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COMING SOON: JULIA FISCHER DAZZLES WITH THE MUSIC OF VIOLIN LEGEND SARASATE
Shining a new light on little gems “that make people want to dance or sing”
Star violinist Julia Fischer turns to the showpieces of violin legend Pablo Sarasate
for her follow-up to 2013’s Bruch/Dvorák concertos.
Sarasate, a new album for violin and piano to be released by Decca
Classics in February 2014, demonstrates not only the extreme
technical challenges of the music but also, in Julia Fischer’s words,
its inherent “joy and enthusiasm”.
The key track on the album is Sarasate’s most celebrated composition: Zigeunerweisen (‘Gypsy Airs’). With its heady czardas rhythms and folk flavour, it is best known as a display piece for violin and orchestra, but Fischer and her long-standing accompanist Milana Chernyavska present it here as it was originally written, for violin and piano. Their programme also includes the popular Danzas espańolas . Shamelessly designed to show off technique, these captivating pieces soon became a top choice for violin encores.