- Audio CD (Dec 3 2002)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Hyperion UK
- ASIN: B00006L3W8
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #270,380 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Caprice brillant - Saint-Saens|
|2. Nocturne in E major, op. 62 no. 2 - Chopin/Saint-Saens|
|3. Caprice d'apres l'Etude en forme de valse - Saint-Saens|
|4. Nocturne in E flat major, op. 55 no. 2 - Chopin/Saint-Saens|
|5. Waltz in E minor, op. posth. - Chopin/Ysaye|
|6. Ballade no. 1 in G minor, op. 23 - Chopin/Ysaye|
|7. Fantaisie for violin and piano after Weber's Oberon - Saint-Saens|
|8. L'air de la pendule - Saint-Saens|
|9. Fantaisie for violin and harp, op. 124 - Saint-Saens|
Later on I discovered the Saint-Saens Introduction/Rondo Capriccio, violin sonatas, and violin concerto 3 as well as the piano concertos: all unbelievably brilliant beyond words.
This CD is no exception whatsoever. Like the violin/piano sonatas, the music here is equally interesting for both the violinist and the pianist. The role of the piano is equally important and does not assume the mere role of accompanist. This music is so intense you will will have no choice but to be stunned and amazed at the landscapes and thunder this music invokes.
The most interesting thing about this CD is that Saint-Saens did some transcriptions of Chopin for violin and piano. This is the holy grail for me, to hear Chopin played on violin since Chopin is my favorite composer and the violin is my favorite instrument.
I find it interesting that Saint-Saens took the time to transcribe for the violin when we all know he was a pianist and must have been uncontent playing the pieces as solo piano. He must have felt that the sensitivity of the melodies would be best expressed through the violin. The way you can shape a few notes allows for more emotion and warmth and it is great to hear these complex and dynamic moods come out, resulting in a more dynamic and emotional performance and feeling to the music.Read more ›