S0760. ARTHUR LEBLANC, w. Charles Reiner (Pf.): Bach, Fiocco, Mozart, Nardini, Vitali, Vivaldi, François Schubert, Schubert, Champagne, Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Nin, Wieniawski, Fraser, Gratton, Kreisler & Leblanc. (Canada) 3-St Laurent Studio YSL T-692, recorded 1958-67. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
"Arthur Leblanc studied at the New England Conservatory for two years with Richard Burgin, concertmaster of the Boston SO, and with Felix Winternitz. He also studied in New York with Bernard Sinsheimer. On a Québec government grant in 1930, Leblanc studied at the École normale de Paris with Georges Enescu, Maurice Hayot, and Jacques Thibaud. While a member of the orchestra there he performed as a soloist under Cortot. In 1934 he passed his performance examination with great distinction, earning an extensive tour during which he played in Liège, Basel, Genève, Lausanne, and Le Havre. He was a member of the first violins in the Paris SO during the 1935-6 season under Pierre Monteux.
Leblanc made his debut at Town Hall, New York, May, 1938, and next season he appeared at Carnegie Hall. 'Mr. Leblanc possessed the well developed technique expected from any concert performer’, wrote THE NEW YORK TIMES critic, 27 Nov., 1939, 'but what made his work quite unusual was the extreme beauty and purity of his tone and the rich fund of expressiveness that helped to give his performances true distinction'.
Managed 1941-46 by Columbia Concerts, he appeared in the USA both alone and with such artists as Rose Bampton, Richard Crooks, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Bidú Sayão. He performed 6 Dec., 1941 before President Roosevelt at the White House and in 1944-45 gave 26 concerts in six weeks.
Milhaud composed his Concerto #2 for Leblanc in 1946, and the violinist gave its premiere in 1948 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with the Concert Society of the Paris Conservatoire under André Cluytens. Its North American premiere, 13 Jan., 1953, he performed with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra under Désiré Defauw.”
- Juliette Bourassa, THE CANADIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA, 27 March, 2013