Leonid Kogan, violin with The Cleveland Orchestra – Lorin Maazel, cond. Broadcast date: March 29, 1979 -Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
Legendary Soviet violinist Leonid Kogan with Lorin Maazel and The Cleveland Orchestra, in concert from the 60th season of the Orchestra (1978-1979).
First off, apologies to everyone who heard on the broadcast that the final work performed was the Sinfonia Domestica by Richard Strauss but find it’s not here. No, I didn’t forget it – it wasn’t recorded. One of the hazards you encounter when you are a multi-tasker is setting the timer on record, accidentally loading a 90 minute tape instead of a 2-hour tape – leaving, coming back home, thinking everything recorded okay – putting the tape on the shelf and forgetting about it until 40 years later, when you are looking for something to post, take the tape out, start digitizing it and realize, about three-quarters of the way through, that you never recorded the second half of the concert 40 years ago.
Long way of saying, I’m sorry – if I could communicate between the 1979 me with the 2019 me I would smack the 1979 me in the head. But until we perfect time-travel, all I can do is shrug my shoulders and say “well, at least I got the Kogan part of the concert” – and rather than not run it, figured a concert featuring this legendary figure of the violin would more than adequately make up for the lack of completeness.
So – all that said – the concert opens with Mozart’s Symphony Number 9 and ends (on the tape) with Beethoven’s Violin Concert with Leonid Kogan as soloist. There is no exact date on the recording. The broadcast was March 29, 1979, but I suspect it was some 3-4 months earlier. Since The Cleveland Orchestra has no archive to speak of, there is no way to ascertain the actual date, unless you were there and have a program.
Okay – I will shut up now and let you enjoy. And please do.