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Violin Concerto No. 1 / Havanaise / Introduction And Rondo Capriccioso

Sarah Chang , Pagani , Saint-Saens , Wolfgang Sawallisch , The Philadelphia Orchestra Audio CD
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1. Concerto No. 1 In D For Violin And Orchestra, Op. 6: I. Allegro Maestoso
2. Concerto No. 1 In D For Violin And Orchestra, Op. 6: II. Adagio espressivo
3. Concerto No. 1 In D For Violin And Orchestra, Op. 6: III. Rondo (Allegro spiritoso)
4. Havanaise For Violin And Orchestra, Op.83
5. Introduction And Rondo Capriccioso For Violin And Orchestra, Op. 28

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Next Immortal March 21 2000
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Niccolo Paganini was utterly mysterious in that, his glorious ability with the violin was so magnificent as to be literally supernatural. He will always claim the mantle as the greatest and most revered violinist the world has ever known. Now two hundred years later a new violinist, Sarah Chang, has won the hearts and minds of a fascinated classical audience with performances that astonish and bring the magic of the great composers of the past alive once more. In this great recording of Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1, Sarah Chang has achieved another milestone in her long string of recording masterpieces. Her command of the rhythmics, harmonics, and melody is supreme. Her speed and precision are miraculous. Now 19, the Korean-American Chang made this recording at 13, in 1994. If ever there was a human being who could reach the heights that Paganini once inhabited, it is this young lady. Just as we worship Paganini as an immortal legend of the past, we can now admire and love Miss Chang, an immortal artist, a living legend, living among us today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant Aug. 7 2003
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I have been a fan of sarah for a long time now...I live in hawaii and she came here to do a concert and i was just amazed then i became interested in her. This recording has everything, fabulous technique, amazing emotions, and it just melts your heart away. I am a young violinist myself and i have been looking up to Miss Chang, Mr. Perlman and more but this recording is absolutely great.
The paganini concerto is absolutely advanced and i've played the third movement before and i cant play the first but sarah makes u believe that she is nicolo paganini and its just brilliant.
The reason i bought this cd was for the saint-saens and it's just amazing. I especially love the introduction because she plays so well and effortlessly. I have played the introduction before but not as well as her. She amazes me more everyday. I dont know what u guys are talking bout..giving her a 3 star out of 5. If you can do better i would like to hear it...
one word for this cd...FABULOUS
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb performances. Jan. 6 1999
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Sarah Chang tosses off the tremendous technical difficulties in the Paganini with disconcerting ease. Even the long passage of double-harmonics in the third movement is note-perfect. Her performance is a perfect blend of splendid virtuosic flair and heartwarming lyricism. The only thing that disappoints me in the Paganini is that she made some minor cuts in the Sauret cadenza (well, very few violinists play the complete version), and skipped an entire section in the third movement, like all the other DeLay pupils.
The two Saint-Saens showpieces, superbly played, are very different interpretations from those of Heifetz. Even if you adore Heifetz's interpretations, Chang's are well worth listening to. These are ardent, full-blooded romantic performances, to say nothing of the impeccable technique. The only thing I would desire would be a bit more rubato, such as prolonging the long trills more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Chang Plays Like a Conservatory Student May 17 2003
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Yes, yes, I know she has great technique. But technique only serves to emphasize musicianship in a player, a quality that she is shockingly without in the Paganini concerto. This is a wonderful piece, it's like the Italian version to Arthur Sullivan's scores for the G&S operette, it's rollicking good fun. It's a humorous, passionate piece that can't be taken completely seriously. But Sarah Chang misses that point. She doesn't understand what this piece is about the way that Pearlman does. But she plays it like Mozart! It's all wrong! Absolutely wrong! I just listen to this thing and think about how stunning wrong it is! The bowing is much too light and serious; she needs to get into the string and bring out the passion, but more importantly, the great *wit* of the composition! Sarah Chang has no idea how cute and fun this concerto is!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An anwesome CD! July 2 2002
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This is a great CD, I think one of Sarah Chang's best. The Paganini concerto is precise and clear, without a missed note. (The orchestra also does a wonderful job here.) But the real reasons to buy this CD are the Saint-Saens pieces, Havanaise and Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso. Wow. Amazing. The Havanaise is haunting in the slower sections, just beautiful. Chang displays a maturity in this piece not often heard from 13-year-old musicians. And the Introduction and Rondo is even better, albeit in a different way. The piece is terribly exciting with its violin fireworks, and Chang plays flawlessly. I own several recordings of the Introduction and Rondo and this is by far the very best of them all. Even if you don't like Sarah Chang or classical music in particular, I highly recommend this CD.
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