S0742. LOLA BOBESCO, w.Daniel Sternefeld Cond. Belgian National Orch.: Violin Concerto in e (Lodewijk de Vocht), Live Performance, 13 May, 1949; w. Hans Müller-Kray Cond. SWR S.O.: Violin Concerto in D (Beethoven), recorded 10 June, 1960. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-809. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“Lola Bobesco was a Romanian violinist who spent most of her career in Europe and many of those years were spent in Belgium, which is why Bobesco is frequently referred to as a Belgian violinist. She initially studied with her father, a noted composer and conductor. At age 6, she gave her first public recital. From 1928 to 1935, she studied at the Normal School of Music in Paris. Her main teacher there was Marcel Chailley, a well-known violinist of the time. She almost simultaneously studied at the Paris Conservatory from 1931 to 1935, with Jules Boucherit. She also studied privately with George Enescu and Jacques Thibaud. She apparently made her orchestral debut in Paris in 1936 with the (Edouard) Colonne Orchestra with Paul Paray conducting. Paray would later become chief conductor of the Detroit Symphony, when Detroit was in its prime. It was an unusual debut in that she performed not a concerto from the standard repertoire but a work by a now-obscure Romanian composer, Stan Golestan. She was 17 years old. The next year, she won seventh prize in the Queen Elizabeth (Eugene Ysaye) violin competition - David Oistrakh came in first. After that, she returned to Romania and established a career in Bucharest. On January 17, 1960 she made her first appearance with the Berlin Philharmonic, playing the Brahms Concerto. She was 38 years old. She performed with most of the major European orchestras, including the Concertgebouw, the London Philharmonic, and the Berlin Philharmonic, under conductors famous at the time, including Rudolf Kempe, Ernest Ansermet, Karl Bohm, and Otto Klemperer. Having relocated to Belgium in her early thirties, from 1958 to 1978, she led the Royal Wallonia Chamber Orchestra in Mons, Belgium, situated about 30 miles south of Brussels. She was also violin professor at the Brussels Conservatory. From 1962 to 1974, she taught at the Liege Conservatory. In 1990, she founded a string quartet as well - the Arte Del Suono Quartet. She was 69 years old. Her violin, among others, was a 1754 GB Guadagnini. Bobesco died (in Sart lez Spa, Belgium) on September 4, 2003, at age 82, largely forgotten.”
- Prone to Violins, 16 Feb., 2014
“De Vocht performed under the direction of Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Hans Richter and Felix Weingartner, among others. From 1921 to 1934 he was conductor of the Maatschappij der Nieuwe Concerts orchestra.
He is best known as the founder of the Royal Chorale Caecilia with which he created the opera LES EUMÉNIDES by Darius Milhaud in Paris (1928). He also performed other contemporary works, such as the JEANNE D'ARC AU BÛCHER by Arthur Honegger, as well as work by Zoltán Kodály, Albert Roussel, etc. He worked closely with the two former composers.
From 1937 he was conductor of the Brussels Chorale de la Société Philharmonique with whom he performed annually.
De Vocht wrote symphonic works (including 3 symphonies and a symphonic poem), a violin concerto, a piano concerto, masses, cantatas, choral works, chamber music and songs. His compositions are characterized by pure melody and a simple, transparent structure. De Vocht has left behind an extensive oeuvre of neo-romantic inspiration.”