Brahms violin concerto Berl Senofsky Rudolf Moralt 1956




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Published on Apr 14, 2008

Note, that in "Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo" the "ma non troppo" is overlooked in many performances, but not in this one!

Born 19 April 1926 in Philadelphia, USA
Died 21 June 2002 in Baltimore. USA

Newsweek once called Berl Senofsky a "giant of a man...an American musical hero of Bunyanesque proportions." Consistently praised for the warmth and beauty of his tone, breathtaking virtuosity, and impeccable musicianship, Berl Senofsky's artistry has won him the boundless admiration of his colleagues and audiences alike.

Born in Philadelphia in 1926, the son of violinists, Mr. Senofsky received his first music lessons from his father at the age of three. By the time he was six, he had won a scholarship to study with Louis Persinger. At the age of twelve he received a scholarship to the Juilliard School to study with Ivan Galamian, with whom he remained for twelve years. Following military service in World War II, Senofsky made his New York recital debut as the winner of the coveted Walter Naumberg Award. Shortly thereafter, he appeared as a soloist for the first time with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra.

In 1955, Berl Senofsky became the first— and only—American violinist to win the prestigious Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition. Since then, he has become a permanent member of the jury for the Belgian competition.

Mr. Senofsky has performed regularly on the international concert circuit. In the United States, he has played with the New York Philharmonic, the American Symphony Orchestra, and the orchestras of Chicago, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh, among others. His schedule has also taken him to Europe, South America, and the Far East.

In addition to extensive touring, recording, and teaching duties at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Mr. Senofsky was the founder and prime mover of the American Artists International Foundation, Inc. Established to help prepare young American musicians for international competitions, the organization has made it possible for American violinists to participate in the Queen Elisabeth Competition. In 1983, Mr. Senofsky was invited by the director of the Shanghai Conservatory to start a new school of violin playing; he remained in the People's Republic of China for three months giving master classes and performances.

(Notes by Mordecai Shehori)

The cover was shot by dutch photographer Paul Huf, the model is Ann Pickford.
Thanks "willie" for pointing me to this LP!

I de-clicked and eq-ed the record myself.


BRAHMS - Violin concerto D-maj op 77
Berl Senofsky - violin
Wiener Symphoniker -
Rudolf Moralt Philips LP 1956


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