Violinist Steven Staryk: A Retrospective, Vol. 1 / Concertos by Paganini, Beethoven, Mozart, Shostakovich; Saint-Saens: Intro. Et Rondo Capriccioso

Audio Samples

>Paganini, Niccolò : Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 6
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Violin no 5 in A major, K 219 "Turkish"
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E major, Op. 83
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 77

Album Summary

>Paganini, Niccolò : Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 6
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Violin no 5 in A major, K 219 "Turkish"
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E major, Op. 83
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 77
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Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
I was totally wrong, which I started to realize as soon as I took a second glance at the name of the concertmaster. A lot of us probably most remember Steven Staryk as the soloist in Beecham's superb recording of Rimsky-Kor sakoff's Scheherazade with the Royal Philharmonic (EMI). Born in 1932 in Toronto of Ukrainian descent, Staryk became concertmaster of the RPO at the tender age of 24, then held the position at the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, and the Toronto Symphony. Haitink and the Concertgebouw Orchestra were an unbeatable combination in a lot of Austro-Germanic repertoire in the 1960s. Their performances are so superbly, irresistibly musical, they're hard to pass up. One of my favorite sets of the Beethoven piano concertos has been the Arrau/Haitink, so I was very pleased to hear them with Staryk in this superbly lyrical traversal of the Violin Concerto. The first movement is spacious, expansive, unhurried and Apollonian; II is warmly lyrical, sinuous line of endless melody; and III is sprightly and playful. The orchestra plays beautifully, supported by the unique ambiance of the Concertgebouw. Still very good. Staryk approaches it much like the Paganini, with equal measures of musicianship and virtuosity. He dazzles, he caresses, his instrument sings. The Shostakovich dates from Staryk's years as concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony, and benefits from solid stereo sound. The Shostakovich dates from Staryk's years as concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony. This is a highly satisfying performance that digs deeply into the heart of the music. This is billed as "Volume 1". I'm eagerly awaiting Volume 2.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 1961-1986.



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Works Details

>Niccolò Paganini (Composer/Violin) (1782 - 1840) : Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 6
  • Performer: Steven Staryk (Violin)
  • Conductor: Herman Michael
  • Running Time: 27 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1815-1816
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61
  • Performer: Steven Staryk (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Running Time: 41 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1806
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Violin no 5 in A major, K 219 "Turkish"
  • Performer: Steven Staryk (Violin)
  • Conductor: John Avison
  • Running Time: 27 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1775
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E major, Op. 83
  • Performer: Steven Staryk (Violin)
  • Conductor: Douglas Gamley
  • Running Time: 8 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1863

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 77
  • Performer: Steven Staryk (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: Composition written: 1947-48.
  • Running Time: 35 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1947-1948