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Infernal Violins

Angele Dubeau Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (April 3, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B00015EDL6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,042 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Danse Macabre
2. Allegro Con Fuoco - Lento - Allegro Vivace - Andante
3. Allegro
4. I. Larghetto Affettuoso
5. II. Allegro Energico / III. Grave - Allegro Assai
6. Les Beautes Du Diable
7. Pantomima
8. Danza Ritual Del Fuego
9. Mephisto Waltz No.1
10. Le Diable Matou
11. Caprice No.24
12. Le Reel Du Diable
13. Andante Sostenuto
14. Allegro Con Molto
15. Paint It Black / Sympathy For The Devil
16. Once Upon A Time... The Devil

Editorial Reviews

Angèle Dubeau is a remarkable violinist, and here, she and her all-woman, 12-strong (including herself) group, La Pieta, tackle some of the showiest---and most interesting---virtuoso pieces composed or transposed for solo violin and strings, in various combinations, and occasionally featuring a piano. The violin tone at the start of Saint-Saens' Danse Macabre has a warmth which stays with us throughout the disc, despite the fact that so many of the pieces are razzle-dazzle. Hearing the delicious can-can from the overture to Orpheus in the Underworld so thrillingly played, with as much emphasis on the piano as the violin, is a treat, and the "Fire dance" from El amor brujo positively throbs. There's great skill---even daring---in the Tartini "Devil's Trill" sonata and a Boccherini Sonata, but the string tone never turns strident. And as a complete surprise, Dubeau and her group offer an arrangement of The Rolling Stones' "Paint it Black" which teases and riffs before getting into the melody, then plays it in the lower reaches of the instrument, and is then joined by the piano, allowing it to reach upwards and jazzily improvise---and then she throws in a moment or two of "Sympathy for the Devil" (!) before it concludes with the original melody. There are other joys on this CD as well---this is not your everyday violin bon-bon recital. It's all highly recommended. --Robert Levine

Product Description

This mischievious recital, aired on PBS in early 2004, featuring Angele Dubeau on violin, celebrates works inspired by the Devil: from Tartini's Devil's Trill to the infernal whirlwinds of Saint-Saen's Danse Macabre and Dompierre's Les Beautes du diable.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Infernal Violins April 11, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
This music is fantastic. Because the violin she uses is a Stradovarius, the music pours like liquid velvet out of it. The choices of compositions are fantastic also. I think her interpretation of them along with the violin and her back-up group are what make this album so outstanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional, Powerful, Fizzy May 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Long a stodgy devotee of baroque music, with the first few notes of this strong stuff I became an addict. Over and over again I play this CD, never quite anticipating the power and emotional bang of the music as it plays - even though I know the notes by now. If you ever studied Walter Piston's "harmony" the structures and transitions are back-of-the-book stuff, but the push is all elemental, basic, built-in, the familiar 1-4-5 with musical sequins, trampolines, backflips, and gelginite. Wow. And then some.

I'm so besotted, I had a couple of 13-year old boys (my son and a friend) listen to it in the car one day. They were bug-eyed after a couple of cuts, and not with horror. Now they ask for it, and yell with glee when the musical tension breaks over their heads in crashing chords.

Can I add a few more stars?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS! February 14, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I ADORE this CD. I first heard it on the local classical music station and my ears picked right up. "What IS that?" It was so alive, so vibrant. The station only plays it about once a year, but each time it catches my attention. "Ah, that's Angele Dubeau." The selections are a mix of new and old. Two of the new pieces are by Francois Dompierre; his "Le Diable matou" is one of my favorites. I play this CD over and over and over...

I disagree with the reviewer who said you must love violin music to enjoy this. I do enjoy the violin, but I think the CD's power and reach go far beyond violin lovers.

The CD also includes a DVD of concert excerpts.

Give this CD a try. I'm so glad I did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique and pleasant. December 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
It is refreshing to hear something new. The tracks are old favorites but the sound is new. Different. And in a good way.

Not the same old interpretations sped up or slowed down. But a genuine new groove down a familiar road.

She is a great violinist and has a knack for interplay with the rest of the band. It's not a flashy highly technical performance like you may expect from Perlman or Mutter. But not on the emotional ragged edge like Sonnenberg. But something in between with a new twist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent find October 7, 2012
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My second purchase of an Angele Dubeau cd, and I can honestly say I am glad I found it! I listen while driving, and the sounds are so compellingly beautiful. I think this would be a good cd to start someone on the classical genre. Definitely keeping it in mind for gifting.
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