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  • Audio CD (February 3, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Clarity Records
  • ASIN: B000000817
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,467 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Scherzo-Tarantelle, Op.16
2. Sonatensatz, Op. Posth.
3. Tambourin Chinois, Op.3
4. Thais: Meditation
5. Il Noce Di Benvenuto: The Witches, Vars On A Theme Of Sussmayr's, Op.8
6. Rossini Moses: Intro And Vars On Dal Tuo Stellato Soglio
7. Tzigane: Rhap De Conc
8. In The Style Of Porpora: Menuett
9. Con No.2 in b, Op.7: Adagio
10. Con No.2 in b, Op.7: The Bell

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 5, 2011
Eugene Fodor 1950 - 2011) died this week at age 60. In his prime during the 70s after his winning both the Paganini and the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1972 and 1974 respectively he was regarded by many critics and audiences alike as a wizard of the violin. Best known for his performances of works such as the Paganini Concerto he managed to charm the world with his casual attitude, an attitude that too soon resulted in addictions that all but ended his career.

This recording is in many ways the essence of his career. He is accompanied by pianist Kiyoshi Tomagawa in works written for violin and piano - Wieniawski, Brahms, Fritz Kreisler, and Ravel - as well as transcriptions from the orchestral repertoire - Massenet and Paganini - with the emphasis on dazzling technique. That Fodor was a wizard on his instrument was widely accepted. Unfortunately outside interruptions and bad personal choices prevented him form having the career that could have been monumental. Grady Harp, March 11
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By klavierspiel VINE VOICE on February 23, 2004
Eugene Fodor (1950-2011) made a name for himself as a brilliant technician of the violin. This album showcases his talents in that direction and demonstrates, despite his well-publicized (perhaps excessively so) career troubles, that his playing ability remained unimpaired throughout.

The production of this "theme" recording, with its somewhat cutesy title and artwork, is oddly uninformative and fails to reveal that some substantial music is included here: Brahms' Sonatensatz, Ravel's Tzigane and the final two movements of Paganini's Second Violin Concerto, "La Campanella," played in a heavily cut version with piano, but with the bell included in the rondo-finale (played by Fodor's then-wife). The artist plays all of these, as well as the lighter pieces, with his usual fire, panache, and impeccable accuracy, if without a great deal of interpretive variety. The violin is recorded rather prominently, pushing the competent piano accompaniment into the background, but this is no more than what is called for by most of the music.

All in all, this is an enjoyable disc for aficionados of virtuoso string playing and gives a good idea of what all the excitement was about. (Review revised to reflect Eugene Fodor's death in February 2011.)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nora on September 4, 2000
This album, whose title implies a spooky Halloween type music is a mixture of not only wild and tempting music but some relaxing ones as well. I was first introduced to Fodor's music when he appeared in my somewhat small city for a concert. He is a very fine virtuoso and I loved that nights experience. I listened to the cd and was amazed. He has great talent and this "brew," mixture of different kinds of music is a great musical experience to anyone who loves the art of violin as well as music. He leers at you through his music and then lovingly puts his emotions into each note. Fun to listen to!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 2000
No one can play Paganini as well as Eugene Fodor. He is simply the best of the best.
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Eugene Fodor was among the greatest violinists of the 1970s & 1980s. I heard him on KFAC right after he won the Tchaikovsky competition and became a loyal fan of his even after his downfall in 1989. Technically, Fodor was phenomenal, but he is often underestimated as a musician. I differ with that opinion. I only regret that he didn't perform more chamber music as Heifetz did.

This CD is brilliant. I've heard all of these works performed by other violinists, yet few played them as well as did Eugene Fodor, and nobody played them any better. "Witches Brew" is a catchy title, but a misnomer. I would have called it something like "Fodor's Brew" because of the unique way in which these works are played.

When sketching the main character of my novel, I thought about Eugene Fodor and Michael Rabin. The novel is called "LIFE AIN'T KIND" and will be available on Amazon & other outlets, probably, by January 2014. Check it out at:

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In the meantime, BUY THIS CD. You won't regret it.
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