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Fire & Ice - Works for Violin and Orchestra

Placido Domingo, Sarah Chang Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Berliner Philharoniker
  • Conductor: Placido Domingo
  • Audio CD (8 Oct 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005O83N
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,641 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Concert Fantasy on Carmen, Op.25: Introduction:Allegro moderatoSarah Chang/Berliner Philharmoniker/Placido Domingo 2:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Concert Fantasy on Carmen, Op.25: I. ModeratoSarah Chang/Berliner Philharmoniker/Placido Domingo 2:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Concert Fantasy on Carmen, Op.25: II. Lento assaiSarah Chang/Berliner Philharmoniker/Placido Domingo 2:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Concert Fantasy on Carmen, Op.25: III. Allegro moderatoSarah Chang/Berliner Philharmoniker/Placido Domingo 1:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Concert Fantasy on Carmen, Op.25: IV. ModeratoSarah Chang/Berliner Philharmoniker/Placido Domingo 2:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Thaïs: Méditation from "Thaïs"Sarah Chang/Placido Domingo/Berliner Philharmoniker 5:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Tzigane - Rhapsodie de ConcertSarah Chang/Berliner Philharmoniker/Placido Domingo10:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Romance in F minor B39 (Op. 11)Sarah Chang/Placido Domingo/Berliner Philharmoniker11:12£2.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Romances: Romance in F, Op. 50Sarah Chang/Placido Domingo/Berliner Philharmoniker 8:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. 4 Orchestral Suites BWV 1066 - 1068, Suite for Orchestra No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: Air - Suite No.3 in D BWV 1068Sarah Chang/Placido Domingo/Berliner Philharmoniker 4:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Zigeunerweisen Op. 20Sarah Chang/Berliner Philharmoniker/Placido Domingo 8:24£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Here's a handy collection of popular works for violin and orchestra. The title apparently refers to the mix of warmly romantic music, like the Massenet "Méditation", and flashy virtuoso stuff, like the Sarasate Carmen Fantasy and Zigeunerweisen. Sarah Chang excels in both areas. Her Dvorák and Beethoven Romances are sweetly sung, while the insanely virtuosic Tzigane by Ravel, with its wild staccato and chordal effects, she tosses off without breaking a sweat. Except for the romanticised Bach Air from the Suite No.3, there are no stylistic transgressions, and the mix of fiery virtuoso fare and romantic slower beauties keeps interest alive throughout. Conductor Placido Domingo's proficient accompaniments don't get in her way. All the selections are familiar. Such violin virtuosi as Suk, Oistrakh, Grumiaux, Vengerov and Perlman have recorded most of them, often coming closer to capturing the inner glow of the music. But Chang's exciting performances can't fail to please, especially if you want all these favourites on one disc. --Dan Davis

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CD Berliner P.O./Placido Domingo/Sarah Chang

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This disc, well recorded in 2001 pre-dates three items played at the 'live' concert recorded with the same artists on a Euroarts DVD by one month only. Those three items are the two Sarasate pieces and the Massenet. The rest of the CD is not doubled with the DVD.

The 'fire' element of this disc is easy to identify, that being the Carmen Fantasy and Zigeunerweisen by Sarasate and Ravel's fiendishly difficult and rather strange display piece, Tzigane. All three of these pieces are played with astonishing technical accuracy and build to exciting accelerando conclusions. The rapidity of the playing, the tuning of the double stopping and all the other technical hurdles are despatched with such cool nonchalance that the increase of speed at the conclusions is actually required to inject any sense of danger! This is extraordinary playing indeed.

The Beethoven and Dvorak pieces are played slightly faster than is often the case and here the slower pace adopted by others is an advantage as it allows for a touch more expression. Those familiar with Suk's recording of the Dvorak with the CPO under Ancerl will know immediately what I mean by this. The Bach is played in the same slightly cool way but here it fits well with the practice of 'period' performers and excess expression would be at odds with the baroque period.

The Massenet Meditation is played simply and is most attractive. It is only when one compares this to the 'live' concert in Berlin only a month later that one registers a more relaxed, more communicative performance. That is also markedly true of the two Sarasate pieces which communicate so strongly with the audience that sustained and joyful applause interrupts half way through the Carmen Fantasy.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sarasate 24 Dec 2002
By Mats E Boman - Published on
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This recording of Carmen and Zigeunerweisen is hard to do any better. Simply great fiddle playing! Chang's vibrato and virtuosity suits this style perfectly and not many can play the page full of thirds in Carmen as well as she did it! Least successful was Beethoven and Bach. I rather prefer a more poetic mood (slower tempo) and a slightly less expansive vibrato for this kind of music. Sarah has a sometimes very broad vibrato well suited for fiery stuff but not so well suited for music that demands a certain level of sophistication. Anyway that is just my personal opinion as a violin freak. I guess the broader audience would not mind since the sound is very nice even if the vibrato is a bit out of control at times.
Thanks Sarah for yet another great recording!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed it, breathtaking violin, excellent orchestra 22 Jan 2002
By A Customer - Published on
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Chang first recorded the Carmen fantasy as a child on her debut album accompanied by pianist Sandra Rivers. This was a sweet and faithful version, very charmingly done. However, she is older now and there is a lot of drama to this version with the Berlin Philharmonic. I actually didn't like it at first -- it seemed overly stylized, but then again I don't have the score in front of me (and couldn't actually understand it if I did!) so this may be the more faithful version. I don't know. But upon a second try, I found I liked the tension and energy and passion that Chang added to the music. Now, having listened several times, I can say that it is a lovely and stunning piece. This entire album is, in fact, full of energy and passion, bringing high drama to some very dramatic pieces. Probably the most delicate is Bach's Air, sweetly and commandingly done, demonstrating Chang's maturity and expertise. Tzigane and Dvorak's Romance are exquisite. Chills run up and down your spine, if you like "gypsy" music as I do. The Beethoven is beautifully done, without any of the sloppy stylizing that you may have heard from other violinists -- again, Chang demonstrates her mastery of her instrument and of her repertoire. My favorite is the last piece, Zigeunerweisen, with its changes in tempo and direction that could easily confound. Chang brings it all off brilliantly, and Domingo provides a fluid orchestration that never interferes with his prime purpose in showing off his soloist. Wonderfully done and a certain pleasure for anyone who knows Chang's accomplishments or someone who is looking for an intro. If you want more, don't miss her Sweet Sorrow album too, delicate and sad tunes played with an incredible heart-aching and heart-fulfilling beauty.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire and Ice? Fire, yes. But ? Brava Sarah! Theresa NY 22 April 2005
By tess4ADAM - Published on
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After listening to this CD by Sarah Chang I can see the Fire in all of the selections, even the "Meditiation" by Massenet. But where the Ice comes in I cannot tell. Sarah plays with such vibrance and zeal and even if you've never heard the selection before it doesn't matter. Her interpretation of "Zigeunerweisen" is the best I have ever heard. And I think Placido Domingo also does a fabulous job of conducting. All in all, this is one of the most entertaining and enjoyable CD's I own. I urge you to buy it. You won't be sorry.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chang v. Perlman 2 Oct 2004
By Rodney Hermio Vupperschlitz - Published on
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This album has almost the same repertoire as one by Perlman. Some days I prefer the Perlman version, other days I prefer Sarah's version. Sarah has been a perfect technical virtuoso since she was 13. At age 19, she has matured in her artistic interpretation to rival the best in the world. (I consider Itzak Perlman to be the best, but Sarah is nearly his equal, and she is yet quite young.) I eagerly await each new album she publishes. I wish she would come to town so I could hear her live. I also wish she would record occasionally on analog LP, especially direct disc. I find CDs much less faithful to the sound of live music than LPs, though at least todays CD players are somewhat listenable, instead of making the dreadful sounds they did when the medium was new.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another heart-warming performance by Sarah... 11 Feb 2002
By "bourdour" - Published on
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For those listeners who are new to Sarah,this would perhaps make a good intro cd.Instead of Sarah playing a certain concerto with a same general mood conjured by ONE are pieces varying in temperament,from different periods and therefore more disgestible.
Sarah really brings new meaning to the word "virtuoso".NEver before has there ever been this sound-the warm lush sound with that captivating vibrato that rings in the ears and seduces the soul.The sound is unwavering even in the most furiously virtuosic moments like in the furious Moderato rounding off the Carmen Fantasy.
Sarah didnt need to go through all those competitions to make herself known.Partly due to this,her playing has always been relaxed...never forced....totally natural..pleasing always to the ear with vibrato that never ever sounds INTENDED and definitely not the tight constricted sound found in most of the world's finest violinists who probably have been somewhat affected musically by all the competitively stressful aspects of competition.
Pay attention u ppl out there who havent heard of Sarah!This is playing thats finally pampering for ur ears!
The meditation by massenet is played with an ardour that does not allow for too much hesitation(unlike Mutter's version which is somewhat more pondering).This is str8forward playing from Sarah.Clean and clearcut...making her intentions clearly known.Some may prefer a more thoughtful version of this piece but Sarah still moves in this out for some portamento slides on the g string after an expressive outburst somewhere in the beginning.Its one of those Sarah effects that will bound to make ur heart melt,like it did in Goldmark with Sarah previously)
The Tzigane is venemously well done technically.HEre is a spitfire...and Sarah has got more assertive musically over the years..Technically,theres nothing more perfect to ask for.As for spontaneity,well,I think more could be done to make this piece more mad.THough Sarah intended for it to be otherwise,the playing still seems somewhat tecnical to me.Perhaps its those flawless chords that makes Sarah sound too pitch perfect to be mad.Hahahaha...but heres a assertive showing.:p The ending was played with caution to the tempo such that Sarah does not go out of control...different from Mutter's approach who plays with wild abandon and sacrifices some tone n harmonics for that desired mad effect.Sarah's only 20 though...(and if Sarah is actually reading this...YOU GO GIRL!)hahaha... :p
Sarah adopts a slightly different tone for the Air on G string and the beethoven.The sound is more refined without excess details thats typical of the Romantic period of music.HEre is a sound that sounds pure n not Romantic,sort of like a boy soprano as compared to a female one.:p
Well,this cd is definitely worth getting,just like all her other cds.In fact,ive got all her discs.If u want something good for ur heart,this should be it.:)

After fanatical and repeated listening to her previous recording of the Goldmark,which i think was a real special recording for her,this disc might seem a little less inspired.But we must realise the many many factors affecting a recording.Of course,ALL Sarah's recordings are remarkable in their own special way...but lets say the Goldmark was a very very very special recording.Well,any violinist can tell how attached Sarah was with Goldmark simply from hearing how she so effortlessly related to the oriental-sounding piece.Sometimes ,it takes years for a performer to realise what the composer really had in his mind when he composed a particular piece.But in the case of the Goldmark Violin concerto,it was as if Goldmark n Sarah had the same ideals.Goldmark was a violinist and soemthing as lyrical as his concerto speaks much of his love for violin n for heart-felt playing.Goldmark and Sarah became one in the recording...and its so beautiful...ive been listening to it almost daily since it was released two years ago...(i told u its FANATICAL repeated listening!!)
Sarah's a gift from God...thats the meaning of the name Sarah anyway... :p
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