German virtuoso Georg Kulenkampff was born on this day in 1898 – 119 years ago.
He is remembered as one of the finest violinists of the 20th Century – and for having given the premiere performance of Robert Schumann’s Violin Concerto.
It is only that his recording career coincided with the Nazi era, and that he died at just 50 years old from encephalitis, that he is not better recognised today by modern listeners.
GEORG KULENKAMPFF | BRAHMS VIOLIN CONCERTO | 1ST MVT | HANS SCHMIDT-ISSERSTEDT & BERLIN PHILHARMONIC | 1937
GEORG KULENKAMPFF | SCHUMANN VIOLIN CONCERTO | 1ST MVT | HANS SCHMIDT-ISSERSTEDT & BERLIN PHILHARMONIC | 1937