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VIEUXTEMPS, H.: Fantasia appassionata / Ballade and Polonaise / Fantaisie-Caprice / Greeting to America (Keylin, Slovak Radio Symphony, Mogrelia)

Composer(s):Vieuxtemps, Henry
Artist(s) Mogrelia, Andrew, Conductor • Slovak Radio Symphony OrchestraKeylin, Misha, violin
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.570974
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Vieuxtemps was a towering figure in the long line of master 19th-century violinistcomposers, from Viotti, Rode, Bériot and Paganini to Wieniawski, Kreisler and Ysaÿe, and one of the first to use the full Romantic orchestral palette in the composition of works with soloist. Composed during his Russian sojourn, the ornate and virtuosic Fantasia appassionata reaches a fast and furious conclusion, as does the wistful yet dignified Ballade et Polonaise. Yankee Doodle and The Star-Spangled Banner are quoted to great effect in Greeting to America.


   




Review By Carlo Bellora,Musica,December 2011


8.570974_Musica_122011_it.pdf


Review By Steven J Haller,American Record Guide,September 2010

We praised Misha Keylin’s Naxos CD indeed, every installment in Keylin’s survey of Vieuxtemps is absolutely first-rate...He knows how to milk each passage for drama; his bowing is supple, his vibrato appropriately varied, his intonation pure, his attacks firm and confident.... [In] the Fantasia Appassionata...Keylin is “appassionata”...Where Vieuxtemps calls on the soloist to “rhapsodize ecstatically” in the central Largo...Keylin positively swoons over it; and you have to hear how wonderfully he shapes the Saltarello, an insouciant romp that will have you cheering at the close. In the wonderfully buoyant Ballade Keylin speaks with honeyed tongue, bringing out the clear “Polish” flavor, in turn spurred on by alert

While the Fantaisie-Caprice at nearly 17 minutes does go on, Keylin gives it the full heart-on-sleeve treatment and imparts a delightfully raffish edge to the finale, closing out in a flurry of double stops. But this is worth the asking price many times over for the Greeting to America, an incandescent display that works up ‘Yankee Doodle’ left, right, and sideways before soloist and orchestra stand proud in ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’—unbelievable! There’s no question Keylin is having a ball, and as I jumped to my feet at the close I could only marvel at this superb young violinist who came to this country [the USA] from St Petersburg at the age of 9. This is the kind of rousing musicmaking that quite confounds the critic, who must sit there scribbling on his pad when all he really wants to do is throw it away and groove to the beat.

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