Ultimate Violin Classics

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Ultimate Violin Classics: The Essential Masterpieces would be an appropriate title for this five-disc set of performances taken from EMI's archives, if it weren't for the word "The." These are certainly many of the greatest works for violin, but there are too many obvious omissions -- solos by Bach, concertos by Bach, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Brahms, to name just a few -- for this to be considered a definitive collection of violin masterpieces. The collection is diverse: sonatas by Beethoven; concertos by Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Bruch; and many small encore-type works for violin and piano. The performers include some of the greatest violinists of the mid- to late 20th ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Ultimate Violin Classics: The Essential Masterpieces would be an appropriate title for this five-disc set of performances taken from EMI's archives, if it weren't for the word "The." These are certainly many of the greatest works for violin, but there are too many obvious omissions -- solos by Bach, concertos by Bach, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Brahms, to name just a few -- for this to be considered a definitive collection of violin masterpieces. The collection is diverse: sonatas by Beethoven; concertos by Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Bruch; and many small encore-type works for violin and piano. The performers include some of the greatest violinists of the mid- to late 20th century: David Oistrakh, Henryk Szeryng, Ruggiero Ricci, and Arthur Grumiaux. The recordings were made from the 1950s to the 1970s, so the sound is not up to 21st century standards, but it's very fine for its era. The collection should interest listeners looking for an assortment of violin music of many eras and styles, beautifully played.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2007
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947583714
  • Catalog Number: 000895302
  • Sales rank: 46,594

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 - Felix Mendelssohn & London Symphony Orchestra (26:55)
  2. 4–6 Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op. 26 - Max Bruch & London Symphony Orchestra (23:36)
  3. 5 Havanaise, in E major for violin & piano (or orchestra), Op. 83 - Camille Saint-Saëns & London Symphony Orchestra (9:17)
  4. 6 Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, for violin & orchestra in A minor, Op. 28 - Camille Saint-Saëns & London Symphony Orchestra (8:29)
Disc 2
  1. 1–3 Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Sam Franko (24:53)
  2. 4–6 Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Joseph Joachim (23:51)
  3. 7–9 Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major ("Turkish") K. 219 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Joseph Joachim (28:01)
Disc 3
  1. 1–3 Sonata for violin & piano No. 9 in A major ("Kreutzer"), Op. 47 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Lev Oborin (34:16)
  2. 4–7 Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Lev Oborin (24:37)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Sicilienne for keyboard in E flat - Arthur Grumiaux & Maria Theresia von Paradis (1:58)
  2. 2 Serenade No. 7 for orchestra in D major ("Haffner"), K. 250 (K. 248b): Rondo, K250 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Arthur Grumiaux (7:28)
  3. 3 Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Melody), various arrangements (from "Orfeo ed Euridice") - Arthur Grumiaux & Christoph Willibald Gluck (2:50)
  4. 4 Andaluza (Playera), for guitar or other instrument (arrangement of No. 5 of 12 Spanish Dances) - Arthur Grumiaux & Enriqué Granados (4:01)
  5. 5 Schön Rosmarin, for violin & piano - Arthur Grumiaux & Fritz Kreisler (2:10)
  6. 6 Liebesleid "Love's Sorrow" for violin & piano - Arthur Grumiaux & Fritz Kreisler (3:31)
  7. 7 Liebesfreud "Love's Joy" for violin & piano - Arthur Grumiaux & Fritz Kreisler (3:26)
  8. 8 Work(s): Allegro - Arthur Grumiaux & Francesco Maria Veracini (2:20)
  9. 9 Concerto for 2 violins, cello, strings & continuo in D Minor ("L'estro armonico" No. 11), Op. 3/11, RV 565: Siciliano - Arthur Grumiaux & Antonio Vivaldi (2:55)
  10. 10 Tambourin for violin & piano (transcription of work by Leclair) - Arthur Grumiaux & Fritz Kreisler (2:20)
  11. 11 Minuet for piano in G major, WoO 10/2 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Arthur Grumiaux (2:40)
  12. 12 Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6) - Franz Schubert & Arthur Grumiaux (4:21)
  13. 13 Humoresque No. 7 for piano in G flat major, B. 187/7 (Op. 101/7) - Arthur Grumiaux & Antonin Dvorák (3:26)
  14. 14 Thaïs, lyric comedy in 3 acts: Meditation - Jules Massenet & Arthur Grumiaux (4:25)
  15. 15 Valse sentimentale, for piano (or violin & piano) in F minor, Op. 51/6 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Arthur Grumiaux (2:08)
  16. 16 Largo for violin & piano in F sharp - Arthur Grumiaux & Francesco Maria Veracini (3:33)
  17. 17 Rondino on A Theme by Beethoven for violin & piano - Arthur Grumiaux & Fritz Kreisler (2:57)
  18. 18 Andantino in the Style of Padre Martini, for violin & piano - Arthur Grumiaux & Fritz Kreisler (2:01)
  19. 19 La capricieuse -- morceau de genre, for violin & piano, Op. 17 - Arthur Grumiaux & Edward Elgar (3:56)
  20. 20 Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1 - Arthur Grumiaux & Gabriel Fauré (2:56)
  21. 21 España, album leaves (6) for piano, Op. 165, B. 37: No. 2 Tango - Arthur Grumiaux & Isaac Albéniz (2:38)
  22. 22 Valse Triste, for violin & piano - Arthur Grumiaux & Franz von Vecsey (2:37)
  23. 23 Estrellita, for guitar - Arthur Grumiaux & Manuel Ponce (3:08)
  24. 24 Belshazzar's Feast (Belsazars gästabud), suite for orchestra (or piano), Op. 51: No. 3 Nocturne - Arthur Grumiaux & Jean Sibelius (3:29)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Se tu m'ami, for voice & piano (spurious; by A. Parisotti) - Giovanni Pergolesi & Arthur Grumiaux (2:43)
  2. 2 Ständchen ("Leise flehen meine Lieder"), song for voice & piano (Schwanengesang), D. 957/4 - Franz Schubert & Arthur Grumiaux (2:46)
  3. 3 Divertimento No. 17 for 2 horns & strings in D major, K. 334 (K.320b): Menuetto - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Arthur Grumiaux (4:29)
  4. 4 Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7 - Robert Schumann & Arthur Grumiaux (2:39)
  5. 5 Sonatina for violin & piano in G major ("Indian Lament"), B. 183 (Op. 100): Larghetto - Arthur Grumiaux & Antonin Dvorák (3:25)
  6. 6 Meditation on Prelude No. 1 of Bach, for violin or cello & piano with organ or cello ad lib. (or other instrumental arrangements) - Arthur Grumiaux & Charles Gounod (4:22)
  7. 7 Sonata for violin & guitar in E minor, Op. 3/6, MS 27/6 - Niccolò Paganini & Arthur Grumiaux (4:27)
  8. 8 Songs my mother taught me (Als die alte Mutter), song for voice & piano (Gypsy Melodies), B. 104/4 (Op. 55/4) - Arthur Grumiaux & Antonin Dvorák (2:10)
  9. 9 Souvenir de Moscou, deux airs russes, for violin & orchestra, Op. 6 - Henryk Wieniawski & Arthur Grumiaux (7:50)
  10. 10 Pièce en forme de Habanera, for solo instrument & keyboard (arr.) - Maurice Ravel & Arthur Grumiaux (2:53)
  11. 11 Zigeunerweisen, for violin & piano (or orchestra) ("Gypsy Airs"), Op. 20 - Arthur Grumiaux & Pablo de Sarasate (8:11)
  12. 12 Allegro in G major, for orchestra - Arthur Grumiaux & Pietro Antonio Fiocco (2:57)
  13. 13 Les berceaux, song for voice & piano in B flat minor, Op. 23/1 - Arthur Grumiaux & Gabriel Fauré (2:52)
  14. 14 Tzigane, rhapsodie de concert, for violin & piano (or orchestra) - Maurice Ravel & Arthur Grumiaux (10:22)
  15. 15 Baal Shem: 3 pictures of Hassidic life, for violin & piano (or orchestra): Nigun - Arthur Grumiaux & Ernest Bloch (6:01)
  16. 16 Adagio for violin (or viola or cello) & piano - Arthur Grumiaux & Zoltán Kodály (7:51)
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