Nathan Milstein : Miniatures

Nathan Milstein : Miniatures


Nathan Milstein (violin), Leon Pommers (piano)

Capitol P 8339

Analogphonic Records : LP 180 gram

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Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884) :
A1 - From My Homeland
Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787) :
A2 - Melodie
Henri Wieniawski (1835-1880) :
A3 - Mazurka In D Major, Op. 19, No. 2
Antonio Vivaldi (1675-1741) :
A4 - Siciliano
Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967) :
A5 - It Rains In The Village
Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) :
A6 - Nocturne In C-Sharp Minor, Op. Post.
Franz Ries (1846-1932) :
A7 - Perpetuum Mobile
Pietro Nardini (1722-1793) :
B1 - Larghetto In A Major
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) :
B2 - Hungarian Dance No. 2 In D minor
Jules Massenet (1842-1912) :
B3 - Meditation
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) :
B4 - Russian Maiden's Song
Maria Theresia von Paradis (1759-1824) :
B5 - Sicilienne
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) :
B6 - Flight Of The Bumblebee

Recorded on Jan 27 & Feb. 3, 1956 at Capitol Studio A in New York City

Some of the selections in this album are extracts from major works of major composers; some are brief masterpieces by major composer; and others are works by lesser creators who have made significant contributions to the treasury of music in the smaller forms. Whatever their origins, miniatures of this sort hold an honorable place in the vast literature of music, for though they are small in size, they are rich in inspiration, craft, beauty.

"Of its kind, the record is very well done. The classical numbers are played cleanly and purely. The virtuosic ones are properly so. The Smetana and Kodály (a song transcription) are both evocative works so attractive as to make one wish they were obtainable in another context. The recording, both of violin and piano, is excellent, and well balanced." - Gramophone

"It is a tribute to the artistry of Nathan Milstein that he is able to convert each of these miniatures - even something as trite as the Meditation from Thais - into little tonal gems, each properly set and beautifully projected. Here is a disc that should satisfy for years to come the greed of those who applaud at recitals only to hear more and yet more encores." - High Fidelity

Nathan Mironovich Milstein (1904-1992) performed at the highest level into his mid 80s, retiring only after suffering a broken hand. After playing many different violins in his earlier days, including the 1710 ex-"Dancla" Stradivarius for a short period, Milstein finally acquired the 1716 "Goldman" Stradivarius in 1945 which he used for the rest of his life. He renamed this Stradivarius the "Maria Teresa" in honour of his daughter Maria .

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Analogphonic record was mastered from the original Deutsche Grammophon master tapes by Maarten De Boer, using pure analogue audiophile equipment, cut at Emil Berliner Studio Berlin, and pressed at Pallas GmbH in Germany.