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Best of Vanessa-Mae

The Best of Vanessa-Mae

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by Vanessa-Mae

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Not your typical violin prodigy, Vanessa-Mae has ranged from the classics to crossover to pop, and The Best of Vanessa-Mae runs the gamut of the Singapore-born violinist's uncommon stylistic range. Beginning early, she made her first classical record at the age of 12, and then went on in her teen years to turn the classical world on


Not your typical violin prodigy, Vanessa-Mae has ranged from the classics to crossover to pop, and The Best of Vanessa-Mae runs the gamut of the Singapore-born violinist's uncommon stylistic range. Beginning early, she made her first classical record at the age of 12, and then went on in her teen years to turn the classical world on its ear with a series of top-selling crossover releases. The Violin Player, Storm, and The Original Four Seasons propelled the young violinist to international stardom by offering switched-on versions of the classics along with new material. A three-disc set of her early classical recordings was released in 2000, and another pop album, Subject to Change, appeared in 2001. Now a seasoned 23-year-old performer, the dressed-to-kill virtuoso offers this "best of" collection, gathering highlights from her previous releases, including her take on familiar classical works (parts of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, "Nessun dorma"), classics-with-a-beat selections that fuse classical and dance styles ("Toccata and Fugue in D Minor," "Storm"), and original pop material ("Destiny," "I Feel Love"). All in all, it's a varied and catchy collection from one of classical crossover's most inventive voices.

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
The female answer to Nigel Kennedy, Anglo-Chinese violinist Vanessa-Mae was influential in making classical music accessible to a wider audience, thanks to an inventive spin on the genre self-described as violin techno-acoustic fusion. Armed with an electric violin, an array of pumping dance beats, and an eyebrow-raising image that was seen as sacrilegious by the stuffy classical purist brigade, she emerged in the mid-'90s with a sound that was as much influenced by the club scene as it was the concert halls, scoring several mainstream hit singles and albums in the process. Her first compilation, The Best of Vanessa-Mae, which cherry-picks the most popular 17 tracks from the 1995-2001 era of her career, proves that her revolutionary reputation is entirely justified. Ignoring her preteen release Violin and Kids' Classics, and her series of Tchaikovsky & Beethoven Violin Concertos, this EMI collection starts with breakthrough LP The Violin Player, and although Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" might not be the most radical of introductory classical pieces, its fusion with driving rock beats, hair metal guitars, and alluring spoken word flashes certainly is. It's a balancing act that she continued to pull off with ease on the likes of the shuffling electro rhythms of "Storm," a reworking of "Summer - III. Presto" from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons," and her hypnotic carnival-inspired take on Giuseppe Tartini's "Devil's Trill Sonata," while the likes of "I'm A-Doun for Lack o' Johnnie" (an enchanting Celtic arrangement based on Max Bruch's "Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra Op. 46") and her beautifully emotive rendition of "Nessun Dorma" showed the critics that she was capable of performing the classics in a faithful but equally mesmerizing manner. But although her virtuoso violin skills are unquestionable, her singing abilities aren't so convincing, with misguided attempts at playing the pop diva on unnecessary dance-lite cover versions of Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" and It's a Beautiful Day's 1968 folk-pop classic "White Bird" showing up her unremarkable feathery light tones. But no one buys a Vanessa-Mae album for her vocal cords, and for the most part, this 2002 retrospective is a solid introduction to the masterful, high-energy, and passionate violin skills of one of classical pop's true pioneers.

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Trekie More than 1 year ago
In a world where twenty something pop stars and reality show hacks domminate the radio and tablod rags, this woman stands out. Vanessa Mae is a music podigey who has combind the worlds of techno, jazz and classical into an exciting fusion of music that sets the senses ablaze while at the same time offering something new to modern music. Her best of CD is a fantastic example of her work and showcases her talent as both a preformer and composer; giving 110% of her energy and talent to her work. The other day I played the CD for some friends and they all said her music was very good and wanted to hear more. I hope Miss Mae will tour the East Coast soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best of Vanessa Mae is "the Best" of Vanessa Mae. I have used "I Feel Love"; "Storm"; "Devil's Trill" and even "Destiny" as background for high energy Karate Demo Team performances. It captivates the audience immediately and everyone wants to know about the music. Fun, energizing with a few more relaxed pieces thrown into the mix which makes for a great CD. Highly recommend this CD to anyone that likes variety in their music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I tend to enjoy music played by virtousic musicians because I know I will most likely get something worthwhile listening too. So when I found out about Vanessa-Mae and of her talent and listened to some of her music I went out and bought this CD, even though I hadn't purchased any of her prior CD's. But I didn't need to since I could tell this CD would be great, call it musical intuition. My expectations were met and no doubt it will be something I will continue to listen to as long as I have the ability to hear. The arrangements blend into classical music ranging from rock, jazz, pop, and techno and I even sensed some celtic which makes listening to classical music much more entertaining, since I am not a fan of listening to traditional sounding classical music unless it's something I can endure listening too. However, not all the songs are classical and/or classical fusion. For instance one of the tracks is a cool techno remake of a Donna Summer hit called, "I Feel Love", yet does contain some violin. One of the songs I particularly like is "Bach Street Prelude" since the violin soloing is uplifting and energetic to listen to and it has that cool groove beat to it you find in house or dance music and the two blend well together(I can't argue with my ear). This is definitely very refreshing music for me and a break from typical mainstream music which I am not that fond of anyway. There is too much great music out there to be stuck in a trend or particular genre. Since I may never hear Vanessa-Mae's music on the radio, aside from collaborations or movie themes she may do, I definitely consider her to be a "diamond in the rough". She has proven herself to be highly skilled on the violin as well as innovative in creating her own style of music. This CD superbly reveals that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago