Music to Drive Away Loiterers

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
While classical music has been used effectively to disperse groups of loitering teenagers, basing a greatest-hits album on this method of passive crowd control might seem ill-advised, unless it's a compilation by popular violinist Gil Shaham, which is guaranteed to attract attention. Music to Drive Away Loiterers may have a practical value as a deterrent at malls and public spaces, but serious listeners will try it to sample Shaham's output, which includes selections from the five albums he recorded for his label, Canary Classics, between 2007 and 2013. The 15 tracks represent Shaham in concerto and chamber repertoire, and his charismatic personality is most apparent in...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
While classical music has been used effectively to disperse groups of loitering teenagers, basing a greatest-hits album on this method of passive crowd control might seem ill-advised, unless it's a compilation by popular violinist Gil Shaham, which is guaranteed to attract attention. Music to Drive Away Loiterers may have a practical value as a deterrent at malls and public spaces, but serious listeners will try it to sample Shaham's output, which includes selections from the five albums he recorded for his label, Canary Classics, between 2007 and 2013. The 15 tracks represent Shaham in concerto and chamber repertoire, and his charismatic personality is most apparent in such virtuosic showstoppers by Pablo de Sarasate as the "Carmen Fantasy," "Navarra" (with violinist Adele Anthony), and "Zapateado," along with some flashy movements from works by Felix Mendelssohn and Jean Sibelius. Even so, such a collection needs balance, so his expressive side is revealed in quieter pieces by Gabriel Fauré, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, John Williams, Ernest Bloch, and others. Because the ensembles and venues vary, the sound quality is a little uneven, though this will matter little to Shaham's fans, who already know what to expect.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2014
  • Label: Canary Classics
  • UPC: 892118001136
  • Catalog Number: 13
  • Sales rank: 138,205

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Carmen Fantasies, for various combinations (arranged by various composers): Introduction - Pablo de Sarasate & Georges Bizet (2:54)
  2. 2 Pelléas et Mélisande, incidental music and suite for orchestra, Op. 80: Sicilienne - Gabriel Fauré & Gil Shaham (3:35)
  3. 3 Pelléas et Mélisande, incidental music and suite for orchestra, Op. 80: Fileuse (Spinning Song) - Gabriel Fauré & Gil Shaham (2:21)
  4. 4 Octet for strings in E flat major, Op. 20: 3. Scherzo - Felix Mendelssohn & Gil Shaham (4:07)
  5. 5 Sonata for violin & piano No. 19 in E flat major, K. 302 (K. 293b): 2. Rondeau - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Gil Shaham (6:10)
  6. 6 The Love for Three Oranges, suite for orchestra, Op. 33 bis: March - Sergey Prokofiev & Gil Shaham (1:38)
  7. 7 Melodies (5) for violin & piano, Op. 35 bis: Andante - Sergey Prokofiev & Gil Shaham (2:22)
  8. 8 Navarra, for 2 violins & orchestra (or piano) ("Spanish Dance") Op. 33 - Pablo de Sarasate & Gil Shaham (6:51)
  9. 9 Concerto for violin & orchestra "Maninyas": Chorale - Ross Edwards & Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (4:07)
  10. 10 Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47: 3. Allegro ma non tanto - Jean Sibelius & Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (7:34)
  11. 11 Pieces (3) from Schindler's List, for violin & orchestra: Remembrances - John Williams [composer] & Gil Shaham (4:48)
  12. 12 Baal Shem: 3 pictures of Hassidic life, for violin & piano (or orchestra): Nigun - Ernest Bloch & Gil Shaham (6:06)
  13. 13 Zapateado, for violin & piano, Op. 23/2 - Pablo de Sarasate & Gil Shaham (3:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gil Shaham Primary Artist
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