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'On Fire': 'The Virtuoso Violin'

Magazine article Gramophone

'On Fire': 'The Virtuoso Violin'

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'On Fire'

'The Virtuoso Violin' Glazunov Meditation, Op 32 Dvarionas Pezzo elegiaco Kabalevsky Rondo, Op 69 Karayev Waltz Kreisler Tambourin chinois, Op 3 Kroll Banjo and Fiddle Rota Improvviso Skoryk Melody. Spanish Dance Taneyev Romance, Op 26 No 6 Toldra Six Sonnets Wieniawski Polonaises--No 1, Op 4; No 2, Op 21. Scherzo-tarantelle, Op 16 Ysaye Violin Sonata No 3,'Ballade' Piet Koornhof vn Bernarda Vorster pf Delos (B) (2) DE3479 (101' * DDD)

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The title doesn't begin to tell the story of Piet Koornhofs musical sensibility. While many of the works on his two-disc set call for a soloist of the highest technical accomplishment, the South African violinist avoids taking a scorched-earth approach to the repertoire. He is a keenly sensitive musician who places the dazzling aspects in discerning context.

You won't hear Koornhof show off, in other words, just to show off. In the most acrobatic pieces, such as Wieniawski's Polonaises and Ysaye's Third Sonata for solo violin, he treats the tricky flights--large leaps, multiple stops, racing scales--not as isolated bursts but as part of the overall narrative. …

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