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Legacy [CD+DVD]

David Garrett Audio CD
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Part maverick, part genius, total virtuoso, David Garrett, 25, has been surprising people since before he was four years old. It was then that his father gave him a violin (he was having a tantrum because his older brother had a violin teacher) and, without any lessons, the toddler picked it up and began playing. Fast forward just four years and David was already one of the foremost violinists ... Read more in Amazon's David Garrett Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B0072D89YC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,215 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Beethoven: 1. Allegro ma non troppo [Violin Concerto in D, Op.61]
2. Beethoven: 2. Larghetto [Violin Concerto in D, Op.61]
3. Beethoven: 3. Rondo (Allegro) [Violin Concerto in D, Op.61]
4. Kreisler: Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani
5. Rachmaninov: Variation 18 [Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43] arr. Kreisler
6. Kreisler: Caprice Viennois, Op.2
7. Kreisler: Variations on a theme of Corelli in the style of Tartini
8. Kreisler: Romance: Larghetto on a theme by Carl Maria von Weber
9. Kreisler: Tambourin Chinois, Op.3
10. Kreisler: Liebesleid
Disc: 2
1. BONUS DVD - Playing For My Life (documentary)

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CD Description

“David Garrett’s new classical CD/DVD is the superstar violinist’s first recording of the Beethoven Violin Concerto – the Everest of the violin repertoire, and a LEGACY to Beethoven (and Kreisler, a hero of Garrett’s, who re-popularised the Beethoven concerto in the 20th century). This is an opportunity for fans of the 31-year-old German-born violinist, familiar with his rock-inspired concerts and CDs to discover his first love – classical music.
The DVD part is Playing For My Life – a career defining documentary on the life and work of David Garrett following his meteoric rise to fame and the new recording of his Legacy album.
Legacy is a message from the man himself that he has never really been away. Throughout his rock-violin crossover years, playing pure classical violin has remained central to David Garrett’s life and work.”

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5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbound 11 Feb 2014
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING 31 July 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding! 4 Sep 2012
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The music sounds modern and great music always elicits an emotional response, transcending time and space.

"Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61" is multifaceted like a stunning diamond. "Allegro ma non troppo" is majestic yet uncomplicated. Well over 3 minutes into the long orchestra introduction after two themes are introduced and developed, the solo violin (hereafter the "violin") enters and begins to weave beautiful ornamental variations on the two themes while ascending into upper registers, accompanied by stately grandeur orchestra. The movement ends on a crescendo.

"Larghetto." The simple, serene Larghetto is tranquil and peaceful, and the ethereal violin sound is simply divine. There is great rapport between the violin and orchestra, complementing and enhancing each other throughout. PAY ATTENTION near the end of Larghetto as the orchestra force darkens and the violin nonchalantly changes tune . . .

"Rondo (Allegro)." Immediately the violin launches into a happy tune overflowing with joy. Beethoven can be romantic! The cheerful violin has ample opportunities to display virtuosity unaccompanied (a Kreisler cadenza) and be emotionally demonstrative through many beautiful lyrical passages. Finally the orchestra joins the violin to a resounding fortissimo climax.

"Kreisler: Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani." Following a loud, compelling opening the "Praeludium" continues a highly romanticised saga as the exquisitely accented violin draws out the resonance and vibrancy of each note in sustained long phrases. The fast-paced "Allegro" section is serene and poetic, containing an intensely sensual cadenza for solo violin.

"Rachmaninoff: Variation 18 (Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43) arr. Kreisler.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Mediocrity is everywhere... 23 Mar 2012
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Anyone who's read my other reviews will note that I love violin music and players. I also don't like writing negative reviews, however, this time I'll make an exception.

Let's start with the good stuff. The Beethoven concerto is, at best, an adequate performance. It's pretty much in tune and his tone is OK. However, listen to Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern or Ida Haendel to discover what is missing in Garrett's performance. The 3 players mentioned all speak warmly on the accompanying dvd about his technique and musical ability but, somewhere in this recording, his 'genius' seems to have got watered down.

His performance of the Beethoven is just lacking in the sheer interest that great players DEMAND of their listeners. Garrett's recording would be ok for say, chopping vegetables or ironing but not for someone wanting an uplifting spirtiual experience.

As for the Kreisler works, well, try listening to HIS old recordings to hear what great violin playing is all about. To mention Garrett and Kreisler in the same breath is sacreligious

By all means listen to it on an ipod whist travelling or put it on shuffle between rock and rap music but don't file it beside any of the other great masters who have recorded this piece.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant music to relax with. 8 Jan 2013
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An enjoyable performance which smooths and calms you better than a hot bath. You find yourself playing it again over and over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Legacy 12 Nov 2013
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David Garrett is a fabulous violinist who's personality shines in his music, this album is truly beautiful, every classical lover who does not own this in their collection are missing out, a MUST !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Legacy 27 Sep 2013
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Excellent CD and what a great surprise to also receive a DVD. I thoroughly enjoyed this CD and DVD and would recommend anyone to buy this as David Garrett is wonderful and such an accomplished artist. Highly recommend.
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