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David Garrett: The Early Years - Beethoven: Violin Sonata Op. 24 'Spring'; Mozart: Violin Concerto K.271; Paganini/Tartini; Schubert, Kreisler, Dvorak / David Garrett, violin; Alexander Markovich piano

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Spring"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E major, K 261
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Oboe in C major, K 314 (285d)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Violin in D major, K 271a (271i)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Violin and Piano in B flat major, K 454
>Paganini, Niccolò : Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35
>Conus, Julius : Concerto for Violin in E minor
>Paganini, Niccolò : Concerto for Violin no 2, Op. 7 "La campanella"
>Tartini, Giuseppe : Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, Op. 1 no 4 "Devil's Trill"
>Dvorak, Antonin : Humoresques (8) for Piano, Op. 101/B 187
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Kreisler, Fritz : Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : None but the Lonely Heart, Op. 6, no 6
>Wieniawski, Henryk : Fantaisie brillante on themes from Gounod's "Faust," for violin & orchestra, Op. 20
>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesleid
>Elgar, Edward : La capricieuse, Op. 17
>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Kol Nidrei, for cello & orchestra, Op. 47
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

From Beethoven, Bach and Mozart to Tchaikovsky and Paganini, this new 5 CD set documents the early classical roots of one of the most popular violinists of today. Garrett reflects upon his early recordings (from the mid-1990s) with pride: "On the one hand, I recognize things that still characterize my playing today. But on the other, I sometimes think: How at that age did I ever bring it off? One shouldn't be too self-satisfied, but I am rather proud of my early accomplishments."

Famously, David Garrett remains the youngest signing in Deutsche Grammophon's history. His recording contract began when he was just 13 years old, and since these early days he has never been far away from the public gaze. "Today, you're as likely to find him in a sports arena playing music from his Rock Symphonies album to shrieking hordes of fans as to hear him exploring Beethoven's violin concerto in some stately concert hall." The Daily Telegraph, UK.

The young David Garrett's first release of Beethoven's 'Spring' Sonata and Bach's D minor Partita presented an exceptional young talent in a polished musical display. As the booklet note proclaimed, "This young violinist has got to be called a phenomenon." Wolf-Eberhard von Lewinski.

Garrett's second disc featured Mozart Violin Concertos, conducted by the late Claudio Abbado. The recordings were made following an Italian tour with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in 1994-95. The recording of the Paganini 24 Caprices was an ambitious project for the young artist. The Caprices exerted a powerful magic on the young artist, and few were surprised when he was selected to impersonate the 'Devil's Violinist' in Bernard Rose's film of the same name.

In October 1997, David Garrett journeyed into the past and explored his Russian roots with a recording of Tchaikovsky's D major Concerto and the Concerto in E minor by Jules Conus in the main hall of the Moscow Conservatory recording with the Russian National Orchestra conducted by Mikhail Pletnev. As Gramophone hinted in the early review, "This is emotive Tchaikovsky playing, thoughtful but conversational".

Two decades later, in March 2013, DG issued the CD '14' with a fascinating tale. Recorded in April 1995, this was Garrett's third chronological recording (made when he was age 14), but it was subsequently lost in DG's archives. Garrett was thrilled when it came to light once again: "During all those years I never forgot that my unpublished material was slumbering there... It was important for me to release this CD because it's a part of my story. It's part of what I am today."

All five recordings in this memorable collection form a part of the David Garrett story. For his numerous fans, or for those just intrigued by the early blossomings of a phenomenal talent, the set is an extraordinary building block in an extraordinary career.



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Spring"
  • Performers: David Garrett (Violin); Aleksandr Markovich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1800-1801

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
  • Performer: David Garrett (Violin)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E major, K 261
  • Performer: David Garrett (Violin)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1776.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1776

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Oboe in C major, K 314 (285d)
  • Performer: David Garrett (Violin)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Notes: Composition written: 1777.
  • Running Time: 26 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1777

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Violin in D major, K 271a (271i)
  • Performer: David Garrett (Violin)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Running Time: 25 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1775

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Violin and Piano in B flat major, K 454
  • Performers: David Garrett (Violin); Itamar Golan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1784

>Paganini, Niccolò : Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1
  • Performers: Bruno Canino (Piano); David Garrett (Violin)
  • Running Time: 73 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1817

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35
  • Performer: David Garrett (Violin)
  • Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Ensemble: Russian National Orchestra
  • Running Time: 35 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1878

>Conus, Julius : Concerto for Violin in E minor
  • Performer: David Garrett (Violin)
  • Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Ensemble: Russian National Orchestra
  • Running Time: 22 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Paganini, Niccolò : Concerto for Violin no 2, Op. 7 "La campanella" :: Rondo
  • Performers: David Garrett (Violin); Aleksandr Markovich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1826

>Tartini, Giuseppe : Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, Op. 1 no 4 "Devil's Trill"
  • Performers: David Garrett (Violin); Aleksandr Markovich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: ?1740

>Dvorak, Antonin : Humoresques (8) for Piano, Op. 101/B 187
  • Performers: David Garrett (Violin); Aleksandr Markovich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performers: David Garrett (Violin); Aleksandr Markovich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Kreisler, Fritz : Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani
  • Performers: David Garrett (Violin); Aleksandr Markovich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : None but the Lonely Heart, Op. 6, no 6
  • Performers: David Garrett (Violin); Aleksandr Markovich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Wieniawski, Henryk : Fantaisie brillante on themes from Gounod's "Faust," for violin & orchestra, Op. 20
  • Performers: David Garrett (Violin); Aleksandr Markovich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1865

>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesleid
  • Performers: David Garrett (Violin); Aleksandr Markovich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: by 1910

>Elgar, Edward : La capricieuse, Op. 17
  • Performers: David Garrett (Violin); Aleksandr Markovich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Kol Nidrei, for cello & orchestra, Op. 47
  • Performers: David Garrett (Violin); Aleksandr Markovich (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: Jewish.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic