Leonid Borisovich Kogan was a preeminent Soviet violinist during the 20th century. Many consider him to be among the greatest violinists of the 20th century. In particular, he is considered to have been one of the greatest representatives of the Soviet School of violin playing.
Leonid Kogan occupies a privileged place of honor at the time of quoting the great soloists of the instrument. His igneous vitality, mercurial energy, indomitable artistic conviction and unrestricted passion with which he "played" with the violin as it were made Kogan (1924-1978) a legend that transcended the barriers of spellbinding virtuosity to become obligatory reference, alpha and omega for many accomplished violinists of the present and future.
Leonid Kogan was one of the outstanding violinst of the last century. There is a wide selection of composers and periods presented in this recital recorded in Bordeaux in 1964 and all exhibit beautiful playing. This recital has never been published before. Kogan’s unique combination of musical, intellectual and technical gifts that make him the supreme interpreter of any chosen repertoire.
The programme of the USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra under Pavel Kogan is featured on this disc. The repertoire of the Merited Artist of the RSFSR well known violinist and conductor P. Kogan includes works of various styles, epochs and genres. Since 1988 Pavel Kogan has been the artistic director and chief conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (Yugoslavia) and at the same time the USSR Bolshoi Theatre conductor. He has a busy schedule of appearances with many different orchestras in the USSR and abroad.