Igor Oistrakh plays Beethoven's Violin Romances with the
Gewandhaus Orchestra and conductor Franz Konwitschny.

Little things 
mean a lot: 
some cherished 7" records





Igor Oistrakh plays Beethoven.
Grumiaux plays Romances 1 & 2
Arthur Grumiaux does the same with the Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink.

And so does Rudolf Koeckert and Die Bamberger Symphoniker and Ferdinand Leitner.
Rudolf Koeckert on DGG.
Francescati's Beethoven Romances.
Heifets and the Beethoven Romances.




Jascha Heifetz with Beethoven's Romances on La Voix de Son Maitre Super 45 tours Microsillon 7 ERF 102. William Steinberg is the conductor.

Zino Francescatti's Romances were recorded with "The Symphony Orchestra" conducted by Jean Morel, colleague of Laszlo Halasz at the NYCO, released by Philips.




If you have reached a high level of playing, you can join the maestros and let yourself be accompanied by the Wührer-Kammer-Orchester (Wührer Chamber Orchestra) in the two Romances on Deutsche Grammophon 30370 EPL.






The "Two Oistrakhs" play Bach's Sonata for two violins with pianist Wladimir Yampolski on a 7" Dutch 33 RPM Concert Hall release.

Kreisler by Grumiaux.
Fritz Kreisler favorites: Liebesleid, Liebesfreud, Caprice viennois and
Schön Rosmarin. Wonderful playing by Arthur Grumiaux and Riccardo Castagnone.
Father and son Oistrakh play Bach.

Jascha Heifetz on a German RCA: Zigeunerweisen (de Sarasate) and Sérénade mélancholique (Tchaikowsky) with conductors William Steinberg and Alfred Wallenstein.

Wolfgang Schneiderhan plays Chaconne from Sonata No. 2 for for Violin Solo by Johann Sebastian Bach on Archive 37 051 EPA.

Heifetz plays de Sarasate.
Christian Ferras plays Beethoven's Romances for Violin and Orchestra with Leopold Ludwig conducting the Philharmonic State Orchestra (Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg) on Telefunken UV 114 engraved in Füllschrift.

Violinist Friedrich Wuehrer and Kreisler.



Jascha Heifetz plays Vocalise (Rachmaninoff),
Scherzo Tarantelle (Wieniawski), Berceuse (Stravinsky) and Romanza Andaluza (de Sarasate) with Emanuel Bay on RCA 26034.

Jascha Heifetz with various compositions.

Friedrich Wührer (father is famous pianist Friedrich Wuhrer) studied with Wolfgang Schneiderhan. Youg Friedrich Wührer remembers Kreisler with Walter Martin at the piano:
Tambourin chinois, La Gitana, Romance and Berceuse Romantique on Telefunken UV 168.


Michael Rabin on Philips 409 007 AE.
Michael Rabin plays with "The Symphony Orchestra" conducted by Donald Voorhees: Zigeunerweisen (Pablo de Sarasate), Perpetual motion/Perpetuum mobilé (Nicolo Paganini) and Perpetual motion/Perpetuum mobile (Ottokar Novacek).

On the introductory record of Hungaroton's "Bartok Complete Edition" Wanda Wilkomirska and Mihaly Szücs play "Pizzicato" and "Transylvanian Dance" from the Duos for Violin (Vol. 4, No. 43 and No. 45). Reference EP 21473.





Yehudi Menuhin plays the Beethoven Romances with Wilhelm Furtwangler conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra, London on 7 EPH 5001, pressed by Bovema, Heemstede, Holland.

Father and son Oistrakh perform the violin duet in B op. 99 No.3 by Joseph Haydn on a 7" 33 RPM Concert Hall release in Synchro Stereo with reference number SMS 517.




Alfredo Campoli and Eric Gritton play Liebesfreud and Liebesleid on Decca FK 271 076.

David Oistrakh and Isaac Stern play Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra (Vivaldi) with Eugene Ormandy conducting on Philips 409 020 AE.



Thomas Magyar ("Petrus Guarnerius" Mantua 1698) gives his rendition of Liebesfreud and Liebesleid accompanied by Willem Hielkema on the piano - Philips 313 035 SF.

Clara Haskil and Arthur Grumiaux give a fine performance of Mozart Sonata for Piano and Violin KV 301 on Philips 400 246 AE.


Theo Olof plays Nardini's Concerti in e with passion together with the Amsterdam Chamber Orchestra conducted by André Rieu (père) on CNR HV 810

Zino Francescatti and Arthur Balsam soulfully play Kreisler (Praeludium and Allegro, Minuet), Massenet (Méditation) and Chabrier (Joyeuse Marche) on Philips 409 514 NE.

Yehudi Menuhin, Gioconda de Vito (violins), John Shinebourne (cello) and George Malcolm (harpsichord) play Trio Sonatas by Georg Friedrich Handel on a Dutch pressing made by Bovema, the representative of EMI (and during the nineteen fifties also for Mercury) in the Netherlands.





Ricardo Odnoposoff and Jean Antonietti give a sensitive rendition of four Kreisler favorites on Varieton POP-8.

Isaac Stern plays Introduction and Rondo capricioso (Saint-Saëns) and Tzigane (Ravel) with Eugene Ormandy conducting. Fontana 496 013 CE.



Romano Rubato is accompanied by Bianca Ritorno in Elgar's Salut d'amour and Fibich's Poème on Philips 313 078 SF. Romano Rubato is Nap de Klijn and Bianca Ritorno is his wife, pianist Alice Heksch, a perfect couple.

David and Igor Oistrakh play Navarra (Spanish Dance) by Pablo de Sarasate with Franz Konwitschny conducting and 3 Etudes - Caprices from Op. 18 by Wieniawski. DGG 30 286 EPL.



On Deutsche Grammophon 30 089 EPL Helmut Zacharias plays Zigeunerweisen (Sarasate's Gypsy Airs) and Hejre kati (Hubay) with the RIAS Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ferenc Fricsay.

Louis Kaufman - the cover spells Kaufmann - plays Humoresque (Dvorak), Souvenir (Drola), Träumerei (Schumann) and Londonderry Air. The pianist is Paul Ulanowsky. Capitol FAP 8208.





Mischa Elman is accompanied by pianist Leopold Mittman on RCA 44-79162. They play Méditation from Thais (Massenet) and "Träumerei" (Schumann). Pressed by Teldec in Germany.

David Oistrakh plays Introduction et rondo capricioso on RCA 447-9175 from Germany. The Boston Symphony is conducted by Charles Munch.

David Oistrakh plays Beethoven's Violin Romances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Eugene Goossens on Deutsche Grammophon 30 586 EPL.





Arthur Grumiaux plays Tartini's Sonata "The Devil's trill" with Riccardo Castagnone at the piano on Philips 400 069 AE.

Violinist Max Kalki, leader of the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, plays Cavatine (Joachim Raff) and Méditation from the opera Thaïs (Massenet) with the 'Orchester der Städtischen Oper Berlin' (the Orchestra of the Berlin City Opera) and Chorus, conducted by Hansgeorg Otto on Telefunken U 45 559.

Schön Rosmarin (Kreisler), Slavonic Dance-Theme No.1 (Dvorak/ Kreisler), Valse sentimentale (Tchaikovsky/ Zakin), The Bee (Schubert), Melodie (Von Gluck/ Kreisler), and The Profetic Bird (Schumann/ Heifetz) played by Isaac Stern and Alexander Zakin on piano. Fontana 496 030 CE.





Jascha Heifetz plays Franz Waxman's "Carmen Fantasie" (based on themes from Bizet's opera "Carmen"). The RCA Victor Orchestra is conducted by Donald Voorhees - RCA 16285.

Deutsche Grammophon 30353 EPL is a "Music Minus One" so to speak. Thomas Brandis (violin), Ortrun Reichhold (Cembalo) and Horst Beckedorf (Cello) play Telemann's Sonatina in A on one side. On the other you play the violin part.

Walter Barylli plays (with the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, conducted by Hermann Scherchen) Johann Sebastian Bach's Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041.

Thomas Magyar is accompanied by Willem Hielkema. They perform gems by Fritz Kreisler: Liebesfreud, Liebesleid, Tambourin chinois, and Caprice viennois. Philips 402 001 NE.

Theo Olof with Willem van Otterloo conducting the Hague Residency Orchestra on Philips 313 011 SF: Beethoven's Violin Romance No. 1.



On La Voix de son Maitre 7 RF 267 Jascha Heifetz plays "Ave Maria" (Schubert) and Mendelssohn-Bartoldy's "Romance sans paroles" (Song without words). He is accompanied by Emmanuel Bay.

Tchaikovsky's Meditation Op. 42 No. 1 by David Oistrakh and N. Walter at the piano. On the other side Oistrakh is accompanied by Vladimir Yampolsky in Paganini's Fantasia on "Dal tuo stellato soglio" from Rossini's 'Moisé'. Octave Record OC 5.


An oddity is the small disc with Csardas (Monti), Canzonetta (Ambrosio), Serenata (Toselli) and Schön Rosmarin (Kreisler) played by relatively unknown Dutch violinist Jan Bleumers accompanied by Pierre Palla on organ and on piano. Philips 422 011 PE.
Noucha Doina accompanied by Bela Sanders and his Orchestra play Hubay (Hejre Kati) and Monti (Csardas Nr. 1) on Telefunken U 45 610.
Jascha Heifetz is accompanied by pianist Emanuel Bay. They play "Lied Ohne Worte" (Mendelssohn), "Hora staccato (Dinicu), "La chevelure" (Debussy), all arranged by Heifetz, and "Zapateado" (Sarasate). Electrola 7 EBW 6001.



Not a seven inch but 8" record from the CCCP, Soyuz Sosialisticheskikh Sovetskikh Respublik (SSSR / USSR) Dolgoigrayushchaya label from the Ministerium of Culture.
David Oistrakh plays Beethoven's Romance Op. 40 on Side A. Kyrill Kondrashin conducting the USSR State Symphony Orchestra.
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On Side B Alexander Gauk conducts the USSR State Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven's Solemn Overture.The reference numbers of this small gem (turning at 78 rpm) are 001223 and 001224.
Violinist Paul Godwin is accompanied by Isja Rossican playing Liebesfreud, Liebesleid, Schön Rosmarin, Rondino on a theme of Beethoven, all by Fritz Kreisler, on Fontana 494 009 EE
And now for something completely different. Alfred Maurstad plays the hardanger fiddle (hardingfele): "Den frilynde" and "Ungdomsliv" (both compositions by Hans Gjeitvik) on RCA NA 45-1112 from Norway.

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