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Fire & Ice

Sarah Chang , Placido Domingo Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Performer: Sarah Chang, Placido Domingo
  • Audio CD (January 8, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B00005O83N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,497 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Con Fant On 'Carmen', Op.25: Intro: Allegro Moderato
2. Con Fant On 'Carmen', Op.25: I. Moderato
3. Con Fant On 'Carmen', Op.25: II. Lento Assai
4. Con Fant On 'Carmen', Op.25: III. Allegro Moderato
5. Con Fant On 'Carmen', Op.25: IV. Moderato
6. Meditation
7. Tzigane, Rapsodie De Con
8. Romance in f, Op.11
9. Romance in F, Op.50
10. Ste No.3 in D, BWV 1068: Air
11. Zigeunerweisen, Op.20

Editorial Reviews

Here's a handy collection of popular works for violin and orchestra. The title apparently refers to the mix of warmly romantic music, like the Massenet Méditation, and flashy virtuoso stuff, like the Sarasate Carmen Fantasy and Zigeunerweisen. Sarah Chang excels in both areas. Her Dvorák and Beethoven Romances are sweetly sung, while the insanely virtuosic Tzigane by Ravel, with its wild staccato and chordal effects, she tosses off without breaking a sweat. Except for the romanticized Bach Air from the Suite No. 3, there are no stylistic transgressions, and the mix of fiery virtuoso fare and romantic slower beauties keeps interest alive throughout. Conductor Placido Domingo's proficient accompaniments don't get in her way. All the selections are familiar. Such violin virtuosi as Suk, Oistrakh, Grumiaux, Vengerov, and Perlman have recorded most of them, often coming closer to capturing the inner glow of the music. But Chang's exciting performances can't fail to please, especially if you want all these favorites on one disc. --Dan Davis

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sarasate December 24, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This recording of Carmen and Zigeunerweisen is hard to do any better. Simply great fiddle playing! Chang's vibrato and virtuosity suits this style perfectly and not many can play the page full of thirds in Carmen as well as she did it! Least successful was Beethoven and Bach. I rather prefer a more poetic mood (slower tempo) and a slightly less expansive vibrato for this kind of music. Sarah has a sometimes very broad vibrato well suited for fiery stuff but not so well suited for music that demands a certain level of sophistication. Anyway that is just my personal opinion as a violin freak. I guess the broader audience would not mind since the sound is very nice even if the vibrato is a bit out of control at times.
Thanks Sarah for yet another great recording!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Chang first recorded the Carmen fantasy as a child on her debut album accompanied by pianist Sandra Rivers. This was a sweet and faithful version, very charmingly done. However, she is older now and there is a lot of drama to this version with the Berlin Philharmonic. I actually didn't like it at first -- it seemed overly stylized, but then again I don't have the score in front of me (and couldn't actually understand it if I did!) so this may be the more faithful version. I don't know. But upon a second try, I found I liked the tension and energy and passion that Chang added to the music. Now, having listened several times, I can say that it is a lovely and stunning piece. This entire album is, in fact, full of energy and passion, bringing high drama to some very dramatic pieces. Probably the most delicate is Bach's Air, sweetly and commandingly done, demonstrating Chang's maturity and expertise. Tzigane and Dvorak's Romance are exquisite. Chills run up and down your spine, if you like "gypsy" music as I do. The Beethoven is beautifully done, without any of the sloppy stylizing that you may have heard from other violinists -- again, Chang demonstrates her mastery of her instrument and of her repertoire. My favorite is the last piece, Zigeunerweisen, with its changes in tempo and direction that could easily confound. Chang brings it all off brilliantly, and Domingo provides a fluid orchestration that never interferes with his prime purpose in showing off his soloist. Wonderfully done and a certain pleasure for anyone who knows Chang's accomplishments or someone who is looking for an intro. If you want more, don't miss her Sweet Sorrow album too, delicate and sad tunes played with an incredible heart-aching and heart-fulfilling beauty.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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After listening to this CD by Sarah Chang I can see the Fire in all of the selections, even the "Meditiation" by Massenet. But where the Ice comes in I cannot tell. Sarah plays with such vibrance and zeal and even if you've never heard the selection before it doesn't matter. Her interpretation of "Zigeunerweisen" is the best I have ever heard. And I think Placido Domingo also does a fabulous job of conducting. All in all, this is one of the most entertaining and enjoyable CD's I own. I urge you to buy it. You won't be sorry.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chang v. Perlman October 2, 2004
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This album has almost the same repertoire as one by Perlman. Some days I prefer the Perlman version, other days I prefer Sarah's version. Sarah has been a perfect technical virtuoso since she was 13. At age 19, she has matured in her artistic interpretation to rival the best in the world. (I consider Itzak Perlman to be the best, but Sarah is nearly his equal, and she is yet quite young.) I eagerly await each new album she publishes. I wish she would come to town so I could hear her live. I also wish she would record occasionally on analog LP, especially direct disc. I find CDs much less faithful to the sound of live music than LPs, though at least todays CD players are somewhat listenable, instead of making the dreadful sounds they did when the medium was new.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another heart-warming performance by Sarah... February 11, 2002
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For those listeners who are new to Sarah,this would perhaps make a good intro cd.Instead of Sarah playing a certain concerto with a same general mood conjured by ONE are pieces varying in temperament,from different periods and therefore more disgestible.
Sarah really brings new meaning to the word "virtuoso".NEver before has there ever been this sound-the warm lush sound with that captivating vibrato that rings in the ears and seduces the soul.The sound is unwavering even in the most furiously virtuosic moments like in the furious Moderato rounding off the Carmen Fantasy.
Sarah didnt need to go through all those competitions to make herself known.Partly due to this,her playing has always been relaxed...never forced....totally natural..pleasing always to the ear with vibrato that never ever sounds INTENDED and definitely not the tight constricted sound found in most of the world's finest violinists who probably have been somewhat affected musically by all the competitively stressful aspects of competition.
Pay attention u ppl out there who havent heard of Sarah!This is playing thats finally pampering for ur ears!
The meditation by massenet is played with an ardour that does not allow for too much hesitation(unlike Mutter's version which is somewhat more pondering).This is str8forward playing from Sarah.Clean and clearcut...making her intentions clearly known.Some may prefer a more thoughtful version of this piece but Sarah still moves in this out for some portamento slides on the g string after an expressive outburst somewhere in the beginning.Its one of those Sarah effects that will bound to make ur heart melt,like it did in Goldmark with Sarah previously)
The Tzigane is venemously well done technically.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fire and Ice
I really enjoyed the first track on the Fire and Ice CD. The other selections were not as enjoyable.... they seemed to lack the energy and vibrance of "Carmen". Read more
Published 5 months ago by Shawn Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fire, some repose but little evidence of ice fortunately
This disc, well recorded in 2001 pre-dates three items played at the 'live' concert recorded with the same artists on a Euroarts DVD by one month only. Read more
Published 9 months ago by I. Giles
4.0 out of 5 stars a gift for my husband
He loves Sarah Chang as a violinist. It was a birthday gift and he was very excited to receive it.
Published 10 months ago by M. Cattran
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Chong of Fire & Ice with Placido Domingo
I'm one of her admiring fans, and never missed her performance in Houston.
I enjoy all of her CDs, but I like to listen this most of the time. Just awesome!!
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
Sarah plays her violin with confidence, and delicacy. This entire album is enchanting. The violin can be one of the most expressive instruments, and Sarah knows how to use it to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Victoria
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot hot hot
Sarah Chang is a stunning performer, both live and on this disk. This disk is beautifully performed and arranged, and is well worth adding to one's library, either in hard copy or... Read more
Published on January 27, 2012 by Victoria H
5.0 out of 5 stars Is she human?
I was just trying to enjoy my new iPod dock with this recording... and then instead, ended up getting "very" impressed with the skill of this violinist... Read more
Published on January 3, 2012 by Goldberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Kim's a gem!
A virtuoso in all respects demonstrates her talents here by marvelous interpretations of non-standard material, bravo!
Published on September 24, 2009 by Steve
4.0 out of 5 stars Great selection
Fire and Ice is very nicely executed by Sarah Chang, and it's great to hear some of the unusual pieces (Sarasate) alongside better known pieces like Meditation, etc. Read more
Published on May 8, 2009 by Titania Hardie
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Chang Firs & Ice
I am not a professional musician, but I DO know what I like hearing and what relaxes me. I've watched Sarah Chang for a number of years now on PBS specials, and have come to love... Read more
Published on April 10, 2009 by C. Bloom
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