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Hidden Treasure: The Waghalter Project

September 28, 2012

Naxos to release first-ever recording of recently discovered violin repertoire by composer Ignatz Waghalter

Irmina Trynkos

Violinist Irmina Trynkos, together with conductor Alexander Walker, pianist Giorgi Latsabidze and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, has recently recorded Waghalter’s entire violin repertoire for Naxos. The album, scheduled for release in Autumn 2012, will include première recordings of the Violin Concerto in A major, Op 15 and Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra, Op 9 as well as the Violin Sonata Op 5 and two encore pieces for violin and piano: Idyll, Op 19b and Geständnis.

While researching something to record for her début album, Trynkos came across the name Ignatz Waghalter. After some research, she met the composer’s grandson by chance, who gave her the scores of Waghalter’s music. She was struck by the beauty and lyricism of the music and surprised that the name Waghalter was almost unknown. Inspired, she began to gather supporters and assemble a team of the highest calibre—and was assisted by conductor Alexander Walker in her efforts. The pianist Giorgi Latsabidze and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra joined the team for the recording and the Waghalter Project was born.

Ignatz Waghalter was born into a Polish-German Jewish family in Warsaw. Having trained and subsequently conducted in Berlin, Waghalter established himself as a musician of note, advocating the work of Puccini. He was the conductor for the première performances of Tosca, La Bohème and La Fanciulla del West in Germany and saw three of his operas (Mandragola, Jugend and Sataniel) première at the Deutsche Opernhaus. Shortly after the Nazis came to power, he went into exile and ended up in the US, where he died in relative obscurity in 1949. His distinctly melodic and romantic music was sidelined for the more fashionable avant-garde movement after the war.

Now, more than sixty years after Waghalter’s death, his work is about to be given back to the world. The lush, melodic music, which charmed the world of the pre-war years, has been revived by the most accomplished musicians: truly deserving heirs of this beautiful legacy.

Now available:

Violin Concerto, Rhapsody, Violin Sonata


Photos from the recording sessions:

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Watch the trailer of the Waghalter Project:


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