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Devil's Dance / Gil Shaham


Release Date: 09/12/2000 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 463483   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John WilliamsJohn MorrisEdvard GriegCamille Saint-Saëns,   ... 
Performer:  Jonathan FeldmanGil Shaham
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There's some first rate music-making in this eclectic collection, including excellent performances of Sarasate's Concert Fantasy on Gounod's Faust, Korngold's Caprice Fantastique, Bolcom's Graceful Ghost Rag, Bazzini's La Ronde des Lutins, and the obligatory (for any "ghosts and goblins" violin compilation) Tartini "Devil's Trill" Sonata. Other pieces tend to resist being transcribed for violin and piano. Saint-Saëns' Danse Macabre sounds a pale shadow of its real self absent the composer's colorful orchestration; nor is John Williams' Devil's Dance (from his film score for The Witches of Eastwick) one of his stronger inspirations, at least in this arrangement. It is fun, though, to have John Morris' title theme Read more from Young Frankenstein making an appearance as A Transylvanian Lullabye, and while I understand violinist Gil Shaham's decision to play the music more or less straight, a little additional schlock turns the piece from sweet to hilarious. It is, after all, a parody. But these are quibbles. Collections like this, cleverly put together and very finely executed, basically sell themselves. If you like the concept and the repertoire on offer, there's no reason that you won't enjoy this disc. [10/31/2001]

– David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. The Witches of Eastwick: Devil's Dance by John Williams
Performer:  Jonathan Feldman (Piano), Gil Shaham (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  Academy of Music, Munich, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Williams 
2. Young Frankenstein: A Transylvanian Lullaby by John Morris
Performer:  Jonathan Feldman (Piano), Gil Shaham (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  Academy of Music, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Feldman 
3. Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71: no 3, Puck by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin), Jonathan Feldman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Norway 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  Academy of Music, Munich, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Joseph Achron 
4. Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin), Jonathan Feldman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  Academy of Music, Munich, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Camille Saint-Saëns 
5. Ballads and Romances (4), Op. 75: no 4, Walpurgisnacht by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin), Jonathan Feldman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  Academy of Music, Munich, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
6. Songs (12), Op. 8: no 8, Andres Maienlied "Hexenlied" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin), Jonathan Feldman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1828; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  Academy of Music, Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
7. La ronde des lutins, Op. 25 by Antonio Bazzini
Performer:  Jonathan Feldman (Piano), Gil Shaham (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1847; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  Academy of Music, Munich, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
8. Concert Fantasy on Gounod's "Faust", Op. 13 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Jonathan Feldman (Piano), Gil Shaham (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  Academy of Music, Munich, Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 23 Secs. 
9. Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1: no 13 in B flat major by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Jonathan Feldman (Piano), Gil Shaham (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1805; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  Academy of Music, Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Robert Schumann 
10. Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, B g5 "Devil's Trill" by Giuseppe Tartini
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin), Jonathan Feldman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  Academy of Music, Munich, Germany 
Length: 14 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Fritz Kreisler 
11. Märchenbilder (7) for Piano, Op. 3: Caprice fantastique "Wichtelmännchen" by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin), Jonathan Feldman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  Academy of Music, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Rószika Révay 
12. Concert Variation for Violin and Piano "Graceful Ghost" by William Bolcom
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin), Jonathan Feldman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  Academy of Music, Munich, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 31 Secs. 
13. Sonatas (6) for Violin solo, Op. 27: no 2 in A minor - 1st movement, Obsession by Eugène Ysaÿe
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin), Jonathan Feldman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1924; Belgium 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  Academy of Music, Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 

Sound Samples

The Witches of Eastwick: Devil's Dance - for Gil Shaham
Young Frankenstein: A Transsylvanian Lullaby
Lyric Pieces Op.71: Puck
Danse macabre, Op.40 - transcribed f. vl./pn. by Cps
Caprice fantastique
Balladen und Romanzen, op.75 - violin and piano: Walpurgisnacht
Lieder op.8 - violin / piano: Hexenlied
La Ronde des Lutins - scherzo fantastique, Op.25
Graceful Ghost - Concert Variation for Violin and Piano
Concert Fantasy on Gounod's "Faust"
24 Caprices for Violin, Op.1 - transcribed f.vln/pno by Robert Schumann: no.13 in B flat major
Sonata for Violin and Continuo in G minor, B. g5 - "Il trillo del diavolo"
Sonata No.2 in A minor for solo violin, Op.27, No.2: Obsession

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 Dazzling September 23, 2013 By Anthony G. (valley stream, NY) See All My Reviews "Absolutely dazzling listening and enthrallment by both the repertoire and the virtuoso." Report Abuse
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