Hideko Udagawa has performed extensively throughout the world and captivates international audiences with her artistry and enthusiasm. As a protégée of Nathan Milstein, she has inherited the great Russian romantic tradition of violin playing, and brings it to the fore in this collection of works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Gade and Ysaÿe.
If the most famous early Russian violin composers and teachers included Ivan Khandochkine (1747–1804), those of his successors created a fertile environment in which Peter Stoliarski and the Hungarian-born Léopold Auer were able each to establish a style of violin playing which came, in many respects, to dominate the world—especially after the 1917 revolution, which led to many of the younger masters—but not all—to seek a new life in the West and in the United States. If this group included amongst Stoliarski’s pupils David Oïstrakh and Nathan Milstein, and Oistrakh’s son Igor, Auer’s pupils were no less eminent: Jascha Heifetz, Mischa Elman and Efrem Zimbalist studied with him as also did Nathan Milstein. Clearly, the establishment of such a fertile environment proved to be an inspiration for composers, and not merely Russian composers.
Robert Matthew-Walker © 2010