Magazine article Gramophone

'The Soul of Lady Harmsworth'

Magazine article Gramophone

'The Soul of Lady Harmsworth'

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'The Soul of Lady Harmsworth'

Ernst The Last Rose of Summer (Etude No 6). Gran Caprice, Op 26 Paganini Moto perpetuo, Op 11. Cantabile, Op 17. Mose-Fantasia Sarasate Romanza andaluza, Op 22. Malaguena, Op 21. Zapateado, Op 23 Tchaikovsky Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op 42 Wieniawski Legende, Op 17. Scherzo-Tarantelle, Op 16 Kristdf Barativn Gabor Farkas pf Hungaroton (F) HCD32760 (70' * DDD)

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What a good title for this selection of famous 19th-century encores. The 'Lady Harmsworth' in question is a 1703 masterpiece by Antonio Stradivari, though for Hungaroton to imply that it belongs to Kristof Barati is misleading: he has it on loan from the Stradivarius Society of Chicago. It is as beautiful an instrument to look at as it is to hear, producing in the words of one connoisseur 'a cheerful, forthcoming tone as rich as its varnish colour suggests'.

And for those who like to hear the violin played at its sweet and acrobatic best, then Barati is out of the top drawer. Born in Budapest in 1979, he puts one in mind of Vengerov, with the same intensity of sound, unbridled athleticism and, when needed, searing leaps into the stratosphere that send a tingle down the spine. …

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