Sarasate, Saint-Saëns, Wieniawski and Ysaÿe

Sarasate · Saint-Saëns · Wieniawski · Ysaÿe

Sarasate · Saint-Saëns · Wieniawski · Ysaÿe

A programme of fireworks and sweetmeats to showcase Höpcker´s technical brilliance.


Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908)

Aires Gitanos/Gypsy Airs, Op. 20 9:05
  Moderato - Lento - Un poco più lento (1) 7:01
  Allegro molto vivace (2) 2:04
Romanza Andaluza, Op. 22 No.1 5:25
Habanera, Op. 21 No.2 5:55


Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931)

Sonata for Solo Violin No.6, Op.27 7:24


Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)

Havanaise, Op. 83 10:06


Henri Wieniawski (1835-1880)

Polonaise de Concert in D, Op. 4 5:46
Légende, Op. 17 7:31
Fantaisie Brillante sur des motifs de 
l‘opéra »Faust« de Gounod, Op. 20 17:41
  Allegro moderato - Andante ma non troppo (9) 6:42
  Allegro agitato non troppo (10) 2:19
  Andante (11) 5:10
  Tempo di Valse, Allegro non troppo (12) 3:30


Total Time: 69:02 Minutes


A Fizzing collection of violin Showpieces

thestrad Here is a programme of fireworks and sweetmeats to showcase Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker´s technical brilliance.

The gifted young German violinist´s silky virtuosity makes light of the hair-raising difficulties the music presents. Yet amid the frothy pleasures of Sarasate´s Habanera and Wieniawski´s Fantaisie brillante on themes from Gounod´s Faust, we have the more serious exploration of technique in the single movement of Ysaÿe´s Sixth Sonata, where pages of double-stopping display Höpcker´s impeccable intonation.

Almost without a pause between the tracks, the piano introduces Saint-Saëns´s Havanaise, where subsequently Höpcker´s fingers fly around the fingerboard with dazzling speed, and precision is interspersed with her honeyed tone in slow passages. ...

It serves to heighten Höpcker´s mercurial dexterity in the final Allegro molto vivace, however, and it is a device she uses later in the disc when slow and fast sections sit side by side. Fabio Bidini is the responsive and well-balanced partner. ...

The STRAD, David Denton, March 2013

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