Pablo Sarasate – Violin music from Spain

SarasateI became familiar with the violin music of the 19th Century Spanish composer Pablo Sarasate when I attended concerto competitions organised by the Kuringai Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sarasate was born in 1844 and died in 1908. In this article I have located videos of  my favourite Sarasate compositions including the  Carmen Fantasy which is often performed in violin competitions.  as well as Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Tunes). I have also enjoyed performances of Navarra – for two violins and piano.

Carmen Fantasy

Carmen Fantasy (Orchestral version) played by Sarah Chang

Dami Kim (aged 23) playing with piano accompaniment in the semi-finals of the 2012 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition.

 Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs)

Played by 23 year old Elly Suh

Introduction and Tarantella Op 43

Amazing performance by Elizabeth Aoki (aged 9)

Navarra for Two violins (Opus 33)

Violins played by Clara Jumi Kang and  Hyun-su Shin with Seong-jin Cho piano at the  Daewon Music Award at Seoul,  December 2010.    I first heard this piece played by Suyeon Kang and Sujin Park who performed this work in the Double Concerto category of the competition.

All the violinists in these videos with the exception of Elizabeth Aoki were born in South Korea and studying in other countries

Several works were dedicated to Sarasate including Henryk Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2, Edouard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole and Camille Saint-Saens’ Violin Concerto No. 3 and his Introduction and Rondo capriccioso. I enjoy all of these works!

More Information

Wikipedia article on Sarasate – includes a list of works

Public Domain Sheet Music frpom IMSLP (Petrucci Music Library)

 

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