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Bohemian Rhapsodies
Camille Saint-Saens, Jules Massenet, Henryk Wieniawski
Bohemian Rhapsodies
Genre: Classical
 
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Leila Josefowicz's 1997 contribution to the lollipop aisle, this is not just another CD sporting a picture of a pretty girl with bare shoulders and a big smile holding her violin at a rakish angle. What's really on display...  more »

      
   
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Leila Josefowicz's 1997 contribution to the lollipop aisle, this is not just another CD sporting a picture of a pretty girl with bare shoulders and a big smile holding her violin at a rakish angle. What's really on display here is Josefowicz's considerable talent as a fiddler. The program may not place great demands on her intellect, but it certainly calls for fingers, and she makes a real go of it. So does the recording team. Yes, the violin sounds bigger and louder in relation to the orchestra than it does to anyone whose ear isn't three inches away from the fingerholes. But the sound Philips has captured is vibrant and extremely detailed. The solo instrument's distinctive color and richness of tone--it is a Guarneri del Gesú--come right across, while the orchestra's playing is captured with great accuracy and clarity. P.S.: They play pretty well, too. --Ted Libbey

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Outstanding performances of great violin "warhorses."
D. R. Schryer | Poquoson, VA United States | 04/21/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"We are currently in the midst of a Golden Age of violin playing and Leila Josefowicz is one of the finest of an outstanding crop of young violinists, which includes Sarah Chang and Gil Shaham, among many others. Leila has everything -- a beautiful tone and phenomenal virtuosity combined with genuine artistry. I can think of no living violinist who surpasses her. The pieces on this CD may merely be tired old warhorses to some jaded tastes but, as performed by Leila, they are anything but tired and come across as the beautiful (and deservedly popular) masterpieces which they truly are. If you love the violin as I do, please get this CD and listen to these outstanding performances with fresh ears. If you do, you will be richly rewarded."
Leila Josefowicz is what music is all about
D. R. Schryer | 11/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The CD, and Artist I never get tired of listening to! These pieces are favorites of the younger virtuosi soloists - I've heard many other versions . None so far has captured the true spirit of this music as Ms. Josefowicz has. I look forward to more recordings!"
PHENOMINAL!
SHERMAN WASHINGTON | 06/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This CD is incredible. The perfomances by Miss Josefowicz are one of the best if not the best performances of these selections that I have ever heard. The Carmen Fantasy is just perfect! This album has technique, emotion, and most importantly energy. She may be a pretty face but that is overshadowed by her talent and ability to back up her work and perform music the way that it's meant to be performed - with life and love. BUY THIS CD!"