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GIOCONDA DE VITO: Her Complete Recorded Masterworks For Violin (10 CDs)
GIOCONDA DE VITO: Her Complete Recorded Masterworks For Violin (10 CDs)

GIOCONDA DE VITO: Her Complete Recorded Masterworks For Violin (10 CDs)

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In her heyday the Italian-British soloist Gioconda de Vito was regarded as Europe's foremost violinist. The Documents label releases a 10-CD box set, the first to document all of her recorded work. Highlights show her playing with Yehudi Menuhin while the icing on the cake is her recording of the Brahms Concerto under Furtwangler. 

When Gioconda de Vito (1907-1994) left the stage for ever after a concert in Basel in 1961, she was regarded as the best violinist in Europe. For Yehudi Menuhin, she was a respected and equal partner, David Oistrakh had invited her to sit on the jury of the first Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow, and Furtwangler spoke of her only with the utmost appreciation. He also accompanied her on the piano, when she - a strict Catholic - performed in Castel Gandolfo in 1953 at the request of Pope Pius XII and later also at the Vatican. But at the age of 54, at the height of her fame, she ended her career because she thought she could no longer fulfil her self-imposed and very high standards of quality. That is why her radio and studio recordings are relatively few in number. Bach, Beethoven and, above all, Brahms, were central to her efforts, but she was also devoted to chamber music. All of her recorded works, including those with Menuhin and Furtwangler, are included on these ten CDs. They are mostly played on the famous "Tuscan" Stradivarius from 1690, which the Italian state had made available to her, and on a Gagliano from 1762. Thus, Gioconda de Vito will be remembered the way an English critic described her after a Mozart concerto with Rafael Kubelik: "(She) played in a way that you rarely hear in life ... the slow movement ... was almost heavenly."


1. Ludwig van Beethoven - Violin Concerto In D Major, Op. 61: I. Allegro ma non troppo -
2. Ludwig van Beethoven - Violin Concerto In D Major, Op. 61: II. Larghetto -
3. Ludwig van Beethoven - Violin Concerto In D Major, Op. 61: III. Rondo: Allegro -
4. Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op. 64: I. Allegro molto appassionato -
5. Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op. 64: II. Andante -
6. Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op. 64: III. Allegretto non troppo. Allegro molto vivace

TRACK LISTING — DISC 2

1. Johannes Brahms - Violin Concerto In D Major, Op. 77: I. Allegro non troppo -
2. Johannes Brahms - Violin Concerto In D Major, Op. 77: II. Adagio -
3. Johannes Brahms - Violin Concerto In D Major, Op. 77: III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace -
4. Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata For Violin And Piano No. 9 In A Major, Op. 47: I. Adagio sostenuto. Presto -
5. Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata For Violin And Piano No. 9 In A Major, Op. 47: II. Andante con variazioni -
6. Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata For Violin And Piano No. 9 In A Major, Op. 47: III. Finale: Presto

TRACK LISTING — DISC 3

1. Pjotr I. Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto In D Major, Op. 35: I. Allegro moderato. Moderato assai -
2. Pjotr I. Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto In D Major, Op. 35: II. Canzonetta. Andante – attacca subito -
3. Pjotr I. Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto In D Major, Op. 35: III. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo -
4. Johannes Brahms - Violion Concerto In D Major, Op. 77: I. Allegro non troppo -
5. Johannes Brahms - Violion Concerto In D Major, Op. 77: II. Adagio -
6. Johannes Brahms - Violion Concerto In D Major, Op. 77: III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace

TRACK LISTING — DISC 4

1. Johannes Brahms - Sonata For Violin And Piano No. 1 In G Minor, Op. 78: I. Vivace man non troppo -
2. Johannes Brahms - Sonata For Violin And Piano No. 1 In G Minor, Op. 78: II. Adagio -
3. Johannes Brahms - Sonata For Violin And Piano No. 1 In G Minor, Op. 78: III. Allegro molto moderato -
4. Johannes Brahms - Sonata For Violin And Piano No. 2 In A Major, Op. 100: I. Allegro amabile -
5. Johannes Brahms - Sonata For Violin And Piano No. 2 In A Major, Op. 100: II. Andante tranquillo – Vivace – Andante – Vivace di più – Andante vivace -
6. Johannes Brahms - Sonata For Violin And Piano No. 2 In A Major, Op. 100: III. Allegretto grazioso (quasi andante) -
7. Johannes Brahms - Sonata For Violin And Piano No. 3 In D Minor, Op. 108: I. Allegro -
8. Johannes Brahms - Sonata For Violin And Piano No. 3 In D Minor, Op. 108: II. Adagio -
9. Johannes Brahms - Sonata For Violin And Piano No. 3 In D Minor, Op. 108: III. Un poco presto e con sentiment -
10. Johannes Brahms - Sonata For Violin And Piano No. 3 In D Minor, Op. 108: IV. Presto agitato -
11. Ludwig van Beethoven - : ROMANCE NO. II IN F MAJOR, OP. V0

TRACK LISTING — DISC 5

1. Johannes Brahms - Double Concerto In A Minor, Op. 102: I. Allegro non troppo -
2. Johannes Brahms - Double Concerto In A Minor, Op. 102: II. Andante -
3. Johannes Brahms - Double Concerto In A Minor, Op. 102: III. Vivace non troppo. Poco meno allegro -
4. Johann Sebastian Bach - Sonata For Violin Solo In A Minor: I. Grave -
5. Johann Sebastian Bach - Sonata For Violin Solo In A Minor: II. Fuga -
6. Johann Sebastian Bach - Sonata For Violin Solo In A Minor: III. Andante -
7. Johann Sebastian Bach - Sonata For Violin Solo In A Minor: IV. Allegro

TRACK LISTING — DISC 6

1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Violin Concerto No. 3 In G Major, K 216: I. Allegro -
2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Violin Concerto No. 3 In G Major, K 216: II. Adagio -
3. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Violin Concerto No. 3 In G Major, K 216: III. Allegro -
4. Georg Friedrich Händel - Sonata For Violin And Piano In D Major No. 4, Hwv 371: I. Affettuoso -
5. Georg Friedrich Händel - Sonata For Violin And Piano In D Major No. 4, Hwv 371: II. Allegro -
6. Georg Friedrich Händel - Sonata For Violin And Piano In D Major No. 4, Hwv 371: III. Larghetto -
7. Georg Friedrich Händel - Sonata For Violin And Piano In D Major No. 4, Hwv 371: IV. Allegro -
8. Georg Friedrich Händel - Sonata For Two Violins & Continuo Op. 5 No. 2: I. Adagio -
9. Georg Friedrich Händel - Sonata For Two Violins & Continuo Op. 5 No. 2: II. Allegro -
10. Georg Friedrich Händel - Sonata For Two Violins & Continuo Op. 5 No. 2: III. Minuetto -
11. Georg Friedrich Händel - Sonata For Two Violins & Continuo Op. 5 No. 2: IV. Allegro -
12. Georg Friedrich Händel - Sonata For Two Violins & Continuo Op. 5 No. 2: V. Minuetto -
13. Georg Friedrich Händel - Sonata For Two Violins & Continuo Op. 5 No. 2: VI. Gavotte -
14. Georg Friedrich Händel - Sonata For Two Violins & Continuo Op. 5 No. 2: VII. March -
15. Georg Friedrich Händel - Sonata In G Minor, Op. 2 No. 8 For Two Violins & Continuo: I. Andante -
16. Georg Friedrich Händel - Sonata In G Minor, Op. 2 No. 8 For Two Violins & Continuo: II. Allegro -
17. Georg Friedrich Händel - Sonata In G Minor, Op. 2 No. 8 For Two Violins & Continuo: III. Largo -
18. Georg Friedrich Händel - Sonata In G Minor, Op. 2 No. 8 For Two Violins & Continuo: IV. Allegro -
19. Henry Purcell - Sonata In F Major For Two Violins & Continuo: I. Allegro -
20. Henry Purcell - Sonata In F Major For Two Violins & Continuo: II. Adagio -
21. Henry Purcell - Sonata In F Major For Two Violins & Continuo: III. Canzona -
22. Henry Purcell - Sonata In F Major For Two Violins & Continuo: IV. Grave -
23. Henry Purcell - Sonata In F Major For Two Violins & Continuo: V. Allegro

TRACK LISTING — DISC 7

1. Johann Sebastian Bach - Violin Concerto In E Major, Bwv 1042: I. Allegro -
2. Johann Sebastian Bach - Violin Concerto In E Major, Bwv 1042: II. Adagio -
3. Johann Sebastian Bach - Violin Concerto In E Major, Bwv 1042: III. Allegro assai -
4. Johann Sebastian Bach - Concerto In D Minor For Two Violins, Bwv 1043: I. Vivace -
5. Johann Sebastian Bach - Concerto In D Minor For Two Violins, Bwv 1043: II. Largo, ma non tanto -
6. Johann Sebastian Bach - Concerto In D Minor For Two Violins, Bwv 1043: III. Allegro -
7. Johann Sebastian Bach - : V. Ciaccona /Chaconne

TRACK LISTING — DISC 8

1. Giovanni Battista Viotti - Violin Concerto No. 22 In A Minor: I. Moderato -
2. Giovanni Battista Viotti - Violin Concerto No. 22 In A Minor: II. Adagio -
3. Giovanni Battista Viotti - Violin Concerto No. 22 In A Minor: III. Agitato assai -
4. Giovanni Battista Viotti - Duo In G Major For Two Violins: I. Allegro -
5. Giovanni Battista Viotti - Duo In G Major For Two Violins: II. Andante -
6. Giovanni Battista Viotti - Duo In G Major For Two Violins: III. Allegretto -
7. Tomaso Antonio Vitali - : CIACCONA IN G MINOR/Chaconne in g-Moll -
8. Tomaso Antonio Vitali - : CIOACCONA (arr.: Respighi)

TRACK LISTING — DISC 9

1. César Franck - Sonata In A Major For Violin And Piano: I. Allegretto ben moderato -
2. César Franck - Sonata In A Major For Violin And Piano: II. Allegro -
3. César Franck - Sonata In A Major For Violin And Piano: III. Recitativo-Fantasia -
4. César Franck - Sonata In A Major For Violin And Piano: IV. Allegretto poco mosso -
5. Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata No. 7 In C Minor Op. 30 No. 2 For Violin And Piano: I. Allegro con brio -
6. Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata No. 7 In C Minor Op. 30 No. 2 For Violin And Piano: II. Adagio cantabile -
7. Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata No. 7 In C Minor Op. 30 No. 2 For Violin And Piano: III. Scherzo. Allegro -
8. Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata No. 7 In C Minor Op. 30 No. 2 For Violin And Piano: IV. Allegro -
9. Ludwig (Louis) Spohr - Duo Op. 67 For Two Violins: No. III: Allegro -
10. Ludwig (Louis) Spohr - Duo Op. 67 For Two Violins: No. III: Larghetto -
11. Ludwig (Louis) Spohr - Duo Op. 67 For Two Violins: No. II: Rondo

TRACK LISTING — DISC 10

1. Arcangelo Corelli - Sonata For Violin And Piano In D Minor, Op. 5 No. 12, „La Follia“: La follia -
2. Jean-Marie Leclair - Sonata For Violin And Piano In C Minor, Op. 5 No. 6, „Le Tombeau“: I. Grave -
3. Jean-Marie Leclair - Sonata For Violin And Piano In C Minor, Op. 5 No. 6, „Le Tombeau“: II. Allegro ma non troppo -
4. Jean-Marie Leclair - Sonata For Violin And Piano In C Minor, Op. 5 No. 6, „Le Tombeau“: III. Gavotta. Gratiosa. Andante -
5. Jean-Marie Leclair - Sonata For Violin And Piano In C Minor, Op. 5 No. 6, „Le Tombeau“: IV. Allegro -
6. Georg Friedrich Händel - Sonata For Violin And Continuo, Op. 4 No. 1: I. Adagio -
7. Georg Friedrich Händel - Sonata For Violin And Continuo, Op. 4 No. 1: II. Allegro -
8. Georg Friedrich Händel - Sonata For Violin And Continuo, Op. 4 No. 1: III. Larghetto -
9. Georg Friedrich Händel - Sonata For Violin And Continuo, Op. 4 No. 1: IV. Allegro -
10. Johann Sebastian Bach - Partita No. 2 In D Minor For Solo Violin, Bwv 1004: I. Allemande -
11. Johann Sebastian Bach - Partita No. 2 In D Minor For Solo Violin, Bwv 1004: II. Currante -
12. Johann Sebastian Bach - Partita No. 2 In D Minor For Solo Violin, Bwv 1004: III. Sarabande -
13. Johann Sebastian Bach - Partita No. 2 In D Minor For Solo Violin, Bwv 1004: IV. Guige -
14. Johann Sebastian Bach - Partita No. 2 In D Minor For Solo Violin, Bwv 1004: V. Chaconne