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Vanessa-Mae The Violin Player

Vanessa-Mae , Johann Sebastian Bach , Mike Batt , Mason Williams , Ian Wherry , Vasko Vassilev , Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565Vanessa-Mae/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Mike Batt 7:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. ContradanzaVanessa-Mae 3:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Classical GasVanessa-Mae/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Mike Batt 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Theme from "Caravans"Vanessa-Mae/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Mike Batt 5:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Warm AirVanessa-Mae/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Mike Batt 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Jazz Will Eat ItselfVanessa-Mae/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Mike Batt 3:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. WidescreenVanessa-Mae/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Mike Batt 4:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Tequila MockingbirdVanessa-Mae/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Mike Batt 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. City ThemeVanessa-Mae/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Mike Batt 4:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Red HotVanessa-Mae/Ian Wherry 3:16$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Mike Batt, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Mike Batt, Vasko Vassilev
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Mike Batt, Mason Williams, Ian Wherry
  • Audio CD (October 30, 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B000002SKU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,116 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Listenable November 12, 2002
By glo2000
Format:Audio CD
Let's get this straight upfront: Vanessa Mae is a good violin player, but I've heard plenty better in the classical world today. You buy this CD not for Mae's technique as a violinist (frankly, I'd give her just a 6 or 7 out of 10), but for her innovation - her ground-breaking album that blends the old-style classical music with pop/techno/jazz, and gives that genre of music (which had there for a while even before Mae) the kind of visibility that it did not use to have. This album is novel and upbeat, and is highly listenable both to people who like classical music and those who find it intimdating (or boring). Would especially recommend this to people in their 20s and 30s.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not For Traditionalists May 20, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is a fantastic cd. Vaness-Mae has managed to captured the sound of jazzed-up violin without distorting it, and the result is a truly unique sound. Many fans of classical music may criticize this cd for it's lack of "proper" tone and composition, but they fail to realize that this is a FUN cd, and if they want to hear traditionally classical stuff, put On a Classical Music CD! I'm not dissing classical music, I grew up on it, but I was also encouraged to listen to and appreciate a variety of music. Buy this cd if you want to broaden your horizons.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical With a Twist July 1, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The first notes of Vanessa Mae's The Violin Player sound like a dramatic beginning to a classical composition, but it's not. This album in fact is anything but traditional classical. It's unique, creative, energetic and alive and I give Vanessa props for being brave enough to come out with it. It's hard to be different. The fact that Vanessa did make the music and did it so well says that she's a true artist, something sadly lacking in a world where technical mastery is considered more important than artistic invention. This is a fantastic, fun album that you'll want to listen to again and again, the music hitting something within you and bringing all sorts of energy you didn't know you had bubbling to the surface. If you won't buy it for that reason, then buy it for it's historical significance. It's already plain to me, Vanessa Mae with this album changed the one sided face of classical music forever.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Seal
Format:Audio CD
I first saw Vanessa Mae on World Music awards performing Toccata & Fugue in D Minor. I thought she was fantastic, and was especially impressed with her ability to actually have children enjoy classical music. Most children loathe classical music, but when they see a pretty young person play, enjoy and have fun with the music, they have a positive reaction to their once dreaded classical music. I think she has made a superb effort and achieved what she set out to accomplish. I have since bought her classical music CD's as well. Ms. Mae has a fantastic interpretation of classical music to a modern format. I am an audio engineer and work with many artists and styles of music. I don't care what the classical fanatics think, and neither should you, as this is very upbeat and enjoyable classical music.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Prodigy gives Jazz Album of the Century! September 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
A great album full of contemporary pieces and new life to classical ones!
If you love Bond, you will see where they were inspired. Vanessa Mae uses her expert violin playing to jazz up the album. Very relaxing yet inspiring, the CD will be a great addition to your CD collection.
The highlight is her arrangement of "Tocatta and Fugue." The famous piece is been given a rebirth through her strings and is an upbeat piece that will get your toes tapping and arms flailing like a composer's.
A great album for your collection. Adds culture to your tastes.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Violin Player Ever January 5, 2000
By Rob Roy
Format:Audio CD
I saw her in concert about 3 years ago and she was great. I got to meet her in person. When I got this CD I loved it. I get tried of the old classical style of violin. (She does have a Classical CD) It the best,I Listen to the CD's at lest once a day. It is a must buy! Don't listen to those other people they wouldn't know good music if it hit them in the .... Face!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music, Utterly Amasing! April 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I just can't help dancing and swinging my hips every time I listen to this wonder CD. Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, Contradanza, Classical Gas, and Red Hot are very upbeat and dancy. This is really a work of magic by a 14 year-old artist. I think she is the youngest ever to record something like this with a electric violin. Highly recommended to anyone who loves good music!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not your father's classical music... February 4, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I purchased this CD many years ago and enjoy it just as much today as when I first heard it. By reading the reviews here you can surmise you are either going to love her style or not. It is not for everyone, no more than classical, rap, jazz, or country is for everyone. I compare her music interpretation to that of Jimi Hendrix's interpretation of the Star Spangled Banner. It is radical, but very refreshing. You will either love it or consider it blasphemous.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love it!
This is one of my all-time favorite CDs and I've been listening to it for years now. As other reviewers have mentioned, it is a modernized version of several classical songs. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Angela Ralano
5.0 out of 5 stars Vanessa Mae The Violin Player
I say that I would give this CD "two thumbs up" as a fan of music played with excellence on a violin.
Published 3 months ago by J. R. Jacobs
2.0 out of 5 stars Good album marred by manufacturing defects
Well, this is a really good album. Unfortunately, it came with a couple of seere manufacturing defects consisting of blemishes imbedded in the read side of the disc. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chester J. Zaba
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite of hers
But it's still classic Vanessa Mae, so it still gets 4 stars because she's amazing. Anything she plays is great.
Published 5 months ago by Anatola
1.0 out of 5 stars A Great Disappointment
This album is an abomination. A complete and total waste of a virtuoso's talent. Utterly mindless, cold and soulless. A sequencing hack-job. Read more
Published 6 months ago by horowizard
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but doesn't age well
My wife and I purchased this album when it was first released. We enjoyed it but now many years later we found ourselves saying 'Remember that rock violin girl, what was her... Read more
Published on January 3, 2012 by ritastew
3.0 out of 5 stars its OK
I heard snippets in a store and bought the CD. It is fun but not the classic that I hoped for though. Still some neat music.
Published on December 25, 2011 by Max
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 thumbs up
Katherine's review hit the nail on the head as I could not agree more. If you want something that will make your emotion flow from your soul and make you feel alive , don't pass up... Read more
Published on October 27, 2011 by r-man
3.0 out of 5 stars Listen once, twice--but three times?
I picked up this album when it first came out. The first time I played it I was fascinated. Very interesting and exciting. And I listened to it a few more times. Read more
Published on January 11, 2011 by Wayne Brink
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible.
This is a terrible album and those who classify it as classical music, know nothing of classical music. It is unbelievable that it became so popular. Read more
Published on July 30, 2009 by I. Wannabe Rostropovich
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