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    Two reel documentary of various concert acts.

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    Reel Two:
    Tossy Spivakovsky Violinist plays Allegretto from Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto.
    Tossy Spivakovsky plays accompanied by piano. Close ups of violin, his fingers as he plays etc.

    Men of Song in The Sleigh.
    They sing this song very fast to indicate a sleigh flying through the snow. Song has a Russian / Cossack feel about it.
    'The End'

    Note: Soundtrack is very low. See version 2 - same acts in a different order.

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    Film ID:
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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:43:38:00 / 01:51:04:00

Comments (3)

  1. Unknown user says

    This is a valuable historical recording of Tossy Spivakovsky at his prime; he would have been 44 years old when this was recorded in 1950. Left hand technique emphasizes a rock-solid left hand and precise finger work in rapid passages, as well as sophisticated fingerings designed for musical expression. Right hand technique shows unique bow grip, which Spivakovsky developed to provide maximum control and nuanced handling of the bow under all conditions, and particularly for strength and power when playing the great concertos, and Bach solo works. Spivakovsky's accompanist in all likelihood is his elder brother, Jasha Spivakovsky (1896-1970) with whom Tossy toured extensively in Australia in the 1930's and 1940's, and then in the U.S. and Europe after World War II. Jascha Spivakovsky was a tremendous talent in his own right and reknowned as a great pianist. He is less well-known to history as he made very few recordings and his career was interrupted by World War I and World War II

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  2. Unknown user says

    Hello Tom,

    The pianist in the video is Leon Pommers, who accompanied Tossy Spivakovsky on a number of occasions, not his brother Jascha.

    Best regards,

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  3. Circa Aeon says

    It's great to see my great Uncle here, he's playing is incredible. Sorry to hear my Grandfather, Jascha, is not the accompanying pianist.
    Did you know that there is a new recording of Jascha Spivakovsky that has just been released through a French label?

    Go to the new website about him www.jascha.com to find out more.

    Eli Spivakovsky

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