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Ida Haendel plays Tchaikovsky & Dvorák
1 CD | 65min | Nr. 94.205
CD 1: » Peter Tschaikowsky: Violin Concerto D major op. 35 for Violin and Orchestra
» Antonín Dvořák: Concerto a minor op. 53 B. 108

Ida Haendel remains an exception among violinists. Even at 80 years young, she is active on competition juries and everywhere that music is being played. Beginning with when the three-year Ida first picked up a violin, her wunderkind career took flight and has not stopped since. No other great violinist has enjoyed so long and successful a stage career. While she has had an enduring concert career, her recordings are relatively few, though she has performed with many of the last century’s greatest conductors, most notably Sergiu Celibidache. A striking feature of Ida Haendel is her insatiable musical curiosity, embracing everything from Bach to the present. Her joy of music making can be heard in every score she performs, with sparks flying and effortless virtuosity, but also profound reserve and balance when the music demands it. These very attributes can be heard in the two pieces on the present recording.

can also tie on the basis of these two pieces... their virtuosity and sheer musicality attract Ida Haendel and inspire her to the highest level of performance. These recordings are from concerts when Ida Haendel was at the height of her power. This is the second CD featuring the unpublished recordings Ida Haendel to appear on Hänssler Classic. The third will contain the never before released Khachaturian and Bartok concertos.