Tchaikovsky has dedicated some of his finest music to the violin, but this new album expands the instrument’s repertoire even further. Inspired by greats such as Sarasate, Heifetz, Kreisler and Joachim, violinist Guy Braunstein reanimates a tradition of violin and orchestra rhapsodies with new arrangements of famous excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Swan Lake. Together with the extraordinary Violin Concerto, Valse Scherzo and Sérénade mélancolique, they constitute a collection of glittering Tchaikovsky Treasures.
Guy Braunstein was the youngest person ever to be appointed concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2000, a position he held for twelve years before leaving to pursue his solo career.
On this first PENTATONE album, Braunstein plays with the renowned BBC Symphony Orchestra, led by maestro Kirill Karabits.
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Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major op. 35 (1878) 1. Allegro moderato 2. Canzonetta: Andante 3. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo
4. Pas de deux from Swan Lake (1876) * 5. Lensky’s Aria from Eugene Onegin (1877) * 6. Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin (1877)* 7. Serenade melancolique op. 26 (1875) 8. Valse Scherzo op. 34 (1877)