Milstein’s international career began in 1929, when he completed a US tour with Gregor Piatigorsky and Vladimir Horowitz and moved there permanently. But he had not been unknown even in the Soviet Union. He studied under Leopold Auer in 1915 at the famous St. Petersburg Conservatory together with Heifetz and Elman, and completed a successful concert tour through the Soviet Union - with Horowitz on piano - in 1923. In the mid-1920s, celebrated performances in Berlin and Paris encouraged him to travel to the USA. Ever since then, his career has been documented in often award-winning audio recordings, which are also the focus of this box-set. The instrument heard here most often is a Stradivarius from 1716, which Milstein named after his wife and daughter: Marie-Therese.
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Bach, Johann Sebastian Partita for solo violin no.1 in B minor, BWV1002 » Bourree Partita for solo violin no.2 in D minor, BWV1004 Partita for solo violin no.3 in E major, BWV1006 » I Preludio Sonata for solo violin no.1 in G minor, BWV1001 Sonata for solo violin no.3 in C major, BWV1005
Beethoven, Ludwig van Violin Concerto in D major, op.61 Violin Sonata no.5 in F major, op.24 'Spring'
Brahms, Johannes Double Concerto for violin and cello in A minor, op.102 Violin Concerto in D major, op.77 Violin Sonata no.2 in A major, op.100 Violin Sonata no.3 in D minor, op.108
Bruch, Max Violin Concerto no.1 in G minor, op.26
Corelli, Arcangelo La Folia
Dvorak, Antonin Violin Concerto in A minor, op.53
Geminiani, Francesco Violin Sonatas (12), op.4 » no.10 in A major
Glazunov, Alexander Meditation, op.32 Violin Concerto in A minor, op.82
Goldmark, Karl Violin Concerto no.1 in A minor, op.28
Kreisler, Fritz Praeludium and Allegro (in the style of Pugnani)
Lalo, Edouard Symphonie espagnole in D minor, op.21
Mendelssohn, Felix Violin Concerto in E minor, op.64
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Adagio for violin and orchestra in E major, K261 Rondo for violin and orchestra in C major, K373
Paganini, Nicolo Caprices (24) for solo violin, op.1 » no.5 in A minor » no.11 in C major
Saint-Saens, Camille Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, op.28
Sarasate, Pablo de Introduction et Tarantelle, op.43
Tartini, Giuseppe Violin Sonata in G minor 'Devil's Trill'
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich Violin Concerto in D major, op.35
Vitali, Tomaso Antonio Chaconne in G minor
Vivaldi, Antonio Violin Sonatas (12), op.2 » Sonata no.2 in A major, RV31
Wieniawski, Henryk Mazurkas (2), op.19 » no.2 Dudziarz