Israel Baker

Violinist. Born 11 February 1919. Died 25 December 2011
Israel Baker
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Israel Baker

Israel Baker Biography (Wikipedia)

Israel Baker (February 11, 1919 – December 25, 2011) was an American violinist and concertmaster.

Through a long and varied career he played with many of the greatest figures in the worlds of classical music, jazz and pop. He appeared on hundreds of recordings by artists as diverse as Igor Stravinsky, Ella Fitzgerald, and Tom Waits, and appeared on many film scores including Psycho and Jonathan Livingstone Seagull. Baker was the concertmaster on The Dameans' Beginning Today album from 1973.

Born in Chicago, he was the youngest of four children of Russian immigrants. He showed great talent as a violinist from an early age, appearing on national radio at the age of six. By the age of 22 Baker was concertmaster of Leopold Stokowski’s All-American Youth Orchestra. Later he was a member of Arturo Toscanini’s NBC Symphony Orchestra. During World War II he served as a violinist with the Army Air Forces in Atlantic City, NJ, playing requests to entertain wounded comrades.

After the war Baker increasingly gravitated towards the West Coast and session work, including work with the famed "Wrecking Crew", although he continued to be a presence in concert halls across the United States. He formed a duo with pianist Yaltah Menuhin; they made their New York debut in 1951. In 1961 he played alongside violinist Jascha Heifetz and cellist Gregor Piatigorsky in a series of chamber concerts, and in 1964 he recorded Arnold Shoenberg's "Fantasy for Violin & Piano" with Glenn Gould. He recorded many of Stravinsky's scores for CBS with Stravinsky himself conducting. He then went on to lead the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Away from the concert hall he led the West Coast version of the CBS Symphony.

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Antonín Dvořák
Piano Quintet no.2 in A major (3rd mvt)
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Piano Quintet no.2 in A major (3rd mvt)
Johannes Brahms
String Sextet no.2 in G major, Op.36
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String Sextet no.2 in G major, Op.36
Felix Mendelssohn
Octet in E flat major, Op.20: IV. Presto
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Octet in E flat major, Op.20: IV. Presto
Gregor Piatigorsky
Piano Quintet
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Piano Quintet
Johannes Brahms
String Quartet in G major, Op 111 No 2
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String Quartet in G major, Op 111 No 2
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quintet in C major, K 515 (feat. Jascha Heifetz, Israel Baker, William Primrose, Virginia Majewski & Gregor Piatigorsky)
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String Quintet in C major, K 515 (feat. Jascha Heifetz, Israel Baker, William Primrose, Virginia Majewski & Gregor Piatigorsky)
Jacob Lateiner, Antonín Dvořák, Jascha Heifetz, Israel Baker, Joseph De Pasquale & Gregor Piatigorsky
Piano Quintet in A major, Op 81
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Piano Quintet in A major, Op 81

Piano Quintet in A major, Op 81

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Jacob Lateiner, Antonín Dvořák, Jascha Heifetz, Israel Baker, Joseph De Pasquale & Gregor Piatigorsky
Joseph Stephansky, Jascha Heifetz, Felix Mendelssohn, Israel Baker, Arnold Belnick, William Primrose, Virginia Majewski, Gregor Piatigorsky & Gabor Rejto
Octet in E flat major, Op 20 (4th mvt)
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Octet in E flat major, Op 20 (4th mvt)

Octet in E flat major, Op 20 (4th mvt)

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Joseph Stephansky, Jascha Heifetz, Felix Mendelssohn, Israel Baker, Arnold Belnick, William Primrose, Virginia Majewski, Gregor Piatigorsky & Gabor Rejto
Jascha Heifetz
String Quintet in G minor K516 (feat. William Primrose, Gregor Piatigorsky & Israel Baker)
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String Quintet in G minor K516 (feat. William Primrose, Gregor Piatigorsky & Israel Baker)
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