Francescatti, who was a year younger than Heifetz, was among the foremost violinists of the mid-20th century, from about 1935 to 1975. In the words of critic Henry Roth, there was "a special character, a vitality and a savoir faire to his playing that set him apart from a host of gifted virtuosi who possessed vibrant sound and creditable musicianship." The concert performances collected here (all previously unissued) provide good examples of his Italianate lyricism and ravishing tone.
CD-1118(1) ZINO FRANCESCATTI IN PERFORMANCE: TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto in D Major Op 35 (31:51) Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, Arthur Rodzinski (24.10.1943) BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor Op 26 (22:12) NBC Symphony Orchestra, Frank Black (29.4.1945) SAINT SAENS: Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor Op 61(25:35) ORTF, Charles Munch (1951 Strasbourg Festival) AAD; UPC #017685-11182-2; Total Time: 79:50