Stern: Hindemith Violin Sonata (1940) + Falla - Columbia ML 2050 (10")
Jacket VG- / LP EX
This handsome and rather rare 10" LP from Columbia Masterworks (ML 2050, US pressing, blue/silver label, mono – no stereo edition exists) features the pianist Isaac Stern in brilliant performances of Manuel de Falla's Suite populaire espagnole (as arranged by fellow violinist Paul Kochanski) and Paul Hindemith's Violin Sonata (1940).
In both works he is ably accompanied by pianist Alexander Zakin – richly characterized performances – the former was recorded at Liederkranz Hall, New York, on 13 November 1947, and the latter was set down at Columbia 30th Street Studio, on 18 January 1946.
Both showcase the outsize virtuosity and probing musicianship of the young Stern, already a master musician, the Hindemith in particular a remarkable achievement given the lack of a performing tradition to fall back on, relatively "new music" given the most commanding advocacy.
This album was issued in 1949, at the very outset of the LP era and Columbia Masterworks deserves great credit for issuing such an intrepid program.
The reverse side of the jacket carries informative liner notes (uncredited), printed in English only. The cover design is similarly uncredited.