27/06/2006

Violoncelistas #6: Guilhermina Suggia (1885-1950)

Há uns tempos atrás adquiri, num alfarrabista do Porto, o catálogo de 1927 da editora "His Master's Voice".




Ainda lá ficaram muitos livros dedicados à música, outras incursões se seguirão... Para os eventuais interessados, a livraria tem o (curioso) nome de Chaminé da Mota, e fica na Rua das Flores.



Depois de se perceber como funciona o catálogo (as instruções para consulta ocupam 2 páginas e meia...), entra-se num mundo fascinante, onde aparecem todos os grandes nomes do passado, com a listagem das gravações efectuadas para essa extraordinária editora, incluindo ainda breves biografias.


Guilhermina Suggia

Naturalmente que a nossa violoncelista Guilhermina Suggia também lá aparece, com 6 discos listados e a seguinte biografia:

SUGGIA, GUILHERMINA, 'Cellist

Although of Italian descent, Suggia was born at Oporto on June 27, 1888. When only five years old she received her first lessons from her father, himself a very fine 'cellist, and studied under him until, at the age of fifteen, she went to Leipzig to take lessons from Klengel. At seventeen she made her début at the Leipzig concerts, and afterwards toured through Europe. In October, 1914, she made England her musical home, and the rare quality of her playing placed her at once, in the estimation of critics, on a level with the greatest male 'cellists, and she was hailed unanimously as the finest feminine exponent of her instrument who had yet been heard. In Suggia's album is the following tribute, written in 1905 by the great master of the 'cello, David Popper: "To the greatest of living cellists, Guilhermina Suggia, from her aged confrére, D. Popper."
All who have seen this great artist at her concerts have been impressed with her vivid personality and the superb ease with which she plays the most difficult works. Every nuance of her wonderful art is faithfully reproduced on her records.

Guilhermina Suggia nasceu há 121 anos, no dia 27 de Junho de 1885 (e não 1888, como a HMV, erradamente, refere).


Internet

Guilhermina Suggia:
Blogue / Biografia
His Master's Voice:
Nipper 1 / Nipper 2

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