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Popular Encores - Paganini, Schubert, Et Al / Haendel, Et Al


Release Date: 09/10/2002 
Label:  Testament   Catalog #: 1259   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Niccolò PaganiniFranz SchubertPablo de SarasateMaurice Ravel,   ... 
Performer:  Ida HaendelGeoffrey Parsons
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There's a lot of talk in the opera world about singing actors--vocalists who can express deep emotion as well as hit their technical targets--but it's not often that we discuss the phenomenon of playing actors. But such phenomena do exist, as documented by Ida Haendel on her disc of encores. (It's notable that the late Australian pianist Geoffrey Parsons often performed with singers in the course of his career, as his sympathetic accompaniment here reflects.) The ground Haendel covers is nicely diverse; sure, there are the expected lollipops, but there are some unusual intrigues as well. One of these, an arrangement of Copland's Hoe-Down from the ballet Rodeo, is unfortunately awkward, but it's still an interesting aside.
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This 1979 recording highlights the seriously underrecorded Haendel's trademark attributes: extraordinary technical command and sensitive interpretation. She has detractors who call her playing cold, but certainly that's not true here (if it ever was). What is striking about this program is how fully Haendel embodies the music's character, from the curls of Sarasate's flirty Habanera to the unearthly harmonics of the third of Bartók's Rumanian Folk Dances. Mendelssohn's On Wings of Song is warm and rich, and Dvorák's Songs My Mother Taught Me is lyrical and unmistakably nostalgia-tinged.


The transfers are excellent, and the sonically true balance of the original masters (with the violin slightly forward) has been maintained. My only complaint with Testament's reissue is that the liner notes in large part are duplicated on another disc reissued simultaneously (Haendel's Baroque Transcriptions). Surely Testament doesn't believe that the violinist's fans won't want both albums, and who wants to read the same Haendel interview twice?
--Anastasia Tsioulcas, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin no 2 in B minor, Op. 7 "La Campanella": 3rd movement, Rondo à la clochette by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Ida Haendel (Violin), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826 
Notes: Arranged: Fritz Kreisler
Arranger: Fritz Kreisler.
EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/18/1978 - 09/19/1978); EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/26/1978) 
2. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Ida Haendel (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Arranged: Fritz Kreisler
Arranger: Wilhelm.
EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/18/1978 - 09/19/1978); EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/26/1978) 
3. Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 21: no 2, Habañera by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Ida Haendel (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878 
Notes: Arranged: Fritz Kreisler
Arranger: Zino Francescatti.
EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/18/1978 - 09/19/1978); EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/26/1978) 
4. Pièce en forme de Habañera by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Ida Haendel (Violin), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Fritz Kreisler
EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/18/1978 - 09/19/1978); EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/26/1978) 
5. Zigeunermelodien (7), Op. 55: no 4, Als die alte Mutter by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Ida Haendel (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Bohemia 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Fritz Kreisler
Arranger: Fritz Kreisler.
EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/18/1978 - 09/19/1978); EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/26/1978) 
6. Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes - no 4, Hoe-down by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Ida Haendel (Violin), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Fritz Kreisler
EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/18/1978 - 09/19/1978); EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/26/1978) 
7. Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, B g5 "Devil's Trill": Andante by Giuseppe Tartini
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Ida Haendel (Violin)
Length: 7 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in B flat major, B Bb3 "Staggion bella": Presto."
Arranger: Leslie Bridgewater.EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/18/1978 - 09/19/1978); EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/26/1978) 
8. Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in B flat major, B Bb3 "Staggion bella": Presto by Giuseppe Tartini
Performer:  Ida Haendel (Violin), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, Op. 1 no 4 "Devil's Trill": Andante."
Arranger: Leslie Bridgewater.
EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/18/1978 - 09/19/1978); EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/26/1978) 
9. Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 23: no 2, Zapateado by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Ida Haendel (Violin), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Fritz Kreisler
Arranger: Zino Francescatti.
EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/18/1978 - 09/19/1978); EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/26/1978) 
10. Songs (6), Op. 34: no 2, Auf Flügeln des Gesanges by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Ida Haendel (Violin), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Fritz Kreisler
Arranger: Libby Larsen.
EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/18/1978 - 09/19/1978); EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/26/1978) 
11. Danza de la gitana by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Ida Haendel (Violin), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Fritz Kreisler
Arranger: Jascha Heifetz.
EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/18/1978 - 09/19/1978); EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/26/1978) 
12. Romanian Folkdances (6) for Piano, Sz 56 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Ida Haendel (Violin), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Fritz Kreisler
Arranger: Zoltán Székely.
EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/18/1978 - 09/19/1978); EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/26/1978) 
13. Sonates progressives (6) for Violin and Piano: no 3 in D minor, J 101/Op. 10 no 3 - Thème russe by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Ida Haendel (Violin), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1810; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Sonates progressives (6) for Violin and Piano: no 3 in D minor, J 101/Op. 10 no 3 - Rondo."
Arranger: Joseph Szigeti.EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/18/1978 - 09/19/1978); EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/26/1978) 
14. Sonates progressives (6) for Violin and Piano: no 3 in D minor, J 101/Op. 10 no 3 - Rondo by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Ida Haendel (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1810; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Sonates progressives (6) for Violin and Piano: no 3 in D minor, J 101/Op. 10 no 3 - Thème russe."
Arranger: Joseph Szigeti.
EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/18/1978 - 09/19/1978); EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England (09/26/1978) 

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