This set surveys the work of the Austrian violinist who from 1927 to1939 led the string quartet named after him that pioneered such major 20th century masterpieces as the 3d and 4th String Quartets of his brother-in-law Schoenberg, Bartok's 5th and 6th Quartets, Berg's Lyric Suite, and Webern's String Trio and Quartet. The collection includes the original Kolisch Quartet's magisterial 1936/7 interpretations of Schoenberg's String Quartets, all 1950 Dial recordings of works by Schoenberg, Berg and Webern with the Pro Arte Quartet led by Kolisch, and live concert performances of works by Schubert, Schoenberg and Bartok with Kolisch given between 1940 and 1947 and released here for the first time.. Detailed notes on the man and the music by Russell Sherman, Will Ogdon, and Tully Potter.
IN HONOR OF RUDOLF KOLISCH, 1896-1978.
CD 1 of 6 (72:48) Schoenberg: St Qt #1, op.7 Kolisch Quartet (Rudolf Kolisch-Felix Khuner-Eugen Lehner-Benar Heifetz); Los Angeles, 29 Dec. 1936 Schoenberg: St Qt #2, op. 10 (with soprano) Kolisch Quartet (as above) + Clemence Gifford, sop.; Los Angeles, 31 Dec. 1936 Schoenberg: spoken comment
CD 2 of 6 (64:57) Schoenberg: St Qt #3, op.30 Kolisch Quartet (as above); Los Angeles, 30 Dec. 1936 Schoenberg: spoken comment Schoenberg: St Qt #4, op.37 Kolisch Quartet (as above); Los Angeles, 8 or 9 Jan. 1937.
CD 3 of 6 (56:40) Schoenberg: St Qt #3, op.30 Pro Arte Quartet of the University of Wisconsin (Rudolf Kolisch-Albert Rahier-Bernard Milofsky-Ernst Fiedlander). Rec. at WOR Studios in New York, 24 Jan. 1950; released on LP as Dial 4 Berg: Lyric Suite Same personnel, venue, and record label as above; rec. 2 Feb. 1950; released on LP as Dial 5.
CD 4 of 6 (68:27) Schoenberg: Concerto for violin and orchestra, op.36 Rudolf Kolisch, Wisconsin Festival Orchestra, cond. Rene Leibowitz; Madison, WI, 7 May 1967 Kolisch interview (with Will Ogdon, Darmstadt, 1964) Bartok: Sonata for solo violin Rudolf Kolisch; Madison, WI, 1966.
CD 5 of 6 (64:10) Bartok: 5th String Quartet Pro Arte Quartet of the University of Wisconsin (Rudolf Kolisch-Albert Rahier-Germain Prevost-Ernst Friedlander), Washington, D.C., 26 January 1945 Schoenberg: Fantasie, Op. 47 Rudolf Kolisch, vn., Gunnar Johansen, pno., Madison, WI (1966) Schoenberg: String Quartet in D Major (1897)(25:06) Pro Arte Quartet of the University of Wisconsin (Personnel as on CD 3) Washington, D.C., 7 Feb. 1952
CD 6 of 6 (68:46) Webern: Five Movements for string quartet, op. 5Pro Arte Quartet of the University of Wisconsin (Personnel as on CD 3) 20 Jan. 1950 First released on LP on Dial 7 Webern: Six Bagatelles for string quartet, op. 9 (4:34) Pro Arte Quartet of the University of Wisconsin (Personnel as on CD 3) 20 Jan. 1950 First released on LP on Dial 7 Schubert: Octet in F major,op.166 Kolisch Quartet (Rudolf Kolisch-Felix Khuner-Jascha Veissi-Stefan Auber) with Eric Simon, clar., Wendell Hoss, horn, Leonard Sharrow, bassoon & Anthony Zentrick, double bass. Rec. in Washington, D.C., 14 April 1940.
Technical reconstruction: Maggi Payne Extensive notes by Will Ogdon, Russell Sherman, and Tully Potter [AAD]; UPC #017685-10562-3