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Posted by Martin Walker on September 18, 2014, 10:57 am
"I always thought his first name was Winfried but I stand to be corrected." No, not this time, Jonathan. Oh, all the authorities agree, his name was spelled Winfried. My first memory of the Schoenberg* Violin Concerto is an old Frankfurt radio (re-)transmission conducted by Zillig, probably the German first performance in 1949 performed by Varga (my cassette is elsewhere so I cannot check). Zillig was, of course, a favourite Schönberg# pupil in Berlin and Adorno apparently said he was the most gifted of that happy band. You can hear Carla Henius - a friend of both Adorno and Nono - sing his Lieder des Abschieds on YouTube, where you can also hear Zillig's talk on Die Jakobsleiter.
I knew a Varga pupil once, but I cannot say I have been overwhelmed by what recordings I have heard, the Bartók being more impressive for Fricsay's contribution, I feel.
*American spelling # German spelling
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