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PABLO DE SARASATE  

(1844 - 1908)

The great Spanish violinist Pablo Sarasate was born in Pamplona in 1844, the son of a military bandmaster. After study in Madrid with Manuel Rodríguez Sáez, a pupil of Jules Armingaud, the leader of the quartet of which Edouard Lalo was a member, he entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of twelve, with the aid of a scholarship from Queen Isabella and the Province of Navarre. Here he became a pupil of Jean-Delphin Alard and also embarked on the study of composition.

He won first prize for violin in 1857 and the following year for solfège, and in 1859 for harmony as a pupil of Henri Reber. By the age of fifteen, however, Sarasate had launched himself on a concert career, at first winning a reputation in Spain and France, before more extended tours to North and South America and throughout the rest of Europe. Composers who wrote for him included Saint-Saëns, Bruch, Lalo, Wieniawski and Dvořák, and he remained distinguished for the purity and beauty of his tone, perfection of technique and musical command. He refused, however, to play Brahms’s Violin Concerto, claiming that the only proper melody in the work was given to the oboe. His playing was in contrast to that of his older contemporary Joseph Joachim, who represented a more characteristically German attitude to performance.

For his own use Sarasate wrote a number of works for violin and piano or violin and orchestra, including, as might be expected, compositions based on Spanish themes and rhythms. Following the common practice of his time, he also wrote concert fantasies based on themes from popular operas and compositions based on Spanish themes and rhythms. Among these one of the best known is his Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs), together with his Spanish Dances of which the best known remains his ‘Carmen Fantasy’.

As a composer, Sarasate was prolific. His works can be divided into five general groups. The first group contains compositions in the folk idiom, the second consists of opera fantasies, the third group are ‘original’ compositions and the fourth group are some excellent transcriptions, with the last group consisting of a few cadenzas to violin concertos.

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25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Sacred Naxos 8.501062
Classic Bouquet Naxos 8.505080

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Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
A TO Z OF STRING PLAYERS Naxos Educational
8.558081-84
Concertos
ADOMEIT, Caroline: Bach to Jazz Oehms Classics
OC834
Contemporary Jazz
BERLIN PHILHARMONIC: New Year's Gala - A Tribute to Carmen (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100027
Classical Concert
BERLIN PHILHARMONIC: New Year's Gala - A Tribute to Carmen (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100026
Classical Concert
BURNING RIVER BRASS: Romanza Espana (Spanish Masterworks for Brass) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90316
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Carmen Fantasy and Other Violin Favourites (Qian Zhou) Marco Polo
8.225926
Chamber Music
CLASSIC ARCHIVE: Yehudi Menuhin (NTSC) EuroArts
2054619
Classical Concert
Dorian Sampler, Vol. 6 (A Dorian Banquet) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90006
Chamber Music
DRIVE TIME A.M. (Commuter Classics) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90018
Chamber Music
Flute Recital: Trevisani, Raffaele - DONIZETTI, G. / SARASATE, P. / BOEHM, T. / MASSENET, J. / DOPPLER, F. / BORNE, F. (The Virtuoso Flute) Delos
DE3340
Chamber Music
GREAT VIOLINISTS Naxos Historical
8.110980-81
Orchestral
Habanera and Other Violin Favourites (Qian Zhou) Marco Polo
8.225909
Chamber Music
Heifetz, Jascha: Encores, Vol. 2 (1946-1947) Naxos Historical
8.112073
Chamber Music
Heifetz, Jascha: Miniatures, Vol. 2 (1944-1948) Naxos Historical
8.111380
Orchestral
INSTRUMENT OF THE DEVIL Cedille
CDR90000-041
Chamber Music
LALO: Symphonie Espagnole / RAVEL / SAINT-SAENS / SARASATE Marco Polo
8.225967
Concertos
LALO: Symphonie Espagnole / RAVEL / SAINT-SAENS / SARASATE Naxos
8.555093
Concertos
LALO: Symphonie espagnole / SARASATE: Zigeunerweisen / RAVEL: Tzigane Naxos
8.550494
Orchestral
Lark Ascending (The): Violin Showpieces Naxos
8.553509
Orchestral
Marco Polo Sampler (2 CDs) Marco Polo
MP-2000-1/2HDCD
Chamber Music
MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto in E Minor / SARASATE / SAINT-SAENS Marco Polo
8.007
Orchestral
MENUHIN PLAYS MENDELSSOHN (NTSC) EuroArts
2054618
Classical Concert
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - CÓRDOBA AND ANDALUSIA (NTSC) Naxos
2.110345
Classical Concert
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - SPAIN: Toledo and Cordoba (NTSC) Naxos
2.110255
Classical Concert
My First Violin Album Naxos
8.578215
Concertos
NAXOS 20TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT (NTSC) Naxos
2.110227
Classical Concert
Orchestral Music - BOCCHERINI, L. / SARASATE, P. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / VIVALDI, A. / BACH, J.S. (Stars of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra) Delos
DE3327
Orchestral
POWELL, Maud: Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 (1904-1917) Naxos Historical
8.110961
Chamber Music
POWELL, Maud: Complete Recordings, Vol. 4 (1904-1917) Naxos Historical
8.110993
Chamber Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The) Altissimo
75442261012
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The), Vol. 4 (Historic Soloists and William F. Santelmann) Altissimo
75442261972
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
RICCI, Ruggiero: Legacy of Cremona (The) - Ruggiero Ricci plays 18 Contemporary Violins Dynamic
CDS373
Chamber Music
SARASATE, P. de: Violin and Orchestra Music, Vol. 1 (Tianwa Yang, Navarre Symphony, Martinez-Izquierdo) Naxos
8.572191
Concertos, Orchestral
SARASATE, P. de: Violin and Orchestra Music, Vol. 2 (Tianwa Yang, Navarre Symphony, Martinez-Izquierdo) Naxos
8.572216
Concertos
SARASATE, P. de: Violin and Orchestra Music, Vol. 3 (Tianwa Yang, Navarre Symphony, Martinez-Izquierdo) Naxos
8.572275
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
SARASATE, P. de: Violin and Orchestra Music, Vol. 4 (Tianwa Yang, Navarre Symphony, Martinez-Izquierdo) Naxos
8.572276
Orchestral, Concertos
SARASATE, P. de: Violin and Piano Music, Vol. 1 (Tianwa Yang, Hadulla) Naxos
8.557767
Chamber Music
SARASATE, P. de: Violin and Piano Music, Vol. 2 (Tianwa Yang, Hadulla) Naxos
8.570192
Chamber Music
SARASATE, P. de: Violin and Piano Music, Vol. 3 (Tianwa Yang, Hadulla) Naxos
8.570893
Chamber Music
SARASATE, P. de: Violin and Piano Music, Vol. 4 - Transcriptions (Tianwa Yang, Hadulla) Naxos
8.572709
Chamber Music
SARASATE, P.: Spanish Dances / Serenade andalouse / Miramar / Introduction and Tarantella / Muiniera (Homage to Pablo de Sarasate) (Barton, Sanders) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90183
Chamber Music
SARASATE: A Homage by Ruggiero Ricci Dynamic
CDS94
Chamber Music
SARASATE: Violin Showpieces Vol. 1 Marco Polo
8.225961HDCD
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos
SCOTTISH FANTASIES FOR VIOLIN AND ORCHESTRA Cedille
CDR90000-083
Concertos
SITKOVETSKY, Yulian: Art of Yulian Sitkovetsky (The), Vol. 2 Artek
AR-0027-2
Chamber Music
Story of Naxos (The) - The Soundtrack Naxos Special Projects
9.00124
Concertos
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Violin Concerto / CONUS, J.: Violin Concerto / KORNGOLD, E.W.: Violin Concerto (Heifetz) (1950-1953) Naxos Historical
8.111359
Orchestral
Traumerei: Romantic Violin Favourites (Lu Siqing) Marco Polo
8.225936
Chamber Music
VIEUXTEMPS: Violin Concertos Nos. 4 and 5 (Heifetz) (1935-1947) Naxos Historical
8.110943
Orchestral
Viola Recital: Bianchi, Luigi Alberto - PAGANINI, N. / KREISLER, F. / SARASATE, P. (Paganini Gran Viola - Bianchi plays the 1595 Amati viola) Dynamic
CDS259
Chamber Music
Violin and Piano Recital: Eichhorn, Friedemann / Findeisen, Peer - POLYAKIN, M. / LISZT, F. / BARTOK, B. / HUBAY, J. (Encores and More) Solo Musica
SM130
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Accardo, Salvatore (Paganini's Violin - Salvatore Accardo Plays Paganini's Guarneri del Gesu 1742) Dynamic
CDS175
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Barnabas Keleman Naxos
8.557541
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Kazazyan, Haik - ZIMBALIST, E. / SARASATE, P. de / WAXMAN, F. / WIENIAWSKI, H. / ERNST, H.W. / FROLOV, I. (Opera-fantasies) Delos
DE3384
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Koljonen, Elissa Lee - CHOPIN, F. / ELGAR, E. / RACHMANINOV, S. / KREISLER, F. / LISZT, F. (Heartbreak - Romantic Encores for Violin) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90268
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Laredo, Jaime - KREISLER, F. / FAURE, G. / MASSENET, J. / DVORAK, A. / SARASATE, P. (Virtuoso - A Treasury of Favorite Violin Encores) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90153
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Lavrova, Dunja - ALBENIZ, I. / DEBUSSY, C. / DRIGO, R. / FALLA, M. de / GERSHWIN, G. / HALFFTER, E. (Lapshin) (My Dusty Gramophone) Solo Musica
SM216
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - BACH, J.S. / MATTHESON / PAGANINI / SARASATE / YSAYE / TCHAIKOVSKY / WIENIAWSKI (A Life for the Violin) Dynamic
CDS393
Chamber Music
Viva Espana! Naxos
DVDI 1005
Orchestral
WALDBUHNE IN BERLIN 2001 - Spanish Night (NTSC) EuroArts
2051238
Classical Concert
WALDBUHNE IN BERLIN 2001 - Spanish Night (NTSC) EuroArts
2051709
Classical Concert
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