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'The Golden Violin'

Magazine article Gramophone

'The Golden Violin'

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'The Golden Violin' 'Music of the 20s' Burleigh Moto perpetuo Chaplin City Lights--The Flower Shop. Limelight--The Terry Theme Crowther Gweedore Brae Gershwin An American in Paris. It ain't necessarily so. Tempo di Blues (all arr Heifetz) Heifetz When you make love to me Hollaender Ich weiss nicht, zu wem ich gehore Huppertz Metropolis--Suite Novello The Land of Might-Have-Been Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini--Var 18 Suk Chant d'amour Weill The Ballad of Mack the Knife. What good would the moon be? Daniel Rohn vn with Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi bandoneon Wiirttemberg Chamber Orchestra, Heilbronn / Case Scaglione Berlin Classics (F) 0301190BC (56' * DDD)

The title refers to a 'golden age of violin playing', nebulously defined in the booklet by 'the artistry of the likes of Bronislaw Huberman, Jacques Thibaud and later Henryk Szering', none of whom played any of the repertoire on offer here. 'Music of the 1920s'? No fewer than 11 of the 15 pieces were not written during that decade. Bizarre. Although I enjoyed Rohn's earlier disc 'The Kreisler Story' (Berlin Classics, 2/17), which showcased a violinist of great promise, this disc is not quite so consistently successful.

So what have we actually got in this mis-labelled bran tub? First off is quite a discovery: Heifetz's 'concise version' (ie medley) of An American in Paris, unearthed only a few years ago among the violinist's papers. It's a promising start albeit somewhat compromised by the hi-mom-look-at-me orchestral arrangement by Stephen Buck, whose handiwork also threatens the prominence of the soloist in the two other Gershwin-Heifetz numbers and the 18th Variation from Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. …

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