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Charlie Siem Plays Virtuoso Violin Works

Audio Samples

>Kreisler, Fritz : Caprice for violin & piano in A minor (transcription of work by Wieniawski)
>Kreisler, Fritz : Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta, for violin & orchestra
>Bazzini, Antonio : La ronde des lutins, Op. 25
>Paganini, Niccolò : Nel cor più non mi sento, Op. 38, MS 44
>Paganini, Niccolò : 24 Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1
>     no 1 in E major
>     no 5 in A minor
>Waxman, Franz : Carmen Fantasy, for violin & orchestra
>Sarasate, Pablo de : Ziegeunerweisen
>Ponce, Manuel : Estrellita

Album Summary

>Kreisler, Fritz : Caprice for violin & piano in A minor (transcription of work by Wieniawski)
>Kreisler, Fritz : Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta, for violin & orchestra
>Bazzini, Antonio : La ronde des lutins, Op. 25
>Paganini, Niccolò : Nel cor più non mi sento, Op. 38, MS 44
>Paganini, Niccolò : 24 Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1
>Waxman, Franz : Carmen Fantasy, for violin & orchestra
>Sarasate, Pablo de : Ziegeunerweisen
>Ponce, Manuel : Estrellita
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Notes & Reviews:

Stunning debut disc on Warner Classics & Jazz by young English violinist Charlie Siem.

Gramophone Magazine
It's clear that Charlie Siem enjoys playing these pieces and there's no feeling of struggle as he steps up to their various virtuoso challenges...Siem's appearance of having a good time is shared by Caroline Jaya-Ratnam, who is not only a sympathetic accompanist but is ready, at the right moment, to take a share of the limelight.

International Record Review
I like the touch of melancholy he finds in Sarasate's gypsy tunes. The Bazzini is spectacular: ricochets, left-hand pizzicati, stratospheric harmonics and all...Waxman's famous Heifetz-inspired Carmen Fantasie, with its fine mix of lyricism and finger-twisting, is lovingly done here, and perhaps the track to which I am most likely to return.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (07/26/2010-07/27/2010).



Reviews

Charlie Siem plays Max Bruch, Ole Bull, and Henryk Wieniawski
Charlie Siem (born 1986), who claims Norwegian ancestry and to be distantly related to the 19th-century Norwegian composer Ole Bull, seems to be taking the world by storm. A male model, he has modeled for Vogue magazine; he has performed with the Canadian rock artist Bryan Adams, and he has also performed Vittorio Monti's "Csardas" for Lady Gaga. His passion, however, is for classical music. At age 3, he heard the late Sir Yehudi Menuhin perform Beethoven's Violin Concerto, and was instantly captivated. His impressive education includes Eton and Cambridge University, and his violin tutors have included Shlomo Mintz and Ithzak Rashkovsky. He played his first concerto with an orchestra at age 15, and performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at age 18. He currently plays a priceless Guarneri del Gesu, made in 1735, that was formerly owned by the Prince of Prussia and played by Sir Yehudi Menuhin.
Siem's new CD contains Max Bruch's First Violin Concerto, Henryk Wieniawski's First Violin Concerto, and a work for violin and orchestra by Ole Bull. Nowadays, Bull's music is unjustly neglected, but he had an stellar international career and his reputation during his lifetime rivaled that of the great Italian violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini.
The orchestra plays splendidly, and the recorded sound is excellent, but this alone won’t sway prospective buyers. The key question is how do Siem's performances of these works compare with those on other CDs? In the Bull he is probably unchallenged (I know of no other CD offering this work), but to my ear he performs virtually flawlessly. Measured against other recordings of Wieniawski's First Violin Concerto, which is fiendishly difficult to play and much less well known than his Second, Siem gives a sympathetic perfomance, for he clearly loves the work. Since there are many other excellent recordings of the extremely popular Bruch First Violin Concerto, the competition is fierce. Siem offers both brilliance and passion, and his interpretation of the beautiful Adagio is a loving as any.
Recommended!
Ted Wilks
Submitted on 11/20/11 by Ted Wilks 
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Works Details

>Kreisler, Fritz : Caprice for violin & piano in A minor (transcription of work by Wieniawski)
  • Performers: Charlie Siem (Violin); Caroline Jaya-Ratnam (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (07/26/2010-07/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Kreisler, Fritz : Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta, for violin & orchestra
  • Performers: Charlie Siem (Violin); Caroline Jaya-Ratnam (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (07/26/2010-07/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Bazzini, Antonio : La ronde des lutins, Op. 25
  • Performers: Charlie Siem (Violin); Caroline Jaya-Ratnam (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (07/26/2010-07/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852

>Niccolò Paganini (Composer/Violin) (1782 - 1840) : Nel cor più non mi sento, Op. 38, MS 44
  • Performers: Caroline Jaya-Ratnam (Piano); Charlie Siem (Violin)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (07/26/2010-07/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1821

>Niccolò Paganini (Composer/Violin) (1782 - 1840) : 24 Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1 :: no 1 in E major
  • Performers: Charlie Siem (Violin); Caroline Jaya-Ratnam (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (07/26/2010-07/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1817

>Niccolò Paganini (Composer/Violin) (1782 - 1840) : 24 Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1 :: no 5 in A minor
  • Performers: Charlie Siem (Violin); Caroline Jaya-Ratnam (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (07/26/2010-07/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1817

>Waxman, Franz : Carmen Fantasy, for violin & orchestra
  • Performers: Charlie Siem (Violin); Caroline Jaya-Ratnam (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (07/26/2010-07/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Sarasate, Pablo de : Ziegeunerweisen
  • Performers: Caroline Jaya-Ratnam (Piano); Charlie Siem (Violin)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (07/26/2010-07/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Ponce, Manuel : Estrellita
  • Performers: Caroline Jaya-Ratnam (Piano); Charlie Siem (Violin)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (07/26/2010-07/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1913