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devil's dance
Works by Bazzini · Bolcom · Brahms Grieg · Korngold · Mendelssohn Morris · Paganini · Sarasate Saint-Saëns · Tartini Williams · Ysaÿe
Gil Shaham (violin) Jonathan Feldman (piano)
DG 463 483-2 [70 mins]
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Here is a splendidly entertaining compilation of dazzling fiddling, with Tartini's Devil's Trill sonata (not all that devilish really) and Bolcom's Graceful Ghost Rag offering some quieter moments. Mostly it is a high risk roller-coaster ride of virtuoso encore pieces, and Shaham never falls off. A clever programming notion, carried off with verve and aplomb.

Shaham is one of the greats amongst younger violinists and it is good to have a CD of him with his hair down. Nothing meretricious; immaculate playing throughout. It is enhanced by the collaboration with an excellent pianist, Jonathan Feldman, who ought not have been diminished on the cover. Theirs is a great duo and I should like to hear them together in 'serious' repertoire also.

Peter Grahame Woolf

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