The history of the Russian chamber ensemble of the middle of the 20th century, in all possibility, did not know a more intricate yet remarkable brilliant group of musicians than the celebrated trio of Emil Gilels. Leonid Kogan and Mstislav Rostropovich. All to different in their essence were these three artistic individualities – these three virtuosos, spoilt children of fortune, who were brought together at various stages of disclosure of their outstanding talents. At that, there was not a great difference between their respective ages – Gilels was born in 1916, Kogan was born in 1924 and Rostropovich was born in 1927. Nonetheless, whereas Gilels was already able to reconsider and revise in many ways his principles of work, departing further and further from a pure demonstration of capabilities of his breathtaking technique, Rostropovich and Kogan were still passing through their lengthy period of thrill over their virtuosic powers, affecting their audiences in a straightforward manner.
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 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.