report about the worldwide and intense touring of Nathan Milstein.
However, no figures or further data are known or - maybe not so
interesting in detail.
This page summarizes the concerts which N. Milstein gave in Austria
during the years 1957 and 1985. The author of this summary attendet
these concerts and can present the programs and the repertory
of Milstein's appearances at the annual Vienna Spring Festival
and the annual Salzburg Festival. The Vienna Festival is organized
one year by "Wiener Musikverein", the other year by
"Wiener Concerthaus", the two great concert societies.
Milstein was only invited by the Wiener Concerthaus, not by the
overview may not be complete but it should give an impression
of concert programs, recitals and orchestral concerts given in
Austria during that time.
gave his "regular", annual solo-concert, also besides
the Vienna Spring Festival playing in the practically sold-out
concert hall. He had "his" audience or community in
Vienna as well as in Salzburg.Milstein played either the Bach
Solo works or recitals with piano with various programs.
Festival 1957: The legendary Concert of August 4th,
in Salzburg has been recorded and is available on CD. Milstein
played Bach (BWV 1001, BWV 1004, BWV 1005). (After the Concert
he played three more pieces, after an applause which lasted more
than half an hour. On many occasions Milstein was only prepared
to play after the official part, when the audience did not want
to let him go, applauding constantly for 30 minutes or even more.One
of the favorite Bach extras was the "Preludio" of the
Partita Nr. 3 in E major.
Festival 1961: The
Concert was given at the "Mozarteum". again "only
played BWV 1001, 1004 und 1002. The press-review of this concert
was written by Rudolf Klein
Concert on July 31st at the "Mozarteum", Salzburg.
by Walter Klien played Sonatas: Vivali, Sonata in
D-major, Bach, Solo-Sonata in g-minor, Mozart, Sonata KV 296;
Brahms: Sonata op. 108.
on August, 2nd at the large Festival Hall:: Brahms:
Violin Concerto op. 77
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker, Conductor: Zubin Metha
Vienna Spring Festival: Recital
at the Konzerthaus-Saal; Nathan
Milstein and Eugene Bagnoli played Vivaldi, Bach, Paganini und
Extras: Paradis (Siciliano); Ries (Moto perpetuo); Gluck (Melodie);
Bach:(Präludium in E )
at the Wiener Konzerthaus; Nathan Milstein and Rudolf Buchbinder
played works by Beethoven, Bach and Brahms.
Spring Festival 1971: Violin
Concert by Brahms, op. 77 as part of a Brahms cycle.
Wiener Symphoniker. Conductor: Horst Stein,
Jänner 1972, Wiener
Milsteinwith aSolo-recital: Bach and Paganini.
reviews of this concert stated, that no other Violinist except
N. Milstein would have dared to play Bach and Paganini in one
Spring Festival 1973:
Milstein played theViolin Concerto op. 61 by Beethoven on the15th
Concert comprized works by Bartok, Mozart and Beethoven. Orchestra:
Wiener Symphoniker conducted byHorst Stein.
June, 17th Milstein and G. Pludermacher gave their legendary recital
at the large hall if the Konzerthaus.
of the Wiener Symphoniker conducted by J. Rudel on June 18th.
Program: J. Strauss, Ouverture; Karl Goldmark: Violin Concerto;
Schubert: 5th. Symphony
June 20th: Solo-Concert by N. Milstein as part of the Vienna Spring
time Milstein played an all Bach program.
Bach-Concert at the "Wiener Konzerthaus":
was the last concert, which Milstein gave in Austria
At the end of this concert Nathan Milstein
came once more onto stage accepting the never ending applause
and "standing ovations" by his Vienna community.
Instead of playing more, he addressed the audience in his fluent
German and said:
"Ich bin nach diesem Konzert müde, nächstes Jahr
spiele ich mehr..."
this concert I am very tired. Next year I shall play some more...")
Unfortunately he was not able to come to Vienna the next year.
press reviews to this concert
reflect the emotion and impression, better than the author could
express in his words, which Nathan Milstein conveyed to "his"
audience in Vienna .
Rudolf Klein in "Salzburger Nachrichten"
bottom: "Die Presse" both dated April 26th, 1985.
review following to a concert in Zurich, Switzerland, given on
may 23rd, 1986:
Special attention and appreciation are given to the excellent
technical play of Milstein which is musically beyond discussion
in spite of his age.