Zacharewitsch - Svendsen: Romance




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Published on Jan 7, 2013

Recorded c.1920. Unknown pianist

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From the 4th edn. of Grove, 1940.
Michael Zacharewitsch (1879, Ostrow -- 1953, London) was a Russian violinist.
At an early age he made an extraordinarily successful début at Odessa with Tchaikovsky, who conducted his own concerto. As a consequence the composer got up a subscription to send Zacherewitsch to Prague, where he studied for nine years under Ševcik. He had also the advantage of a few lessons from Ysaÿe. ln l893 he played at Amsterdam under Mengelberg, and in 1903 gave his first recital in London, after which he toured the English provinces. He returned in 1909 and frequently later, and played with success, displaying considerable breadth of style. (W. W. Cobbett)

The 1935 Who's Who of Music gives the following information:
Born Ostrow, Russia, educated Petrograd, Moscow and under Sevcik and Ysaye. Married Joan Saxby, one son. Zeugnis der Reife Diploma. Publications: Dante (for two violins, cello, piano); The New Art of Violin Playing; various violin solos. Made musical debut at age of 12. Appeared with Scottish Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra. Soloist under Tchaikowsky, Joachim, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Frederick Cowen, Sir Henry Wood, Sir Landon Ronald, Sir Thomas Beecham, Rachmaninoff, Rubinstein, Sir Dan Godfrey. Has made 3 World Tours. Recreations: Fishing, shooting, reading. Address: Garrick Ave, NW11. Tel: Speedwell 4422

The son mentioned in the entry was in fact the harpsichordist Joseph Saxby, born 3rd January 1910, who toured America as his father's accompanist when he was just 15. He would later work extensively with the Dolmetsch family.

Lionel Harrison wrote the following:
"One of the larger-scale duos for violin and piano is the Ballade in C minor, which was written for the Russian-born violinist Michael Zacherewitsch (1879--1953), who gave the first performance with the composer at the piano in Leeds in October 1907. At only twelve years of age, Zacherewitsch had made a triumphant debut playing the Tchaikovsky Concerto, conducted by its composer. So impressed was Tchaikovsky that he got up a subscription to send Zacherewitsch to Prague, where he studied with Ševcvík. In 1903 Zacherewitsch gave his first recital in London, in advance of a tour of England. He returned often, becoming a British citizen in 1915. His playing was compared by some to that of Wieniawski in its panache and elegance.

"Coleridge-Taylor openly admired Tchaikovsky's manner and the Ballade has passionate traits which sound distinctly Slavic (reminiscent more of the melancholic Rachmaninov than of Tchaikovsky, perhaps), but whether this was a conscious tribute to Zacherewitsch's national origins is a matter of conjecture. It is rhapsodic in form, developing from a motto theme announced by the violin over rich, dark arpeggios from the piano. Numerous variations of tempo and metre eventually culminate in a fervent and impassioned climax, the piece concluding with a bravura coda in a brilliant C major."

Among Zacherewitsch's concerts in England was one on 6th November 1911with the York Symphony Orchestra . He was the soloist in the Tchaikovsky violin concerto, and also played violin solos including Ave Maria by Schubert and his own composition Imagination.


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