100 Best Violin

100 Best Violin

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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

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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.

Product Details

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

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

    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

    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

    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

    1. 3. Minuetto  (03:41)
  5. Chaconne for violin & continuo in G minor (spurious)  (10:07)
  6. Sonata for violin & continuo in D minor ("La Follia"), Op.5/12  (09:20)

Disc 2

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

    1. 3. Allegro  (05:10)
  2. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: 2. Largo ma non tanto

    1. 2. Largo ma non tanto  (07:45)
  3. Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041: 1. Allegro

    1. 1. Allegro  (04:11)
  4. Concerto for oboe & violin (or 2 violins), strings & continuo (reconstruction), BWV 1060R: 2. Adagio

    1. 2. Adagio  (06:01)
  5. Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042: 3. Allegro assai

    1. 3. Allegro assai  (03:00)
  6. Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 5. Chaconne

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

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

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

    1. 3. Rondo: Allegro  (04:11)
  10. Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216: 1. Allegro; conclusion

    1. 1. Allegro; conclusion  (03:58)
  11. Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola & orchestra in E flat major, K. 364 (K. 320d): 2. Andante

    1. 2. Andante  (11:56)
  12. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major ("Turkish") K. 219: 3. Rondeau: Tempo di Menuetto - Allegro

    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

    1. 1. Allegro; opening  (04:25)
  2. Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24: 3. Scherzo: Allegro molto

    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

    1. 4. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo  (06:31)
  4. Romance for violin & orchestra No. 1 in G major, Op. 40: Opening

    1. Opening  (04:29)
  5. Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in A major, Op. 12/2: 1. Allegro vivace; opening

    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

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

    1. 3. Allegro molto; conclusion  (02:10)
  8. String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18/1: 2. Adagio affettoso ed appassionata

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

    1. 2. Largo  (05:36)
  10. Sonata for violin & piano No. 8 in G major, Op. 30/3: 3. Allegro vivace

    1. 3. Allegro vivace  (03:34)
  11. Romance for violin & orchestra No. 2 in F major, Op. 50: Opening

    1. Opening  (02:43)
  12. Sonata for violin & piano No. 9 in A major ("Kreutzer"), Op. 47: 3. Finale: Presto

    1. 3. Finale: Presto  (06:50)
  13. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 1. Allegro ma non troppo; opening

    1. 1. Allegro ma non troppo; opening  (04:06)
  14. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 2. Larghetto; opening

    1. 2. Larghetto; opening  (03:29)
  15. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 3. Rondo; conclusion

    1. 3. Rondo; conclusion  (05:03)
  16. Sonata for Violin & Piano No. 2 in A major ("Thun"), Op. 100: 2. Andante tranquillo - Vivace

    1. 2. Andante tranquillo - Vivace  (06:11)
  17. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77: 3. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace

    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

    1. Opening  (02:59)
  2. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: 2. Andante

    1. 2. Andante  (07:58)
  3. Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), song for voice & piano, Op. 34/2  (02:24)
  4. Symphonie espagnole, for violin and orchestra in D minor, Op. 21: 3. Intermezzo: Allegretto non troppo

    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

    1. 3. Rondo: Allegro spiritoso  (06:45)
  6. Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, for violin & orchestra in A minor, Op. 28  (08:58)
  7. Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Méditation

    1. Méditation  (05:29)
  8. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Act 3. Russian Dance

    1. Act 3. Russian Dance  (04:30)
  9. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: 3. Allegro vivacissimo

    1. 3. Allegro vivacissimo  (09:42)
  10. Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26: 2. Adagio

    1. 2. Adagio  (08:44)
  11. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A minor ("Grétry"), Op. 37: 3. Adagio 4. Allegro con fuoco

    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')

    1. 3. Rondo ('La campanella')  (07:00)

Disc 5

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

    1. 2. Scherzo: Vivacissimo  (03:53)
  2. Romeo and Juliet, pieces (10) for piano, Op. 75: Masques

    1. Masques  (02:06)
  3. Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61: 3. Cadenza (accompagnata: Lento) - Allegro molto

    1. 3. Cadenza (accompagnata: Lento) - Allegro molto  (08:54)
  4. Salut d'amour, for violin & piano, Op. 12  (03:20)
  5. Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47: 3. Allegro ma non tanto

    1. 3. Allegro ma non tanto  (07:39)
  6. Pièce en forme de Habanera, arrangement(s) for solo instrument & keyboard  (03:04)
  7. Berceuse, for violin & piano (or orchestra) in D Major, Op. 16  (03:26)
  8. Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77 (published as Op. 99): 4. Burlesque: Allegro con brio

    1. 4. Burlesque: Allegro con brio  (05:03)
  9. The Gadfly, suite from the film score, Op. 97a (assembled by Atovmyan): Romance

    1. Romance  (03:16)
  10. Violin Concerto in D major: 1. Toccata

    1. 1. Toccata  (05:49)
  11. Nocturne & Tarantella for violin & piano, Op. 28, M30: Tarantella

    1. Tarantella  (05:16)
  12. Hassan, incidental music, RT i/9: Serenade

    1. Serenade  (02:34)
  13. Violin Concerto: 2. Presto capriccioso alla napolitana / Trio (Canz

    1. 2. Presto capriccioso alla napolitana / Trio (Canzonetta)  (06:51)
  14. Spiegel im Spiegel, for violin & piano: Extract

    1. Extract  (04:04)
  15. Serenade (after Plato: Symposium), for violin, harp, percussion & strings; also for violin & piano: 3. Eryximachus: Presto

    1. 3. Eryximachus: Presto  (01:32)
  16. Pieces (3) from Schindler's List, for violin & orchestra: Main Theme

    1. Main Theme  (05:05)
  17. Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63: 3. Allegro, ben marcato

    1. 3. Allegro, ben marcato  (06:20)

Disc 6

  1. La Ronde des Lutins, scherzo fantastique for violin & piano, Op. 25  (05:29)
  2. Humoresque No. 7 for piano in G flat major, B. 187/7 (Op. 101/7)  (03:08)
  3. Caprice for solo violin in A minor (Theme & Variations), Op. 1/24, MS 25/24  (04:30)
  4. Andante and Variations on "Di tanti palpiti," for violin (flute) & harp in F major, QR vi/1  (03:20)
  5. La Gitana for violin & piano (after an 18th century Arabo-Spanish Gypsy song)  (03:03)
  6. Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Sabre Dance

    1. Sabre Dance  (02:20)
  7. Flight of the Bumblebee, arrangement for violin & piano (after Rimsky-Korsakov's Tale of Tsar Sultan)  (01:19)
  8. Polonaise (No. 1) de concert, for violin & orchestra in D major, Op. 4  (05:58)
  9. Liebesfreud (Love's Joy), for violin & piano  (03:17)
  10. Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/5  (02:31)
  11. Valse-scherzo, for violin & orchestra (or violin & piano) in C major, Op. 34  (05:29)
  12. Zapateado, for violin & piano, Op. 23/2  (03:34)
  13. Schön Rosmarin, for violin & piano  (01:59)
  14. Burleska, for violin & piano, Op. 17/4  (02:55)
  15. La Vida breve, opera, G. 35/39 (2 versions): Danse espagnole

    1. Danse espagnole  (03:26)
  16. Balalaika, Op. 100  (02:41)
  17. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)  (05:09)
  18. Introduction and Tarantella, for violin & orchestra, Op. 43  (05:21)
  19. Praeludium and Allegro in the Style of Pugnani, for violin & piano  (04:57)
  20. Csárdás, for violin & piano  (03:00)
  21. Moto perpetuo, for violin & guitar (or orchestra) in C major, Op. 11, MS 72  (03:16)
  22. Hora Staccato for violin & piano (or orchestra)  (01:53)

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