Ofra Harnoy, cello
Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Paul Robinson, conductor

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Lachner: Symphony No. 8 in G minor Op. 100
Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra (Košice)
Paul Robinson, conductor
Marco Polo 8. 223594

"...this work offers good reason to look forward to future installments."  
(American Record Guide)
 

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Lachner: Symphony No. 5 Op. 52 ‘Passionata’
Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra (Košice)
Paul Robinson, conductor
Marco Polo 8.223502


“If more Lachner symphonies are in the offing, I cast my vote for Maestro Robinson to take charge of them.”
(David Johnson, Fanfare – July/August/94)

 

Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major/ Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major
Ofra Harnoy Collection, Volume 6
Ofra Harnoy, cello
Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Paul Robinson, conductor
RCA Victor Red Seal RD 70943

“In a word, she (Harnoy) plays magnificently, and she is accompanied with great panache by the Toronto Chamber Orchestra conducted by Paul Robinson.”
(H.C. Robbins Landon, Ovation Magazine)

 

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Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major/Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major
Ofra Harnoy, cello
Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Paul Robinson, conductor
RCA Victor Red Seal RD 70943

 

Vivaldi Cello Concertos Vol. 4
Ofra Harnoy, cello
Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Paul Robinson, Conductor
RCA Victor Red Seal 09026-68228-2

“Harnoy plays with panache. She brings out the very best in Vivaldi…this performance with the Toronto Chamber Orchestra stands on its own. Match it against the best — Ma, Fournier and even Rostropovich or Casals. I stay with Harnoy.”
(customer review, Amazon.com)

“Enthusiastically recommended ... marvellously inventive music, beautifully played by a superb cellist. Guaranteed to provide hours of fulfilling musical experience...“ 
(www.musicweb-international.com)

 

Vivaldi: Concertos for Cello/ Concerto for Cello and Bassoon
Ofra Harnoy, cello
James McKay, bassoon
Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Paul Robinson, conductor
RCA Victor Red Seal 7774-2-RC

 

Vivaldi: Cello Concertos,
Volume 1

Ofra Harnoy, cello
Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Paul Robinson, conductor
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Vivaldi: Cello Concertos,
Volume 3

Ofra Harnoy, cello
Igor Oistrakh, violin
Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Paul Robinson, conductor
RCA Victor Red Seal 09026-61578-2

 

 

Vivaldi: Cello Concertos,
Volume 2

Ofra Harnoy, cello
Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Paul Robinson, conductor
RCA Victor Red Seal 60155

"I greeted Harnoy's recorded entry into Vivaldi's world with genuine enthusiasm ((CD) RD87774, 8/88), as I do also this follow-up . . . . Vivaldi's affection for the cello is evident in the number and quality of his concertos for it, which is good enough reason for an integral recording of them. . . . There is a wealth of virtuosic writing in the outer movements, in the most filigree of which Harnoy's bow dances with the steps of an agile fairy. Regarding her playing in general I refer the reader to my previous Vivaldi review, whose encomium is herewith reinforced. . . . This very well recorded disc is a 'must' for anyone who does not suffer from Vivaldi-, cello- or general baroque-phobia, and it might easily cure those who do."
(John Duarte, Gramophone)

“I heard RV 406 Concerto in D Minor on radio recently and was so moved by it that I had to have the recording. So nice that such as this station provides that CD info...Harnoy backed by Toronto Chamber Orchestra energetically provides these seven concerto offerings, three of them being world premiere recordings thereof: RV 403, 402, 412.”
(customer review, Amazon.com)

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Vivaldi: Complete Cello Concertos
Ofra Harnoy, Cello
Igor Oistrakh, violin              
Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Paul Robinson, conductor
RCA Victor Red Seal 67886

“Get this wonderful collection if you love cello and baroque music. It occupies a cherished spot on my classical cd collection. The music never fails to cheer me up.”
(customer review, Amazon.com)


“…it's an absolute must-have for baroque music lovers, fans of Vivaldi, or just anyone who loves good classical music….Harnoy's cello has a warm and rich tone, and the Toronto Chamber Orchestra provides excellent accompaniment. Superb in every respect.”
(customer review, Amazon.com)

“This set is enthusiastically recommended for what it is - a record of marvellously inventive music, beautifully played by a superb cellist. It is guaranteed to provide hours of fulfilling musical experience.”
(Zane Turner , www.musicweb-international.com)

 
     
BOOKS          
The Art of the Conductor Series
While music director of CJRT-FM, Paul E. Robinson wrote the first four books in a series based on his weekly radio program “The Art of the Conductor”. Karajan (Toronto 1975); Stokowski (Toronto 1977); Solti (Toronto 1979) and Bernstein (Toronto 1982) were published by Lester & Orpen Limited in Canada, MacDonald and Jane’s Publishers Ltd. in Great Britain, Vanguard Press  in the United States, and by publishers in Russia, Germany and Japan. The author’s revised and updated Solti was released Spring of 2006, to be followed by Karajan in the winter of 2007 (100th anniversary), and Stokowski and Bernstein soon thereafter.


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The Art of the Conductor Volume 1
Sir Georg Solti: His Life and Music

When Sir Georg Solti died in 1997 he was at the height of his powers. The Hungarian-born Solti conducted like a man possessed and orchestras responded in kind. In the 1960s he was chosen to make the first-ever recording of Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle with the Vienna Philharmonic. For more than twenty years he headed the Chicago Symphony and brought that orchestra to unprecedented international prominence.

Paul E.Robinson wrote the first comprehensive account of Solti’s life and music in 1979. This new edition (2006) of Solti is completely revised and updated. This new edition includes a complete Discography prepared by Paul Robinson with the assistance of Raymond McGill of Decca Records, as well as a Videography listing all known Solti films and DVDs.

Publisher: iUniverse
Paperback: 218 pages
ISBN-10: 0595399533
List Price: US$18.95

Available from www.amazon.com , www.barnesandnoble.com , www.iuniverse.com  and selected booksellers.

Editorial Reviews

“…this is a good book, free of the hysteria that stars seem to provoke, and the result is a sober, but appreciative, study.” (Alan Swanson, Fanfare, May/June 2007)

“…a beautifully balanced assessment. The author has obviously drawn extensively on personal experience and he expresses himself with clarity, precision and a refreshing impartiality. Robinson displays a scrupulous knowledge of the scores and of the ethos of the works in question.” (Jeffrey Joseph, Music and Musicians, September, 1979)

 


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The Art of the Conductor Volume 2
Herbert von Karajan: the Maestro as Superstar

Herbert von Karajan emerged after World War II as the most important conductor of his generation. He made his post-war reputation mainly through dozens of recordings made in London with the Philharmonia Orchestra and issued by EMI. Then came his appointment as conductor-for-life of the Berlin Philharmonic and shortly after an appointment as director of the Vienna State Opera. He toured widely and often with the Berlin Philharmonic and their recordings together became best sellers. The combination of the charismatic conductor and his remarkable orchestra became the stuff of legend.

Karajan died in 1989 at the age of 81 but his reputation lives on through his vast number of recordings and films and through the memories of those who witnessed his incomparable music making.

Author Paul E. Robinson’s revised and enlarged edition of Herbert von Karajan: the Maestro as Superstar includes biographical information, analysis of selected recordings and a complete Discography and Videography.

April 5, 2008 marks the 100th anniversary of Karajan’s birth (http://theartoftheconductor.com/news/).

Publisher: iUniverse
Paperback: 286 pages
ISBN: 0-595-46147-6
Price: US$20.95

Available from Ingram Book Group, Baker & Taylor and from iUniverse, Inc. Also available from www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, and other book sellers.

Recent Reviews

“The new chapters are a mixed lot. "The Final Years" is a rather pessimistic view of Karajan in the '80s, and as I consider this a very fruitful time for the conductor, I can't agree with (Robinson’s) rather grim outlook on the era.

"Karajan and the Critics" is a brilliant chapter (presumably new) that tears a strip out of the more absurd criticisms that music writers have launched against the conductor. He both rubbishes the many criticisms based on "value judgments" and "feelings" that critics level (and rightly so -- it's amazing how superficial and meaningless is the writing even of "esteemed" music critics), and he makes a careful analysis of the more substantive critiques, and defends Karajan's approach on musical grounds. It's a solid chapter.

I've been using Robinson's discography and videography to discover a variety of Karajan recordings that I never knew about. It's probably worth a purchase for that alone.”

(posting by “darkhemen” on www.karajan.co.uk) Jan 17, 2008)

“In 1969 Robinson attended a conducting course at the Salzburg Mozarteum. Karajan had taught these courses in the early 1930s; now he was working alongside the composer and conductor Bruno Maderna. The book is almost worth buying for these pages alone.” (Richard Osborne, Gramophone, May, 2008)

“If you want an accurate, balanced and fair assessment of von Karajan read ‘Herbert von Karajan – a Life in Music’ by Richard Osborne. It’s 850 pages long and a masterpiece. The book received fabulous reviews. Also look at ‘Herbert von Karajan – the Maestro as Superstar’ by Paul E. Robinson. Neither author glosses over von Karajan’s faults, but they can be relied upon to tell the truth.” (WNYC, Listener Comments on a forthcoming debate about Karajan between British music critic Norman Lebrecht and Pulitzer Prize winning classical music critic Tim Page, “Roger”, April 8, 2008)