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SAINT-LUBIN, L. de: Violin Virtuoso Works, Vol. 1 - Grand Duo Concertant / 2 Salonstucke / Potpourri (Khitruk, Kopelman)

Composer(s):Saint-Lubin, Leon de
Artist(s) Kopelman, Elizaveta, piano • Khitruk, Anastasia, violin
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.572019
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Inspired by Paganini to perfect his skills as a violinist, Léon de Saint-Lubin enjoyed a highly successful career in Vienna, where Beethoven wrote a cadenza especially for him, and in Berlin, where he presented luminaries such as Liszt, Mendelssohn and Spohr in concert. Several of Saint-Lubin’s spectacular violin works are here revived by the talented young American-based Anastasia Khitruk, whose other Naxos recordings have been acclaimed: Khandoshkin Violin Sonatas (8.570028) “Outstanding!” (Classics Today); Rozsa Violin Concerto, Sinfonia Concertante (8.570350) “utterly



Review By David Denton,Naxos,May 2009

On his death in 1850 Leon de Saint-Lubin left behind a wide variety of works, all of which have long since disappeared from the concert platform. He was born in Italy of French parents, and enjoyed a colourful career as a leading touring virtuoso violinist, spending much of his life in Vienna where his circle of musicians included Beethoven and Schubert. Hearing Paganini was the stimulus for him to withdrew from the concert platform to restudy the instrument, eventually resurfacing in Berlin with the appointment as concertmaster of the Royal Municipal Theatre. Now among his company were Liszt, Mendelssohn and his former mentor, Louis Spohr, to add their influences. It was not many years later that he became ill, and though he survived a few more years, he died at



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