Gregor Piatigorsky: The Complete RCA & Columbia Album Collection

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Gregor Piatigorsky: The Complete RCA & Columbia Album Collection

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He has been called the greatest string player of all time. His playing, which brought tears to the eyes of the immortal Fritz Kreisler, was noted for its exceptional technical control and wide range of expression. When Richard Strauss heard Gregor Piatigorsky perform with the Berlin Philharmonic, he exclaimed, Finally I have heard my Don Quixote as I imagined him. Sony Classical is pleased to announce a definitive release collecting Piatigorskys celebrated RCA and American Columbia recordings for the first time in a single edition. Most of the performances on the first half of the release, recorded between 1940 and 1947, have never before been transferred from the original analogue masters. Born in 1903 in Ukraine, Piatigorsky studied with his father before entering the Moscow Conservatory. When only 15, he was invited to join Moscows foremost string quartet, the Lenin Quartet, and the same year he was appointed principal cellist at the Bolshoi. In 1921, he left the USSR to study in Leipzig with the renowned Julius Klengel, and in 1924 Furtwängler engaged him as principal cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic. During the prime years of his long and extraordinarily successful career, on both sides of the Atlantic, Piatigorskys interpretations were documented by Columbia and RCA. His famous version of the Dvorák Cello Concerto with Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1960 possesses a strength, humanity and recreative fervor that never pall (Gramophone). Piatigorsky formed chamber partnerships with many outstanding musicians of the era for example, with Artur Schnabel and Vladimir Horowitz; with Nathan Milstein, and with Arthur Rubinstein. Most important of all, was the collaboration with Heifetz, his closest friend. In 1961, after finally settling in Los Angeles, he and Heifetz established a famous chamber series. Featuring such distinguished instrumentalists as pianist Leonard Pennario and viola player William Primrose, it led to the landmark (High Fidelity) recordings of Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Dvorák and Franck included in this collection.

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  • Artist: GREGOR PIATIGORSKY
  • Genre: Classical

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