It is likely you will indeed be spellbound for a time after listening to David Garrett play his ‘Legacy’ pieces for violin and orchestra. The virtuosity of the performance, the varied tone and intensity of the sound, now subtly delicate, now bold and strong like broad sweeps of a painter’s brush on canvas – these are truly astonishing! Beethoven’s violin concerto is rendered in pure classical style of violin, the orchestra sound is wonderfully rich, the soloist shines through, trills and glimmers exquisitely, suggesting nightingales and all sorts of other fanciful imaginings for those who ‘read’ music like pictures, or text. The remainder of the disk is inspired by Fritz Kreisler, but it is different: Kreisler is simple, intimate, enclosed, David Garrett is open, his sound escapes and wanders off in many unexpected ways. His (DG’s) final track is entitled ‘Liebesleid’ (love’s sorrow) and the arrangement here combines most ingeniously Kreisler’s ‘ Liebesfreud’ and ‘Libeslied’ (love’s joy and love’s song). Garrett plays it as a memory of great love that is gone, lost, at times gently, at other times full of deep heartache, no two phrases are the same, and just listen to the final tremor that represents a sob… but I mustn’t spoil it for you by telling how it ends. Apart from the violinist’s outstanding musicianship this track benefits from the contrast with the piece immediately preceding it – the crisp, cheeky Tambourin Chinois. I should add that much thought has gone into devising the sequence of tracks on the CD to provide for similar, striking contrasts.