Nina KOSHETZ - CHOPIN, Etude in E


Added on Sep 2, 2009

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"She sang with "a passionate Russian melancholy" and her voice was compared with a Stradivarius in the hands of a sensitive violinist... Nina Koshetz is a singer of an individual style." Nina Koshetz, Russian soprano, 1891 - 1965. Born in Kiev and hailed from a musical family. She gave her first piano recital at the age of nine. Graduating at 16, she had performed a Rachmaninov concerto for her final recital. She subsequently became interested in singing. It seems her real career began with a performance as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin with Zimin's Opera Company. Until 1917 she appeared there in operas such as The Queen of Spades, The Tsar's Bride, The Demon, The Enchanteress, Tosca, Nedda, Marguerite, Nedda and Aida. She not only sang opera but gave song recitals. In 1915 she met Sergei Rachmaninov and they appeared together in successful recitals, culminating in a romance. He dedicated to her a cycle of six love songs (op. 38). She eventually arrived in the United States . She made her official American debut as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Ossip Gabrilowitch in 1920 and was warmly received. She was now in demand for concerts and recitals by Stokowski, Koussevitzky, Rodzinski and Klemperer. Considered as one of her greatest achievements in the 1920s was the series of four Town Hall recitals celebrating for the most part Russian's greatest song writers. She became the authoritative voice for the Russian emigré composers. In 1924 she returned to Félia Litvinne, now living in Paris and Koshetz received further vocal tuition by the famous soprano. In 1927, commemorating her 15 years in music, she gave a recital devoted entirely to songs dedicated to her. The composer Gretchaninov renewed the collaboration with her and both were enthusiastically admired. Around 1934, she moved to California. By 1942 she opened an elegant music salon in Laguna Beach and taught singing to Marlene Dietrich, Ann Blyth and Claudette Colbert. Her daughter Marina made her successful debut at Town Hall in 1949. Nina Koshetz played some minor roles in films. Her unorthodox lifestyle caused a vocal decline in the late 1930s and ruined slowly but steadily her health. Nina Koshetz died in 1965. ( I am pleased to introduce here this great singer, the voice of whom I just love for those "true Russian ingredients"; only a short moment of film has been presented by now. Her vocal rendition of Chopin's Etude in E is sublime.

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