Francescatti is still considered a violin icon for his great musicianship and performance style, his amazing virtuosity, and for his unique, distinctive beautiful, warm tone. Included in this release are his Paris 1946 live performances of the Beethoven and Mozart violin concertos, released here for the first time ever."
“Zino Francescatti (1902-91) was a musician’s musician who won over audiences more by charm than prowess. His unmistakably French manner was out of vogue in an era-dominated by Russian-trained violinists, but so much the better for him. He was trained by his father, a concertmaster in Marseilles, and performed in the Straram Orchestra of Paris before coming late to a career as a soloist and chamber musician. He was not the last French violinist standing, though in the 1950s it could seem that way.
While his repertoire was wide, Francescatti’s recordings naturally emphasized French music, where he figures as a latter-day Jacques Thibaud. He has the same rich, dark tone; but while his phrasing is also very lyrical, it tends to be more tempered and neoclassical. This seems more of a generational difference than anything else.”
- David Radcliffe, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Sept./Oct., 2012
"Everything about Francescatti’s approach to every piece he plays is unique. He does not follow any ‘school’ of interpretation, and the only similarities that I noticed from piece to piece is that he is an impeccable violinist, and as a musician he stretches the boundaries of expression while always playing with exquisite taste. There is something regal about his playing, and at the same time there is a deep sense of musical integrity – a kind of moral directive from within that compels him to play beautifully and honestly for the sake of the music and the sacred nature of the performance."
- Elaine Fine, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Sept./Oct., 2006