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Vieuxtemps: Fantasia Appassionata; Ballade et Polonaise

> Fantasia appassionata, Op. 35 (version for violin and orchestra) - Fantasia appassionata, Op. 35 (version for violin and orchestra)
> Ballade and Polonaise, Op. 38 (version for violin and orchestra) - Ballade and Polonaise, Op. 38 (version for violin and orchestra)
> Fantaisie-caprice, Op. 11 (version for violin and orchestra) - Fantaisie-caprice, Op. 11 (version for violin and orchestra)
> Greeting to America, Op. 56 (version for violin and orchestra) - Greeting to America, Op. 56 (version for violin and orchestra)

Album Summary

>Vieuxtemps, Henri : Fantasia Appassionata, for violin & orchestra (or piano), Op. 35
>Vieuxtemps, Henri : Ballade and Polonaise, for violin & orchestra (or piano), Op. 38
>Vieuxtemps, Henri : Fantaisie-caprice, for violin & orchestra, Op. 11
>Vieuxtemps, Henri : Greeting to America, fantasy for violin & piano in E major, Op. 56 (Op. posth. 10)
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Notes & Reviews:

Vieuxtemps was a towering figure in the long line of master 19th-century violinist-composers, from Viotti, Rode, Beriot and Paganini to Wieniawski, Kreisler and Ysaye, and one of the first to use the full Romantic orchestral palette in the composition of works with soloist. Composed during his Russian sojourn, the ornate and virtuosic Fantasia appassionata reaches a fast and furious conclusion, as does the wistful yet dignified Ballade et Polonaise. Yankee Doodle and The Star-Spangled Banner are quoted to great effect in Greeting to America.

"He already has recorded Vieuxtemps' complete violin concertos (seven in number) on a critically acclaimed and commercially successful 1999 three-CD set for the Naxos label. He surmounts the technical hurdles of the works recorded here with incredible ease - his facility is unlimited, his intonation flawless. The melodies sing and soar." -Strings Magazine

"There is plenty of splendid playing by Keylin, good orchestral support by Andrew Mogrelia and the Slovak radio band, and despite the musical equivalent of empty calories, more than enough to satisfy lovers of Romantic violin music." -Classics Today

"Vieuxtemps' compositions, including those featured on this new recording from 40-year-old violinist Misha Keylin, alternate brilliant bravura passages with lyrical melodies, like those of earlier violinist/composers, but their orchestrations are richer and more colorful. The four dazzling showpieces on this disc exploit every instrumental resource and demand utmost virtuosity, a quality that Keylin has in abundance. Winner of numerous international competitions, the Russian-born and US-raised violinist is a former student of Juilliard grand dame Dorothy DeLay. Though its intensity never changes, his tone is beautiful, even in the topmost stratosphere." -Strings Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall of Slovak Radio, Bratislava, Slovakia.



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Vieuxtemps-Violin and Orchestra
See the review on the classicstoday.com website.They give a 9/9 rating
Submitted on 06/02/10 by DaveG 
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Works Details

>Vieuxtemps, Henri : Fantasia Appassionata, for violin & orchestra (or piano), Op. 35
  • Performer: Misha Keylin (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
  • Notes: Concert Hall of Slovak Radio, Bratislava, Slovakia (03/17/2008-03/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Vieuxtemps, Henri : Ballade and Polonaise, for violin & orchestra (or piano), Op. 38
  • Performer: Misha Keylin (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
  • Running Time: 15 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Vieuxtemps, Henri : Fantaisie-caprice, for violin & orchestra, Op. 11
  • Performer: Misha Keylin (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
  • Notes: Concert Hall of Slovak Radio, Bratislava, Slovakia (03/17/2008-03/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Vieuxtemps, Henri : Greeting to America, fantasy for violin & piano in E major, Op. 56 (Op. posth. 10)
  • Performer: Misha Keylin (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
  • Notes: Concert Hall of Slovak Radio, Bratislava, Slovakia (03/17/2008-03/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1844