Henryk Szeryng, Vol. II;  Gerard Poulet   (St Laurent Studio YSL T-791)
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Henryk Szeryng, Vol. II;  Gerard Poulet   (St Laurent Studio YSL T-791)
S0738. HENRYK SZERYNG, w.Ristenpart Cond. Saar Chamber Orch.: Violin Concerto #3 in G, K.216 (Mozart), Live Performance, 11 Sept., 1959, Saarlouis, Germany [a breathtaking performance!]; w.Martinon Cond. RTF S.O.: Violin Concerto in E - Live Performance, 26 March, 1963, Salle Pleyel, Paris; HENRYK SZERYNG & GÉRARD POULET, w.Dimitri Chorafas Cond. RTF S.O.: Concerto for Two Violins in d - Live Performance, 7 Sept., 1963, Besançon, France (both Bach). [Among the most highly treasured recital disks we are privileged to offer, in excellent sound quality!] (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-791. 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

“Gérard Poulet was born in Bayonne in 1938, the son of conductor Gaston Poulet, entered the Conservatoire de Paris in André Asselin's class at age 11 and was unanimously awarded first prize in violin at age 12. He performed Salle Gaveau the same year under the direction of his father with the Concerts Colonne. In 1956, he won the 1st Grand Prix of the Paganini Competition in Genoa then perfected his skills with Zino Francescatti, Yehudi Menuhin, Nathan Milstein, and Henryk Szeryng. He considers the latter as ‘his father in music’.

Poulet was professor, then honorary professor at the Conservatoire de Paris. He was also a full professor at the École Normale de Musique de Paris and at the Tokyo University of the Arts.

In his discography, several recordings, notably Bartók's Sonata for Solo Violin and Bach's six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, have been warmly welcomed by the critics.”

- Wikipedia