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Ultimate Violin Classics: The Essential Masterpieces ()

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composed by Antonin DvorŠk, Antonio Vivaldi, Camille Saint-SaŽns, Charles Gounod, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Edward Elgar, Enrique Granados, Ernest Bloch, Felix Mendelssohn, Francesco Maria Veracini, Franz Schubert, Franz von Vecsey, Fritz Kreisler, Gabriel Faurť

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, ...

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  1. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
  2. Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
  3. Havanaise, for violin & piano (or orchestra) in E major, Op. 83
  4. Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, for violin & orchestra in A minor, Op. 28
  5. Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216
  6. Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218
  7. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major ("Turkish") K. 219
  8. Sonata for violin & piano No. 9 in A major ("Kreutzer"), Op. 47
  9. Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24
  10. Sicilienne for keyboard in E flat major
  11. Serenade No. 7 for orchestra in D major ("Haffner"), K. 250 (K. 248b): Rondo, K250
  12. Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Melody), arrangement (from "Orfeo ed Euridice")
  13. Andaluza (Playera), for guitar or other instrument (arrangement of No. 5 of 12 Spanish Dances)
  14. SchŲn Rosmarin, for violin & piano
  15. Liebesleid (Love's Sorrow), for violin & piano
  16. Liebesfreud (Love's Joy), for violin & piano
  17. Sonata for violin & continuo in A major, Op. 1/7: Allegro
  18. Concerto for 2 violins, cello, strings & continuo in D minor, RV 565, Op. 3/11 ("L'estro armonico" No. 11): Siciliano
  19. Tambourin for violin & piano (transcription of work by Leclair)
  20. Minuet for piano in G major, WoO 10/2
  21. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)
  22. Humoresque for piano No. 7 in G flat major, B. 187/7 (Op. 101/7)
  23. ThaÔs, opera in 3 acts: Meditation
  24. Valse sentimentale, for piano (or violin & piano) in F minor, Op. 51/6
  25. Largo for violin & piano in F sharp
  26. Rondino on a Theme by Beethoven, for violin & piano
  27. Andantino in the Style of Padre Martini, for violin & piano
  28. La capricieuse -- morceau de genre, for violin & piano, Op. 17
  29. AprŤs un rÍve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1
  30. EspaŮa, album leaves (6) for piano, Op. 165, B. 37: No. 2 Tango
  31. Valse Triste, for violin & piano
  32. Estrellita, for guitar
  33. Belshazzar's Feast (Belsazars gšstabud), suite for orchestra (or piano), Op. 51: No. 3 Nocturne
  34. Se tu m'ami, for voice & piano (spurious; by A. Parisotti)
  35. Stšndchen ("Leise flehen meine Lieder"), song for voice & piano (Schwanengesang), D. 957/4
  36. Divertimento No. 17 for 2 horns & strings in D major, K. 334 (K.320b): Menuetto
  37. Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Tršumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
  38. Sonatina for violin & piano in G major ("Indian Lament"), B. 183 (Op. 100): Larghetto
  39. Meditation on Prelude No. 1 of Bach, for violin or cello & piano with organ or cello ad lib. (or other instrumental arrangement), CG8
  40. Sonata for violin & guitar in E minor, Op. 3/6, MS 27/6
  41. Songs my mother taught me (Als die alte Mutter), song for voice & piano, B. 104/4 (Op. 55/4) (Gypsy Melodies)
  42. Souvenir de Moscou, deux airs russes, for violin & orchestra, Op. 6
  43. PiŤce en forme de Habanera, arrangement(s) for solo instrument & keyboard
  44. Zigeunerweisen, for violin & piano (or orchestra) ("Gypsy Airs"), Op. 20
  45. Allegro, for orchestra in G major
  46. Les berceaux, song for voice & piano in B flat minor, Op. 23/1
  47. Tzigane, rhapsodie de concert, for violin & piano (or orchestra), M. 76
  48. Baal Shem: 3 pictures of Hassidic life, for violin & piano (or orchestra): Nigun
  49. Adagio for violin (or viola or cello) & piano
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