Violin Showcase

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Composer:
Edward Elgar, Henryk Wieniawski, Johannes Brahms, John Williams, Nicolò Paganini, Pablo de Sarasate, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Artists: Matthieu Arama violin
Aurélien Pontier piano

About this Album:
“To be a virtuoso is to not only be able to execute four-octave arpeggios, tenths, or even left-hand pizzicatos, but to transcend these technical parameters, even in the most formidable of passages, in order to relay the most exquisite of emotions” (Arama).

Such is the focus of Violin Showcase, which pays homage to what has been described as the “king of instruments”, detailing a selection of works that best symbolise this essential blend of technical prowess and musical depth. From profound lyricism, as exemplified by Wieniawski’s Variations sur un thème original Op.15, to popular traditional music – Joseph Joachim’s transcription of Brahms’s engaging Hungarian Dances and Sarasate’s glittering La Habañera – the release also draws on operatic inspiration (Paganini’s fiendis highly difficult but sublime prayer Dal tuo stellato soglio, played on the G string alone), ending on a more light-hearted note with John Williams’ passionate air from Fiddler on the Roof.

Performing these works with gusto and flair is the young French violinist Matthieu Arama, a former pupil of Igor Oistrakh and who has already appeared in many of the world’s leading concert halls. He is joined by pianist Aurélien Pontier for the recording, which was make at Château Fombrauge in Bordeaux – home to the famous St Emilion Grand Cru Classé wine and the name of the 1713 Stradivarius that Arama plays here.

Tracklist:
00:00:00 Fiddler on the Roof: Violin fantasy
00:04:47 Variations sur un thème original, Op. 15
00:18:03 Romance
00:23:13 Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G Minor, WoO 1 (arr. Joseph Joachim)
00:26:51 Hungarian Dance No. 2 in D Minor, WoO 1 (arr. Joseph Joachim)
00:31:36 Hungarian Dance No. 3 in F Major, WoO 1 (arr. Joseph Joachim)
00:34:27 Salut d’amour, Op. 12
00:37:35 Spanische Tänze, Op. 21: No. 2, Habañera
00:42:30 Eugene Onegin, Op.24, Scene 2: No.17, Lensky’s aria (arr. Leopold Auer)
00:49:23 Variations on a Theme of Rossini: Moses Fantasy
00:58:02 Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

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