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"Fantasies, Rhapsodies & Daydreams" - Arabella Steinbacher Plays Massenet, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Sarasate, Wasman, Vaughan Williams / Arabella Steinbacher, violin

Album Summary

>Waxman, Franz : Carmen Fantasy, for violin & orchestra
>Sarasate, Pablo de : Ziegeunerweisen
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The lark ascending
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Havanaise, for violin & piano (or orchestra) in E major, Op. 83
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E major, Op. 83
>Massenet, Jules : Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thaïs")
>Ravel, Maurice : Tzigane
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Spectacular virtuoso playing, bravura passagework and show-stopping melodies are balanced with wistful lyricism and sublime tone painting in this irresistible program of perennial favorites, played with elan by the violinist Arabella Steinbacher. "Great violinists like Heifetz, Kresler, menuhin...played virtuosic pieces in their concerts," recalled Steinbacher in a recent interview. She lamented that such pieces are infrequently played owing to the perception that "...this kind of repertoire is 'not serious enough' which I find is really a pity and also not true." In a change of pace, the album also features the work which has topped Classic FM's listeners' "Hall of Fame" for the last three years running: the much-loved and achingly lyrical The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams completed it following the horrors of the First World War. For this recording Arabella Steinbacher plays the "Booth" Stradivari from 1716, a generous loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salle Yakov Kreizberg at the Auditorium Rainier III, Mo (10/2014).



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Works Details

>Waxman, Franz : Carmen Fantasy, for violin & orchestra
  • Performer: Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Ensemble: Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo
  • Running Time: 11 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Sarasate, Pablo de : Ziegeunerweisen
  • Performer: Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Running Time: 9 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The lark ascending
  • Performer: Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Running Time: 14 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Havanaise, for violin & piano (or orchestra) in E major, Op. 83
  • Performer: Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Running Time: 11 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E major, Op. 83
  • Performer: Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Running Time: 9 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1863

>Massenet, Jules : Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thaïs")
  • Performer: Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Ravel, Maurice : Tzigane
  • Performer: Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Running Time: 10 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922-1924