Erica Morini with Desire Defauw, Jasha Heifetz with Arturo Toscanini
|Condition:||Very Good Plus|
RCA Victor 4 x 78 RPM records set
Tchaikovsky violin concerto in D op.35
Erica Morini with Chicago SO and Desire Defauw, conductor
RCA Victor 5 x 78 RPM records set
Beethoven violin concerto in D major
Jasha Heifetz with Arturo Toscanini and NBC Symphony Orchestra
All records in VG+ condition, (visual grading) Box in pure condition ( need binder restoration)
Erica Morini was described in the journal The Strad as the “most bewitching woman violinist of this century.”
Erika Morini (January 5, 1904 - October 31, 1995) was a Jewish Austrian violinist.
When she made her début in 1916, with the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra, under Arthur Nikisch, the critics made no allowance for her youth, but spoke of her work as the equal of that of the most famous of the younger generation of violinists. Her American début at the age of seventeen in New York (January 26, 1921) was one of the musical sensations of the year, and since then she performed in the United States often, both in recital and with the foremost orchestras. Shortly after her New York début, she was presented with the Guadagnini violin which had been owned by the celebrated American Violinist Maud Powell, who had died in 1920. In March 1921, Morini made her first recordings for the Victor Talking Machine Company in Camden, New Jersey, accompanied on the piano by her sister, Alice. She resided in New York after 1938, and began spelling her first name Erica. She made her first visit to London in 1923.
On the boat ride from Europe to New York, Erica and her cousin Louis played violin and clarinet together for the first class passengers, and were allowed to stay in first class on account of their popularity.
Along with the Guadagnini violin, Morini also played the "Davidov" Stradivarius violin from the year 1727, named for the Russian cellist Karl Davydov. Morini’s father had purchased it for her in Paris in 1924 for $10,000.
Morini retired in 1976 and reportedly never played the violin again.
Morini's valuable Davidov Stradivarius (as well as paintings, letters, and her scores, complete with fingerings and other valuable notes) were stolen from her New York City apartment shortly before her death in October 1995, at the age of 91. She had been hospitalized with heart disease and was never told of the theft. The crime remains unsolved.
Morini is believed to be the last surviving recording artist who made acoustic Red Seal Records for the Victor Talking Machine Company.
Heifetz, Beethoven concerto with Toscanini:
"The performance itself is one of the most remarkable the gramophone has ever given us. The visionary, high-tessitura violin writing is realised by Heifetz with a technical surety which is indistinguishable, in the final analysis, from his sense of the work as one of Beethoven’s most sublime explorations of that world (in Schiller’s phrase) ‘above the stars where He must dwell’. Those who would query the ‘depth’ of Heifetz’s reading miss this point entirely. To adapt Oscar Wilde, it is they who are in the gutter, Heifetz who is looking at the stars.
Toscanini’s contribution, too, is masterly. Now that we can actually hear the performance, the orchestral tuttis seem beautifully balanced both within themselves and vis-à-vis the soloist. As for the actual accompaniment, it’s discreet and self-effacing, fiery yet refined, and always wondrously subtle."
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