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Violin Concerto - Berl Senofsky at EXPO '58, Brussels; Works by Ravel, Bartók, Rachmaninov, Bach, Brahms, and more / Berl Senofsky, violin; Marie Louise Bastyns, piano

Album Summary

>Ravel, Maurice : Pièce en forme de Habañera
>Bartók, Béla : Romanian Folk Dances (7) for violin & piano, Sz. 56
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14
>Ysaÿe, Eugène : Sonata for violin solo no 6, Op. 27/6
>Creston, Paul [Composer] : Suite for violin & piano, Op. 18
>Wieniawski, Józef : Grand duo polonais, for violin & piano in G major, Op. 8
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 100
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in A major, WoO 1/7
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Notes & Reviews:

The extraordinary American violinist Berl Senofsky (1926-2002), was thrust into the international spotlight in June of 1955, taking the grand prize of the 1955 Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Competition. One of the jury members, Zino Francescatti, wrote that "Senofsky is a complete artist: great musicality, beautiful tone, astounding technique." This CD documents Senofsky's 1958 return to Belgium for a triumphant recital at the Brussels World's Fair, Expo '58.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: American Theatre, at the World's Fair in Brussels, Belg (10/06/1958).



Reviews

Wonderful remaster
This is a recording of Berl Senofsky's recital at the Expo '58, Brussels. He had won the Queen Elisabeth International Competition prize at the age of 29 -- the unanimous selection of judges David Oistrakh, Yehudi Menuhin, and Zino Francescatti. This recital recorded just three years later, hints at what those prize-winning performances were like.

The recording has been lovingly remastered with minimal tinkering (that I can hear). It's a rich, warm, analog sound that places Senofsky front and center in the audio mix.

I could easily hear the delicacy of Senofsky's tone, especially in quiet passages. Long notes sounded full and well-rounded. Double and triple stops were executed cleanly and clearly heard in the recording.

Senofsky plays in an old-fashioned style, but with a more restrained vibrato than most prewar artists. It's a sound that's both of its time and one that transcends it through the beauty of his expressiveness.

Especially fine, I think, are the Ysäye Sonata No. 6, Op. 27, and Bach's Chaconne from the Partita No. 2, BWV 1004. Not to take anything away from the performances with pianist Marie Louise Bastyns, but when Senofsky played alone, I was enthralled.
Submitted on 02/17/17 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Ravel, Maurice : Pièce en forme de Habañera
  • Performers: Marie Bastyns (Piano); Berl Senofsky (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1907

>Bartók, Béla : Romanian Folk Dances (7) for violin & piano, Sz. 56
  • Performers: Marie Bastyns (Piano); Berl Senofsky (Violin)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14
  • Performers: Marie Bastyns (Piano); Berl Senofsky (Violin)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Eugène Ysae (1858 - 1931) : Sonata for violin solo no 6, Op. 27/6
  • Performers: Marie Bastyns (Piano); Berl Senofsky (Violin)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924

>Creston, Paul [Composer] : Suite for violin & piano, Op. 18
  • Performers: Marie Bastyns (Piano); Berl Senofsky (Violin)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wieniawski, Józef : Grand duo polonais, for violin & piano in G major, Op. 8
  • Performers: Marie Bastyns (Piano); Berl Senofsky (Violin)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Henryk Wieniawski (Composer) (1835 - 1880).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 :: Chaconne
  • Performers: Marie Bastyns (Piano); Berl Senofsky (Violin)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 100 :: III. Allegretto grazioso (quasi andante)
  • Performers: Marie Bastyns (Piano); Berl Senofsky (Violin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in A major, WoO 1/7
  • Performers: Marie Bastyns (Piano); Berl Senofsky (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858-1868