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Natasha Korsakova – Opera Fantasies

Title: Opera Fantasies

Catalogue No.: SM 101

Release: 19.10.2006


Astonishing virtuosity and an incredible abundance of arrangements are two of the most important hallmarks of nineteenth-century music. In the absence of sound recording, a great variety of arrangements were made, not only of large works like operas and symphonies, but also of chamber music, songs and piano pieces. The famous violinist Natasha Korsakova put exactly this thought into practice. With its great playing of the violin, she brings us the large opera in occupation with piano into our living rooms. Their special love e.g. for the music of George Gershwin developed already early. The mixture from classical lyric poetry and Dramatic, the momentum of Varieté Songs and dragging along jazz rhythms made Gershwin a singular composer. Beside classical authors in great arrangements such as Verdi, Rossini and Offenbach (first recording) straight Gershwin with “Porgy and Bess” places the principal part of these CD. The Gershwin pieces are arranged by the famous violonist Jascha Heifetz.

Renowned for her superb technique, tonal colorings and captivating interpretations, Natasha Korsakova has internationally established herself as one of the most excellent and charismatic young violinists. The SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG hailed Ms.Korsakova’s artistry as „a sinfully beautiful listening experience“ and music that „speaks of the rich traditions of the passionate Russian violin school“. This „exceptional violin talent“ (FAZ) is a popular guest for international and German orchestras and chamber music venues.


01  Konzertfantasie über Themen aus Porgy and Bess – George Gershwin
02  Fantaisie brillante über Themen aus “Ernani” – Giuseppe Verdi
03  Figaro aus “Der Barbier von Sevilla” – Gioachino Rossini
04  Fantasie über “Hoffmanns Erzählungen” op. 73 – Jacques Offenbach
05  “Fantasia” über Themen aus “La Traviata” – Giuseppe Verdi
06  “My Man’s Gone Now” aus Porgy and Bess – George Gershwin
07  “Tempo di Blues” aus Porgy and Bess – George Gershwin
08  “Bess, You Is My Woman Now” aus Porgy and Bess – George Gershwin
09  “Summertime” und “A Woman is a Something Thing” aus Porgy and Bess – George Gershwin
10  “It Ain’t Necessarily So” aus Porgy and Bess – George Gershwin