Opera Fantasies for Violin | Naxos 8570202

Opera Fantasies for Violin


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8570202

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 1st October 2007



The operatic fantasy, as a vehicle for the display of virtuosity, came into its own in the 19th century, notably with the ‘demon violinist’ Paganini, whose variations on Rossini’s I Palpiti are included here.

Later and contemporary composers and musicians have continued the practice of taking themes from operas and presenting them in ever more virtuosic guise. They include Stefan Frenkel whose technically very demanding arrangements of songs from Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera provide a dazzling showpiece in the nineteenth-century virtuoso tradition of Paganini and Liszt.

The haunting Desde mi ventana (From my window) from Osvaldo Golijov’s fusion opera AimnadamarStephen Prutsman.

Jenő HUBAY: Fantaisie brillante on Bizet’s Carmen, Op. 3, No. 3 ¹ ²;
Joachim RAFF: Duo on themes from Wagner’s Lohengrin, Op. 63, No. 3 ¹ ²;
Igor STRAVINSKY arr. Samuel Dushkin: Parasha’s Aria from Mavra ¹ ²;
Osvaldo GOLIJOV arr. Golijov/Stephen Prutsman: Desde mi ventana (From My Window) from Ainadamar ¹ ² ³ *;
Kurt WEILL arr. Stefan Frenkel: Song of Human Insufficiency/Mack the Knife (Seven Pieces from The Threepenny Opera, No. 1) ¹ ²;
Stephen PRUTSMAN: Fantasy Extract on Themes from Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier ¹ ²*;
Nicolò PAGANINI: I palpiti: Introduction and Variations on Di tanti palpiti from Rossini’s Tancredi ¹ ²;
Georges BIZET arr. Benjamin Loeb: Au fond du temple saint from Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers) ¹ ² 4*;
Edouard LALO arr. Joseph Szigeti: Aubade: Vainement, ma bien-aimée from Le roi d’Ys¹ ²

*World Première Recording
Livia Sohn - violin (1)
Benjamin Loeb - piano (2)
Geoff Nuttall - violin (3) / viola (4)

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