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'Chaconne': JS Bach Solo Violin Partita No 2

Magazine article Gramophone

'Chaconne': JS Bach Solo Violin Partita No 2

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'Chaconne'

JS Bach Solo Violin Partita No 2, BWV1004 Chaconne Brahms Hungarian Dance No 1 (a)

Lalo Symphonie espagnole, Op 21--Intermezzo

Mozart Violin Sonata No 26, K378b Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, Op 28 (a)

Sarasate Zigeunerweisen, Op 20 (b)

Wieniawski Polonaise brillante No 1, Op 4 (a)

Ida Haendel vn (a) Yukari Arai, (b) Walter Delahunt pf RCA Red Seal [F] 88883 74450-2 (70' * DDD)

2008 recital from the octogenarian violin legend

Ida Haendel, now well into her eighties, recorded this recital in Japan in 2008. Her legendary career, extending back to the 1930s, with Carl Flesch and George Enescu among her teachers, must be one of the longest for a violinist. On this album the virtuoso items Saint-Saens, Wieniawski, Sarasate, Brahms show that she's lost none of her powerful presence, nor her ability to transmit these pieces with style and with an element of showmanship that takes us back to the 19th-century heyday of virtuosity. The passing of the years is only evident in a slight lack of bow control (a closely-miked, dry recording does not help) and very occasional lapses of intonation. …

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