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
(Cello). Alice Heksch and Nap de Klijn performed together as
"The Amsterdam Duo" (Das Amsterdamer Duo). Picture
taken from Philips S 04012 L.
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.
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
- 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
the war he played serious music in various ensembles and he
founded ensembles himself.
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 (cello).
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
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 Conservatory" (1930-1945).
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
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.