Carmen Fantasy for Violin and Orchestraby 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.
THIS is how you do it!!January 6, 2012By 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!"Report Abuse