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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography - The Qobuz Standard
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Classical - Released March 1, 1968 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Recorded in 1967, in the rather dry acoustic environment of the Vevey theatre on the Swiss bank of Lake Geneva, this reference edition of Bach's Six Sonatas and Partitas by Henryk Szeryng benefited from the talents and the ears of the choral and orchestral conductor Vittorio Negri, who also spent several years as one of the Philips artistic directors. The two men were well-acquainted and shared a mutual respect. The duo would go on to produce other touchstone recordings for this label, which no longer exists today. With this recording, Szeryng laid down a kind of benchmark which remains an excellent approach to this demanding corpus. One could endlessly discuss the often-distant objectivity with which the violinist constructs his discourse, but we have to admire the clarity of his articulations and his serious, clear approach. Henryk Szeryng, who had already recorded the Sonatas and Partitas previously, in 1955, impresses with his style which can be severe, even haughty, and the power of his incredibly dynamic technique. This recording remains a superb testament to the performance of one of the great violinists of the 20th Century, before the advent of the "historically researched" school of baroque music, which has radically changed the approach to this repertoire. Today, violinists have a freer, less-corseted approach, closer to the folk dances which made their mark on Bach's music. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released October 9, 2020 | SWR Classic

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Fleeing the antisemitism that was spreading across Europe, violinist Henryk Szeryng gained Mexican citizenship after the Second World War. He was born in Warsaw in 1918 (not Chopin’s birthplace Żelazowa Wola, as is often stated) and studied under Carl Flesch in Berlin before working with Jacques Thibaud and Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Fluent in seven languages, Szeryng also worked during the war as an interpreter for the Polish government in exile.Regarded as one of the best violinists of his time, his stardom began to fade after he died in 1988 though his recording of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin for Deutsche Grammophon went down in legend, especially among violinists and Hilary Hahn in particular.Henryk Szeryng has always been consistent. His sober performances and accurate intonation are truly captivating. This ensemble – which last more than 5 ½ hours – presents concertos recorded for the German radio SWR between 1956 and 1984 with a sound quality that’s close to a studio recording. It incluced most of his repertoire with Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Lalo, Brahms, Sibelius and Berg. There’s also Schumann’s little-known Concerto in D minor (Szeryng was among the first to explore the piece) and a stunning version of his compatriot Karol Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 2.While it’s mostly Ernest Bour holding the conductor’s baton, the various SWR orchestras are also conducted by Karl Ristenpart, Paul Sacher and Stanisław Skrowaczewski. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1994 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released November 18, 2016 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released November 4, 2016 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released January 1, 1976 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Chamber Music - Released October 4, 2019 | Urania Records

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Classical - Released January 1, 1986 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1995 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1968 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released September 4, 1998 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1976 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

The name Niccolò Paganini almost instantly conjures up an image of the quintessential virtuoso. The composition most commonly associated with his name is the set of 24 Caprices, which are undeniable demonstrations of sheer technique and prowess on the violin. However, the violin concertos are not so entirely dedicated to dazzling audiences with almost unbelievable feats of extended techniques. Rather, they juxtapose moments of technically showing off with opportunities for the soloist to show off musically as well. Violinist Henryk Szeryng is an artist quite adept at delivering on these changing demands. The virtuosic elements of the concertos are tossed off with apparent ease; just as effortless are the extensive lyrical passages that Szeryng gives almost a vocal quality along with his highly recognizable dark, rich tone. The orchestra part is much more than a mere accompaniment; extended tutti passages give the London Symphony Orchestra opportunities to be enjoyed just as much as Szeryng. Presented here on SACD, the sound quality of orchestra and soloist alike are exceptional; when listening in multichannel mode, listeners are given the impression that they are sitting right next to Szeryng on the stage. Szeryng fans will certainly wish to add this album to their collection, and anyone seeking a technically and musically satisfying recording of these works will not be disappointed. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 1980 | Decca

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Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Chamber Music - Released November 2, 2018 | SWR Classic Archive

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Classical - Released June 16, 2017 | Datum