Oscar Shumsky plays Brahms Violin Concerto

American violinist Oscar Shumsky has been hailed as one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century. Leopold Stokowski called him “the most astounding genius I have ever heard.”

This recording of the Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77 is the last recording Shumsky ever made.

Made in 1984 with the Philharmonia Hungarica with Uri Segal conducting, when the violinist was 71 years old, this complete performance digital recording just released by BIDDULPH RECORDINGS had remained forgotten for over three decades.

Noble, elegant, devoid of the dash and flash so prevalent these days, Shumsky’s music-making is impassioned but never overdoing the emotion, playing with a warm heart and a cool brain.

His is a performance that belongs to a grand old era no longer with us.

Rafael de Acha        ALL ABOUT THE ARTS