S0745. TOSCHA SEIDEL: Encore pieces - Scarlatti, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Cui, Tschaikowsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Sibelius, Wagner, Grieg, Morrison, Margis, Burleigh, Kreisler & Baleinikoff - recorded 1918-41; PABLO de SARASATE: Tarantelle, Miramar, Zigeunerweisen & Habanera (all Played by the Composer) - recorded 1904. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-848. [A supremely important issue which offers Seidel's incomparable 'Brahmsiana' which must be heard to be believed! The Seidel titles are taken primarily from the gold 'Flags' label Columbias which offer remarkably quiet surfaces; the Sarasate titles are taken from mint vinyl pressings from the original masters] Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“Seidel had studied with Max Fiedelmann before joining Leopold Auer’s violin class at the St Petersburg Conservatory. A year younger than Heifetz, Seidel joined Auer’s class in 1912, the year of Heifetz’s Berlin performances, and he left the Auer fold in 1915. When Toscha and Jascha Heifetz were kids studying with Prof. Auer, they shared many concerts together and they were sometimes billed as the ‘angel’ and the ‘devil’ (Toscha being the devil). Jascha Heifetz, already in Auer’s class, had been dubbed the ‘Angel of the violin’ but Toscha Seidel was soon to be called ‘Devil of the Violin’ due to his intensely vibrant sound and impassioned style.
Toscha Seidel was born in Odessa in 1899. He settled in California in the 1930s and made his career in Hollywood. He led the MGM studio orchestra for many years and was featured in the soundtrack for the Ingrid Bergman and Leslie Howard film, INTERMEZZO. Toscha Seidel was one of the truly great violinists of the early part of 20th century.”
- Gennady Filimonov, Violinist.com
“Pablo Sarasate entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of twelve where he became a pupil of Jean-Delphin Alard and also embarked on the study of composition. By the age of fifteen, however, Sarasate had launched himself on a concert career, at first winning a reputation in Spain and France, before more extended tours to North and South America and throughout the rest of Europe. Composers who wrote for him included Saint-Saëns, Bruch, Lalo, Wieniawski and Dvorák, and he remained distinguished for the purity and beauty of his tone, perfection of technique and musical command.”
- David Milsom, Naxos' A–Z of String Players