Bronislav Gimpel         (3-Audite 21.418)
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Bronislav Gimpel         (3-Audite 21.418)
S0019. BRONISLAV GIMPEL, w.Martin Krause (Pf.), Rother, Gohlke & Fritz Lehmann Cond.: Tartini, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Szymanowski, Wieniawwski, Janácek & Rathaus. (Germany) 3-Audite 21.418, recorded 1954-57, Berlin, partially Live Performances. Final Sealed Copy! - 4022143214188


"This Bronislaw Gimpel edition presents on three CDs all recordings made by the violinist between 1954 and 1957 for the RIAS Berlin. Not only do they illustrate the striking violinistic profile of the artist, but also the stylistic palette of his repertoire.

Bronislaw Gimpel (1911-1979) was one of the 'old school' violin virtuosos. His distinctly individual approach towards sound and phrasing left a strong mark in the history of violin playing. Gimpel was born in the Galician city of Lemberg, today’s Lviv in the Ukraine. He received his musical training at the conservatoires of his home city as well as Vienna, and at the Berlin Musikhochschule with Carl Flesch. Gimpel established an international and versatile career as a soloist, concert master, chamber musician, conductor and violin teacher."

- Ned Ludd

“Although he was a very active and successful artist for many years, today, Gimpel is almost totally forgotten. Gimpel made his début playing Mendelssohn’s concerto at age 8. The concert was a complete triumph for the young child. At age 11, he traveled to Vienna to study with Robert Pollack at the Vienna Conservatory. His brother (Jakob, pianist) was already there. At age 14 (1925), he soloed with the Vienna Philharmonic playing Goldmark’s concerto. Some critics compared him to Bronislaw Huberman, another child prodigy. From age 15 until about age 19, he concertized in Italy, Europe, and South America. He went to Berlin for further study at the Advanced School for Music. His teacher there was Carl Flesch. I don’t know how long he studied with Flesch but in 1937, Gimpel came to the U.S. and at the invitation of Otto Klemperer, he served as concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He also conducted the Philharmonic from time to time and was very active in the musical life of the city. From 1942 to 1950, he served as concertmaster, conductor, and soloist of the ABC Radio Symphony in New York. He then formed the Mannes-Gimpel-Silva Piano trio and enjoyed outstanding success with that ensemble. In 1956, he relocated to Europe. It has been said that he gave over 100 concerts in a single year in Germany alone and was playing concerts in Russia as well. He formed the Warsaw Quintet in 1963 and played with that group until about 1967. In that year, he returned to the U.S. and taught at the University of Connecticut from 1967 to 1973. In Connecticut, he founded the New England String Quartet. From 1973, he taught at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. All the while, he continued to concertize. In 1978, he returned to the U.S. once again. In his last public performance – at the time, of course, he didn’t know it would be his last – he played the Tchaikovsky Concerto and he later said it was one of the very best performances of his career. He was 68 years old. He died in his sleep in Los Angeles, on May 1, 1979, at age 68.”

- Prone to Violins, 3 Nov., 2013