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"Timeless" Brahms & Bruch Violin Concertos
"Timeless" Brahms & Bruch Violin Concertos
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Price: £4.91

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Infinite Longing, 4 Sept. 2015
Romanticism in full swing, tinged with infinite longing.

I. Max Bruch - Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op.26
1. Vorspiel (Allegro moderato)
Impassioned solo violin (hereafter the "violin") enters with searing lament. The orchestra responds with richly layered passions in fine order, prompting the violin to spin out even more tuneful lamentations, with seamless melodic continuity into the second movement.

2. Adagio
A lyrical movement of tender intimacy. The violin explores depth of feelings with great warmth and elegant legato spanning low, rich bass to soprano registers. The orchestra is dynamic and subtle.

3. Finale (Allegro energico)
The orchestra quickly builds up an expectant atmosphere, heralding a grand finale. The violin is passionately lyrical, and anguished yearning seeps through every note of its sweeping Gypsy rendition.

II. Johannes Brahms - Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.77
4. Allegro non troppo
An epic movement. The sonorous violin leaps with romantic outpouring alternating between turbulent passion and serene lyricism, culminating to a lengthy cadenza of impossible longing.

5. Adagio
The focused violin emotes with cantabile espressivo and enduring sweetness. The orchestra is calm and attentive.

6. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace - Poco più presto
An emotionally powerful sweeping finale. The ardent violin always surges with an overwhelming sense of loneliness in the most joyful moments.

Bonus-DVD (Deluxe-Edition):
The Making of Timeless - Brahms & Bruch Violin-Concertos (English/German)

Unmissable booklet:
1. Stunning high fashion photos of Garrett gorgeously lit to evoke a sense of timelessness.
2. Interview with Garrett.
3. Maestro Mehta comments on honest artistic intentions.


Caprice
Caprice
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magically Beautiful!, 4 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: Caprice (Audio CD)
Garrett's virtuosic rearrangements of classical tunes and cantabile compositions are ravishing and exciting.

1. Caprice No.24
A catchy theme and fanciful variations each for a new dazzling technical display in a new direction (rollicking playfulness, stormy passions, desolate yearning) to bring out an astonishing range of violin sounds and emotional colouring (bright chirpy high octave, dark mournful longing and pain).

2. Ma Dove Sei (English/Italian version)
A heart-melting aria full of romantic warmth and Italian sensibility, heightened by tenor Bocelli's velvety phrasing, as passion soars with the ardent yearning violin.

3. La Campanella
A brilliant, ringing bell-song with embellished colouraturas, pearl-like notes played staccato and ravishing chords. The expressive violin is seductively sweet.

4. Io Ti Penso Amore (in English/Italian/3rd language unknown)
A sweet, soaring duet of desire and passion. The gorgeous soprano spans a great range, spurring heart-piercing yearning from the sweeping, intensely emotional violin. Surprisingly the beautiful ending has a distinct Chinese accent.

5. Sonata No. 12 in E minor, Opus 3
The evocative violin sings a sweet Italian melody with lovelorn lilt and warm resonance.

6. Devil's Trill Sonata
Elegant and playful, reminiscing the pop-baroque soundtrack of a lavish period teen drama: singing legato line alternates with innocent anarchistic up-tempo Hyper Romantic classic pop. The extensive multiphonic cadenza with feverish trills is breathtaking; the richly nuanced full-sound violin sings with warmth and passion.

7. Capriccio Tarantella
A lovely pitched virtuosic power play for two violins at dazzling speed.

8. Swan Lake Theme
Wild and unrestrained, the violin explores the themes of romance, betrayal and redemption with extreme passion and rock'n'roll resonance.

9. Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2
A powerfully evocative score. The dark, impassioned violin sings with warmth and romantic yearning, and the rippling emotional undercurrents continue (on the piano) long after the violin has gone.

10. Caprice No. 5
The compelling violin attacks flying arpeggios, dashing scales, multiple-rebound ricochet with powerful Wagnerian passion and intensity.

11. A La Turca
The violin leads a sweet, whimsical march; the magical Oriental atmosphere created by the orchestra is lovely.

12. Scarlatti Sonata in F minor, k466
A beautifully poignant Italianate violin melody of the tenderest feelings and deepest longings, subtly echoed by classical guitar notes.

13. Gypsy Dance
Soon the wistful violin loses all inhibitions and dances into a whirlwind Gypsy romance as tomorrow is not guaranteed.

14. Carnival Of Venice
An amazing display of violin virtuosity with flirty brilliance and rhythmic playfulness.

Extra Special:
1. Beautiful album cover; fabulous booklet with fine-art photos.
2. Reorganised (from album "Garrett vs. Paganini") track listings create a beautiful narrative to enhance the musical experience.


Der Teufelsgeiger (DVD) (FSK 6)
Der Teufelsgeiger (DVD) (FSK 6)
Dvd ~ Jared Harris
Offered by schnuppie83
Price: £9.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking Soundtrack and Film!, 4 Sept. 2014
Like music, films are driven by emotions.

Fast-paced plot, richly atmospheric soundtrack, and star violinist David Garrett's sensational violin playing and beautifully acted Paganini make this film unmissible.

Plot summary by soundtrack:
1. Flying arpeggios and plunging scales ('Caprice No. 5') open the film. Teen Paganini plays his own composition, and is bow-whipped on head by his tyrannical father for playing violin in personal style.

2. Young Paganini plays fast ricochet passages from 'Caprice No. 5', as filler between opera entertainment on stage. Audience ignores him and keeps laughing.

3. Paganini plays 'Farmyard Caprice', imitating donkey's braying (plus passages from 'Caprice No. 19').

4. 'Caprice No. 9' (nicknamed "The Hunt") enters as camera zooms to Urbani, Paganini's future manager ("Manager") among the audience. Happy to finally get the audience's attention, Paganini exits stage.

5. Triumphant 'Caprice No. 14' introduces impresario Watson (conductor and concert organiser, "Impresario"), who invites Paganini to perform in London. Creditors seize expensive furniture to offset debts arising from Paganini's no-show, but let Impresario keep his piano.

6. Impresario evokes INTENSE longing (for Paganini) on the piano, playing beautiful 'Scarlatti Sonata in F minor, k466'.

7. Impassioned, sweeping 'Rachmaninoff: Paganini Variations' piano concerto enters to accompany scenes cross cut between (1) Impresario and mistress kiss and make up despite money worries, and (2) Manager et al. drag drug-sedated Paganini into a carriage.

8. Hypocrite protesters outside hotel force Paganini and Manager to move into Impresario's house ('Langham Waits').

9. Paganini is delighted to see innocent-looking Charlotte, Impresario's daughter who pretends to be the chambermaid. 'Caprice 13' (nicknamed "The Devil's Laughter") enters for comic effect.

10. During rehearsal, Paganini "borrows" concertmaster's precious Guarneri, tries it with 'multiple-octave scales', likes the sound, and walks away with the violin.

11. Paganini wows crowds in a pub playing 'Carnival Of Venice' and, after breaking 3 upper strings, a dashing 'cadenza on G-string'.

12. Suspense music 'Langham Waits' enters the darkening night. In a carriage leaving the pub, female journalist licks Paganini's long fingers before an interview; Paganini reaches over with long passionate kisses. An over-the-top feature story on Paganini's "impromptu concert" is front page news the next day.

13. Paganini composes 'Io Ti Penso Amore' to seduce Charlotte, who falls in love discovering she CAN sing high notes; raw emotions flash through Paganini's expressive brown eyes as he plucks violin pizzicato accompaniment.

14. Charlotte asks Paganini 'Who Is the Real You'. The romantic build-up intensifies. Paganini gets out of the house to practice 'Caprice No. 19' ('Farmyard Caprice' earlier, without donkey's braying) on violin.

15. London debut. Paganini enters unexpectedly from the back of the auditorium performing 'Caprice No. 24', eyeing Charlotte in stage wing, gauging her reaction. Manager acts as giant shadow puppet to enhance dramatic impact. Overexcited fans faint.

16. Paganini's virtuosic improvisations on 'God Save the King', with double harmonics, percussive pizzicato, double trills, Celtic lilt, extreme register leaps, etc. Wild cheers erupt.

17. Paganini kisses Charlotte in the wing, so she agrees to sing 'Io Ti Penso Amore'. From their first double notes the violin and the vocal line fly in beautiful harmony. Paganini's dark smoldering eyes are breathtaking.

18. Paganini performs bright ringing 'La Campanella', another encore.

19. Foreboding, dramatic 'Erlkönig' enters, foreshadowing Manager's success in creating mistrust and nipping the budding romance to repossess (and monetise) Paganini.

20. Heart-rending 'Caprice No. 4' enters; forcefully separated Paganini and Charlotte leave jail and go separate ways.

21. Never wasting a good crisis, Impresario sends Charlotte off to USA for a promising soloist career (beautiful and heartbreaking piano version of 'Caprice No. 4').

22. Paganini performs the middle section of 'La Campanella' with much love and tenderness at his Casino Paganini concert hall, hoping his letter would persuade Charlotte to join him for a concert tour in Paris. To no avail.

23. Heartbroken Paganini 'Returns To Italy' (poignant 'Sonata No. 12 in E minor, Opus 3'), channeling all emotions into writing down all solo parts in his concertos to communicate and provoke strong feelings forever.

24. Alone in wheelchair, love-ravaged Paganini cradles his loyal violin plucking 'Io Ti Penso Amore', as memories of the lovely Charlotte and her pure voice fill Paganini's every thought till his last moments.

Garrett keeps it natural in front of the camera throughout (with minute detail, e.g. "beyond broken hearted" Paganini nearly stumbled on the steps upon returning to Italy), and the film script is well-researched (e.g. Paganini's "secret red book", musicians attend concert busy writing down Paganini's music). The soundtrack is instant classic!


Garrett Vs. Paganini-2cd-
Garrett Vs. Paganini-2cd-

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Splendours!, 4 Sept. 2014
Paganini's beautiful, cantabile Italian melodies were to show off breathtaking virtuosity, to astonish and entertain. Garrett's virtuosic rearrangements of classical tunes and cantabile compositions are ravishing and exciting.

1. Erlkönig
Frenetically, the dark, sonorous violin gallops through a dramatic theme of Wagnarian conflicting emotions, big rhythm and extreme dynamic shifts.

2. Ma Dove Sei
A heart-melting aria full of romantic warmth and Italian sensibility, heightened by Bocelli's velvety tenor voice, as passion soars with the ardent yearning violin.

3. Caprice No.24
A catchy theme and fanciful variations each for a new dazzling technical display in a new direction (rollicking playfulness, stormy passions, desolate yearning) to bring out an astonishing range of violin sounds and emotional colouring (bright chirpy high octave, dark mournful longing and pain).

4. Io Ti Penso Amore
A sweet, haunting duet of desire and passion. The radiant soprano spans a great range, spurring heart-piercing yearning from the sweeping, intensely emotional violin. The warm, darkening orchestra ending foreshadows doomed passion.

5. Devil's Trill Sonata
Elegant and playful, reminiscing the pop-baroque soundtrack of a lavish period teen drama: singing legato line alternates with innocent anarchistic up-tempo Hyper Romantic classic pop. The extensive multiphonic cadenza with feverish trills is breathtaking; the richly nuanced full-sound violin sings with warmth and passion.

6. Sonata No. 12 in E minor, Opus 3
The evocative violin sings a sweet Italian melody with lovelorn lilt and warm resonance.

7. Swan Lake Theme
Wild and unrestrained, the violin explores the themes of romance, betrayal and redemption with extreme passion and rock'n'roll resonance.

8. La Campanella
A brilliant, ringing bell-song with embellished colouraturas, pearl-like notes played staccato and ravishing chords. The expressive violin is seductively sweet.

9. Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2
A powerfully evocative score. The dark, impassioned violin sings with warmth and romantic yearning, and the rippling emotional undercurrents continue (on the piano) long after the violin has gone.

10. Caprice No. 5
The compelling violin attacks flying arpeggios, dashing scales, multiple-rebound ricochet with powerful Wagnerian passion and intensity.

11. A La Turca
The violin leads a sweet, whimsical march; the magical Oriental atmosphere created by the orchestra is lovely.

12. Scarlatti Sonata in F minor, k466
A beautifully poignant Italianate violin melody of the tenderest feelings and deepest longings, subtly echoed by classical guitar notes.

13. Gypsy Dance
Soon the wistful violin loses all inhibitions and dances into a whirlwind Gypsy romance as tomorrow is not guaranteed.

14. Carnival Of Venice
An amazing display of violin virtuosity with flirty brilliance and rhythmic playfulness.

15. Capriccio Tarantella
A lovely pitched virtuosic power play for two violins at dazzling speed.

Bonus Disc: Der Teufelsgeiger Soundtrack

1. Movie Opening: Caprice No. 5
The unaccompanied violin plays flying arpeggios and scales like cadenze; its fast multiple-rebound ricochet is breathtaking.

2. John Watson's Plan
An exuberant orchestra fanfare of triumphant and glory.

3. Urbani Disturbs
Magical and spooky, romantic and broody, the intriguing score resonates with myriad conflicting desires and passions.

4. Rachmaninoff: Paganini Variations
A sweeping score of romantic longing.

5. Langham Waits
An air of conspiracy and wicked fun.

6. The Crowd Is Amazed
An epic score for romantic hero with dark brooding passions and emotional undercurrent.

7. Who Is The Real You?
An endearing romantic theme of anguished yearning, with a sparkling fairytale-like opening.

8. Io Ti Penso Amore (London Concert)
The ardent violin is indulgently romantic, and the aria morphs into a love duet for violin and lyrical soprano.

9. Urbani Takes Care Of Things
Character theme (for Urbani): sarcastic, arrogant and comically presumptuous.

10. Caprice No. 4
A grand romantic theme of desolate yearning.

11. The Betrayal & The Beat Up
Dark, dramatic Wagnerian score of overpowering menace, swallowing up the crying fragment of "Io Ti Penso Amore".

12. Return To Italy
A magnificent score of romantic longing.

Extra Special:
1. Brilliant two-faced composite cover portrait denoting the sensational multiplier effect of Garrett + Paganini.
2. Fabulous booklet with fine-art photos and words from Garrett.


Tchaikovsky / Conus: Violin Concertos
Tchaikovsky / Conus: Violin Concertos
Price: £6.92

5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Passions!, 20 April 2014
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A beautiful album brimming with romantic virtuosity.

I. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 35 - Tchaikovsky
1. Allegro moderato
When the warmhearted orchestral introduction quiets down, the emotionally vivid solo violin (hereafter the "violin") enters with a brief cadenza, then plays the famous main theme, a stream of beautiful thematic restatements, and another breathtaking cadenza filled with chromatic scales, beautiful accidentals and extended trill with such restrained passion(!) that the violin is beside itself. A sweet-voiced flute enters to recap the main theme, spurring the violin to flourish with even more virtuosic thematic variations soaring to dramatic fast runs preceding the fiery coda. The orchestral sound is proportionate for the warm, expressive violin to shine through the entire movement.

2. Canzonetta: Andante
A calm, tender movement for a brief respite. The mellifluous violin is warm, lyrical with a whiff of sweet melancholy, reminiscing an unrequited love that still beats strongly in one's heart years on.

3. Allegro vivacissimo
A series of short Russian ballet scores starting with big-hearted orchestral opening. The dark, sonorous violin enters with a short blazing cadenza and, in a heartbeat, leaps to flying staccato. Various higher-voice solo instruments enter in lower registers, so the violin feels safe to resume singing its unrequited love with lyrical Romanticism. The festival mood is infectious and the violin blossoms with explosive virtuosic pyrotechnics in magnificent Russian grandeur into grand orchestral fanfare.

II. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor - Jules Conus
1. Allegro molto - Andante espressivo
The sweeping orchestra sections evoke Golden Era Hollywood Romance, and the sweet, searing violin swirls and shimmers with evocative lyricism and distinct Paganini-influenced melodic harmonies.

2. Adagio
Passionate, tender, expressive. A breathtaking love theme for the legato-singing violin, accompanied by lightly scored orchestra.

3. Andante espressivo - Cadenza
Fervently, the restrained violin reprises its longing melody from the first movement even more impassioned; cinematic orchestra interjections propel the violin to render a dramatic, extended cadenza of gripping intensity and breathtaking virtuosity.

Bonus: "Moscow Impression" preface by Garrett
Enjoy Garrett's (1) beautiful, straightforward introduction to the concertos; (2) Know-Your-Composer approach to interpreting violin virtuoso masterpieces; and (3) atmospheric description of the magic of music making at Great Hall.


Violinkon.7,4
Violinkon.7,4
Price: £6.85

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Virtuosity!, 14 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Violinkon.7,4 (Audio CD)
Mozart's singing melodies, simple rhythms and sudden dynamic changes prompt the violin to sing 9 short opera scenes with sweet virtuosity and drama.

1. Violin Concerto in D, KV271i - 1. Allegro maestoso
The sweet-voiced violin spins embellished lines with beautiful simple rhythms, plus an ambivalently expressive cadenza before sudden mood change to a happy ending with the orchestra.

2. Violin Concerto in D, KV271i - 2. Andante
The violin sings a highly ornamented simple melody, plus delightfully sensual multiphonic ascending scales in a trill-laden cadenza. The plucked strings opening creates a fairytale-like atmosphere, and the violin duly plays out infinite light and shade of emotional undercurrents of classical fairy tales.

3. Violin Concerto in D, KV271i - 3. Rondo. Allegro
Full of temperament and fleeting emotions, the vibrant violin tosses off virtuosic embellishments with colouratura agility.

4. Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K.218 - 1. Allegro
The emotionally balanced violin continues to change mood abruptly with lyrical profusion and musical expression; the intense, searing cadenza contains astringent ascending scales of incandescent beauty.

5. Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K.218 - 2. Andante cantabile
The romantically tuneful violin sings an incredibly tender love aria and even more tunefully arresting scales before the orchestra returns.

6. Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K.218 - 3. Rondeau. Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo
An easy-flowing two-theme work with sudden impassioned moments spurred by orchestra sforzandi. The mellifluous violin sings with sweet serenity, shifting elegantly between bright major mode and dark rich-hued minor.

7. Sonata for Piano and Violin in B flat, K.454 - 1. Largo - Allegro
With brief courteous exchanges, rapport is quickly built. The playful violin begins a flirtatious, witty duet with the piano flying across a wide pitch range.

8. Sonata for Piano and Violin in B flat, K.454 - 2. Andante
The warm, expressive, tender, yearning violin sings a beautiful art song with nuanced phrasing and pure intonation.

9. Sonata for Piano and Violin in B flat, K.454 - 3. Allegretto
A light, witty piece. The bubbly violin exchanges brisk melodic banter with the piano, reminiscing merry duets in Mozart's comic operas.


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14
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Imagination!, 4 Sept. 2013
This review is from: 14 (Audio CD)
Musical imagination fuels emotional fluency, enhanced by exuberant technical proficiency, making this previously unreleased album hugely enjoyable.

1. La campanella
A stunning, ringing bell song in thrilling Paganini style: catapulting arpeggios, dashing scales, tuneful double-stop harmonics, and much more. The intensely romantic violin dashes through the exhilarating piece alternating between sweet lyricism and bravura extravaganzas with highly expressive nuances.

2. Devil's Trill Sonata - Larghetto
Dusk-hued, evocative violin draws listeners into an otherworldly melodic world with meandering cantabile lines, gently insistent double stops and tantalizing thrills. The opening theme is repeated to ensure listeners are completely beguiled.

3. Devil's Trill Sonata - Allegro energico
A bouncy, whirling dance-like movement. The warm, sonorous violin is romantically assertive, casting musical spells with infinitely expressive inflections.

4. Devil's Trill Sonata - Grave
A short, slow section of soaring legato lines. The melting dark chocolate-tone violin emotes in earnest with darkly glowing trills.

5. Devil's Trill Sonata - Allegro assai
An intensely beautiful movement with dramatic tempo shifts, alternating between alluring lyricism and dramatic virtuoso outbursts (legato string crossings, quick grace notes, rapid double-stop trills) until an extended, sensual cadenza by violin playing trills and arpeggios, simultaneously, on adjacent strings. A beautiful intimate feel permeates through the entire movement.

6. Humoresque op.101 no.7
A lilting, rhythmic rendition. The warm, slightly wistful violin initiates a relaxed, romantic beginning; becomes dramatic in the middle section, repeating a beautiful phrase three times with growing intensity in rising pitches; then returns to the enchanting opening tune.

7. Ave Maria
A wonderful rendition. The violin sings in a calm, deep male voice, then repeats the song in a clear, high voice as the melody flows and soars, with octave double stops of ethereal beauty.

8. Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Gaetano Pugnani
A resonant virtuoso rendition. The searingly focused violin rings out a surging opening, and fills Praeludium's slow, expressive long phrases with sustained dramatic intensity. The fast-paced Allegro glows with romantic lyricism, requiring all kinds of advanced violin techniques and a rich, vibrant quasi-cadenza over rumbling piano bass drones.

9. None but the Lonely Heart op.6 No.6
A beautiful song from Russia of romanticised suffering. The lonely violin sings with such emotional intensity and tenderness that it is heartbreaking, exasperated by the warm tone and dark, velvety legato.

10. Fantaisie brillante op.20
A fantastic five-section virtuoso piece inspired by Gounod's opera Faust: (1) a shy, timid piano introduces the inflamed, searing violin projecting romantic imagination and passionate aspirations; (2) a sweet melody; the eloquent violin sings with lyrical baritone resonance, and the piano turns dramatic; (3) a darkly charismatic theme of gloriously sweeping passages and wide leaps in striking dynamic contrasts with elegant fast-changing rhythms; piano torrents subside to ripples; (4) a romantic theme, intimately expressive, roiled with almost heartbreaking yearning undertones; and (5) a splendid waltz with bouncing spiccato and stratospheric harmonics; the playful violin is happily accompanied by piano.

11. Liebesleid (Love's Sorrow)
The sweet, gentle violin plays a heart-rending waltz with lamenting legato phrasing, tearful vibrato, and the subtlest nuance in each beautifully sobbing note. Love's sorrow does not last long and ends on a lightened high note.

12. La Capricieuse op.17
A sparkling virtuoso waltz. The jaunty, whimsical violin skips up and down from note to note weaving a fluid melody with light-hearted staccato and rhythmically accented rubato; capriciously wafts into a dark, moody theme and variations with ebulliently expressive double stops, then returns to the opening theme of whimsical charm.

13. Kol Nidrei op. 47
A beautifully introspective rendition. The pure, fervently impassioned violin sings with rich sonorities and sweet penetrating intensity in high/low register contrasts through slow, expressive long-spun narrative phrasing, expanding emotional time to infinity.

Bonuses:
1. "A Moment In Time", a poetically reflective and beautiful introduction by Garrett (see booklet).
2. Lovely archive portrait photos of the universally admired violinist in his early teens.


Music-CD+DVD/Deluxe/Digi-
Music-CD+DVD/Deluxe/Digi-
Offered by muzicmadnezz
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Virtuosity!, 4 Sept. 2013
With endlessly exhilarating beautiful "Music", Garrett continues to set new benchmarks for musicality, virtuosity and versatility.

1. Viva La Vida
A sunny, uplifting track. The violin indulges listeners with beautiful layering of solo violin parts, and the confluence erupts into string orchestra; male Rock backup vocals enter to add excitement, and the motivational music concludes with a beautiful coda on high strings.

2. Cry Me A River
A gypsy-flavoured virtuoso rendition of the famous break-up song. The violin executes sweet revenge with wistful glissando, sensuous double-stop slides and passive-aggressive pizzicato.

3. Beethoven - Scherzo
A high-drama Rock version of Scherzo from Beethoven's ninth symphony. With an opening orchestra blast, the charismatic violin leads the Scherzo theme with masculine martelé while sustaining a strangely exciting bass drone as the string-heavy orchestra bulldozes ahead in grand splendour.

4. Human Nature
An easy, breezy cover version of Michael Jackson's pop hit with good-natured humour, played mostly with lighthearted pizzicato to connect with the imaginative, playful child within.

5. Tico Tico
A rhythmical fusion of European classical and Brazilian party music featuring two-handed pizzicato strings following Piazzolla-style tango phrasing (on the violin; Brazilians enjoy tango music too).

6. Chopin - Nocturne
A devastatingly beautiful melody. The violin is in a delicate poetic mood, conveying a gripping sense of longing and lush melancholic sentiments through long-breathed Bellini bel canto line with trills and soaring intensity.

7. Whole Lotta Bond
James Bond can be surprisingly compatible with Whole Lotta Love, whose Baroque pop tune fuses with iconic Bond motifs (vicious, suggestive, sexy and dangerous) starting with the instantly recognizable "007" theme through to a climatic finale. The ingenious hybrid sounds like the cinematic theme of an exciting composite character: dandy Bond.

8. Clementi - Sonatina
The classical music melody of "A Groovy Kind of Love" is too romantic for words.
The heart-tugging violin sings sweetly in a honeyed tone with ravishing rubato all the way to the long drawn-out pianissimo ending.

9. Sandstorm
Epic cinematic orchestration and electronic musical instrument sound effects build a sweeping desert scene: golden desert sun, shimmering mirage, endless sand dunes and swirling cyclones. Circular violin riffs (ricochet) conjure up images of Arab horses galloping across wide open space shrouded in sun-lit dust cloud, leaving behind the whirling desert wind.

10. Music
A beautifully unpredictable musical saga in 5 sections: (1) a sweet Prelude, interrupted by the exhilarating crescendo engine sound of a sport motorcycle accelerating to top speed (in seconds); (2) uptempo Baroque rock in the spirit of youthful rebellion; (3) intense, mysterious violin tune spirals upward to an ardent transition cue; (4) rhythmic romantic adventure music brimming with confident energy; and (5) a grand romantic version of the Prelude; the sweeping cinematic score crosses over to classical music.

11. Sabre Dance
Hilarious, rhythm-driven, mock-sinister ethnic dance music. The excitable violin and hyperactive string ensemble quickly march ahead eager for adventure.

12. Bach - Double Harpsichord Concerto
The velvety-tone violin plays a beautiful lyrical melody, accompanied by gentle classical guitar and serene piano with a moderate harmonic rhythm, filling the air with warmth and the deepest feelings of humanity.

13. We Will Rock You
An extravagant operatic version incorporating elements of Vivaldi's Four Seasons (e.g. dissonant chattering strings, fast arpeggios) and Paganini's Caprices (e.g. ricochet, fast string crossings). The violin's rapid-fire virtuoso snippets are insanely addictive.

14. Celtic Rondo
A happy, snappy step-dance tune in Scottish music idioms with accented rhythms. The syncopated ringing violin is stately playful.

15. Ode To Joy
Beethoven's "Ode To Joy" with a rock and roll edge, alternating between gloriously blasting high flying chorus and beautiful regal string-orchestra with a lilting Scottish accent, extolling the amazing human spirit espousing diversity and solidarity.

16. Misirlou
Majestic and menacing, the highly stylised Pulp Fiction theme features sinister downward-spiraling clusters, exotic scales and superfast tremolos.

17. Desperado
An intimate jazzy melody. Startlingly the violin sings in a sweet sobbing human voice (tear-choked rubato, restrained vibrato) with slow-burning intensity, as the emotionally vivid soaring lines repeatedly hit new high, provoking a desperate longing for the unattainable beloved heartthrob.

18. Welcome to the Jungle
High-octane orchestra accompanies the wild violin ecstatically imitating a high-pitch rock singer screaming through everything in a riot of tone colours, mellowing only briefly with an edgy romantic phrase.

DVD:
Music videos including additional tracks from Garrett, one of the most thrilling, versatile violinists.

Bonuses:
1. Booklet: enjoy Garrett's wonderful track by track introduction;
2. The Art of Understated Sensuality: photographic portraits of Garrett (booklet/packaging design).


Classic Romance
Classic Romance

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Romance!, 14 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Classic Romance (Audio CD)
The violin renders 12 irresistible romances on this CD.

1. Humoresque
An instantly engaging, light-hearted skipping tune. The sweet singing violin seduces with spontaneous lyricism and warm affection from the beginning, building to an impassioned climax in minor key before waltzing into a new round of romantic courtship.

2. Méditation
The intimate interlude from opera Thais follows the courtesan's inner struggle contemplating the direction of her life. Subtle and sensitive orchestra accompaniment (with harp) creates an emotionally safe feel as the violin sings the endlessly flowing melody with beautiful legato, tear-choked narrow vibrato and dynamically contained searing emotions.

3. None But The Lonely Heart
Emotionally lavish, very Tchaikovsky with powerful emotional directness, impassioned melancholy and magnificent sentiment. The smoldering violin renders ambivalent, hidden passions with dynamic bowing and continuous vibrato to amplify and echo surging emotions and intense longing.

4. Serenade
The lyrical melody is thoroughly enchanting as the sweetly crooning violin conveys feelings of love, affection and longing with elegant legato phrasing and singing double-stops.

5. Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Tune) - 1: Moderato
A declamatory and passionate Gypsy-style melody featuring sweeping scales in both directions, big leaps of low/high notes, virtuoso paraphrases in different octaves, frequent change of rhythm, and sudden dynamic changes. The violin intonation is pure, elegant and intensely expressive.

6. Zigeunerweisen - 2: Un peu plus lent
A surging emotional gypsy melody of gripping romantic yearning. The violin renders the tune with sensuous rubato, emotion-enriched trills and expressive grace notes.

7. Zigeunerweisen - 3: Allegro molto vivace
A fiery, impulsive virtuoso piece. The dashing violin seduces with dazzling pyrotechnics like none other than Garrett: scampering arpeggios up and down in heroic leaps, exciting swoops, expressive slides, busy left and right hand pizzicato faster than one can say pizzicato.

8. Salut d'amour
A wonderfully romantic tune. The liltingly energised violin projects and induces all the beautiful feelings one experiences when falling head over heels in love.

9. Vocalise
From the evocative beginning, the violin is in passionate moods, outpouring love in highly nuanced timbre through sustained, long legato lines, fearless and without regrets. Expect to be overpowered as the impassioned violin turns dark and blazing, paraphrasing the opening theme in lower register from 01:38.

10. Mendelssohn Violin Concerto - 1: Allegro molto appassionato
Almost immediately the impassioned violin leaps into the gorgeous soaring theme. The passionate orchestra joins and repeats the theme and the romantic narrative proceeds beautifully, led by the violin's naturally breathed phrasing and ravishingly expressive intonation, into a stunning, highly charged cadenza before the violin beckons the orchestra to revisit the opening theme and resume the beautiful journey.

11. Mendelssohn Violin Concerto - 2: Andante
The slow movement is tender and lyrical as the violin romanticises into uncharted waters, ringing out darkly beautiful disconsonant double-stops, before resuming the sweet melodic rhythm.

12. Mendelssohn Violin Concerto - 3: Allegro molto vivace
An animated movement in sonata form. The playful violin leads a happy journey through flying virtuoso passages with nonchalant ease through to the boisterous grandioso coda. The orchestral accompaniment is warm and sunny.

Bonus:
1. Booklet: read Garrett's sweet introduction to each track.
2. Fine art black and white photos of Garrett (packaging/booklet).


Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 5, Spring / Bach: Partita BWV 1004 / Mozart: Adagio KV 261
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 5, Spring / Bach: Partita BWV 1004 / Mozart: Adagio KV 261
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5.0 out of 5 stars Singing Violin!, 14 Feb. 2013
Incredibly beautiful violin masterpieces played by Garrett during early teens, brilliantly expressive with astonishing musicality and technical maturity.

I. Beethoven - Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 5 in F, Op. 24
1. Allegro
The radiant, singing violin opening easily makes this one of the most popular violin sonatas. The second theme is more assertive to add colours, and violin and piano engage in spirited exchanges on the two themes following a beautiful melody line. The violin sings with abundant youthful spontaneity.

2. Adagio molto espressivo
The slow, flowing movement is quietly impassioned, as implied by the violin's sudden stern double-dotted sforzandi (playing notes with a sudden, strong accent). The violin intonation is poetically expressive.

3. Scherzo, Alegro molto
Short and fun, Scherzo has the piano and violin play the same theme following each other and then simultaneously at parallel keys, then play notes in opposite directions (one instrument plays an ascending line while the other plays a descending line, then swap directions) before following each other back to the opening theme for a happy ending. The violin plays mostly energetic staccato.

4. Rondo, Allegro ma non troppo
The sprightly Rondo advances with dance-like rhythms. The violin sings with sweet lyricism, accompanied by piano as an equal partner.

II. Bach - Partita for Violin Solo No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Each movement in Partita No. 2 is based on a dance, with increasing complexity and virtuosity. Garrett plays the unaccompanied virtuoso masterpiece (over 36 minutes) with artistic passion, poetic precision and soaring intensity as if sculpting in time . . .

1. Allemanda
The dramatic 2-note opening immediately focuses attention. The searching rendition progresses at a consistent tempo following a continuous music line in a clear interlocking pattern covering a wide pitch range. The rich-tone violin sings with serene clarity and refined dynamic shading.

2. Corrente
An elegant, gliding dance tune of moderate speed, featuring long-short rhythms imitating the small, quick back-and-forth French court dance step pattern. The violin breaths with the dance-form movement.

3. Sarabanda
The sombre slow movement is compellingly beautiful, elaborately embellished with double, triple and quadruple stops. The violin phrasing is expressive and poetically accented.

4. Giga
The unstoppable, dancing Giga whirls through wide melodic spans in binary form. The violin intonation is pristine and ecstatically beautiful.

5. Ciacona
The multi-voice movement is an endless series of beautiful melodic/rhythmic variations on a 4-bar theme, with IMPLIED multiple melodic lines interweaving between minor-key sections and major-key passages, to explore harmonic possibilities and sum up the Baroque violin technique. The violin is full of temperament, playing out the entire gamut of human emotions in exuberant Italian manner.

III. Mozart - Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E, K261 - Adagio
A sweet, lyrical piece caps the wonderful listening experience. The violin imbues every note with innocent beauty.


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