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Sarah Chang ~ Lalo - Symphonie Espagnole · Vieuxtemps - Concerto No. 5 in A minor

Edouard Lalo , Henri Vieuxtemps , Charles Dutoit , Sarah Chang , Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra , Philharmonia Orchestra Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 5 in A minor Op. 37: Allegro non troppo11:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 5 in A minor Op. 37: Cadenza 3:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 5 in A minor Op. 37: Adagio 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 5 in A minor Op. 37: Allegro con fuoco 1:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Symphonie espagnole Op. 21: I. Allegro non troppo 7:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Symphonie espagnole Op. 21: II. Scherzando (Allegro molto) 4:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Symphonie espagnole Op. 21: III. Intermezzo (Allegretto non troppo) 6:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Symphonie espagnole Op. 21: IV. Andante 6:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Symphonie espagnole Op. 21: V. Rondo (Allegro) 8:05$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Edouard Lalo, Henri Vieuxtemps, Charles Dutoit, Sarah Chang, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, et al.
  • Audio CD (October 17, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B000002RUQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,600 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 14-year-old girl outshines Heifetz in Vieuxtemps! September 9, 1998
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Sarah Chang is indisputably the most precocious violinist the world has ever seen. She played Paganini's First Violin Concerto under Zubin Mehta at eight, recorded her first CD at nine (Heifetz and Menuhin started at 10 and 12, respectively) which included such dazzlers as Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy and Paganini's Caprices Nos.1 and 15, and recorded Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto at eleven. I once listened to this 15-year-old girl's recording of Bazzini's Ronde des Lutin, one of the most formidable bravura thrillers, and was totally awestruck by her bull's eye intonation throughout the piece, which was played with more precision than the recordings of Heifetz, Menuhin, and Perlman; and even when her fingers are stranded miles up the G string, the tone was never rough. Certainly she already has astonishing instrumental command (only her left-hand pizzicato needs improvement), but is this "infant" fully fledged artistically?
Heifetz's recording of Vieuxtemps's fifth concerto has been deemed by many to be peerless. I myself acknowledge his supreme interpretation, but was always annoyed to hear several notes played out of tune (especially in the third movement) and many rough and undesirable noise. Can the 14-year-old Sarah Chang beat him?
As usual, these are all note-perfect performances, and no unbearable gruff sound ever assails the ears (at least not from my CD player). The first three ascending arpeggios are played tenderly with affectionate warmth and charm, the overall impression being infinitely feminine and absolutely enthralling.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good concertos, great performances. September 6, 2000
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We are currently in a Golden Age of violin playing with an abundance of outstanding young artists. However, even in this halycon time, Sarah Chang stands out. Her technical virtuosity is staggering, but her artistry is, perhaps, even more impressive. I would give this CD five stars for the Vieutemps concerto, but the Lalo is not quite on the same level. An impresive CD, nevertheless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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When Sarah Chang made this pair of recordings in 1995 she was just 15 years old. The Lalo was a concert performance and the Vieuxtemps was a studio recording. Both are immaculate technically but the musical maturity is astonishing even when compared with the legendary Heifetz.

This last comment can be made with some justification because, only the day before, I had submitted a glowing review of the new SACD issue of Heifetz playing Bruch and this Vieuxtemps concerto. This performance is every bit as technically adroit and has a far greater sense of pure enjoyment. It must also be admitted that, remarkable though the SACD remastering has been, this far newer recording is superior in all the ways one would expect. The Vieuxtemps concerto, the last of his five, is considered to be his best. In the wrong hands it might run the risk of being an empty display of note spinning but this, most emphatically, is not the case here.

The Lalo is the stronger work, also written by a virtuoso violinist, but the emphasis is upon a mutual musical balance between the soloist and orchestra. That balance is clearly implied in the title 'symphonie' as opposed to concerto. Dutoit's sympathetic conducting allows plenty of the orchestral dialogue to come through and in this he is totally partnered by Chang who knows exactly when to be the focus and when to withdraw for others. True dialogue is thus established to great musical effect. This, amazingly, is not a patched together studio recording, but a real live performance by a 15 year old. No allowances need to be made for any reason when assessing this performance. It more than easily matches any other version I have owned of this very enjoyable piece of Spanish pastiche.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Performances September 13, 2011
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I was interested in a new recording of Lalo's Symphonie espanole to replace a lost copy and came upon the Sarah Chang recording pairing it with the Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No 5.

This is an excellent coupling and demonstrates the virtuosity of the then 14-year old Ms. Chang. The Vieuxtemps is the first on the disc, and the concerto is regarded as the finest of the seven violin concerti produced by the Belgian composer. The work was composed in 1861 for the Brussels Conservatory and is in four movements, played without pause. After an orchestral introduction, the soloist enters with a graceful passage. The opening movement is longer than the other three put together, and is followed by a cadenza and a brief slow movement that becomes dramatic closing with an energetic finish.

Edouard Lalo, like Henri Vieuxtemps, was a violinist who played in a quartet as well as being a composer. Lalo was a daring composer using innovative formats and composed his music without pandering to the audience. The Symphonie espanole (1874) emphasizes the role the orchestra plays as an equal partner with the soloist. There is no cadenza but the soloist has many moments to shine as soloist. Each movement reflects a different aspect of Spanish music. The second movement is based on the seguidilla rhythm while the Intermezzo is based on the habanera.

The performances are fabulous with Sarah Chang exhibiting the highest virtuosity in these very demanding works. Charles Duttoit and the Philharmonia Orchestra superbly support her. The records come from live performances, and we only know there is an audience from the applause following the Lalo.
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