A 00690 R: Franz Schubert's Forellen Quintet (Trout) performed by
Alice Heksch (Piano), Nap de Klijn (Violin), Paul Godwin (Viola),
Carel van Leeuwen Boomkamp (Cello), and Leon Groen (Bass). Alice
Heksch and Nap de Klijn performed together as "The Amsterdam
Duo" (Das Amsterdamer Duo). Picture taken from Philips S 04012
Godwin can also be heard in Dvorak's String Quartet reissued on
the Fontana label, and in Mozart's String Quartets K 499 and K 589
on the Philips Minigroove label, reference A00232L.
Godwin was a member of The Netherlands String Quartet: Nap de Klijn,
violin; Jaap Schröder, second violin; Carel van Leeuwen Boomkamp,
cello. And the quartet became The Amsterdam Quintet when pianist
Alice Heksch joined and after she had died in 1957 was replaced
by George van Renesse. For the performance of the Trout Quintet
(Schubert), the bass player was Leon Groen.
World War Two Nap (Nathan) de Klijn had started playing in a radio
orchestra. Later he became a member of the Waleson Quartet - Dick
Waleson (violin) Nap de Klijn (violin), Giel Smit (alto) and Guillaume
Hesse (violoncello). The photograph below appeared in the Dutch
weekly 'Panorama' in 1936 when it was announced that he was to take
up the post of violin teacher at the 'Maatschappij voor Toonkunst'
in Leiden on September 1st.
de Klijn (1909-1979) was married to pianist Alice Heksch (1936-1957).
Famous are their recordings of several Mozart Sonatas. They are
also admired playing violin gems together under their respective
pseudonyms, Romano Rubato (Nap de Klijn) and Bianca Ritorno (Alice
Heksch), for the Philips label, issued in the 10 inch S-R Series.
The early death of Alice Heksch completely changed Nap de Klijn's
carreer as a performer. In later years he concertised with pianist
Rudolf Jansen. They recorded for the Iramac label. In the 1950s
he was preparing a publication with the title "Technical Studies
for the Left and Right Hand for Violin".
years ago a collector of vinyl records asked me for an LP recording
by violinist Paul Godwin.
Since there was practically no information on the world wide web
at the time, I published a few pictures and details on a page
so he (and others) could read about this violinist who performed
as an altist as well. For the collector it was the info that he
needed on Paul Godwin.
Since then the page about the violinist has evolved to the current
stage it is in.
Godwin was actually named Pinchas Goldfein. He was born in Sosnowiec,
Poland, on March 28, 1902, and passed away on December 9, 1982,
in Driebergen, the Netherlands.
He studied how
to play violin with Stanislaw Barcewicz (1858-1929) in Warsaw.
Later on he went to Vienna to study with H. Kaplan but he had to
flee because of the changing political and social climate. From
there he went to Budapest and studied with Jen÷ Hubay (1858 - 1937).
The bad political climate made him leave Hungary and he finally
came to Berlin were he studied at the "Hochschule für
Musik" with Willy Hess (1859-1939).
order to pay for his studies young Godwin played in restaurants
and small orchestras in theaters. But the "misuse of one's
own talent by deviating from the serious path" was punished
by the management of the "Hochschule" and Godwin was
expelled. That actually was his first step to success. He became
the leader of the famous "Heller Revue Orchester", he
played in the first radio broadcasts and by 1928 there were already
more than 1500 records of Paul Godwin available on the market
and he was the best selling artist at the time. With his orchestra
he also performed scores for several movies. He toured the country
and was a regular performer in radio broadcasts.
times changed and in 1933 he took his last 8 Deutsche Mark and
his 1713 Stradivarius violin, fled Germany and came via Luxembourg
to Holland. When in 1940 the Germans occupied the Netherlands,
Godwin was not deported to a concentration camp because his wife
was "Arian" (she died in 1971), but - according to the information
- in 1942 he was deported to Theresienstadt and later to Auschwitz.
At the selection upon arrival in Auschwitz, Paul Godwin was recognized
by an SS-officer, who secret admired Paul Godwins dance music
from the Weimar Era, and selected Paul Godwin to work instead
of the gas chambers. In 1945 Paul Godwin returned to Amsterdam.
the war he played serious music in various ensembles and he founded
Godwin in the late nineteen forties.
taken from 'Radio Encyclopedie', Amsterdam 1949.
1946 on he worked for the Dutch Broadcasting Corporation (Nederlandse
Radio Unie, NRU), was violist in the "Alma Musica" ensemble,
and again alto in "The Amsterdam String Quartet" together
with Nap de Klijn (violin), Dick Vos (2nd violin), and Frank Maurits
Together with pianist Alice Heksch, violinist Nap de Klijn, violoncellist
Carel van Leeuwen Boomkamp, and bass player Leon Groen, he formed
The Amsterdam Piano Quintet.
He also was a member of "The Netherlands String Quartet"
playing with Nap de Klijn (violin), Jaap Schröder (violin),
Carel van Leeuwen Boomkamp (cello). Lateron George van Renesse
was the pianist in "The Amsterdam Quintet". Hence there
exist two different recordings with Paul Godwin of Schubert's
"Trout Quintet", one with pianist Alice Heksch and another
with George van Renesse; both issued on the Philips label.
1955 Paul Godwin started a series of radio broadcasts for VARA
Broadcasting Association. Mrs. Godwin recorded these transmissions
at home. Before her husband left for the studio, he prepared the
tape machine for recording and when the broadcast started only
the "record button" had to be pressed down. During recording
the level may have been slightly adjusted by Mrs. Godwin. Today
we can still witness the radio performances by Paul Godwin of
small gems by Kreisler, Bloch, Hubay, Wieniawski and others. These
original recordings have been marvelously improved and were released
on LP, VARAGRAM 0018.
Rossišan who is the pianist on VARAGRAM 0018 was born on September
16, 1905, in Vilnius (Vilna, Lithuania). He studied in Vienna,
Berlin and Lausanne and worked for "Radio Berlin".
1934 Rossican started working for the "Dutch Broadcasting
System" and performed with violinist Eddy Wallis. He later
became a music producer/director for the NRU (Nederlandse Radio
Unie). He was an admired accompanist. He accompanied Kathleen
Ferrier in a recital in the famous Concertgebouw. He had formed
a duo with violinist Paul Godwin until he passed away in 1968.
He can be found on
Masterpieces Society LP MMS 153, playing one of the pianos
- with Jean Antonietti - playing the other - in 'Carnival of Animals'
(Saint-Saëns) together with the "Netherlands Philharmonic
Orchestra", Walter Goehr conducting.
0024 is a modern analog LP recording in stereo of Paul Godwin
and Dutch pianist George van Renesse. Renesse had studied in Amsterdam
with composer Sem Dresden, in Paris with Ricardo Vi˝ez (1875-1943)
and in Berlin with Leonid Kreutzer (1884-1953, who himself was
a studient of Alexander Glazunov). George Van Renesse was born
in 1909, in Zaanslag (Netherlands) and started an international
career. He performed in Rome with Willem Mengelberg, made numerous
tours with the "Budapester Trio" (1930-1945) and accompanied
Yehudi Menuhin during one of his first international tours (1947).
Before and during the war he was a principal teacher at the "Amsterdam
Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Viola and Cello K 370: Jaap Stotijn
(oboe), Nap de Klijn, Paul Godwin, Carel van Leeuwen Boomkamp.
Philips 45 RPM: 400 014 A.
1954 on he was producer and recording director for the "Dutch
Broadcasting System" and he had his own radio programs in
which he analyzed and performed compositions by Schubert, Richard
Strauss, Chopin and many others. He also was a marvelous accompanist
admired by violinists and singers alike. He made recordings for
the Artone and CNR labels of music by Schubert (Impromptus) and
Chopin (Waltzes, Nocturnes).
quartets, quintets and concertos Godwin is a skillful, serious musician.
In his performances of the pieces of Fritz Kreisler, Godard, Bloch
and so many others, he is also the entertainer and is of course
somewhat less serious. Whatever composition he plays, his style
bears the fruit of a long life of successes on the lighter side
but also shows us the deeper meaning of what music is all about.
program on VARAGRAM 0018:
Kroll: Banjo and Fiddle
Elgar: La capricieuse
Hubay: Unter Ihrem Fenster (Serenade Op. 38 No. 2)
Kreisler: Tambourin chinois
Kreisler: La Gitana
Ravel/Kreisler: Pièce en forme de Habanera
Fall/Kreisler: Spanish Dance from 'La vida breve'
Wieniawski: 'Obertas' (mazurka)
program on VARAGRAM 0024:
Meijrowitz: Wus geven is geven
Moszkowski-De Sarasate: Gitarre
Kreisler: Schön Rosmarin.
Smetena: Aus meiner Heimat
Instrumental 'ALMA MUSICA' play Vivaldi on a 45 RPM Ducretet-Thomson,
470 C 048, from around 1955.