On 1st July 2022, violinist Simon Blendis releases Love is like a Violin: Salon Treasures from the Max Jaffa Library on Nimbus Records. Simon Blendis has been playing a Peter Guarnerius violin previously belonging to Max Jaffa for the last 22 years and in 2019 was offered the chance to acquire Max Jaffa’s sheet music library by his family who were keen to reunite instrument and music. When the first Coronavirus lockdown hit in March 2020, Simon and his pianist wife Saoko Blendis searched through the violin and piano pieces and performed a selection in a series of online concerts which proved so popular that the idea of this recording project was born. Recorded in July 2021 at Milton Court Concert Hall, London, this album presents 25 pieces from the Max Jaffa Library, carefully chosen by Simon and Saoko, many of which are unpublished and have never been previously recorded.
Of the recording project, Simon Blendis comments, “While this is no doubt a tribute to the wonderful legacy of Max Jaffa, we also felt it shouldn’t simply be an imitation of his own recordings. The result, we hope, is a window into the past, a contrasting collection of pieces that encapsulates the unique Max Jaffa flavour, performed on the very violin that he played, providing both a voyage of discovery and a nostalgic trip down memory lane.”
Max Jaffa (1911-1991) was the pre-eminent light music violinist of his generation, a universally popular figure with a career spanning seventy years, famous as leader of the Palm Court Orchestra and of his trio, and a household favourite through his regular radio broadcasts.
Simon Blendis enjoys an international career as a chamber musician, soloist and orchestra leader. He is leader of the London Mozart Players and a Professor of Violin at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
LOVE IS LIKE A VIOLIN: Salon Treasures from the Max Jaffa Library
Release date: 1st July 2022
Catalogue Number: NI 6428 / Label: Nimbus Records
Album track performance videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6uDUOWIbwGcSlBo-NILplQ