Oscar & Eric Shumsky Play Mozart Duos for Violin & Viola
Newly uploaded to YouTube, 2 wonderful friends of my family, Oscar and Eric Shumsky, playing some Mozart. I hope you enjoy this recording! I had the great pleasure of playing one of these Mozart duets with Eric a few summers ago:
Lovely. Oscar Shumsky was an immensely capable violinist of which this recording reminds us once again.
I really am grateful for you linking us to this recording Nate. I've been working on both parts (just the first movement of the first Duo for now, of course), and hoping to record that "with myself" sometime, so it's wonderful to hear these two playing it -- like I never will of course. I did a little Googling and found that "father and son" also recorded the Sinfonia Concertante.
Jean & Paul, I’m glad you liked it! Yes, Shumsky had a special way with Mozart and Bach in particular, which I think is some of the hardest music to play well. I have a flash drive of some of his other unreleased material. So amazing! Sounds like a great project Paul! You should make a video and record both parts. Yes that’s right. They did also record the Sinfonia Concertante. I believe the only other ‘father and son’ recording of that work is by the Oistrakhs.
Nate my hope was to work on it with my teacher playing the other part because he also plays both violin and viola, so that I could learn how to get it in tune. It's just not quite the same as playing solo stuff, and it's Mozart so everything is very crystalline.
I have Oscar Shumsky's Ysaye Solo Sonatas on vinyl.A great master.
Maybe the Russian oligarchs likely to purchase said instrument are more comfortable flying into Toronto than they are into New York or London these days...
Shumsky did two concerts with my orchestra in Boston. The Elgar, when he channeled Kreisler on occasion during rehearsals, and the Beethoven, which had some really magical moments. I still think my favorite recording of that is the one he did with the Curtis Orchestra back in the 30s, that appeared on Biddulph.
Possibly Paul.I remember Heinls also sold one of Janos Starker's cellos( an Amati if I remember correctly.It needed lots of repairwork).Perhaps Heinls takes a smaller percentage than other shops.Who knows?
Or maybe you can't have an auction in New York or London right now because of COVID restrictions. Who knows. Toronto is a civilized place too, that's for sure.
I remember hearing that Oscar was an accomplished machinist in the tool and die area.I always liked that because I too was about to do an apprenticeship as a tool and die maker(in retrospect maybe I should have...)
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