Born in Long Beach, California, on August 9, 1928, Camilla Wicks led a stellar career in the dozen years after World War Two, one of a select group whose achievements helped to establish women violinists' prominence on the concert stage. It is worth considering that around that golden time, the likes of Heifetz, Milstein, Menuhin, Francescatti reigned supreme; the veterans Szigeti, Elman and Thibaud were still active and beloved; Stern was a firm favorite, Rabin a prodigious sensation, and Oistrakh and Kogan were just resoundingly breaking through the Iron Curtain. In this illustrious company, Wicks was considered one of the great soloists on both sides of the Atlantic, upheld by many as a queen among violinists. At the peak of her fame and subsequently, she retired more than once to devote herself to her family, but remained an outstanding if intermittent performer for many more decades. While her vinyl records have long been revered by collectors, this CD release of early live performances offers a vital opportunity for a more widespread audience to discover this astonishing artist.
Wicks was recently featured in a long article in Strad magazine which mentioned this upcoming Music & Arts CD.
THE ART OF CAMILLA WICKS. Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61, Philharmonic-Symphony Orch., Bruno Walter (2/15/53); Bloch: Baal Shem: "3 pictures of Hassidic life", Standard S.O. (Los Angeles), John Barnett (5/28/50); Sibelius: Concerto For Violin & Orchestra In D minor, Op 47: Allegro, Ma Non Tanto, Standard S.O. (Los Angeles), John Barnett (5/28/50); Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Standard S.O. (San Francisco), Arthur Fiedler (7/16/50). Sound restoration: Aaron Z. Snyder. Liner notes by Nathanael Vallois. Total time: 78:52 [AAD] UPC # 017685-11602-5.