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Opera Breve ()

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composed by Camille Saint-Saëns, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Engelbert Humperdinck, Gaetano Donizetti, Jascha Heifetz, Joachim Raff, Manuel de Falla, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss

It is interesting to see Russian-American violinist Philippe Quint assert that the music on this album represents "an autobiographical journey from my recent past to the present," for some might guess after hearing it that it's something else entirely: an attempt to evoke the popular repertoire of the big violinists of a century ago. Listeners get a lot of music that has unfortunately fallen out of fashion: violin versions of opera arias (as the punning title suggests) and a Richard Strauss song, along with a "bonus track" ...

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  1. La Vida breve, opera, G. 35/39 (2 versions): Spanish Dance
  2. Eugene Onegin, opera, Op. 24: Lensky's Aria
  3. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Una Furtiva Lagrima
  4. Orphée et Eurydice (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 41: Melodie
  5. Figaro (concert paraphrase of 'Largo al factotum' from Rossini's "Barber of Seville"), for cello & piano
  6. Morgen ("Und morgen wird die Sonne wieder scheinen"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27/4 (TrV 170/4)
  7. Selections (5) from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, arrangement for violin & piano
  8. Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47: Cantabile
  9. Hänsel und Gretel, opera: Evening Prayer
  10. Cavatina for violin & piano, Op. 85/3
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Opera Breve
2013, Avanticlassic

UPC: 5414706104026


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