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Fireworks – Virtuoso Violin Music

In a review in The Strad of Vadim Gluzman’s recent recording of the violin concertos by Tchaikovsky and Glazunov, the critic wrote of his ‘honeyed tone’, which ‘transports us back to the days of David Oistrakh, and recreates that innate Russian musicality of a previous generation…’ In a similar vein, the German magazine Fono Forum compared him to Heifetz and Milstein, adding that he passed the test with flying colours. When Gluzman now returns, it is with a dazzling programme fit for any of those virtuosos of days gone by. Indeed, several of them appear in the list of contents in the roles of composer or arranger: Heifetz himself has arranged Fairy Tale, by Nikolai Medtner, while Henryk Szeryng’s version of Ernesto Halffter’s Habanera with this release receives its world première recording. Other examples of virtuoso-turned-composer are Wieniawski, Zino Francescatti (with a Polka) and Fritz 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. A more unexpected item in the programme is the excerpt from Fiddler on the Roof, in which the composer Michael Gluzman – father of Vadim – has distilled a duo version of the title music of the filmed musical. Besides the previously mentioned disc of concertos, Vadim Gluzman appears on a further three BIS titles. On all of these he 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. About their first disc on BIS the reviewer on website Classics Today wrote: ‘Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe push their collective virtuosity sky-high’ – the same certainly applies to Fireworks, their latest offering!
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mario
01 Figaro (transcription from Rossini’s Barber of Seville) 05:21 $ 1.12 USD
  Composer: Medtner, Nikolai
02 Fairy Tale, Op.20 No.1 03:43 $ 0.78 USD
  Composer: Francescatti, Zino
03 Polka, Op.22 01:43 $ 0.36 USD
  Composer: Schumann, Robert
04 Träumerei 03:10 $ 0.67 USD
  Composer: Kreisler, Fritz
05 La Gitana 03:18 $ 0.69 USD
  Composer: Ries, Franz
06 La Capricciosa 04:19 $ 0.91 USD
  Composer: Halffter, Ernesto
07 Habanera 03:00 $ 0.63 USD
08 Fantaisie brillante sur les motifs de l’opéra Faust de
16:15 $ 3.41 USD
  Composer: Gardner, Samuel
09 Prelude No.1, Op.14 01:59 $ 0.42 USD
  Composer: Rota, Nino
10 Improvviso in re minore 04:16 $ 0.90 USD
  Composer: Bock, Jerry
11 The Fiddler on the Roof 03:41 $ 0.77 USD
  Composer: Bloch, Ernest
12 Nigun (Improvisation) 07:13 $ 1.52 USD
  Composer: Ravel, Maurice
13 Tzigane 09:56 $ 2.09 USD
  Album total 69:45
ViolinGluzman, Vadim
ComposerBloch, Ernest
Bock, Jerry
Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mario
Francescatti, Zino
Gardner, Samuel
Halffter, Ernesto
Kreisler, Fritz
Medtner, Nikolai
Ravel, Maurice
Ries, Franz
Rota, Nino
Schumann, Robert
Wieniawski, Henryk
PianoYoffe, Angela

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