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Sarah Chang: 5 Classic Albums [Box set]

Sarah Chang , Dmitri Shostakovich , Sergei Prokofiev , Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy , Jean Sibelius , Antonín Dvorák , Antonio Vivaldi , César Franck , Camille Saint-Saëns , Maurice Ravel Audio CD
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  • Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Jean Sibelius, Antonín Dvorák, et al.
  • Audio CD (July 9, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B00C68FJ9G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,461 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Virtuoso violinist Sarah Chang is featured in the second batch of our series comprising five original artist studio albums in one clamshell box and at an unbeatable price. In this five-disc set, Chang performs a variety of pieces that span the classical music gamut.

The first disc in this set features Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 46, and Jean Sibelius's Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47. Chang performs both of these works alongside the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Mariss Jansons. Disc two offers an inspired rendition of Vivaldi's famous work, The Four Seasons. Chang performs this seminal work of the baroque era with by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Disc three showcases a variety of violin works from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The first piece on this disc is César Franck's 1886 Violin Sonata in A, followed by Camille Saint-Saëns 1885 Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 75. The third and final piece on disc three, Maurice Ravel's 1927 Violin Sonata, ushers the listener into the 20th century. These three works are performed with accompaniment by Lars Vogt on piano. The fourth disc in this set features both Dvorak's Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53, B. 108, and his Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81, B. 155, performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Colin Davis, and feature Leif Ove Andsnes on piano, Alexander Kerr on violin, Wolfram Christ on viola, and Georg Faust on cello. The fifth and final disc of this wide-sweeping set of violin works offers performances of Dmitri Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 99, and Sergei Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1 in D, Op. 19. Chang performs these two works alongside the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle.

Sarah Chang is recognized as one of the world's great violinists. Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of 8, she has performed with the greatest orchestras, conductors, and accompanists internationally in a career spanning more than two decades. She has recorded exclusively for EMI Classics for the past 21 years.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain collection of Sarah Chang's recordings February 26, 2014
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EMI (now Warner Classics) must have quite a surplus of these Sarah Chang CD's in order for them to offer such a bargain for five recordings packaged together, but no matter what the reason is for their decision to provide them like this and offer them to us at such an incredibly low price, I'm glad for it. For anyone who did not happen to pick up these recordings since they were first released, this is just a superb opportunity to acquire them now - five of Sarah Chang's most notable CD releases, for a price comparable to what a single CD might normally sell for.

Here are the recordings included with this package. All are very good, some excellent, and in several cases I've found that these recordings have received the top recommendations from Penguin or Gramophone and have noted that below. Also I've provided the links to the individual listings here on Amazon to make it easier to check the individual pages and read the reviews to those recordings (as well as satisfy yourself that this really is a good deal, which quickly becomes apparent after observing the quality and pricing for each CD individually):

Disc 1: Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor; Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D Minor - Sarah Chang performing with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Mariss Jansons, recorded in 1996. Penguin gives this their top recommendation for this recording by Chang, saying "she offers an astonishingly mature reading, more restrained than some, but still magnetic in its thoughtfulness and spontaneous poetry"

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying March 23, 2014
This box set has some beautiful music. As Sarah Chang has matured and grown both as a person and musically, her playing seems to have changed from very technically adept when she was younger to more meaningful and emotional as time goes on.

The music in this set is varied and performed beautifully. I really enjoyed listening to them. They will be played a lot in our home! Would recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars She plays with passion March 26, 2014
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Wonderful classical violin pieces. Played by a wonderful violinist. Sarah Chang has been to the area where I live twice, both times I went to hear and watch her play. Even though I am no where near qualified to be an expert on classical music; I felt she was excellent in her performances and displayed a remarkable passion for playing the violin, which I did not realize could be expressed. This passion can be heard in this collection of her albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must and a bargain for any Sarah Chang fan. March 16, 2014
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The conception and execution of this collection are truly fabulous. One need not get into a discussion about Sarah Chang in general- though it would be difficult not to place her in the current handful of world's best fiddlers- but getting five delightful albums well priced and conveniently packaged is a treasure. It just whets the appetite, though, for much more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Sarah Chang January 26, 2014
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I love Sarah Chang's style. She is a perfectionist and so extremely talented. I greatly enjoy all of her work.
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