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: 54,058

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 - Joseph Joachim & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (23:51)
  3. 7–9 Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major ("Turkish") K. 219 - Joseph Joachim & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (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 - Maria Theresia von Paradis & Arthur Grumiaux (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") - Christoph Willibald Gluck & Arthur Grumiaux (2:50)
  4. 4 Andaluza (Playera), for guitar or other instrument (arrangement of No. 5 of 12 Spanish Dances) - Enriqué Granados & Arthur Grumiaux (4:01)
  5. 5 Schön Rosmarin, for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Arthur Grumiaux (2:10)
  6. 6 Liebesleid "Love's Sorrow" for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Arthur Grumiaux (3:31)
  7. 7 Liebesfreud "Love's Joy" for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Arthur Grumiaux (3:26)
  8. 8 Work(s): Allegro - Francesco Maria Veracini & Arthur Grumiaux (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 - Antonio Vivaldi & Arthur Grumiaux (2:55)
  10. 10 Tambourin for violin & piano (transcription of work by Leclair) - Fritz Kreisler & Arthur Grumiaux (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) - Antonin Dvorák & Arthur Grumiaux (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 - Francesco Maria Veracini & Arthur Grumiaux (3:33)
  17. 17 Rondino on A Theme by Beethoven for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Arthur Grumiaux (2:57)
  18. 18 Andantino in the Style of Padre Martini, for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Arthur Grumiaux (2:01)
  19. 19 La capricieuse -- morceau de genre, for violin & piano, Op. 17 - Edward Elgar & Arthur Grumiaux (3:56)
  20. 20 Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1 - Gabriel Fauré & Arthur Grumiaux (2:56)
  21. 21 España, album leaves (6) for piano, Op. 165, B. 37: No. 2 Tango - Isaac Albéniz & Arthur Grumiaux (2:38)
  22. 22 Valse Triste, for violin & piano - Arthur Grumiaux & Franz von Vecsey (2:37)
  23. 23 Estrellita, for guitar - Manuel Ponce & Arthur Grumiaux (3:08)
  24. 24 Belshazzar's Feast (Belsazars gästabud), suite for orchestra (or piano), Op. 51: No. 3 Nocturne - Jean Sibelius & Arthur Grumiaux (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 - Antonin Dvorák & Arthur Grumiaux (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) - Charles Gounod & Arthur Grumiaux (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) - Antonin Dvorák & Arthur Grumiaux (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 - Pablo de Sarasate & Arthur Grumiaux (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 - Gabriel Fauré & Arthur Grumiaux (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 - Ernest Bloch & Arthur Grumiaux (6:01)
  16. 16 Adagio for violin (or viola or cello) & piano - Zoltán Kodály & Arthur Grumiaux (7:51)
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