Russian cellist Gregor Piatigorsky was born 17 April 1903 and died on 6 August 1976. William Walton's cello concerto was dedicated to and premiered by Piatigorsky in 1957. Before becoming an international soloist he was principal cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic.
CD Spotlight. A Fine Start - American recordings of Elgar, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... considering today's technological excellence, this issue is strictly for collectors with a nostalgia for the past.'
CD Spotlight. A Noteworthy Introduction - Music by Stravinsky for violin and piano, heard by Howard Smith. '... refreshing naturalness ...'
CD Spotlight. Sterling Playing - Wendy Warner's interpretations of Popper and Piatigorsky, heard by Howard Smith. '... sovereign music-making deserving of the highest accolades.'