Julia Fischer Pays Homage To Violin Legend Pablo Sarasate On New Decca/Universal Music Classics Album Out March 4, 2014
“Fischer is such a fleet, silver-toned soloist, quick to gambol and quicker to charm . . . Through hesitations, piquant phrasings, improvisatory flourishes and limpid stretches of gorgeous hush she always keeps the music alive.” – The Times
“. . . a star act on a high . . . bright, attenuated sound, vibrantly expressive but never overbearing . . . ” – Gramophone
Celebrating the showpieces of violin legend Pablo Sarasate, star violinist Julia Fischer shines a new light on Sarasate’s music with her new album for Decca/Universal Music Classics, Sarasate, slated to release on March 4, 2014. One of the leading violinists of her generation, Fischer delivers virtuoso pyrotechnics while demonstrating the extreme technical challenges of the music.
Sarasate is Fischer’s follow-up to her well-received 2013 Decca release Bruch/Dvořák, featuring Fischer’s rich interpretation of a rare coupling of concertos. In an effort to restore Sarasate’s music to the concert platform, Fischer stated that she wants Sarasate to communicate its inherent joy and enthusiasm as she finds each piece to have a mood and story all its own.
Designed to show off technique, Fischer’s recordings include the key track of Sarasate’s most celebrated composition: Zigeunerweisen (‘Gypsy Airs’). With its heady czardas rhythms and folk flavor, it is best known as a showpiece for violin and orchestra, but Fischer and her long-standing accompanist Milana Chernyavska present it as it was originally written for violin and piano. The album also includes the popular Danzas españolas.
One of the first violinists to leave acoustic recordings in the pioneering years of the 20th century, Sarasate was held in extremely high regard, with Camille Saint-Saëns, Max Bruch and Édouard Lalo all dedicating works to him. Sarasate’s extraordinary writing remains a supreme challenge to violinists over a century after his death in 1908.02/27/2014