Isaac Stern: In Tribute and Celebration

Isaac Stern: In Tribute and Celebration

by Isaac Stern
     
 
Released to commemorate the life of the great violinist Isaac Stern, who died in September 2001, this attractively packaged double disc set, specially priced, offers a small trove of previously unreleased material as well as a tasty highlight reissued from Stern's recording catalogue. Ever a musician's musician, Stern is complemented here

Overview

Released to commemorate the life of the great violinist Isaac Stern, who died in September 2001, this attractively packaged double disc set, specially priced, offers a small trove of previously unreleased material as well as a tasty highlight reissued from Stern's recording catalogue. Ever a musician's musician, Stern is complemented here by a number of leading instrumentalists: pianists Yefim Bronfman and Eugene Istomin, cellists Leonard Rose and Yo-Yo Ma, violists Michael Tree and Jaime Laredo, and violinist Cho-Liang Lin. The first disc is Stern and Bronfman's alone, presenting a set of Mozart violin sonatas (K. 301, 306, 378, and 379). The pair released three other volumes of Mozart sonatas while Stern was still alive, and this fourth, recorded in 1992 and '93, completes the series, making it an indispensable issue for Stern collectors. The second disc begins with Schubert's magnificent B-flat Major Piano Trio -- in a classic 1965 recording by the Stern-Rose-Istomin trio -- and continues with a 1993 performance of Brahms's impassioned G Major String Quintet, with Lin, Tree, Laredo, and Ma joining Stern. The final track is more appetizer than encore: It's the Sarabande and Double from Bach's B Minor Partita for unaccompanied violin. Recorded in 1985, it was part of a planned set of the complete Bach unaccompanied sonatas and partitas, of which only this first Partita was finished. Stern rarely performed these masterpieces of the violin repertoire, and it's a shame the full Partita isn't included here, but time constraints obviously wouldn't allow (this second disc is nearly 73 minutes long, the first over 77). Still, there's a tremendous amount to savor here, and Stern's singing style and transparent phrasing are plain in every measure. His loss was keenly felt by the musical world, but thankfully, his legacy survives on his many superb recordings -- present company included.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/16/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998993624
catalogNumber:
89936

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Sonata for Violin and Piano in D Major, K. 306: I. Allegro con spirito
  2. Sonata for Violin and Piano in D Major, K. 306: II. Andante cantabile
  3. Sonata for Violin and Piano in D Major, K. 306: III. Allegretto
  4. Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat Major, K. 378: I. Allegro moderat
  5. Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat Major, K. 378: II. Andantino sost
  6. Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat Major, K. 378: III. Rondeau. Alle
  7. Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major, K. 371: I. Allegro con spirito
  8. Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major, K. 371: II. Allegro
  9. Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major, K. 379: I. Adagio - Allegro
  10. Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major, K. 379: II. Tema (mit sechs Var

Disc 2

  1. Trio for Violin, Violoncello and Piano No. 1 in B-flat major: I. Allegr
  2. Trio for Violin, Violoncello and Piano No. 1 in B-flat major: II. Andan
  3. Trio for Violin, Violoncello and Piano No. 1 in B-flat major: III. Sche
  4. Trio for Violin, Violoncello and Piano No. 1 in B-flat major: IV. Rondo
  5. Quintet No. 2 in G Major for Strings, Op. 111: I. Allegro non troppo, m
  6. Quintet No. 2 in G Major for Strings, Op. 111: II. Adagio
  7. Quintet No. 2 in G Major for Strings, Op. 111: III. Un poco allegretto
  8. Quintet No. 2 in G Major for Strings, Op. 111: IV. Vivace ma non troppo
  9. Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: Sarabande - Double

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Isaac Stern   Primary Artist,Violin
Yo-Yo Ma   Cello
Eugene Istomin   Piano
Cho-Liang Lin   Violin
Yefim Bronfman   Piano
Michael Tree   Viola
Jaime Laredo   Viola
Leonard Rose   Cello

Technical Credits

Yo-Yo Ma   Liner Notes
Midori   Liner Notes
Thomas Frost   Producer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Thomas Z. Shepard   Producer
Charles Harbutt   Engineer
Daniel Barenboim   Liner Notes
Yefim Bronfman   Liner Notes
Laura Kszan   Editorial Production
Steven Epstein   Producer

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