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BAZZINI, A.: Virtuoso Works for Violin and Piano (Hanslip)

Composer(s):Bazzini, Antonio
Artist(s) Frantz, Caspar, piano • Hanslip, Chloe, violin
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.570800
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Antonio Bazzini, born in Brescia in 1818, was one of the great violinist-composers of the 19th century. After encouragement from Paganini following an encounter in 1836, he lived the life of a touring virtuoso for many years. Though he composed in larger forms, he is best remembered as the composer of numerous salon pieces for violin and piano, the most famous being La Ronde des lutins (The Dance of the Goblins), but also including many character pieces of various descriptions. Eventually returning to Italy, he was appointed first professor and then director of the Milan Conservatory and was a teacher of Mascagni and Puccini.

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Review By Max Schäfer,Gaystation (Germany),February 2009

„Bravourös“ titelt Fono Forum die Rezension dieser Einspielung. „Es ist vor allem ein Werk, auf das sich der Nachruhm des italienischen Geigers und Komponisten Antonio Bazzini gründet: das wirbelnde fantastische Scherzo „La Ronde des Lustins“, geigerische Artistik pur. Die englische Geigerin Chloe Hanslip meistert das Fünf-Minuten-Stück perfekt.“ (Fono Forum 12/08). Antonio Bazzini wird von Paganini ermuntert die Virtuosenlaufbahn einzuschlagen. Wie viele Virtuosen der damaligen Zeit komponiert Antonio Bazzini auch eigene Stücke, mit denen er vor allem seine Virtuosität auf der Geige in den Salons unter Beweis stellen kann. Auch wenn diese Stücke dazu angetan waren, durch Meisterung


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,October 2008

I had the pleasure of meeting the late Yehudi Menuhin around 1960 when he played a concert in Montreal. He gave me moral support in encouraging outstanding young artists making their recording debuts. Fast forward a decade, when I proposed a project to reissue some of his own recordings from the 1930s, to be called "Vintage Menuhin" (Orion ORS 7271), copied from 78 rpm disks that I had in my collection. After making the selections and transferring them to tape, he came over to listen. While Bazzini's "La Ronde des Lutins" was playing, he smiled and said wistfully: "I couldn’t play that now to save my life!" Enter 20 year-old British virtuoso Chloe Hanslip, who—with all due respect to Yehudi's memory—plays rings around this



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