The Soul of Lady Harmsworth
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This album offers a selection of popular violin miniatures from the period of Romanticism. Listening to these pieces it is easy to comprehend why we all get enchanted by virtuosity and that beautiful melodies always capture the human heart, young and old alike. The recording also features music that has been composed by the performer to demonstrate his own remarkable capacities while the album also has pieces that sound more like honest confessions overshadowed by grandiose compositions. The works are performed by Kristóf Baráti on his Stradivarius Lady Harmsworth and he is accompanied by pianist Gábor Farkas.
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The Program - The Soul of Lady Harmsworth - Kristof Barati Plays Famous Encores on HIs Stradivarius with Antonio Gabor-Farkas, piano - HUNGAROTON - TT - 70:28 - Pablo de Sarasate - (1844-1908) - i. Romanza Andakuza, Op. 22; ii. Malagriena, Op. 21; iii. Zapateado, Op. 23; Henryk Wieniawski - (1835-1880) - iv. Legende, Op. 17; v. Scherzo-Tarantelle, Op. 1; Heinrich Wilhelm Ernest - (1812-1865) - vi. The Last Rose of Summer - (solo violin); vii. Grand Caprice, Op. 26 based on Schubert's 'Der Erlkonig' - (solo violin); Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky - (1840-1893) - - Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42 - viii. No. I - Mediation in D minor; ix. No. II - Scherzo in C minor; x. No. III - Melodie in E-flat major; Niccolo Pagannini - (1782-1840) - xi. Moto perpetuo, Op. 11; xii. Cantabile, Op. 17; xiii. Mose - Fantasia.
This violinist certainly has one of the most beautiful of 'singing' tones. His rich tonal performances, expression, nuance, the art of the subtle and musical phrase are all here and certainly in abundance. The virtuosity in his brilliant phrases and again the richness for the musical whole create not only a flair for the dramatic but also a deep understanding for the true art in music making. His accompanist plays with nuance, phrasing, sensitivity and helps to create a musical whole throughout this demanding program.
The solo items are very interesting and reflect the idea that throughout the 19th century musicians created transcriptions to demonstrate and delight their respective audiences into the concept of the touring virtuoso. Excellent program notes are in English and Hungarian. Highly recommended for anyone who loves the violin, beautiful singing tone and stunning playing in the grand tradition.