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Fireworks: Violin Recital

Vadim Gluzman, Angela Yoffe

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1
Figaro (from Rossini's The Barber of Seville)
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco; Vadim Gluzman; Angela Yoffe
5:21
2 Fairy Tales, Op. 20 (arr. by J. Heifetz for Violin and Piano)  
2
No. 1. Allegro con espressione
Jascha Heifetz; Nikolai Medtner; Vadim Gluzman; Angela Yoffe
3:43
3
Polka, Op. 22
Zino Francescatti; Vadim Gluzman; Angela Yoffe
1:43
Kinderszenen (Scenes of Childhood), Op. 15  
4
VII. Traumerei (Dreaming) (arr. by F. Hullweck for Violin and Piano)
Robert Schumann; Ferdinand Hullweck; Vadim Gluzman; Angela Yoffe
3:10
5
La gitana
Fritz Kreisler; Vadim Gluzman; Angela Yoffe
3:18
6
La capricciosa
Franz Ries; Vadim Gluzman; Angela Yoffe
4:19
7
Habanera (arr. H. Szeryng)
Henryk Szeryng; Ernesto Halffter; Vadim Gluzman; Angela Yoffe
3:00
8
Fantaisie brillante on themes from Gounod's Faust, Op. 20 (arr. by H. Wieniaski for violin and piano)
Anonymous; Henryk Wieniawski; Vadim Gluzman; Angela Yoffe
16:15
9
Prelude No. 1, Op. 14
Samuel Gardner; Vadim Gluzman; Angela Yoffe
1:59
10
Improvviso in D Minor
Nino Rota; Vadim Gluzman; Angela Yoffe
4:16
Fiddler on the Roof  
11
Main Title Theme (arr. by M. Gluzman for Violin and Piano)
Jerry Bock; John Williams; Michael Gluzman; Vadim Gluzman; Angela Yoffe
3:41
Baal Shem (Version for Violin & Piano)  
12
II. Nigun
Ernest Bloch; Vadim Gluzman; Angela Yoffe
7:13
13
Tzigane
Maurice Ravel; Vadim Gluzman; Angela Yoffe
9:56
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    67:54
In a review in The Strad of Vadim Gluzman’s recent recording of the violin concertos by Tchaikovsky and Glazunov, the critic wrote of his ‘honeyed tone’, which ‘transports us back to the days of David Oistrakh, and recreates that innate Russian musicality of a previous generation…’ In a similar vein, the German magazine Fono Forum compared him to Heifetz and Milstein, adding that he passed the test with flying colours. When Gluzman now returns, it is with a dazzling programme fit for any of those virtuosos of days gone by. Indeed, several of them appear in the list of contents in the roles of composer or arranger: Heifetz himself has arranged Fairy Tale, by Nikolai Medtner, while Henryk Szeryng’s version of Ernesto Halffter’s Habanera with this release receives its world première recording.

Other examples of virtuoso-turned-composer are Wieniawski, Zino Francescatti (with a Polka) and Fritz Kreisler, whose La Gitana fits into the tradition of virtuoso pieces inspired by gypsy music – a tradition of which Ravel’s Tzigane is of course the jewel. A more unexpected item in the programme is the excerpt from Fiddler on the Roof, in which the composer Michael Gluzman – father of Vadim – has distilled a duo version of the title music of the filmed musical. Besides the previously mentioned album of concertos, Vadim Gluzman appears on a further three BIS titles. On all of these he performs with Angela Yoffe, his regular duo partner as well as his wife. This well-matched pair has been admired by the reviewers for their intense, passionate and powerful performances as well as for their supreme command of their respective instruments. About their first album on BIS the reviewer on website Classics Today wrote: ‘Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe push their collective virtuosity sky-high’ – the same certainly applies to Fireworks, their latest offering!
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