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Bravo! Encores For Violin - Kreisler, Etc / Nikolaj Znaider


Release Date: 02/04/2003 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63960   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Henri WieniawskiSergei RachmaninovFrédéric ChopinManuel Ponce,   ... 
Performer:  Nikolaj ZnaiderDaniel Gortler
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Nikolaj Znaider's star shines brightly in the constellation of up-and-coming violinists of the next generation. Since winning the Queen Elizabeth Competition 1997, Znaider's career has steadily mounted with international performances and critically-acclaimed recordings of violin concertos of Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Glazunov and others. His new release on RCA, entitled Bravo!, sets a smaller stage with a collection of showpieces for solo violin, accompanied on most tracks by Israeli pianist Daniel Gortler.

Znaider's playing throughout is limber and precise, his immaculate technique inherited from Juilliard violin maven Dorothy De Lay, the teacher of Itzakh Perlman and Cho-Liang Ling, among others. Znaider fairly burns through
Read more the imposing demands of Eugène Ysaÿe's "Ballade" Sonata, but it's the refreshing lyrical parsimony in the slow stuff that demands notice. The two transcriptions of Chopin Nocturnes echo the kind of dry romanticism of the earliest violinists of the recorded era. In the famous Rachmaninoff Vocalise the effect of that reserve is magical; Znaider spins an endless thread of emotive melody that refuses to wear its heart on its sleeve. As with any good encore, you're grateful for the bonbon but left wanting another. What a boon to be able to simply repeat the track; an action we found ourselves repeating again and again with Znaider's Bravo!.

David Simmons, WQXR
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Works on This Recording

1.
Variations for Violin on an original theme, Op. 15 by Henri Wieniawski
Performer:  Nikolaj Znaider (Violin), Daniel Gortler (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2002 
Venue:  Reitstadt, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 5 Secs. 
2.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Daniel Gortler (Piano), Nikolaj Znaider (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/2002 
Venue:  Reitstadt, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: M. Press
Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 
3.
Polonaise brillante for Violin and Piano no 1 in D major, Op. 4 by Henri Wieniawski
Performer:  Daniel Gortler (Piano), Nikolaj Znaider (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/2002 
Venue:  Reitstadt, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
4.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 2 in D flat major, B 96 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Daniel Gortler (Piano), Nikolaj Znaider (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/2002 
Venue:  Reitstadt, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: August Wilhelmj 
5.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikolaj Znaider (Violin), Daniel Gortler (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/2002 
Venue:  Reitstadt, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Jascha Heifetz 
6.
Estrellita by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Nikolaj Znaider (Violin), Daniel Gortler (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 06/2002 
Venue:  Reitstadt, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Jascha Heifetz 
7.
Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 22: no 1, Romanza andaluza by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Daniel Gortler (Piano), Nikolaj Znaider (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879 
Date of Recording: 06/2002 
Venue:  Reitstadt, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
8.
Hebrew Melody for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 33 by Joseph Achron
Performer:  Daniel Gortler (Piano), Nikolaj Znaider (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Poland 
Date of Recording: 06/2002 
Venue:  Reitstadt, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Leopold Auer 
9.
Sonatas (6) for Violin solo, Op. 27: no 3 in D minor "Ballade" by Eugène Ysaÿe
Performer:  Nikolaj Znaider (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1924; Belgium 
Date of Recording: 06/2002 
Venue:  Reitstadt, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 45 Secs. 
10.
Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice for Violin solo, Op. 6 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Nikolaj Znaider (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/2002 
Venue:  Reitstadt, Neumarkt, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 

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 Bravo for Bravo! March 15, 2014 By bess holloway (Boulder, CO) See All My Reviews "I can't imagine anyone not loving the sweet sounds made by NIkolaj Znaider on this recording. It's one of those you simply must hear to believe. A gift to your soul!" Report Abuse
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