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KREISLER Praeludium and Allegro - for violin and piano
RACHMANINOV Vocalise Op.34 No.14 - arr. for alto saxophone and piano
PAGANINI Variations on “O mamma, mamma cara” fromThe Carnival of Venice Op.10 - arr. for violin and piano
BUSONI Toccata - for piano
LISZT Tristia - Vallée d’Obermann - for violin, cello and piano
All the composers featured in this programme performed in Sheffield; Kreisler in 1908, Rachmaninov many times between 1914 and 1939, Paganini in 1832 and 1833, Busoni in 1901, and Liszt in 1840.
Virtuoso violinist and composer Fritz Kreisler composed this piece “in the style of Pugnani”, an eighteenth-century Italian composer. Kreisler at first said that he had found an unpublished manuscript and modernised it, but eventually admitted that he had composed it himself, which caused considerable controversy at the time!
Rachmaninov’s Vocalise is incredibly expressive, with a soaring and enchanting melody. Originally written for voice and piano, it is most often heard in its instrumental arrangements. This one for alto saxophone is played here by Ensemble 360’s Matthew Hunt.
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