The Art of Jacques Thibaud Episode 3

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On this episode: Jacques Thibaud plays Mozart.

Jacques Thibaud: Mozart Violin Concerto No 3
Paul Paray, direction
Ochestre des concerts Lamoureux.
Paris 1950

I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III Rondo (Allegro)

Jacques Thibaud: Mozart Violin Concerto No 5
Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire
Charles Münch, conductor
Paris 1941

1. Movement "Allegro aperto"
2. Movement "Adagio"
3. Movement "Tempo di Menuetto"

Jacques Thibaud and Marguerite Long: Mozart Violin Sonata 35 in A, K 526

Allegro moderato
Rondo - Allegro

Jacques Thibaud, celebrated French violinist; b. Bordeaux, Sept. 27, 1880; d. in an airplane crash near Mt. Cemet, in the French Alps, en route to French Indochina, Sept. 1, 1953.

He began his training with his father and made his debut at age 8 in Bordeaux; at 13, he entered the Paris Conservatory as a pupil of Martin Marsick, graduating with the premier prix in 1896. Obliged to earn his living, he played the violin at the Café Rouge in Paris, where he was heard by the conductor Colonne, who offered him a position in his orchestra; in 1898 he made his debut as a soloist (with Colonne) with such success that he was engaged for 54 concerts in Paris in the same season. Subsequently, he appeared in all the musical centers of Europe, and from 1903 visited America numerous times. With his two brothers, a pianist and a cellist, he formed a trio, which had some success, but this was discontinued when he joined Alfred Cortot and Pablo Casals in a famous trio (1930-35). With Marguerite Long, he founded the renowned Long-Thibaud competition in 1943. His playing was notable for its warmth of expressive tone and fine dynamics; his interpretations of Beethoven ranked very high, but he was particularly authoritative in French music.

Marguerite Long (13 November 1874 -- 13 February 1966) was a French pianist and teacher.

Marguerite Marie-Charlotte Long was born in Nîmes. She studied with Henri Fissot at the Paris Conservatoire, taking a premier prix in 1891, and privately with Antoine François Marmontel. From 1906 to 1940 she taught at the Paris Conservatoire, and in 1920 she succeeded Louis Diémer as professor of piano. She also taught privately. Her students included Jacques Février, Samson François, Zvart Sarkissian, Georges Savaria, and Gabriel Tacchino, as well as Jean Doyen, Monique Duphil, Marie-Thérèse Fourneau, Waleed Hourani, Willem Ibes, and Micheline Laudun Denis.

Long's husband, Joseph de Marliave (1873--1914), was killed in August 1914 in action during World War I. Maurice Ravel dedicated the last section, the Toccata, of Le Tombeau de Couperin to him. Marguerite Long gave the first performances of this work in 1919, and in January 1932 the premiere of Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major, which was dedicated to her.

In 1943 she and violinist Jacques Thibaud established the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Competition for violinists and pianists, which takes place each year in Paris. From 2011, it will include singers and be known as the Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition, in honour of the soprano Régine Crespin.[1]

She died in Paris[2] in 1966, aged 91.