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Violin for Anne Rice
Sting [1], Camille Saint-Saens, Jules Massenet
Violin for Anne Rice
Genres: Special Interest, Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (9) - Disc #1

As if practicing one's fingertips to the bone isn't punishment enough, some young violinists in today's glutted market are now having to put in long hours each day blow-drying their hair; Leila Josefowicz displays severa...  more »

      
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As if practicing one's fingertips to the bone isn't punishment enough, some young violinists in today's glutted market are now having to put in long hours each day blow-drying their hair; Leila Josefowicz displays several dos in the book that comes with this CD. The performances, mostly of showpieces by Ysaye, Tchaikovsky, Bizet, and the like, are clean but shallow (not that these pieces are terribly deep to begin with). The first and last cuts are pop tunes: Sting's "Moon Over Bourbon Street" and Robert Sadin's "Crescent Moon"--music sure to soon be piped into an underwear store near you. Anne Rice was evidently preoccupied with Josefowicz during the writing of her novel Violin and the two became friends, hence the title of the disc. -- Jennifer Loflin

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CD Reviews

The Age of the Info-Critic
Avid Reader | Franklin, Tn | 02/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Most critics are a self-doubting bunch and some review books, CDs or restaurants without benefit of first-hand experience. Or, as is the case here, they introduce unrelated material in order to bolster their pre-set opinion. This is a stunning CD, deeply romantic and satisfying. Yes, it is parochial and one whose origins are the stuff of fiction but does that invalidate the virtuosity and lushness? I enjoyed the music immensely even though I stopped reading the Vampire series after the second book. At times the music soars and I too have thought of "old" New Orleans many times while listening to this recording. Rush out and buy it now!"
Outstanding
DJ_Bitter | Somewhere | 07/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the first Classical collection I have ever bought and I will not lie. I bought it because it had something to do with Anne Rice. But when I started to listen to it, I was blown away. Leila has amazing talent and she is just so good. Brava."
Studied but Stunning
DJ_Bitter | 04/06/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"While some young musical prodigies work with laser-like precision to showcase their technical skill, with this disc, Josefowicz goes straight for the heartstrings. One pictures her swaying violently and plunging the bow onto to the strings. However, most of the credit for this excellent work must be given to Rice, who chose the album's energetic Romantic selections which showcase Josefowicz's style and perfectly illustrate why the violin is the one instrument most associated with strong emotion. If only her accompanying book was half as good."