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All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
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: 1/26/2010
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099945852121
  • Catalog Number: 58521
  • Sales rank: 204,358

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–12 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 (40:29)
  2. 13–16 Sonata for violin & continuo in A major, Op. 2/2, RV 31 - Antonio Vivaldi & Nathan Milstein (6:18)
  3. 14 The Devil's Trill, for violin & piano (transcription of Tartini's Sonata): 3. Grave 4. Allegro assai - Fritz Kreisler & Fritz Kreisler (7:45)
  4. 15 String Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in E major, G. 282 (Op. 13/6): 3. Minuetto - Luigi Boccherini & Europa Galante (3:41)
  5. 16 Chaconne for violin & continuo in G minor (spurious) - Tommaso Antonio Vitali & Nathan Milstein (10:07)
  6. 17 Sonata for violin & continuo in D minor ("La Follia"), Op.5/12 - Arcangelo Corelli & Nathan Milstein (9:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: 3. Allegro - Johann Sebastian Bach & Pavlo Beznosiuk (5:10)
  2. 2 Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: 2. Largo ma non tanto - Johann Sebastian Bach & Bath Festival Orchestra (7:45)
  3. 3 Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041: 1. Allegro - Johann Sebastian Bach & Salvatore Accardo (4:11)
  4. 4 Concerto for oboe & violin (or 2 violins), strings & continuo (reconstruction), BWV 1060R: 2. Adagio - Johann Sebastian Bach & Bath Festival Orchestra (6:01)
  5. 5 Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042: 3. Allegro assai - Johann Sebastian Bach & Salvatore Accardo (3:00)
  6. 6 Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 5. Chaconne - Johann Sebastian Bach & Christian Tetzlaf (12:54)
  7. 7 Sonata for solo violin No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005: 4. Allegro assai - Johann Sebastian Bach & Jascha Heifetz (4:53)
  8. 8 Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: 1. Preludio - Johann Sebastian Bach & Yehudi Menuhin (3:55)
  9. 9 Sonata for violin & piano No. 26 in B flat major, K. 378 (K. 317d): 3. Rondo: Allegro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Oleg Kagan (4:11)
  10. 10 Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216: 1. Allegro; conclusion - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (3:58)
  11. 11 Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola & orchestra in E flat major, K. 364 (K. 320d): 2. Andante - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (11:56)
  12. 12 Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major ("Turkish") K. 219: 3. Rondeau: Tempo di Menuetto - Allegro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie (8:35)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24: 1. Allegro; opening - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pierre Barbizet (4:25)
  2. 2 Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24: 3. Scherzo: Allegro molto - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pierre Barbizet (1:11)
  3. 3 Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24: 4. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pierre Barbizet (6:31)
  4. 4 Romance for violin & orchestra No. 1 in G major, Op. 40: Opening - Ludwig van Beethoven & Yehudi Menuhin (4:29)
  5. 5 Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in A major, Op. 12/2: 1. Allegro vivace; opening - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pierre Barbizet (3:15)
  6. 6 Sonata for violin & piano No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 12/3: 2. Adagio con molt'espressione - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pierre Barbizet (6:33)
  7. 7 Sonata for violin & piano No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23: 3. Allegro molto; conclusion - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pierre Barbizet (2:10)
  8. 8 String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18/1: 2. Adagio affettoso ed appassionata - Ludwig van Beethoven & Alban Berg Quartet (3:53)
  9. 9 Concerto for piano, violin, cello & orchestra in C major ("Triple Concerto"), Op. 56: 2. Largo - Ludwig van Beethoven & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (5:36)
  10. 10 Sonata for violin & piano No. 8 in G major, Op. 30/3: 3. Allegro vivace - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pierre Barbizet (3:34)
  11. 11 Romance for violin & orchestra No. 2 in F major, Op. 50: Opening - Ludwig van Beethoven & Neville Marriner (2:43)
  12. 12 Sonata for violin & piano No. 9 in A major ("Kreutzer"), Op. 47: 3. Finale: Presto - Ludwig van Beethoven & Daniel Barenboim (6:50)
  13. 13 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 1. Allegro ma non troppo; opening - Ludwig van Beethoven & Vasa Prihoda (4:06)
  14. 14 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 2. Larghetto; opening - Ludwig van Beethoven & Vasa Prihoda (3:29)
  15. 15 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 3. Rondo; conclusion - Ludwig van Beethoven & Vasa Prihoda (5:03)
  16. 16 Sonata for Violin & Piano No. 2 in A major ("Thun"), Op. 100: 2. Andante tranquillo - Vivace - Johannes Brahms & Kyung-Wha Chung (6:11)
  17. 17 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77: 3. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace - Fritz Kreisler & Johannes Brahms (8:33)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Fantasy on Bizet's "Carmen," for violin & orchestra (or piano), Op. 25: Opening - Pablo de Sarasate & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (2:59)
  2. 2 Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: 2. Andante - Felix Mendelssohn & Yehudi Menuhin (7:58)
  3. 3 Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), song for voice & piano, Op. 34/2 - Felix Mendelssohn & Renaud Capuçon (2:24)
  4. 4 Symphonie espagnole, for violin and orchestra in D minor, Op. 21: 3. Intermezzo: Allegretto non troppo - Leonid Kogan & Edouard Lalo (5:47)
  5. 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 (6:45)
  6. 6 Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, for violin & orchestra in A minor, Op. 28 - Camille Saint-Saëns & Pierre Dervaux (8:58)
  7. 7 Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Méditation - Jules Massenet & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (5:29)
  8. 8 The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Act 3. Russian Dance - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & André Previn (4:30)
  9. 9 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: 3. Allegro vivacissimo - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Seiji Ozawa (9:42)
  10. 10 Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26: 2. Adagio - Max Bruch & Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (8:44)
  11. 11 Violin Concerto No. 5 in A minor ("Grétry"), Op. 37: 3. Adagio 4. Allegro con fuoco - Henri Vieuxtemps & Anatole Fistoulari (5:23)
  12. 12 Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor ("La campanella"), Op. 7, MS 48: 3. Rondo ('La campanella') - Niccolò Paganini & Alberto Erede (7:00)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19: 2. Scherzo: Vivacissimo - Lovro von Matacic & Sergey Prokofiev (3:53)
  2. 2 Romeo and Juliet, pieces (10) for piano, Op. 75: Masques - Sergey Prokofiev & Renaud Capuçon (2:06)
  3. 3 Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61: 3. Cadenza (accompagnata: Lento) - Allegro molto - Edward Elgar & Adrian Boult (8:54)
  4. 4 Salut d'amour, for violin & piano, Op. 12 - Edward Elgar & John Lenehan (3:20)
  5. 5 Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47: 3. Allegro ma non tanto - Jean Sibelius & Paavo Berglund (7:39)
  6. 6 Pièce en forme de Habanera, arrangement(s) for solo instrument & keyboard - Maurice Ravel & John Lenehan (3:04)
  7. 7 Berceuse, for violin & piano (or orchestra) in D Major, Op. 16 - Gabriel Fauré & Jean-Philippe Collard (3:26)
  8. 8 Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77 (published as Op. 99): 4. Burlesque: Allegro con brio - Dmitry Shostakovich & New Philharmonia Orchestra (5:03)
  9. 9 The Gadfly, suite from the film score, Op. 97a (assembled by Atovmyan): Romance - Dmitry Shostakovich & Piers Lane (3:16)
  10. 10 Violin Concerto in D major: 1. Toccata - Igor Stravinsky & hr_Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orc (5:49)
  11. 11 Nocturne & Tarantella for violin & piano, Op. 28, M30: Tarantella - Karol Szymanowski & Kyung-Wha Chung (5:16)
  12. 12 Hassan, incidental music, RT i/9: Serenade - Frederick Delius & Piers Lane (2:34)
  13. 13 Violin Concerto: 2. Presto capriccioso alla napolitana / Trio (Canz - William Walton & William Walton (6:51)
  14. 14 Spiegel im Spiegel, for violin & piano: Extract - Arvo Pärt & Tasmin Little (4:04)
  15. 15 Serenade (after Plato: Symposium), for violin, harp, percussion & strings; also for violin & piano: 3. Eryximachus: Presto - Leonard Bernstein & Robert McDuffie (1:32)
  16. 16 Pieces (3) from Schindler's List, for violin & orchestra: Main Theme - John Williams [composer] & Tasmin Little (5:05)
  17. 17 Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63: 3. Allegro, ben marcato - Sergey Prokofiev & Alceo Galliera (6:20)
Disc 6
  1. 1 La Ronde des Lutins, scherzo fantastique for violin & piano, Op. 25 - Antonio Bazzini & Maxim Vengerov (5:29)
  2. 2 Humoresque No. 7 for piano in G flat major, B. 187/7 (Op. 101/7) - Antonin Dvorák & Kyung-Wha Chung (3:08)
  3. 3 Caprice for solo violin in A minor (Theme & Variations), Op. 1/24, MS 25/24 - Niccolò Paganini & Michael Rabin (4:30)
  4. 4 Andante and Variations on "Di tanti palpiti," for violin (flute) & harp in F major, QR vi/1 - Gioachino Rossini & Andrei Gavrilov (3:20)
  5. 5 La Gitana for violin & piano (after an 18th century Arabo-Spanish Gypsy song) - Fritz Kreisler & John Lenehan (3:03)
  6. 6 Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Sabre Dance - Aram Khachaturian & Fritz Kreisler (2:20)
  7. 7 Flight of the Bumblebee, arrangement for violin & piano (after Rimsky-Korsakov's Tale of Tsar Sultan) - Jascha Heifetz & Jascha Heifetz (1:19)
  8. 8 Polonaise (No. 1) de concert, for violin & orchestra in D major, Op. 4 - Henryk Wieniawski & Maxim Vengerov (5:58)
  9. 9 Liebesfreud (Love's Joy), for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Fritz Kreisler (3:17)
  10. 10 Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/5 - Johannes Brahms & Joseph Joachim (2:31)
  11. 11 Valse-scherzo, for violin & orchestra (or violin & piano) in C major, Op. 34 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & David Oistrakh (5:29)
  12. 12 Zapateado, for violin & piano, Op. 23/2 - Pablo de Sarasate & Michael Rabin (3:34)
  13. 13 Schön Rosmarin, for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Kyung-Wha Chung (1:59)
  14. 14 Burleska, for violin & piano, Op. 17/4 - Josef Suk & Michael Rabin (2:55)
  15. 15 La Vida breve, opera, G. 35/39 (2 versions): Danse espagnole - Manuel de Falla & Fritz Kreisler (3:26)
  16. 16 Balalaika, Op. 100 - Rodion Shchedrin & Maxim Vengerov (2:41)
  17. 17 Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6) - Franz Schubert & Kyung-Wha Chung (5:09)
  18. 18 Introduction and Tarantella, for violin & orchestra, Op. 43 - Pablo de Sarasate & Maxim Vengerov (5:21)
  19. 19 Praeludium and Allegro in the Style of Pugnani, for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Nathan Milstein (4:57)
  20. 20 Csárdás, for violin & piano - Vittorio Monti & John Lenehan (3:00)
  21. 21 Moto perpetuo, for violin & guitar (or orchestra) in C major, Op. 11, MS 72 - Niccolò Paganini & Fritz Kreisler (3:16)
  22. 22 Hora Staccato for violin & piano (or orchestra) - Grigoras Dinicu & Jascha Heifetz (1:53)
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