Vladimir Spivakov, Igor Oistrakh, Eugene Kash;  w. Charles Reiner   (St Laurent Studio YSL T-1234)
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Vladimir Spivakov, Igor Oistrakh, Eugene Kash;  w. Charles Reiner   (St Laurent Studio YSL T-1234)
S0813. VLADIMIR SPIVAKOV & CHARLES REINER: Humoresque (Rodion Shchedrin); Baal Shem - Nigun (Bloch); Sonatensatz - Scherzo in c (Brahms); 5 Mélodies, Op.35 (Prokofiev) - recorded 27 Jan., 1970; EUGENE KASH & CHARLES REINER: Violin Sonata in g (Debussy); IGOR OISTRAKH & CHARLES REINER: Violin Sonata #1 in G (Brahms) - recorded 24 Feb., 1972. [A duly appealing issue; the Shchedrin 'Humoresque' alone is worth its acquiring!] (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-1234. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.


“Outstanding violinist and conductor Vladimir Spivakov has brightly realised his multifaceted talent in music, art and many areas of public life. As a violinist, Vladimir Spivakov underwent a brilliant school with Yuri Yankelevich, a famous teacher and professor at the Moscow Conservatory. He was equally influenced by the outstanding violinist of the twentieth century, David Oistrakh. Until 1997 Vladimir Spivakov played the violin by the master Francesco Gobetti, which was presented to him by Professor Yankelevich. Since 1997, Spivakov has played an instrument made by Antonio Stradivari, which was given to him for life by patrons of his talent.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Vladimir Spivakov won the prestigious M. Long and J. Thibaud international competitions in Paris, the Paganini competition in Genoa, the Montréal competition and the Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow. In 1975, after triumphant solo performances in the USA, a brilliant international career of the musician began. He has performed as a soloist with the world’s best symphony orchestras under the baton of outstanding conductors of the twentieth century – E. Svetlanov, K. Kondrashin, Y. Temirkanov, M. Rostropovich, L. Bernstein, S. Ozawa, L. Maazel, K. M. Giulini, K. Mazur, R. Chailly, K. Abbado and others.

In 1979, with a group of like-minded musicians, Vladimir Spivakov created the Moscow Virtuosi chamber orchestra, becoming its permanent artistic director, conductor and soloist. He studied conducting under Professor Guzman of Israel in Russia and took lessons from Leonard Bernstein and Lorin Maazel in the USA. As a sign of friendship and faith in Spivakov’s future, Bernstein gave him his conductor’s wand, which the maestro does not part with to this day.”

- Moscow Virtuoso Orchestra

“Though much of his career coincided with the Cold War, Igor Oistrakh was well known in New York and elsewhere in the West, since the Soviet Union sent its best musicians on tour. He made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall in February 1962 performing with Symphony of the Air under Alfred Wallenstein. Harold C. Schonberg, reviewing the concert in THE NEW YORK TIMES, noted that few could measure up to David Oistrakh and pronounced Igor ‘a good violinist, though far from a great one’. But by December 1963, Mr. Oistrakh had performed several more times in New York and had established himself as an admirable musician independent of his father. Igor Oistrakh, a noted violinist who was part of a violin-playing family that included his father, David, was one of the 20th century’s finest exponents of the instrument. Father and son frequently played together. When David Oistrakh made his American debut as a conductor, leading the Moscow Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in 1965, Igor was the soloist for the Tchaikovsky violin concerto. ‘David Oistrakh conducted like a proud father’, Theodore Strongin wrote in THE TIMES, ‘giving his son all the leeway in the world and pacing the last movement up into a mad virtuoso fling. The sold-out audience loved it’.

‘Little can be said about the 32-year-old Soviet musician’s superb artistry that has not already been said again and again’, Howard Klein wrote in THE TIMES in a review of a Carnegie Hall recital. ‘His beautiful, silky tone, his effortless execution in devilish passages, his restrained yet powerful emotional thrust, were in evidence and were as stunningly projected as ever’.

- Neil Genzlinger, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 7 Sept., 2021

- “Eugene Kash was a Canadian violinist, violist, conductor, and teacher was one of the lesser-known students of Bronislaw Huberman and Otakar Sevcik and was a champion of childrens’ music education programs. He studied in Europe (with Sevcik and Huberman) until about 1934. He continued to study (sporadically) with William Primrose (London), Kathleen Parlow (Toronto), and Dmitri Dounis (New York.) He played in the Toronto Symphony (and the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s radio orchestras) from 1934 until 1942, presumably in the first violin section. Kash was concertmaster of the Ottawa Philharmonic from 1944 until 1950, when he became its conductor. He was 38 years old. He remained in Ottawa, as conductor, until 1957. Nevertheless, he had remained active as a recitalist from the beginning of his professional career. From 1961 to 1975, Kash took part in the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico. Up until 2002, Kash was still performing in public. His violin of choice, acquired in 1949, was a G.B. Guadagnini of 1753.”

- Prone to Violins, 9 Aug., 2012

“At a young age, Charles Reiner was soloist with the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra. After his release from a concentration camp in Austria, Reiner attended the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, and in 1947 received a concert diploma. His teachers were Arpad Hanak, Arnold Szekely, and Bela Böszörmenyi-Nagy. He won the 1948 International Competition for Musical Performers in Geneva and in 1949 was awarded first prize for virtuosity by the Geneva Conservatory, where he had studied with Dinu Lipatti and Louis Hiltbrandt. After performing in various European centres, he won first prize (1950) in a United-Nations-sponsored competition of the International Refugees Organization.

Reiner moved to Montréal in 1951 and that year made his solo recital debut 27 Nov. at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, followed by around 40 concerts for Jeunesses Musicales of Canada. In an impressive career as accompanist he has performed with Henryk Szeryng, Igor Oistrakh, Ruggiero Ricci, Hyman Bress, Antonio Janigro, Arthur LeBlanc, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Richard Verreau, Maureen Forrester, and others. A favourite accompanist of Szeryng over the years, Reiner recorded with him many times, toured South Africa and elsewhere, and played at Carnegie Hall.

Reiner also gave solo recitals in North America, Europe, and South Africa, and appeared innumerable times on radio and TV. He was a founding member of the Canadian Piano Quartet, and of Musica Camerata Montréal in 1971. In 1985 he was invited by the Shanghai Conservatory to teach the complete Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for violin and piano, which he performed with 14 Chinese violinists in five recitals.”