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 containingSee more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/26/2010
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099945852121
catalogNumber:
58521
Rank:
233949

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4

    • Antonio Vivaldi
    • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Camerata Lysy Gstaad
    • Kyung-Wha Chung
    • Kyung-Wha Chung
    • Paul Cocker
    • Herbert von Karajan
    • Alberto Lysy
    • Yehudi Menuhin
    • Anne-Sophie Mutter
    • William Tim Read
    • St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble
    • Christopher Warren-Green
    • Christopher Warren-Green
    • Robert Wolinsky
    • London Chamber Orchestra
    1. Concerto No. 1 in E 'La primavera' (Spring). 1. Allegro  (03:44)
    2. Concerto No. 1 in E 'La primavera' (Spring). 2. Largo  (02:38)
    3. Concerto No. 1 in E 'La primavera' (Spring). 3. Allegro  (04:28)
    4. Concerto No. 2 in G minor 'L'estate' (Summer). 1. Allegro  (05:09)
    5. Concerto No. 2 in G minor 'L'estate' (Summer). 2. Adagio  (02:05)
    6. Concerto No. 2 in G minor 'L'estate' (Summer). 3. Presto  (02:27)
    7. Concerto No. 3 in F 'L'autunno' (Autumn). 1. Allegro  (05:35)
    8. Concerto No. 3 in F 'L'autunno' (Autumn). 2. Adagio molto  (02:12)
    9. Concerto No. 3 in F 'L'autunno' (Autumn). 3. Allegro  (03:26)
    10. Concerto No. 4 in F minor 'L'inverno' (Winter). 1. Allegro non molto  (03:30)
    11. Concerto No. 4 in F minor 'L'inverno' (Winter). 2. Largo  (02:01)
    12. Concerto No. 4 in F minor 'L'inverno' (Winter). 3. Allegro  (03:14)
  2. Sonata for violin & continuo in A major, Op. 2/2, RV 31

    • Antonio Vivaldi
    • Nathan Milstein
    • David Oistrakh
    • Leon Pommers
    1. 1. Preludio a capriccio: Presto - Adagio - Presto  (01:03)
    2. 2. Corrente: Allegro  (01:45)
    3. 3. Adagio  (01:13)
    4. 4. Giga: Allegro  (02:17)
  3. The Devil's Trill, for violin & piano (transcription of Tartini's Sonata): 3. Grave 4. Allegro assai

    • Fritz Kreisler
    • Fritz Kreisler
    • Nathan Milstein
    • Giuseppe Tartini
    • Leon Pommers
    1. 3. Grave 4. Allegro assai  (07:45)
  4. String Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in E major, G. 282 (Op. 13/6): 3. Minuetto

    • Luigi Boccherini
    • Europa Galante
    1. 3. Minuetto  (03:41)
  5. Chaconne for violin & continuo in G minor (spurious)  -  Tommaso Antonio Vitali  - Nathan Milstein  - Artur Balsam  (10:07)
  6. Sonata for violin & continuo in D minor ("La Follia"), Op.5/12  - Arcangelo Corelli  - Nathan Milstein  - Leon Pommers  (09:20)

Disc 2

  1. Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: 3. Allegro

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
    • Pavlo Beznosiuk
    • Anthony Halstead
    • Hanover Band
    1. 3. Allegro  (05:10)
  2. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: 2. Largo ma non tanto

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
    • Bath Festival Orchestra
    • Christian Ferras
    • Yehudi Menuhin
    • Yehudi Menuhin
    1. 2. Largo ma non tanto  (07:45)
  3. Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041: 1. Allegro

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
    • Salvatore Accardo
    • English Chamber Orchestra
    • Anne-Sophie Mutter
    • Leslie Pearson
    1. 1. Allegro  (04:11)
  4. Concerto for oboe & violin (or 2 violins), strings & continuo (reconstruction), BWV 1060R: 2. Adagio

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
    • Bath Festival Orchestra
    • Leon Goossens
    • Yehudi Menuhin
    • Yehudi Menuhin
    1. 2. Adagio  (06:01)
  5. Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042: 3. Allegro assai

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
    • Salvatore Accardo
    • English Chamber Orchestra
    • Anne-Sophie Mutter
    • Leslie Pearson
    1. 3. Allegro assai  (03:00)
  6. Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 5. Chaconne

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
    • Christian Tetzlaf
    1. 5. Chaconne  (12:54)
  7. Sonata for solo violin No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005: 4. Allegro assai

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
    • Jascha Heifetz
    1. 4. Allegro assai  (04:53)
  8. Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: 1. Preludio

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
    • Yehudi Menuhin
    1. 1. Preludio  (03:55)
  9. Sonata for violin & piano No. 26 in B flat major, K. 378 (K. 317d): 3. Rondo: Allegro

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    • Oleg Kagan
    • Sviatoslav Richter
    1. 3. Rondo: Allegro  (04:11)
  10. Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216: 1. Allegro; conclusion

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    • Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
    • David Oistrakh
    • David Oistrakh
    1. 1. Allegro; conclusion  (03:58)
  11. Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola & orchestra in E flat major, K. 364 (K. 320d): 2. Andante

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    • Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
    • David Oistrakh
    • David Oistrakh
    • Igor Oistrakh
    1. 2. Andante  (11:56)
  12. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major ("Turkish") K. 219: 3. Rondeau: Tempo di Menuetto - Allegro

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    • Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie
    • Christian Tetzlaf
    • Christian Tetzlaf
    1. 3. Rondeau: Tempo di Menuetto - Allegro  (08:35)

Disc 3

  1. Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24: 1. Allegro; opening

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Pierre Barbizet
    • Christian Ferras
    1. 1. Allegro; opening  (04:25)
  2. Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24: 3. Scherzo: Allegro molto

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Pierre Barbizet
    • Christian Ferras
    1. 3. Scherzo: Allegro molto  (01:11)
  3. Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24: 4. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Pierre Barbizet
    • Christian Ferras
    1. 4. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo  (06:31)
  4. Romance for violin & orchestra No. 1 in G major, Op. 40: Opening

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Yehudi Menuhin
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    • John Pritchard
    1. Opening  (04:29)
  5. Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in A major, Op. 12/2: 1. Allegro vivace; opening

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Pierre Barbizet
    • Christian Ferras
    1. 1. Allegro vivace; opening  (03:15)
  6. Sonata for violin & piano No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 12/3: 2. Adagio con molt'espressione

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Pierre Barbizet
    • Christian Ferras
    1. 2. Adagio con molt'espressione  (06:33)
  7. Sonata for violin & piano No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23: 3. Allegro molto; conclusion

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Pierre Barbizet
    • Christian Ferras
    1. 3. Allegro molto; conclusion  (02:10)
  8. String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18/1: 2. Adagio affettoso ed appassionata

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Alban Berg Quartet
    1. 2. Adagio affettoso ed appassionata  (03:53)
  9. Concerto for piano, violin, cello & orchestra in C major ("Triple Concerto"), Op. 56: 2. Largo

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Herbert von Karajan
    • David Oistrakh
    • Sviatoslav Richter
    • Mstislav Rostropovich
    1. 2. Largo  (05:36)
  10. Sonata for violin & piano No. 8 in G major, Op. 30/3: 3. Allegro vivace

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Pierre Barbizet
    • Christian Ferras
    1. 3. Allegro vivace  (03:34)
  11. Romance for violin & orchestra No. 2 in F major, Op. 50: Opening

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Neville Marriner
    • Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
    • Josef Suk
    1. Opening  (02:43)
  12. Sonata for violin & piano No. 9 in A major ("Kreutzer"), Op. 47: 3. Finale: Presto

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Daniel Barenboim
    • Pinchas Zukerman
    1. 3. Finale: Presto  (06:50)
  13. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 1. Allegro ma non troppo; opening

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Vasa Prihoda
    • Adrian Boult
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    • Josef Suk
    1. 1. Allegro ma non troppo; opening  (04:06)
  14. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 2. Larghetto; opening

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Vasa Prihoda
    • Adrian Boult
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    • Josef Suk
    1. 2. Larghetto; opening  (03:29)
  15. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 3. Rondo; conclusion

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Vasa Prihoda
    • Adrian Boult
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    • Josef Suk
    1. 3. Rondo; conclusion  (05:03)
  16. Sonata for Violin & Piano No. 2 in A major ("Thun"), Op. 100: 2. Andante tranquillo - Vivace

    • Johannes Brahms
    • Kyung-Wha Chung
    • Peter Frankl
    1. 2. Andante tranquillo - Vivace  (06:11)
  17. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77: 3. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace

    • Johannes Brahms
    • Fritz Kreisler
    • Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Herbert von Karajan
    • Gidon Kremer
    1. 3. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace  (08:33)

Disc 4

  1. Fantasy on Bizet's "Carmen," for violin & orchestra (or piano), Op. 25: Opening

    • Pablo de Sarasate
    • Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Sarah Chang
    • Plácido Domingo
    1. Opening  (02:59)
  2. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: 2. Andante

    • Felix Mendelssohn
    • Yehudi Menuhin
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    1. 2. Andante  (07:58)
  3. Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), song for voice & piano, Op. 34/2  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Renaud Capuçon  - Jérôme Ducros  (02:24)
  4. Symphonie espagnole, for violin and orchestra in D minor, Op. 21: 3. Intermezzo: Allegretto non troppo

    • Edouard Lalo
    • Leonid Kogan
    • Kirill Kondrashin
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    1. 3. Intermezzo: Allegretto non troppo  (05:47)
  5. Violin Concerto No. 1 in E flat major (usually transposed to D major), Op. 6, MS 21: 3. Rondo: Allegro spiritoso

    • Niccolò Paganini
    • Eugene Goossens
    • Michael Rabin
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    1. 3. Rondo: Allegro spiritoso  (06:45)
  6. Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, for violin & orchestra in A minor, Op. 28  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Pierre Dervaux  - Ulf Hoelscher  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  (08:58)
  7. Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Méditation

    • Jules Massenet
    • Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Sarah Chang
    • Plácido Domingo
    1. Méditation  (05:29)
  8. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Act 3. Russian Dance

    • Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
    • André Previn
    • Ida Haendel
    • London Symphony Orchestra
    1. Act 3. Russian Dance  (04:30)
  9. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: 3. Allegro vivacissimo

    • Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
    • Seiji Ozawa
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    • Vladimir Spivakov
    1. 3. Allegro vivacissimo  (09:42)
  10. Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26: 2. Adagio

    • Max Bruch
    • Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
    • Seiji Ozawa
    • Masuko Ushioda
    1. 2. Adagio  (08:44)
  11. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A minor ("Grétry"), Op. 37: 3. Adagio 4. Allegro con fuoco

    • Henri Vieuxtemps
    • Anatole Fistoulari
    • Yehudi Menuhin
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    1. 3. Adagio 4. Allegro con fuoco  (05:23)
  12. Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor ("La campanella"), Op. 7, MS 48: 3. Rondo ('La campanella')

    • Niccolò Paganini
    • Alberto Erede
    • Yehudi Menuhin
    • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. 3. Rondo ('La campanella')  (07:00)

Disc 5

  1. Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19: 2. Scherzo: Vivacissimo

    • Sergey Prokofiev
    • Lovro von Matacic
    • London Symphony Orchestra
    • David Oistrakh
    1. 2. Scherzo: Vivacissimo  (03:53)
  2. Romeo and Juliet, pieces (10) for piano, Op. 75: Masques

    • Sergey Prokofiev
    • Renaud Capuçon
    • Jérôme Ducros
    1. Masques  (02:06)
  3. Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61: 3. Cadenza (accompagnata: Lento) - Allegro molto

    • Edward Elgar
    • Adrian Boult
    • Yehudi Menuhin
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    1. 3. Cadenza (accompagnata: Lento) - Allegro molto  (08:54)
  4. Salut d'amour, for violin & piano, Op. 12  - Edward Elgar  - John Lenehan  - Tasmin Little  (03:20)
  5. Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47: 3. Allegro ma non tanto

    • Jean Sibelius
    • Paavo Berglund
    • Ida Haendel
    • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    1. 3. Allegro ma non tanto  (07:39)
  6. Pièce en forme de Habanera, arrangement(s) for solo instrument & keyboard  - Maurice Ravel  - John Lenehan  - Tasmin Little  (03:04)
  7. Berceuse, for violin & piano (or orchestra) in D Major, Op. 16  - Gabriel Fauré  - Jean-Philippe Collard  - Augustin Dumay  (03:26)
  8. Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77 (published as Op. 99): 4. Burlesque: Allegro con brio

    • Dmitry Shostakovich
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    • David Oistrakh
    • Maxim Shostakovich
    1. 4. Burlesque: Allegro con brio  (05:03)
  9. The Gadfly, suite from the film score, Op. 97a (assembled by Atovmyan): Romance

    • Dmitry Shostakovich
    • Piers Lane
    • Tasmin Little
    1. Romance  (03:16)
  10. Violin Concerto in D major: 1. Toccata

    • Igor Stravinsky
    • hr_Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra)
    • Gianluigi Gelmetti
    • Frank Peter Zimmermann
    1. 1. Toccata  (05:49)
  11. Nocturne & Tarantella for violin & piano, Op. 28, M30: Tarantella

    • Karol Szymanowski
    • Kyung-Wha Chung
    • Itamar Golan
    1. Tarantella  (05:16)
  12. Hassan, incidental music, RT i/9: Serenade

    • Frederick Delius
    • Piers Lane
    • Tasmin Little
    1. Serenade  (02:34)
  13. Violin Concerto: 2. Presto capriccioso alla napolitana / Trio (Canz

    • William Walton
    • William Walton
    • London Symphony Orchestra
    • Yehudi Menuhin
    1. 2. Presto capriccioso alla napolitana / Trio (Canzonetta)  (06:51)
  14. Spiegel im Spiegel, for violin & piano: Extract

    • Arvo Pärt
    • Tasmin Little
    • Martin Roscoe
    1. Extract  (04:04)
  15. Serenade (after Plato: Symposium), for violin, harp, percussion & strings; also for violin & piano: 3. Eryximachus: Presto

    • Leonard Bernstein
    • Robert McDuffie
    • Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
    • Leonard Slatkin
    1. 3. Eryximachus: Presto  (01:32)
  16. Pieces (3) from Schindler's List, for violin & orchestra: Main Theme

    • John Williams [composer]
    • Tasmin Little
    • New World Philharmonic
    • Iain Sutherland
    1. Main Theme  (05:05)
  17. Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63: 3. Allegro, ben marcato

    • Sergey Prokofiev
    • Alceo Galliera
    • David Oistrakh
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    1. 3. Allegro, ben marcato  (06:20)

Disc 6

  1. La Ronde des Lutins, scherzo fantastique for violin & piano, Op. 25  - Antonio Bazzini  - Maxim Vengerov  -  I Virtuosi di Roma  - Vag Papian  (05:29)
  2. Humoresque No. 7 for piano in G flat major, B. 187/7 (Op. 101/7)  - Antonin Dvorak  - Kyung-Wha Chung  - Itamar Golan  - August Wilhelmj  (03:08)
  3. Caprice for solo violin in A minor (Theme & Variations), Op. 1/24, MS 25/24  - Niccolò Paganini  - Michael Rabin  (04:30)
  4. Andante and Variations on "Di tanti palpiti," for violin (flute) & harp in F major, QR vi/1  - Gioachino Rossini  - Andrei Gavrilov  - Gidon Kremer  (03:20)
  5. La Gitana for violin & piano (after an 18th century Arabo-Spanish Gypsy song)  - Fritz Kreisler  - John Lenehan  - Tasmin Little  (03:03)
  6. Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Sabre Dance

    • Fritz Kreisler
    • Aram Khachaturian
    • John Lenehan
    • Tasmin Little
    1. Sabre Dance  (02:20)
  7. Flight of the Bumblebee, arrangement for violin & piano (after Rimsky-Korsakov's Tale of Tsar Sultan)  - Jascha Heifetz  - Jascha Heifetz  - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  - Piers Lane  - Tasmin Little  (01:19)
  8. Polonaise (No. 1) de concert, for violin & orchestra in D major, Op. 4  - Henryk Wieniawski  - Maxim Vengerov  - Ian Brown  (05:58)
  9. Liebesfreud (Love's Joy), for violin & piano  - Fritz Kreisler  - Fritz Kreisler  - Franz Rupp  (03:17)
  10. Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/5  - Johannes Brahms  - Joseph Joachim  - Tasmin Little  - Vladimir Yampolsky  (02:31)
  11. Valse-scherzo, for violin & orchestra (or violin & piano) in C major, Op. 34  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - David Oistrakh  - Vladimir Yampolsky  (05:29)
  12. Zapateado, for violin & piano, Op. 23/2  - Pablo de Sarasate  - Michael Rabin  - Leon Pommers  (03:34)
  13. Schön Rosmarin, for violin & piano  - Fritz Kreisler  - Kyung-Wha Chung  - Itamar Golan  (01:59)
  14. Burleska, for violin & piano, Op. 17/4  - Josef Suk  - Michael Rabin  - Leon Pommers  (02:55)
  15. La Vida breve, opera, G. 35/39 (2 versions): Danse espagnole

    • Manuel de Falla
    • Fritz Kreisler
    • Piers Lane
    • Tasmin Little
    1. Danse espagnole  (03:26)
  16. Balalaika, Op. 100  - Rodion Shchedrin  - Maxim Vengerov  (02:41)
  17. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)  - Franz Schubert  - Kyung-Wha Chung  - August Wilhelmj  (05:09)
  18. Introduction and Tarantella, for violin & orchestra, Op. 43  - Pablo de Sarasate  - Maxim Vengerov  - Ian Brown  (05:21)
  19. Praeludium and Allegro in the Style of Pugnani, for violin & piano  - Fritz Kreisler  - Nathan Milstein  - Leon Pommers  (04:57)
  20. Csárdás, for violin & piano  - Vittorio Monti  - John Lenehan  - John Lenehan  - Tasmin Little  (03:00)
  21. Moto perpetuo, for violin & guitar (or orchestra) in C major, Op. 11, MS 72  - Niccolò Paganini  - Fritz Kreisler  - Michael Rabin  - Felix Slatkin  -  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra  (03:16)
  22. Hora Staccato for violin & piano (or orchestra)  - Grigoras Dinicu  - Jascha Heifetz  - Michael Rabin  - Felix Slatkin  -  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra  (01:53)

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