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100 Best Violin
     

100 Best Violin

 
This 2009 EMI box of works for the violin is sure to contain something to please everyone, but it also works as a fine introduction to the masterpieces for the instrument. The six discs are neatly organized by era or composer, beginning with Vivaldi and ending with John Williams, with the final disc containing

Overview

This 2009 EMI box of works for the violin is sure to contain something to please everyone, but it also works as a fine introduction to the masterpieces for the instrument. The six discs are neatly organized by era or composer, beginning with Vivaldi and ending with John Williams, with the final disc containing favorite audience encores and showpieces. The number and caliber of artists included is also impressive, and includes both modern practice and period practice performances. Naturally, to squeeze in all these works, most are reduced to a crucial movement. Unfortunately, some of the works are reduced to less than a full movement. For example, the Beethoven "Violin Concerto" is only excerpts from three of the four movements, and the excerpt of the first movement barely contains any of the violin solo at all. However, Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" are here in full, with each concerto played by a different soloist -- Yehudi Menuhin, Christopher Warren-Green, Kyung-Wha Chung, and Anne-Sophie Mutter -- so that listeners can hear and judge the differences in approach themselves. Other performers include Christian Tetzlaff, Nathan Milstein, Sarah Chang, Ida Haendel, Augustin Dumay, Tasmin Little, Maxim Vengerov, and Gidon Kremer. The list of accompanying conductors, ensembles, and pianists is just as star-studded, and includes Neville Marriner, Herbert von Karajan, Seiji Ozawa, Europa Galante, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Alban Berg Quartet, Sviatoslav Richter, and Piers Lane. The sound quality is generally high, although variations between studio and live, and between mono and stereo, are to be expected in this kind of compilation. All in all, this is recommendable to those looking to learn about the highlights of the violin repertoire and some of the 20th century's violin artists.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/26/2010
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099945852121
catalogNumber:
58521

Tracks

  1. La Gitana for violin & piano (after an 18th century Arabo-Spanish Gypsy song)
  2. Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Sabre Dance
  3. Flight of the Bumblebee, arrangement for violin & piano (after Rimsky-Korsakov's Tale of Tsar Sultan)
  4. Polonaise (No. 1) de concert, for violin & orchestra in D major, Op. 4
  5. Liebesfreud (Love's Joy), for violin & piano
  6. Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/5
  7. Valse-scherzo, for violin & orchestra (or violin & piano) in C major, Op. 34
  8. Zapateado, for violin & piano, Op. 23/2
  9. Schön Rosmarin, for violin & piano
  10. Burleska, for violin & piano, Op. 17/4
  11. La Vida breve, opera, G. 35/39 (2 versions): Danse espagnole
  12. Balalaika, Op. 100
  13. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)
  14. Introduction and Tarantella, for violin & orchestra, Op. 43
  15. Praeludium and Allegro in the Style of Pugnani, for violin & piano
  16. Moto perpetuo, for violin & guitar (or orchestra) in C major, Op. 11, MS 72
  17. Hora Staccato for violin & piano (or orchestra)
  18. Andante and Variations on "Di tanti palpiti," for violin (flute) & harp in F major, QR vi/1
  19. Caprice for solo violin in A minor (Theme & Variations), Op. 1/24, MS 25/24
  20. Humoresque No. 7 for piano in G flat major, B. 187/7 (Op. 101/7)
  21. La Ronde des Lutins, scherzo fantastique for violin & piano, Op. 25
  22. Csárdás, for violin & piano
  23. The Gadfly, suite from the film score, Op. 97a (assembled by Atovmyan): Romance
  24. Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77 (published as Op. 99): 4. Burlesque: Allegro con brio
  25. Berceuse, for violin & piano (or orchestra) in D Major, Op. 16
  26. Pièce en forme de Habanera, arrangement(s) for solo instrument & keyboard
  27. Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47: 3. Allegro ma non tanto
  28. Salut d'amour, for violin & piano, Op. 12
  29. Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61: 3. Cadenza (accompagnata: Lento) - Allegro molto
  30. Romeo and Juliet, pieces (10) for piano, Op. 75: Masques
  31. Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19: 2. Scherzo: Vivacissimo
  32. Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63: 3. Allegro, ben marcato
  33. Pieces (3) from Schindler's List, for violin & orchestra: Main Theme
  34. Serenade (after Plato: Symposium), for violin, harp, percussion & strings; also for violin & piano: 3. Eryximachus: Presto
  35. Spiegel im Spiegel, for violin & piano: Extract
  36. Violin Concerto: 2. Presto capriccioso alla napolitana / Trio (Canz
  37. Hassan, incidental music, RT i/9: Serenade
  38. Nocturne & Tarantella for violin & piano, Op. 28, M30: Tarantella
  39. Violin Concerto in D major: 1. Toccata
  40. Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor ("La campanella"), Op. 7, MS 48: 3. Rondo ('La campanella')
  41. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A minor ("Grétry"), Op. 37: 3. Adagio 4. Allegro con fuoco
  42. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Act 3. Russian Dance
  43. Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Méditation
  44. Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, for violin & orchestra in A minor, Op. 28
  45. Violin Concerto No. 1 in E flat major (usually transposed to D major), Op. 6, MS 21: 3. Rondo: Allegro spiritoso
  46. Symphonie espagnole, for violin and orchestra in D minor, Op. 21: 3. Intermezzo: Allegretto non troppo
  47. Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), song for voice & piano, Op. 34/2
  48. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: 2. Andante
  49. Fantasy on Bizet's "Carmen," for violin & orchestra (or piano), Op. 25: Opening
  50. Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26: 2. Adagio
  51. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: 3. Allegro vivacissimo
  52. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 3. Rondo; conclusion
  53. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 2. Larghetto; opening
  54. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 1. Allegro ma non troppo; opening
  55. Sonata for violin & piano No. 9 in A major ("Kreutzer"), Op. 47: 3. Finale: Presto
  56. Romance for violin & orchestra No. 2 in F major, Op. 50: Opening
  57. Sonata for violin & piano No. 8 in G major, Op. 30/3: 3. Allegro vivace
  58. Concerto for piano, violin, cello & orchestra in C major ("Triple Concerto"), Op. 56: 2. Largo
  59. String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18/1: 2. Adagio affettoso ed appassionata
  60. Sonata for violin & piano No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23: 3. Allegro molto; conclusion
  61. Sonata for violin & piano No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 12/3: 2. Adagio con molt'espressione
  62. Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in A major, Op. 12/2: 1. Allegro vivace; opening
  63. Romance for violin & orchestra No. 1 in G major, Op. 40: Opening
  64. Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24: 4. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo
  65. Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24: 3. Scherzo: Allegro molto
  66. Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24: 1. Allegro; opening
  67. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77: 3. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace
  68. Sonata for Violin & Piano No. 2 in A major ("Thun"), Op. 100: 2. Andante tranquillo - Vivace
  69. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major ("Turkish") K. 219: 3. Rondeau: Tempo di Menuetto - Allegro
  70. Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola & orchestra in E flat major, K. 364 (K. 320d): 2. Andante
  71. Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216: 1. Allegro; conclusion
  72. Sonata for violin & piano No. 26 in B flat major, K. 378 (K. 317d): 3. Rondo: Allegro
  73. Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: 1. Preludio
  74. Sonata for solo violin No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005: 4. Allegro assai
  75. Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 5. Chaconne
  76. Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042: 3. Allegro assai
  77. Concerto for oboe & violin (or 2 violins), strings & continuo (reconstruction), BWV 1060R: 2. Adagio
  78. Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041: 1. Allegro
  79. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: 2. Largo ma non tanto
  80. Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: 3. Allegro
  81. Sonata for violin & continuo in D minor ("La Follia"), Op.5/12
  82. Chaconne for violin & continuo in G minor (spurious)
  83. String Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in E major, G. 282 (Op. 13/6): 3. Minuetto
  84. The Devil's Trill, for violin & piano (transcription of Tartini's Sonata): 3. Grave 4. Allegro assai
  85. Sonata for violin & continuo in A major, Op. 2/2, RV 31
  86. The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4

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