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on 1 September 2012
The violin sound is warm, expressive and engaging.
The CD opens with cinematic, emotionally evocative "La Califfa" (an arrangement of La Califfa theme by Ennio Morricone, Italian conductor/composer famous for epic, hauntingly beautiful film scores).
Defiant and alluring "Carmen Fantaisie" follows with capricious chromatic melodies brazen like the sultry Carmen.
"Nothing Else Matters." The music begins . . . suddenly nothing else matters but the French impressionist piano notes, subtle dynamic interplay between piano and violin, and the ardent, violin-dominated soaring rendition.
"Csardas - Gypsy Dance"'s wistful violin opening evolves beautifully into rhythmic, uplifting melodies swooping up and down the scales; the tempo changes frequently to express emotions until accelerating to a tantalizing pause, then an abrupt cutoff.
"Dueling Banjos" begins by alternately plucking/picking notes on the violin/electric guitar. The two soon begin a wild virtuoso daring game at an ever-escalating pace, splattering out beautiful notes alone the way creating an exciting musical spectacle.
"Pachelbel's Canon" is serene and moving as a beautiful breaking dawn. The sprightly violin passage (new!) in bright high register could be highlighting the light of a new dawn, which is breaking over the horizon as more musical instruments joining in building to a glorious full-force orchestra explosion.
"Paganini Rhapsody" retains the essence of Paganini's electrifying Caprice No. 24, displaying pure virtuoso passion with a blizzard of wide-interval arpeggios, fast scales, chromatic runs requiring continuous multiple stops, rapid pizzicato, rapid shifting and rapid string crossings through improvisatory melodies with thrills. The orchestra accompaniment makes the showy violin theme and variations even more distinct while adding a festival musical gala atmosphere.
"Somewhere" is sweet, sentimental and intimate. The expressive violin captures the essence of youth, love (not just teen infatuation), commitment, doubts, defiance and rebellion and brings out a rainbow of emotions to epic Romeo and Juliet proportions.
A torrent of descending notes plunge into "The Flight of The Bumble Bee" at blinding speed. The violin sounds a million of busy, buzzing bees dancing, chasing, hovering around one another and in no time they buzz off into the distance. (Garrett breaks violin world speed record playing this in 66.56 seconds.)
"Serenade" is full of longing as the violin weeps through an emotional maze playing a beautiful melody to get it over with rather quickly.
Techno-tinged "Toccata" features fast dance-like rhythms enriched with Baroque style harmonics. The high energy violin sound emits pulsating neon colours throughout, swooping up majestically to end the music on a high note.
The exquisite violin sounds carefree in leisurely paced "You Raise Me Up" as if sailing into the open sea.
A mysterious tune flows in to introduce "Eliza", reminiscent of quirky French romantic comic fantasy films.
Bonus: See booklet for Garrett's charming story telling and creative ideas prefacing each track.