A Visit with Violinist Arnold Steinhardt

September 30, 2019, 7:00 pm

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(L-R) Bill McGlaughlin and Arnold Steinhardt

Exploring Music spent a couple of marvelous days with one of the world’s violin giants, Arnold Steinhardt, first violinist for 45 years of the Guarneri Quartet. This week will feature Arnold talking about his youth in L.A., his time with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra, his studies with Josef Szigeti, and his time with the Guarneri Quartet. Arnold was keen that we listen to some of the great musicians who’d inspired him along the way — a who’s who of remarkable figures —Kreisler, Elman, Heifetz, on and on. Arnold is not only a towering musician — yeah, he stands six feet three, but I’m talking about fiddle playing — he is also beloved among his colleagues for his generosity, intelligence, and kindness.

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Episode 1:

Lukas Foss: 3 American Pieces;
No. 1. Dedication
No. 2. Early Song
No. 3. Composer’s Holiday
Arnold Steinhardt, violin; Victor Steinhardt, piano
American Journey: Berstein, Copland, Foss, Bennett
Naxos 8.559235
4:34, 4:41,  3:09

Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata In G Minor – Siciliana
Arnold Steinhardt Bach For Unaccompanied Violin 2006
Town Hall Records # THCD-07

Antonin Dvvoviorak: Sonatina I. Larghetto
1. Scherzo, Molto vivace

Arnold Steinhard – Lincoln Mayorga A Romantic Celebration
Strauss & Dvorak
Sheffield Lab 10039
4:16, 2:58

Benjamin Godard: Berceuse From “Jocelyn”
Fritz Kreisler, violin; John McCormack, tenor; Victor O’Brien, piano
The Complete RCA Recordings
RCA Victor Gold Seal 61649

Bach:  II. Largo Ma Non Tanto
Fritz Kreisler, Efrem Zimbalist Kreisler Short Pieces With Orchestra
The Complete Concertos Vol 3
Naxos Historical 8.110922

Fritz Kreisler: Cavatina
Arnold Steinhardt – Lincoln Mayorga
A Romantic Celebration Turn of the Century Masterworks For Violin and Piano
Sheffield Lab SLS 501

Victor Herbert: A la Valse
Arnold Steinhardt – Lincoln Mayorga
A Romantic Celebration Turn of the Century Masterworks For Violin and Piano
Sheffield Lab SLS 501


Episode 2

Schubert: F. Sonata for violin & piano in A Major “Duo”, D. 574:
1. Allegro Moderato

Arnold Steinhardt, violin; Seymour Lipkin, piano
Complete Works for Violin & Piano
Newport Classic NCD 60174-2

Edvard Grieg: Sonata II. Allegretto espressivo alla Romanza
Arnold Steinhardt, violin; Lincoln Mayorga, piano
A Romantic Celebration Turn of the Century Masterworks For Violin and Piano
Sheffield Lab SLS 501

Richard Strauss: Sonata In E Flat Major, Op. 18 Allegro
Arnold Steinhardt, violin; Lincoln Mayorga, piano
Strauss & Dvorak
Sheffield Lab 10039-2

Lincoln Mayorga: Bluefields, A West Hollywood Rumba for Arnold
Arnold Steinhardt, violin; Lincoln Mayorga, piano
American Journey
Naxos 8.559235

Johannes Brahms: Sonata For Violin & Piano No. 2 In A Major,
Op. 100, 1st. Movt.: Allegro Amabile
Adolf Busch, violin; Rudolf Serkin, piano
The Brahms Recordings
Andromeda 5127

Jules Massenet: Meditation From ‘Thais’
Mischa Elman, violin; Joseph Seiger, piano
Favorite Encores – Mischa Elman
Vanguard 8029

Pablo de Sarasate: Zapateado, Op. 23., No. 2 
Jascha Heifetz, violin; André Benoist, piano
The Heifetz Collection – Acoustic recordings 1917 – 1924
RCA Victor Gold Seal GD80942


Episode 3:

Smetana, Bedřich: Smetana String Quartet “From My Life”
1 Allegro vivo appassionato
Guarneri Quartet
The Guarneri Quartet
RCA Victor Red Seal LSC 2887

Dvořák, Antonín: String Quartet “American”
2 Lento
3 Molto vivace
Guarneri Quartet
Arthur Rubinstein – Guarneri Quartet
– Dvořák Piano Quintet, Op. 81 – String Quartet, Op. 96 “American”
BMG Music RD86263
7:41, 3:39

Brahms Johannes: Piano Quartet #3 In C Minor, Op. 60 –
2. Scherzo

3. Andante
Guarneri Quartet & Artur Rubinstein
Arthur Rubinstein – Guarneri Quartet – Brahms – Piano Quartets, Op. 25 & Op. 60
RCA Victor Gold Seal GD85677
4:26, 9:00

Franz Schubert: Quintet in C Major, II. Adagio 1 
Guarneri Quartet; Leonard Rose, cello
Schubert – String Quartet – Quartettsatz
RCA Red Seal 82876 62310


Episode 4

Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet In F, Op. 59 “Rasumovsky” No. 1:
1. Allegro

Guarneri Quartet; Arnold Steinhardt, violin; John Dalley, violin
Michael Tree & David Soyer
Complete Collections – Beethoven: The String Quartets
RCA Victor Red Seal 55704

Debussy, Claude: Quartet in G minor, Op 10
Guarneri Quartet
RCA Red Seal ARL1 0187

Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 17 II. Allegro molto Capriccioso
Guarneri Quartet
Bartok: String Quartets
Newton Classics 8802111

Prokofiev: Cto. No. 1 D
Josef Szigeti, Thomas Beecham, London Philharmonic
Violin Concerto No. 1/ Violin Concerto
Naxos Historical 8.110973

Korngold, Erich Wolfgang: Quintet In E Major For Two Violins, Viola,
Cello & Piano, Op.15 – 3. Finale
Arnold Steinhardt – Benny Kim – Kirsten Johnson – Eric Kim – Cecile Licad
Sante Fe Chamber Music Festival
Koch International Classics 7532

Gershwin, George: It Ain’t Necessarily So
Jascha Heifetz
It Ain’t Necessarily So
DG 0289 477 6269


Episode 5

Tchaikovsky: Sextet Op. 70 Souvenir de Florence IV. Allegro vivace
Guarneri Quartet, Boris Kroyt, Mischa Schneider
Tchaikovsky Sextet “Souvenir de Florence”
RCA Victor RB 6727

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, I. (excerpt)
Arnold Steinhardt at age 16, Robert La Marchina, conductor
Private collection

Victor Steinhardt: Tango
Arnold Steinhardt, violin; Victor Steinhardt, piano
American Classics-American Journey
Naxos 8559235

Anton Stepanovich: No. 2 in A minor, Op. 35 –
1. Theme: Moderato (and Variations)

Arensky String Quartet Johnson, Lynne Harrell, Zuill Bailer
Soovin Kim, Kirsten
Live from El Paso Pro Musica / Arkensky / Dohnanyi
Delos DE 1040

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat Major, Op. 130:
5. Cavatina (Adagio molto espressivo) 

Guarneri Quartet
String Quartets Op. 130; Op. 133 “Grosse Fuge”
Philips 422 059 2

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet In C, Op. 59 – No. 3, “Rasumovsky”:
1. Allegro Molto 

Guarneri Quartet
Beethoven: Complete String Quartets
Brilliant Classics 93323