The Historic Return to Chelm

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
This unusual recital disc is aptly summed up by Ernest Gilbert in his brief but useful notes: "This is music making," he wrote, "on a highly personal, yet supremely musical level that truly harkens back to that increasingly evanescent Golden Age." Haendel was a child prodigy in the 1930s, and the program offered here on the occasion of her return to her hometown of Chelm in Poland is a forum for virtuoso display of another era. The music demands force of personality, which the 78-year-old Haendel has in abundance. One of the instrument's very few female stars of her era, Haendel had a fascinating life that included, at one point, playing Bach's unaccompanied violin works ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
This unusual recital disc is aptly summed up by Ernest Gilbert in his brief but useful notes: "This is music making," he wrote, "on a highly personal, yet supremely musical level that truly harkens back to that increasingly evanescent Golden Age." Haendel was a child prodigy in the 1930s, and the program offered here on the occasion of her return to her hometown of Chelm in Poland is a forum for virtuoso display of another era. The music demands force of personality, which the 78-year-old Haendel has in abundance. One of the instrument's very few female stars of her era, Haendel had a fascinating life that included, at one point, playing Bach's unaccompanied violin works for British troops in the field during World War II. She later lived in the U.S. and Canada, performing everything from standard repertory to Dallapiccola, but here she performs the big showpieces she must have learned as a teenager: Sarasate, Tartini, Wieniawski. She may have lost a step, a tiny step, at 78, but it doesn't matter -- she was less a technician than a player capable of taking the stage and delivering a moody, explosive thrill ride. Nowhere is she more characteristic than in the two Bach works included, especially the mighty Chaconne from the "Partita No. 2 for solo violin in D minor, BWV 1004." Any violinist, whether of Haendel's outlook or not, can benefit from hearing this. The recording was made live in concert, with plenty of coughing and generous samples of the audience's rhythmic applause included. Haendel herself is also miked very close up, capturing all kinds of extraneous noise. But these features here serve to reinforce the impression that the CD listener obtains, at a distance, of Haendel's strong bond with her audience. And that seems to have been a remarkable thing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/2006
  • Label: Video Artists Int'l
  • UPC: 089948126423
  • Catalog Number: 1264
  • Sales rank: 265,406

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Applause - Recorded Sound (0:42)
  2. 2 Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: V. Chaconne - Johann Sebastian Bach & Ida Haendel (17:24)
  3. 3–5 Sonata for violin & continuo in G minor, B. g5 ("The Devil's Trill") - Giuseppe Tartini & Capella Cracoviensis (15:23)
  4. 4 Légende, for violin & orchestra (or piano) in G minor, Op. 17 - Henryk Wieniawski & Capella Cracoviensis (8:17)
  5. 5 Zigeunerweisen, for violin & piano (or orchestra) ("Gypsy Airs"), Op. 20 - Pablo de Sarasate & Capella Cracoviensis (9:11)
  6. 6 Polonaise (No. 1) de concert, for violin & orchestra in D major, Op. 4 - Henryk Wieniawski & Capella Cracoviensis (5:53)
  7. 7 The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Danse Russe - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Ida Haendel (3:58)
  8. 8 Kol Nidrei, for cello & orchestra, Op. 47 - Max Bruch & Capella Cracoviensis (4:54)
  9. 9 Sonata for solo violin No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: III. Andante - Johann Sebastian Bach & Ida Haendel (5:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ida Haendel Primary Artist
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