VC HIDDEN GEMS | Thwart Polish virtuoso Josef Hassid


This week VC explores the recordings of thwart Polish virtuoso Josef Hassid | A prodigious student of Carl Flesch, Hassid was destined for a career of the highest caliber before crumbling tragically to the effects of mental illness

[video_lightbox_youtube video_id="KOTBsnec0Ao" width="590" height="385" auto_thumb="1"] Josef Hassid & Gerald Moore | Massanet | 'Meditation' from 'Thais' | 1940

Violinist Fritz Kriesler famously remarked: "A fiddler such as Heifetz is born every 100 years; one like Hassid every 200 years" | Pianist Gerald Moore once said: Hassid was "the greatest instrumental genius I've ever partnered ... he had technical perfection, marvelous intonation, glorious tone – but there was something above that which was quite incredible - a metaphysical quality”

Josef Hassid was sadly institutionalised with severe schizophrenia, aged 20, and died as a result of brain surgery complications in 1950 - aged just 26

[video_lightbox_youtube video_id="ZSbU6ndKdM8" width="590" height="385" auto_thumb="1"] Josef Hassid & Gerald Moore | Tchaikovsky | Souvenir d'un lieu cher | Melodie | 1940
[video_lightbox_youtube video_id="TucPiJgnMcM" width="590" height="385" auto_thumb="1"] Josef Hassid & Gerald Moore | Kreisler | Caprice Viennois | 1940