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David Garrett - The Early Years


Release Date: 08/19/2014 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 002064902   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenJohann Sebastian BachWolfgang Amadeus MozartNiccolò Paganini,   ... 
Performer:  Aleksandr MarkovichDavid GarrettItamar GolanBruno Canino
Conductor:  Claudio AbbadoMikhail Pletnev
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 6 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial 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
Read more 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 on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Spring" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Aleksandr Markovich (Piano), David Garrett (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 25 Minutes 27 Secs. 
2.
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David Garrett (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 36 Minutes 43 Secs. 
3.
Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E major, K 261 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Garrett (Violin)
Written: 1776 
Length: 8 Minutes 39 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Violin in D major, K 271a (271i) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Garrett (Violin)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Period: Classical 
Length: 26 Minutes 52 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Violin no 4 in D major, K 218 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Garrett (Violin)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775 
Length: 25 Minutes 24 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in B flat major, K 454 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Itamar Golan (Piano), David Garrett (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 22 Minutes 14 Secs. 
7.
Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1 by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  David Garrett (Violin), Bruno Canino (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1805; Italy 
Length: 73 Minutes 14 Secs. 
8.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  David Garrett (Violin)
Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Length: 35 Minutes 47 Secs. 
9.
Violin Concerto in E minor by Julius Conus
Performer:  David Garrett (Violin)
Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1897 
Length: 22 Minutes 16 Secs. 
10.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in B minor, Op. 7 "La Campanella": 3rd movement, Rondo à la clochette by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Aleksandr Markovich (Piano), David Garrett (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
11.
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, Op. 1 no 4 "Devil's Trill" by Giuseppe Tartini
Performer:  Aleksandr Markovich (Piano), David Garrett (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Length: 16 Minutes 17 Secs. 
12.
Humoresques (8) for Piano, Op. 101/B 187: no 7 in G flat major by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Aleksandr Markovich (Piano), David Garrett (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Bohemia 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
13.
Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Aleksandr Markovich (Piano), David Garrett (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
14.
Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Aleksandr Markovich (Piano), David Garrett (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
15.
Songs (6), Op. 6: no 6, None but the lonely heart by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Aleksandr Markovich (Piano), David Garrett (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
16.
Fantasy brillante on Gounod's "Faust" for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 20 by Henri Wieniawski
Performer:  Aleksandr Markovich (Piano), David Garrett (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; St. Petersburg, Russ 
Length: 17 Minutes 41 Secs. 
17.
Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  David Garrett (Violin), Aleksandr Markovich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
18.
La capricieuse, Op. 17 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Aleksandr Markovich (Piano), David Garrett (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
19.
Kol Nidrei for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 47 by Max Bruch
Performer:  David Garrett (Violin), Aleksandr Markovich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Liverpool, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 25 Secs. 

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