Fantasies, Rhapsodies & Daydreams (2016)

Waxman, Sarasate, Vaughan Williams, Saint-Saens, Massenet, Ravel

Arabella Steinbacher, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo

Lawrence Foster

 

Less than a century ago it was still very common that great violinists like Heifetz, Kreisler, Menuhin etc. played virtuosic pieces in their concerts, very often also their own transcriptions. Nowadays these pieces are unfortunately rarely played in concert halls, sometimes with the reason that this kind of repertoire is “not serious enough”, which I find is really a pity and also not true. Usually violinists study this repertoire at a young age to expand their technical ability on the instrument but afterwards, they tend to focus more on Concertos and Sonatas. I have to admit that the last time I myself played this repertoire was before I was even a teenager, and I had almost forgotten about it. 
However, every time I work together with Larry Foster, he is full of stories about Jasha Heifetz from their time together in the 1960s and it is like being taken to another world. Then suddenly the idea came to us; why not make a recording full of these pieces like in the “old days”? 

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Arabella Steinbacher

Violinist Arabella Steinbacher has firmly established herself as one of today’s leading violinists on the international concert scene, performing with the world’s major orchestras. The New York Times reports that she plays with “Balanced lyricism and fire - among her assets are a finely polished technique and a beautifully varied palette of timbres.” Recording exclusively for PENTATONE, Steinbacher’s career was launched in 2004 with an extraordinary and unexpected debut in Paris, when she stepped in on short notice for an ailing colleague and performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Sir Neville Marriner.
Her diverse and deep repertoire nowadays includes more than thirty concertos for violin. In addition to all of the major concertos of the Classical and Romantic periods, she also performs those of Barber, Bartók, Berg, Glazunov, Khatchaturian, Milhaud, Prokofiev, Schnittke, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Szymanowski, Hindemith, Hartmann, and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Offertorium. Her recording honors include the Choc du mois from Le Monde de la Musique, two ECHO Klassik Awards, two German Record Critics’ Awards, and the Editor’s Choice Award from Gramophone magazine.

Lawrence Foster

Since 2013 Lawrence Foster has held the position of Music Director of l'Opéra de Marseille and l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, with which he toured in the summer of 2014 and conducted at the Kissinger Sommer and in China. This season sees, among others, opera productions of The Flying Dutchman and Falstaff.
Highlights of the 2014/15 season include engagements as guest conductor with l’Orchestre National de Lyon, Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Beijing Music Festival and Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Lawrence Foster will also be returning to the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig. In the summer of 2014 he conducted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, with Ute Lemper, at the Edinburgh International Festival and the Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich at the Grafenegg Festival

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Fantasies, Rhapsodies & Daydreams (2016)

Waxman, Sarasate, Vaughan Williams, Saint-Saens, Massenet, Ravel

Arabella Steinbacher, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo

    The Arts Fuse

There’s much to admire, generally, about violinist Arabella Steinbacher’s playing. Her technique is impressive, articulations precise, and tone nicely varied. She clearly understands what she performs and the supple lyricism of her interpretations generally suits the canon well. She also brings out lots of the hairy details in Ravel’s Tzigane, throwing down muscular fistfuls of notes in the opening cadenza and making reams of hay out of the several passages of double-stop artificial harmonics that pop up throughout the score.

Jonathan Blumhofer[read full review]

Fantasies, Rhapsodies & Daydreams (2016)

Waxman, Sarasate, Vaughan Williams, Saint-Saens, Massenet, Ravel

Arabella Steinbacher, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo

Mastering Engineer: Polyhymnia
Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer: Erdo Groot
Recording location: Salle Yakov Kreizberg of the Auditorium Rainier III, Monte-Carlo
Recording Software: Mergin
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Carmen Fantasie
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Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20
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The Lark Ascending
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Havanaise, Op. 83
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Introduction et rondo capriccioso in A Minor, Op. 28
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Thaïs - Méditation
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