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Wieniawski: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Henri Wieniawski , Pablo de Sarasate , Lawrence Foster , London Symphony Orch. , Gil Shaham Audio CD
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listen  1. Wieniawski: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra no.1 in F sharp minor op.14 - 1. Allegro moderatoGil Shaham15:15Album Only
listen  2. Wieniawski: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra no.1 in F sharp minor op.14 - 2. Preghiera. LarghettoGil Shaham 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Wieniawski: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra no.1 in F sharp minor op.14 - 3. Rondo. Allegro giocosoGil Shaham 7:17Album Only
listen  4. Wieniawski: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra no.2 in D minor op.22 - 1. Allegro moderatoGil Shaham12:18Album Only
listen  5. Wieniawski: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra no.2 in D minor op.22 - 2. Romance. Andante non troppoGil Shaham 5:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Wieniawski: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra no.2 in D minor op.22 - 3. Allegro con fuoco-Allegro moderato (à la Zingara)Gil Shaham 6:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Wieniawski: Legende, Op.17 - Andante - Allegro moderato - Tempo IGil Shaham 7:41Album Only
listen  8. Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen, Op.20 - Moderato - Lento - Un peu plus lent - Allegro molto vivaceGil Shaham 9:02Album Only

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  • Performer: Gil Shaham
  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orch.
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Composer: Henri Wieniawski, Pablo de Sarasate
  • Audio CD (August 11, 1992)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GFF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,151 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Good violin music and good music are not always the same thing, and Wieniawski's violin works are a case in point. Though extremely effectively written for the soloists, in most other departments--orchestration, melodic interest, formal ingenuity--they remain distinctly second-rate, which may be why they seem to have fallen out of favor recently. Given great fiddling, however, they can be made to sound like great music, and Gil Shaham is unquestionably a great fiddler. He glides through the quick music with the ease of an Olympic bobsled champion, and injects real soul into Wieniawski's meditative moments. Sarasate's works offer many of the same strengths and weaknesses as Wieniawski's, and Shaham dispatches the music's numerous technical challenges with similar boldness and zest. There's always room in the catalog for playing that is this accomplished. --David Hurwitz

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb performances of Romantic gems. September 8, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I have always loved the 2nd Wieniawski Violin concerto but I did not particularly like the 1st concerto until I heard it played by Gil Shaham in this recording. Now I love both of these concertos. Gil Shaham's performance of the 1st concerto is staggering in virtuosity and intensity but also artistically compelling and tonally gorgeous. I have never heard a performance of the Wieniawski 1st which even approaches this one. Shaham's performances of the more-lyrical 2nd concerto -- and the Legende and Ziegeunerweissen -- are also beautifully played. If you like violin music, please treat yourself to this CD.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He'll Zigeuner your Weisen!!!! June 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
It was this disc that brought me back to the world of Classical music years ago. The rather solemn cover was initially what caught my eye. I knew Wieniawski was a 19th Century virtuoso, but I was not familiar with his music or Gil Shaham. Despite my unfamiliarity, I thought such a solemn looking cover to be a little odd for a virtuoso oriented recording, so I purchased it. As soon as I got it home, I threw it in and it was Epiphany City from there!! Wieniawski, unlike many of his virtuoso violin contemporaries, appeared to have a greater grasp of both composition and melody and how to meld them. That isn't to say that he doesn't "spark" or "smoke" on occasion, I mean, he was a 19th century violin virtuoso in the purest sense!!! However, "sparks" and "smoke" were not the "be all, end all" attributes of his music!!! Nope!! With Wieniawski, all the "spark" and "smoke" was used to enhance his compositions rather than dominate them. The results? You be the judge!!
As for Mr. Shaham, the man's playing above reproach!! Above the stave, the man has no equal!! The guy can hit atmospheric notes that would compel Olympus to crumble at his feet!! What is really fascinating is that he can hang the note for measures on end and not reveal a whisper of a hint that it is coming from a stringed instrument!!! His tone is fat with Hebrew honey and when it comes to shredding, the man can more than comply!!! As the end of Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen will reveal!! Most importantly, he never allows himself to come between the music and the listener; however one can see him in the shadows on occasion! The only downside is that you will feel compelled to obtain all his other recordings at once!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shaham tops the charts in Wieniawski interpretations September 23, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I have listened to the first concerto by Henryk Wieniawski and found it to be somewhat boring and sluggish. This I found out was not because of the music, but because of the player. After I listened to Shaham, I found it extremely exciting from the grandioso tenths to the three-string chords and to the ending. I find that he is the only violinist worth listening to play the first concerto. His second concerto is absolutely superb. Perlman's recording is fantastic but I found much more heart put into the Romance by Shaham. The Allegro con fuoco put fire into my heart when I listened to it. I find that Shaham's playing is so much more cleaner than Perlman and Heifetz and still maintains the fiery speed. The harmonics are just so slick and timed just right. The CD also includes Wieniawski's love song that got him married, Legende, and the ever-so-popular Sarasate piece, Zigeunerweisen. I find that Shaham interprets the Wieniawski concertos the best. Now if only Vengerov can record them...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dumbfounding... January 8, 2000
By John
Format:Audio CD
There are not enough starts for this CD. Shaham is unbelieveable. He should record all of the Paganini concertos.
His sweet tone and jaw-dropping virtuosity are perfectly suited for the pieces on this CD. From the opening 10ths in the solo of the 1st Violin Concerto to the last note in Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen, this CD is amazing. I particularly love the Legende in g...I could listen to it over and over again. The only part that wasn't perfect about these pieces was the left hand wasn't as crisp and clear as Perlman's, Rabin's, or Accardo's. But that is easily over-looked because everything else is so wonderful.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent playing March 3, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent CD! These pieces are all wonderful, but it is the lesser-known 1st Wieniawski Concerto that stands out. This really is a wonderful concerto, that is sadly neglected, partly because of the fact that it is extremely difficult. Shaham handles everything beautifully, with amazing technic. It is worth it for this concerto alone! Everything else on the CD is very good, but the 2nd Wieniawski can't compare to the Heifetz recording.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST for every music lover! September 9, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It is my conviction that could Shaham return to the nineteenth century and exhibit the feats recorded in this CD, he'd utterly dwarf Wieniawski and Sarasate, and be universally apotheosized. His impeccable technical mastery of these horrific showpieces is dumbfounding; the purity of intonation in the extremely exigent series of octaves is particularly awesome. His characteristic tone--sonorous, glistening, silky, glossy, vibrant, immaculate and honey-soaked--gives these pieces irresistible lustre and allure.
In Shaham's hands, Wieniawski's rarely performed first concerto sounds as if its obscurity is only because few violinists can put up with its technical demands, but is as beautiful as the second. Indeed, none of the pieces featured on this disc sounds superficial; instead, they are expressive, affectionate and exquisite--a tribute to Shaham's contemplative and perceptive musicianship.
Were I to be so persnickety as to try to find a few snags, I'd say occasionally I feel he uses slightly too much vibrato, especially at the outset of some phrases--but this is merely a matter of personal taste. His left-hand pizzicato is not as resounding as the best pluckers', but at least fairly rhythmic and perhaps better than Heifetz's. Only a paltry three or four notes inevitably are not of first class tone quality.
All in all, we have here the wizardly fingerboard gymnast, the formidable tonalist, and the mature artist all blended into one supreme virtuoso--the 19-year-old Gil Shaham, guaranteed superstar of the coming century.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
Published 2 months ago by guesswho
5.0 out of 5 stars great concertos, great performance
I wasn't familiar with Gil Shaham before buying this CD--he is terrific and I will seek out more of his recordings.
Published 6 months ago by Patricia Loftfjeld
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Performance of Familiar Classic
A good example of familiar themes that you can't quite identify performed flawlessly by Shaham accompanied by the London Symphony.
Published 10 months ago by SadWreck
5.0 out of 5 stars wieniawski violin concerto nos 1 $2
I didn't know much about the wieniaswki violin concerto but after I listened this CD, I fell in love with violin concerto No.2.GIl shaham is a great violinist.
Published 23 months ago by jar
5.0 out of 5 stars Wieniawski Violin Concertos
When I bought this CD a couple of decades ago I knew of Wieniawski's reputation as a Polish violinist but knew nothing of him as a composer. I was well rewarded! Read more
Published on August 24, 2012 by Dr. H. A. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Reference Recordings
Those skillful and wonderfully played readings are the references for Wieniawski.
They are performances plenty of beauty, lyricism, paganinian virtuosity and balance. Read more
Published on May 2, 2012 by Colloredo von Salzburg
5.0 out of 5 stars Still blows my mind!
I have owned this recording for over 15 years, and I still find myself often coming back to it and being blown away by Gil Shaham's unbelievable playing. Read more
Published on September 16, 2011 by awex38
5.0 out of 5 stars Have no doubt
For those like myself who are newly acquainted with Wieniaswski, you may be wondering about his place among 19th century composers for the violin. Read more
Published on March 15, 2010 by I. Zopen
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great
How you react to this recording will probably correspond to your familiarity with the violinists of the middle of the 20th century. Read more
Published on August 18, 2009 by J. Wall
5.0 out of 5 stars Wieniawski: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
This is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have
ever heard. I rate the highest of all.
Published on June 9, 2008 by Jim G. Burch
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