Sarasate is a loved composer by many a violinist. His music showcases both artistic and technical proficiency and excellence. As show pieces and encores they are particularly popular. His music is easy to listen to but also impressive.
I've always thought of Julia Fischer in terms of her recordings of Bach which are outstanding. She plays Sarasate in a way that is perhaps unusual - she doesn't sound like she is out to sound like the flashiest player around - instead she plays with such ease that she almost makes it sound easy (which it is not!). She plays with true style. It really works on this recording. Milana Chernyavskaya provides great accompaniment and the two work well together.
A few years ago, you couldn't buy a classical cd magazine without finding an advertisement for Julia Fischer playing the Bach sonatas and partitas on the back page. Goodness knows how many copies of these discs Pentatone had to sell to afford this media coverage but it must have been a lot! Intrigued, I did buy them and was ever so slightly disappointed by them. Her playing was fantastic but there was, to my ears, an ever so slightly disengaged quality to the Music making.
Well, that impression does NOT apply here! This is a cd to make anyone smile. The virtuosity on display here is breathtaking and it sounds as if the musicians were actually having FUN playing this repertoire. Perhaps there isn't quite the wink of the eye that Itzhak Perlman brings to this music it there is a smile in the sound and approach that is appealing.
Highlights? Well, all of it really and although 'Zigeunerweisen' is a work that I'd cheerfully never hear again this performance almost makes it sound new. Sarasate wrote many little compositions so, hopefully, this will be volume one.
I done it yet again :( I dissed this the first time out after a few listens - BUT BOY WAS I WRONG!!!! It has become of my very favourite listening experiences. She is AWESOME, playfully inspiring and utterly beguiling. This just gets better and better every time I hear it and I have played it a lot. The touch, tone and musical sincerity is exquisite. The playing is utterly sublime and totally spellbinding. I TRULY LOVE IT TO BITZ and can't hear it often enough. It is just a beautiful listening experience and, as I already said, beguiling in every way. Cheeky, with class! Buy it, own it, enjoy it. In world defined by mediocrity, this is in a class all of its own. She truly is amazing!! Such a towering talent! The pianist ain't half bad either!! :)