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,
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.
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 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 had to work for the Nazis.
the war he more and more played serious music in various ensembles and founded
Godwin in the late nineteen forties.
taken from 'Radio Encyclopedie', Amsterdam 1949.
1946 on he worked for the Dutch Broadcasting Corporation, 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
In "'The Netherlands String Quartet" he played 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 the tape recorder was set right for recording and when the broadcast
started only the "record button" had to be pressed down and the level
may have been slightly adjusted during the recording. We can still witness the
radio performances by Paul Godwin of small gems by Kreisler, Bloch, Hubay, Wieniawski
and others. These recordings have been marvelously improved and were released
on LP (VARAGRAM 0018).
Rossišan who is the pianist on VARAGRAM 0018 with the recordings made by Mrs.
Godwin, was born on September 16, 1905, in Vilnius (Vilna, Lithuania). He studied
in Vienna, Berlin and Lausanne and worked for "Radio Berlin".
In 1934 he started working
for the "Dutch Broadcasting System" with violinist Eddy Wallis and he
later became a music producer/director for the "Netherlands Broadcasting
Union" (Nederlandse Radio Unie). He was an admired accompanist who 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 Musical
Masterpieces Society LP MMS 153, performing with Jean Antonietti 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 who 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 had studied with Glazunov). Van Renesse, born in 1909 in Zaanslag
(The Netherlands), started an international career. He performed in Rome with
Willem Mengelberg, made numerous tours with the "Budapester Trio" (1930-1945)
and accompanied Yehudi Menuhin in one of his first international tours (1947).
Before and during the war he was a principal teacher at the "Amsterdam Conservatory"
Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Viola and Cello K 370: Jaap Stotijn, 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,
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 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.
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
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.