Ultimate Violin Classics: The Essential Masterpieces

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Ultimate Violin Classics: The Essential Masterpieces would be an appropriate title for this five-disc set of performances taken from EMI's archives, if it weren't for the word "The." These are certainly many of the greatest works for violin, but there are too many obvious omissions -- solos by Bach, concertos by Bach, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Brahms, to name just a few -- for this to be considered a definitive collection of violin masterpieces. The collection is diverse: sonatas by Beethoven; concertos by Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Bruch; and many small encore-type works for violin and piano. The performers include some of the greatest violinists of the mid- to late 20th century: David Oistrakh, Henryk Szeryng, Ruggiero Ricci, and Arthur Grumiaux. The recordings were made from the 1950s to the 1970s, so the sound is not up to 21st century standards, but it's very fine for its era. The collection should interest listeners looking for an assortment of violin music of many eras and styles, beautifully played.

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 01:58 Amazon
Serenade No. 7 for orchestra in D major ("Haffner"), K. 250 (K. 248b)
2 07:28 Amazon
3 02:50 Amazon
4 04:01 Amazon
5 02:10 Amazon
6 03:31 Amazon
7 03:26 Amazon
Violin Sonata, Op. 1/7
8 02:20 Amazon
Concerto for 2 violins, cello, strings & continuo in D minor ("L'estro armonico" No. 11), Op. 3/11, RV 565
9 02:55 Amazon
10 02:20 Amazon
11 02:40 Amazon
12 04:21 Amazon
13 03:26 Amazon
Thaïs, opera in 3 acts
14 04:25 Amazon
15 02:08 Amazon
16 03:33 Amazon
17 02:57 Amazon
18 02:01 Amazon
19 03:56 Amazon
20 02:56 Amazon
España, album leaves (6) for piano, Op. 165, B. 37
21 02:38 Amazon
22 02:37 Amazon
23 03:08 Amazon
Belshazzar's Feast (Belsazars gästabud), suite for orchestra (or piano), Op. 51
24 03:29 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:43 Amazon
2 02:46 Amazon
Divertimento No. 17 for 2 horns & strings in D major, K. 334 (K.320b)
3 04:29 Amazon
4 02:39 Amazon
Sonatina for violin & piano in G major ("Indian Lament"), B. 183 (Op. 100)
5 03:25 Amazon
6 04:22 Amazon
7 04:27 Amazon
8 02:10 Amazon
9 07:50 Amazon
10 02:53 Amazon
11 08:11 Amazon
12 02:57 Amazon
13 02:52 Amazon
14 10:22 Amazon
Baal Shem: 3 pictures of Hassidic life, for violin & piano (or orchestra)
15 06:01 Amazon
16 07:51 Amazon
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