The Best of Vanessa-Mae

( 5 )

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
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...
See more details below
CD
$13.29
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$13.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (5) from $7.63   
  • New (5) from $7.63   

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
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.
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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2003
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 724358240320
  • Catalog Number: 82403
  • Sales rank: 30,303

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vanessa-Mae Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Mike Batt Arranger, Producer
Jaz Coleman Producer
Andy Hill Arranger, Producer
Roy Emerson Producer
Vasko Vassilev Producer
Pamela Nicholson Arranger, Producer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 5 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(5)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Vanessa Mae is amazing!!!

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Electric! Captivating!

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Review of "The Best Of Vanessa-Mae" CD

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews