The Essential Violin - Well-Known and Beloved Classics (2CD)

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Most of the world’s famous composers have found a special place in their hearts for the violin. This 2CD collection presents a kind of classical ‘greatest hits’ written for this very popular instrument! From the haunting qualities of The Lark Ascending to the rich yet intimate character of Bach’s unaccompanied sonatas, this is an album which will be cherished by all whose love this resonant, versatile instrument. Dazzling virtuosity sits alongside exquisite, lingering melodies such as the Meditation from Thaïs.

Featuring stunning performances from such artists as Richard Tognetti, Adele Anthony, Dene Olding, Niki Vasilakis and many more…

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  1. VIVALDI The Four Seasons – Spring: Allegro (1st movement)
  2. BRAHMS Violin Sonata No. 2: Allegretto grazioso quasi Andante (3rd movement)
  3. SARASATE Playera
  4. VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending (excerpt)
  5. RACHMANINOFF Vocalise
  6. PAGANINI Violin Concerto No. 1: Adagio espressivo (2nd movement)
  7. F.A. SCHUBERT L’abeille (The Bee)
  8. SARASATE / BIZET Carmen Fantasy
  9. BARTÓK Romanian Folk Dances
  10. GRANADOS Spanish Dance
  11. KORNGOLD Garden Scene from Much Ado about Nothing
  12. GLUCK Mélodie
  13. VIVALDI The Four Seasons – Winter: Allegro non molto (1st movement)
  14. BACH Partita for Solo Violin No. 3: Preludio
  15. BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1: Finale


  1. BACH Violin Concerto in E major: Allegro assai (3rd movement)
  2. KREISLER Liebesleid (Love’s Sorrow)
  3. MOZART Haffner Serenade: Rondo (4th movement)
  4. ALBÉNIZ Tango from España
  5. EDWARDS Maninya II from Maninyas
  6. BEETHOVEN Spring Sonata: Allegro (1st movement)
  7. BRAHMS Hungarian Dance No. 2
  8. MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto No. 2: Allegretto non troppo – Allegro molto vivace (3rd movement)
  9. SARASATE Habanera
  10. GERSHWIN It Ain’t Necessarily So from Porgy and Bess
  11. GERSHWIN Summertime from Porgy and Bess
  12. BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto in D major: Rondo (Third movement)
  13. KREISLER Schön Rosmarin
  14. BRAHMS F.A.E. Sonata: Sonata Movement
  15. SIBELIUS Violin Concerto in D minor: Allegro, ma non tanto (Third movement)