Bronislaw Gimpel Live, Vol. 1

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Catalog: DHR-8163/4

Stepal, Josef; Beckmann, Richard; Krause, Martin; Berliner Philharmoniker; Gimpel, Bronislaw; WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln; Wild, Earl; Gimpel, Jakob; ABC Symphony Orchestra; Gimpel, Karol; Jochum, Eugen; Benzi, Roberto

A brilliant violinist with virtuoso flair, effortless technique and wonderful artistry. Bronislaw Gimpel has made many recordings and his legacy is also preserved on many radio broadcasts, such as those in this album. Born in Lvov, Poland, in 1911, Gimpel began the violin at 5. His first public appearance came in 1919, when he played the Mendelssohn Concerto. His international performances began at 14, when he performed the Goldmark Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic. He immigrated to the United States in 1937 and Otto Klemperer invited him to be the concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which he also occasionally conducted. He remained there until 1942. In the latter half of the 1940s he was a frequent soloist and conductor of the ABC Radio Orchestra in New York. In 1950 he formed the Mannes-Gimpel-Silva Piano Trio which had a great success. In 1956 he returned to Europe where he re-established a substantial concert career and his engagements included guest soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic. He returned to the United States in 1967 to take up a position on the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut and returned once again to Europe in 1973 to teach at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Gimpel passed away in 1979, at the age of 68.

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