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Track(s) taken from CDA67878
Recording details: July 2011
deSingel, Antwerp, Belgium
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon & Dave Rowell
Release date: May 2012
Total duration: 12 minutes 50 seconds

'Few will be able to resist Hanslip's deliciously coquettish handling of the rondo movements of both concertos' (Gramophone)

'The acrobatics which Vieuxtemps puts her through are not just surmounted, with double-stops impeccably crafted even at speed, but are meaningfully phrased with a variety of tone and dynamics. She also finds character in the lyrical Adagio, and the more playful Rondo Finale, with its swaggering main theme … I really feel a smile coming out of the loudspeakers' (BBC Music Magazine)

Greeting to America, Op 56
composer
composed for Vieuxtemps' American tour of 1843/4; published posthumously

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Though published only posthumously, Greeting to America, Op 56, was composed for Vieuxtemps’s American tour of 1843–4. As the title suggests, the piece is in the manner of a salute from the Old World to the New: the orchestral introduction and the first violin solo are in fact based on an Italian air. A call to attention by the trumpets, however, leads to a fantasia on ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’, after which the basses introduce, and the violin enthusiastically takes up, the lively march-tune of ‘Yankee Doodle’. Vieuxtemps had in fact dealt with this well-known tune before, in his Souvenir d’Amérique, Variations burlesques sur ‘Yankee Doodle’, Op 17, but the bravura variations in the present work are not related to that earlier set. In an imposing coda, ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ and ‘Yankee Doodle’ are triumphantly combined.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2012

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