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Fantasies, Rhapsodies & Daydreams / Steinbacher, Foster, Monte-Carlo Philharmonic


Release Date: 09/09/2016 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186536  
Composer:  Franz WaxmanPablo de SarasateRalph Vaughan WilliamsCamille Saint-Saëns,   ... 
Performer:  Arabella Steinbacher
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

Thrilling flights of fancy abound from violinist Arabella Steinbacher in Fantasies, Rhapsodies and Daydreams Spectacular virtuoso playing, bravura passagework and show-stopping melodies are balanced with wistful lyricism and sublime tone painting in this irresistible programme of perennial favourites, played with elan by the violinist Arabella Steinbacher with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, conducted by Lawrence Foster in this new release from Pentatone.

From the high jinks and outrageous showmanship of Franz Waxman's Carmen Fantasie and Pablo de Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen, to the fearsome technical demands of
Read more Ravel's Tzigane and the exquisite refinement of Saint-Saens' Havanaise and Introduction et Rondo capriccioso, this album harks back to an earlier era of violin playing.

REVIEW:

Were someone to ask me to suggest a disc to introduce them to the violin, I might well steer them in the direction of this one. I rather like the way she pushes on in the central section of The Lark Ascending, and it cleverly elides into the beginning of Saint-Saens's Havanaise. This, the Introduction and Rondo capriccio, and Ravel's Tzigane are given excellent performances. The standout performance comes with the Meditation from Massanet's Thais, done with breathtaking beauty, a turn-on for any newcomer to the violin.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Carmen Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra by Franz Waxman
Performer:  Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946 
2.
Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878 
3.
The lark ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914/1920; England 
4.
Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E major, Op. 83 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
5.
Introduction and Rondo capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 28 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
6.
Thaďs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
7.
Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; France 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Disappointing December 2, 2016 By David B. (La Honda, CA) See All My Reviews "Purchased principally for the Pablo de Sarasate but also attracted by the inclusion of two pieces by Saint-Saens and by the recording on SACD. I think it is a combination of the performance and the recording technique. It's not a bad album; it just didn't stir any emotion." Report Abuse
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