Adam Han-Gorski, Violin

The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,

Directed by Zdzislaw Szostak (1 & 3) and Bystrik Rezucha (2 & 4)

 

1. Heinrich Wilheim ERNST ............................. 13:57

Fantasy on Themes from Rossini’s Opera
“Othello”  Op. 11

2.  Pablo de SARASATE ..................................... 15:54

Concerto Fantasy on Themes of Bizet’s Opera “Carmen”  Op. 25

3. Efrem ZIMBALIST ........................................  10:07

Fantasy based on Themes from
Rimsky-Korsakoff’s Opera “LeCoq d’Or”

4.  Henryk WIENIAWSKI ..................................  18:34

Fantasy on Themes from Gounod’s Opera
“FAUST”  Op. 20 

 

Tracks 1, 3 & 4 were exclusively orchestrated for Adam Han-Gorski by Zdzislaw Szostak.

Carmen’s “Aria to the Cards” augmented into the Carmen Fantasy was arranged & orchestrated by Adam Han-Gorski.

 

5. Christian SINDING ....................................... 12:34

Suite in a-minor Op. 10, for violin and orchestra

Adam Han-Gorski with his orchestra Virtuosi di Vienna

    

5a. Presto ...1:48, 5b. Adagio ...5:44,

5c. Tempo Giusto ...4:58

 

In the romantic period, performing transcriptions and instrumental fantasies on operatic themes provided the artist with a welcome opportunity to display a masterly virtuosity. Pieces of this type were popular with all instrumentalists – violinists, cellists and especially pianists. The tradition of piano transcriptions were initiated by Franz Liszt (his concert paraphrases on themes from Rigoletto, Ernani, Lucia di Lammermoor or Don Giovanni spring readily to mind) and was successfully continued into the 20th century (Leopold Godowski, Sergey Rachmaninoff to

name the most famous).

In the sphere of violin playing, fantasies on the themes of popular operas were introduced by Niccolo Paganini with his famous variations Di Tanti Palpiti (on Rossini’s Opera Tancredi). His transcription The Carnival of Venice was for a long time a particularly popular concert item.

 

The four opera transcriptions on this CD are of the kind in which the performer can demonstrate the highest reaches of brilliant virtuoso playing. The Moravia-born virtuoso Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst (1814-1865) – the author of the famous Variations on the Irish song The Last Rose of Summer was a great admirer and follower of Paganini’s art. This Fantasy on the themes of Rossini’s Opera Othello is one of the utmost technically demanding positions in the entire violin literature. One of the most prominent pupils of Leopold Auer – the American violinist Efram Zimbalist (father of the FBI Detective from the TV series), is the author of the Fantasy on Themes from the Opera Le Coq d’Or by N. Rimski-Korsakov based on the fairy tale by the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. Pablo de Sarasate, the greatest Spanish virtuoso, to whom a large nu