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Vadim Gluzman, Angela Yoffe – Fireworks (24/44 FLAC)

Vadim Gluzman, Angela Yoffe - Fireworks (24/44 FLAC)
Vadim Gluzman, Angela Yoffe – Fireworks (24/44 FLAC)

Composer: Ernest Bloch, Jerrold Lewis Bock, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Zino Francescatti, Samuel Gardner, Stephen Gardner, Ernesto Halffter, Fritz Kreisler, Nikolai Medtner, Maurice Ravel, Franz Ries, Nino Rota, Robert Schumann, Henryk Wieniawski
Performer: Vadim Gluzman, Angela Yoffe
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: BIS
Release: 2008
Size: 656 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

01. Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Figaro Variations from Rossini’s ‘The Barber of Seville’

Medtner: Two Fairy Tales, Op. 20
02. No. 1. Allegro con espressione (arr. J. Heifetz)

03. Francescatti: Polka, Op. 22

Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15
04. VII. Traumerei (Dreaming) (arr. for violin and piano)

05. Kreisler: La Gitana
06. Ries: La Capricciosa
07. Halffter: Habanera (arr. H. Szeryng)
08. Wieniawski: Fantaisie brillante on themes from Gounod’s Faust, Op. 20
09. Gardner: Prelude No. 1, Op. 14
10. Rota: Improvviso

Bock: Fiddler on the Roof (film version) (arr. M. Gluzman for violin and piano)
11. Main Title Theme (arr. M. Gluzman for violin and piano)

Bloch: Baal Shem
12. II. Nigun

13. Ravel: Tzigane

Following on from his Tchaikovsky and Glazunov violin concertos disc, Vadim Gluzman now presents a disc of virtuoso violin music by a range of different composers with a sparkling programme fit for any of those virtuosos of days gone by. Indeed, several of them appear in the list of contents in the unaccustomed roles of composer or arranger: Heifetz himself has arranged Fairy Tale, by Medtner, while Szeryng’s version of Halffter’s Habanera receives its world première recording with this release. Other examples of virtuoso-turned-composer are Wieniawski, Francescatti (with a Polka) and Kreisler, whose La Gitana fits into the tradition of virtuoso pieces inspired by gypsy music – a tradition of which Ravel’s Tzigane is of course the jewel.

Here Gluzman performs with Angela Yoffe, his regular duo partner as well as his wife. This well-matched pair has been admired by the reviewers for their intense, passionate and powerful performances as well as for their supreme command of their respective instruments. On their first disc on BIS the reviewer on website Classics Today wrote: ‘Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe push their collective virtuosity sky-high’.

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