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The Art of Midori

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The Art of Midori Review

by Blair Sanderson

Sony Classical's 2016 box set The Art of Midori offers reissues of ten of the violinist's best-selling albums in a sturdy case, with each disc protected in a cardboard sleeve featuring the original jacket artwork. The selected recordings date from 1988 to 2003, and include Midori's critically acclaimed performances of violin concertos by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn, Max Bruch, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Antonín Dvorák, Jean Sibelius, and Dmitri Shostakovich, along with chamber music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Niccolò Paganini, Fritz Kreisler, Pablo de Sarasate, Sergey Prokofiev, and many others. Midori's growth from child prodigy to mature artist is evident in the progression of the recordings, and these albums represent her finest performances, from her precocious solo debut playing Paganini's 24 Caprices to her recitals with pianist Robert McDonald, and concerto performances with Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado, Christoph Eschenbach, and Mariss Jansons. Devoted fans will no doubt own all of these CDs already, though newcomers will find this collection to be a convenient way to catch up.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op. 1
1 Midori 01:50 Amazon
2 Midori 02:40 Amazon
3 Midori 03:09 Amazon
4 Midori 06:18 Amazon
5 Midori 02:42 Amazon
6 Midori 04:53 Amazon
7 Midori 04:13 Amazon
8 Midori 03:01 Amazon
9 Midori 03:36 Amazon
10 Midori 02:04 Amazon
11 Midori 03:50 Amazon
12 Midori 02:49 Amazon
13 Midori 02:48 Amazon
14 Midori 01:20 Amazon
15 Midori 03:09 Amazon
16 Midori 01:48 Amazon
17 Midori 03:57 Amazon
18 Midori 02:39 Amazon
19 Midori 02:54 Amazon
20 Midori 03:05 Amazon
21 Midori 03:13 Amazon
22 Midori 02:26 Amazon
23 Midori 03:47 Amazon
24 Midori 04:46 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Midori 05:52 Amazon
2 Midori 04:31 Amazon
3 Midori 04:02 Amazon
4 Midori 01:37 Amazon
5 Midori 01:35 Amazon
6 Midori 03:14 Amazon
7 Midori 03:12 Amazon
8 Midori 02:06 Amazon
9 Midori 00:59 Amazon
10 Midori 01:12 Amazon
11 Midori 01:12 Amazon
Pieces, Op. 15
12 Midori 02:44 Amazon
13 Midori 04:54 Amazon
14 Midori 04:55 Amazon
15 Midori 01:39 Amazon
Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42
16 Midori 03:51 Amazon
Mythes, Op. 30
17 Midori 05:55 Amazon
18 Midori 02:10 Amazon
19 Midori 03:27 Amazon
20 Midori 03:07 Amazon
21 Midori 01:59 Amazon
Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56
22 Midori 01:16 Amazon
23 Midori 00:27 Amazon
24 Midori 01:04 Amazon
25 Midori 01:36 Amazon
26 Midori 00:29 Amazon
27 Midori 00:55 Amazon
28 Midori 04:37 Amazon
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