Henryk Szeryng, Vol. I;  Marinus Flipse     (St Laurent Studio YSL T-716)
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Henryk Szeryng, Vol. I;  Marinus Flipse     (St Laurent Studio YSL T-716)
S0723. HENRYK SZERYNG & MARINUS FLIPSE (Pf.): 'Kreutzer' Sonata #9 in A (Beethoven); Violin Sonata in B-flat, K.454 (Mozart); Sonata #1 in G (Brahms). [Here is a truly extraordinary recital, in excellent sound quality!] (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-716, Live Performance, 11 Aug., 1965, Salzburg. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.


"Henryk Szeryng, one of the more elegant representatives of a now fading school of Romantic violin playing, was known for the purity of his playing - exact intonation, well-organized phrasing and a broad, sweet, vibrato-filled tone that nevertheless did not sound oppressive. In the Romantic tradition Mr. Szeryng applied his long, lyrical style to Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi as well as to Brahms and Tchaikovsky. The various schools of interpretation, in other words, were filtered through the single 19th-century Central European tradition that was his heritage. Among his teachers were Carl Flesch in Berlin and Jacques Thibaud and Nadia Boulanger in Paris.

Mr. Szeryng began his concert career in 1933 and spent World War II as liaison officer to the exiled Polish Premier. His musical life continued its close contact with politics and diplomacy when the Mexican Government invited him in 1943 to teach at the National University in Mexico City. He became a Mexican citizen and later traveled on a diplomatic passport as the country's Culture and Good Will Ambassador. After 10 relatively quiet years of teaching and occasional concerts, Mr. Szeryng met Arthur Rubinstein after a recital in Mexico City. With the help of his fellow pianist and Polish compatriot, Mr. Szerying developed an international career that was still flourishing at his death. While retaining his home and teaching responsibilities in Mexico City, he also kept apartments in Paris and Monte Carlo.

Mr. Szeryng also became a busy recording artist, with a discography of about 250 works. Mr. Szeryng's tastes ran to the standard literature. He was especially fond of Paganini, yet 20th-century composers like Carlos Chavez, Benjamin Lees and Michael Ponce wrote music for him. Mr. Szeryng also liked to play music by the contemporary Polish composer Karol Szymanowski. He exercised his diplomatic responsibilities in part by championing the music of Mexican composers, and he expressed his belief in the humanistic powers of music as an adviser to UNESCO He was also said to donate large portions of his income to charities. From Mr. Szeryng's collection of violins, 12 have been given away since 1975 - one, a Stradivarius presented to the city of Jerusalem, another a gift to the young violinist Shlomo Mintz. Mr. Szeryng retained for himself the 1743 Guarnerius named 'Le Duc'.''

- Bernard Holland, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 4 March, 1988

“Marinus Flipse’s oldest brother was Eduard Flipse, who from 1926 to 1962 was conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Marinus received his first musical training from his father and brother Eduard. He then studied in Lausanne, Budapest (with Dohnányi), Vienna (with Paul Weingarten) and Paris (with Alfred Cortot). Flipse soon made an international career with performances in Paris, Budapest, Warsaw and Helsingfors. He gave many recitals (sixty during a tour through Indonesia) and performed in his own country with many orchestras, in Rotterdam, in The Hague and in Amsterdam with the Concertgebouw Orchestra under Eduard van Beinum.

Flipse excelled in Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto and was also an advocate of the new music: he played many world premieres among whom were compositions by Delius, Beck, Roussel and Mankevich. He was also a proponent for Dutch music.

In 1938 Marinus Flipse was appointed head teacher at the Amsterdam Music Lyceum; the following year he was awarded the competition Prix-Albert Roussel.

From 1947, Flipse performed with the famous French violinist Jacques Thibaud during tours of the US, Turkey, Greece, Egypt and Vietnam. Thibaud did not even want to rehearse with him since they were so compatible. Flipse also played with the violinists Zino Francescatti and Henryk Szeryng and formed duos with Herman Krebbers and Theo Olof and with the pianist Theo van de Pas.”

- Kasper Jansen, NRC NL, 8 April, 1997