(諏訪根自子 - The Art of Nejiko Suwa - Early Recordings 1933 - 1935)
MP3 / V0 (VBR) / CD / 175.14 MB
This 2-CD set issued by Nippon Columbia in 2013 comprises the complete pre-war recordings of violinist Nejiko Suwa, which she recorded between the ages of 13 and 15. Nejiko Suwa was a Japanese child prodigy violinist, most famous in the interwar period. This is a thorough collection of mono recordings she made in the years between 1933 - 1935.
At the age of 10 she gained favorable notice from Efrem Zimbalist, who had heard her while touring Japan in 1930. Subsequently she was feted by Japanese audiences as a wunderkind to watch. A few years later composer and conductor Kōsaku Yamada, then also an executive at Nippon Columbia, signed Suwa on to his label during the height of her youthful fame. She subsequently recorded 26 tracks altogether between between August 22, 1933 and May 8, 1935, a few months before her departure to Europe.
The entirety of disc 1 and the first four tracks of disc 2 are transfers made from discs that were from the collection of Christopher N. Nozawa, a well-known collector of 78s who also happened to be the only person to own all of Suwa's pre-war recordings. Because of US bombings during the Second World War, some of the original masters of these recordings no longer exist. Tracks 5 - 20 on disc 2 are transfers made from Nippon Columbia's extant metal masters.
Finally tracks 21 - 23 on disc 2 showcase Suwa's recording of Glazunov's Sérénade espagnole as it would be heard on different contemporaneous gramophones. Track 21 uses a US-made Brunswick Valencia from 1925. Tracks 22 and 23 use UK-made machines: an EMG Expert Senior from 1935 and a Gramophone Co., HMV Model-194 from 1927.
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