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Opera Fantasies

Zimbalist / Kazazyan / Shibko
Release Date: 08/31/2010 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3384   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henri WieniawskiHeinrich Wilhelm ErnstFranz WaxmanIgor Frolov,   ... 
Performer:  Haik KazazyanAndrey Shibko
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasy brillante on Gounod's "Faust" for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 20 by Henri Wieniawski
Performer:  Haik Kazazyan (Violin), Andrey Shibko (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; St. Petersburg, Russ 
Venue:  Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, M 
Length: 16 Minutes 11 Secs. 
2.
Fantasie Brilliante for Violin and Orchestra from Otello, Op. 11 by Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst
Performer:  Haik Kazazyan (Violin), Andrey Shibko (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, M 
Length: 12 Minutes 54 Secs. 
3.
Carmen Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra by Franz Waxman
Performer:  Haik Kazazyan (Violin), Andrey Shibko (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946 
Venue:  Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, M 
Length: 10 Minutes 15 Secs. 
4.
Concert Fantasy on themes from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, for violin & piano by Igor Frolov
Performer:  Andrey Shibko (Piano), Haik Kazazyan (Violin)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, M 
Length: 14 Minutes 4 Secs. 
5.
Fantasy on Rimsky-Korsakov's "Le Coq d'or," for violin & orchestra by Efrem Zimbalist
Performer:  Haik Kazazyan (Violin), Andrey Shibko (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, M 
Length: 8 Minutes 22 Secs. 
6.
Concert fantasy on Mozart's "Magic Flute," Op 54 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Haik Kazazyan (Violin), Andrey Shibko (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
Venue:  Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, M 
Length: 11 Minutes 48 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Concert Phantasy on Themes from Rimsky-Korsakov's Le Coq d'Or (The Golden Cockerel)
Concert Fantasy on Mozart's Magic Flute, Op. 54
Carmen Fantasie (version for violin and piano): Fantasy On Themes From Bizet's Carmen
Fantaisie brillante on themes from Gounod's Faust, Op. 20 (arr. for violin and piano)
Fantaisie brillante on Rossini's Othello, Op. 11 (version for violin and piano): Fantaisie brillante on Rossini's Othello, Op. 11
Concert Fantasy on Themes from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, Op. 19

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 THIS is how you do it!! January 6, 2012 By S. Sitarski (Kitchener, ON) See All My Reviews "Assuming you even have the guts to attempt to perform, much less record, a whole program of some the most virtuosic music ever written for violin, this is how it's done.
Mr.Kazazyan is a phenomenally trained violinist from the great Russian tradition (beginning with the likes of Leopold Auer and continuing through the Heifetz's, Oistrakh's and Kogan's to the Mullova's, Vengerov's and many more new masters). He certainly has technique to burn, but his playing isn't only about showing off - he also has a beautiful sound, and truly has fun performing these opera pastiches.
The Waxman-Bizet (written for and made famous by Heifetz) is fairly well known, but the Zimbalist-Rimsky-Korsakov, Sarasate-Mozart, Wieniawski-Gounod and the Ernst-Rossini are almost never found in concert programs or recordings, and the Frolov-Gershwin is the newest and least known of the selections.
Suffice to say that each of these pieces is devilishly difficult, and there are doubtless very few violinists in the world that are capable of playing them at all.
Haik Kazazyan not only CAN play them, he exhibits style, humor and beauty in their execution. Not only did I marvel at his sheer acrobatics, I often smiled from some turn of phrase or subtle timing - evidence of true virtuosity.

Any violin enthusiast or opera aficionado will derive pleasure listening to this incredible collection. By the way, pianist Andrey Shibko is more than up to the accompanying responsibilities - he really struts his own stuff in the Gershwin arrangement!"
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