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Daniel Rohn: The Golden Violin - Music of the 20s

By Daniel Rohn

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By Daniel Rohn, Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi, and Wurttembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn. By Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), George Gershwin (1898-1937), and Kurt Weill (1900-1950). Classical. CD. Berlin Classics #0301190BC. Published by Berlin Classics (NX.0301190BC).

Item Number: NX.0301190BC

Conducted by Case Scaglione.

The Golden Violin - Music of the 20s is Daniel Rohn's tribute to one of the most prolific cultural eras of recent history. Daniel Rohn brings the jerky flickering images and the high spirited, extravagant hurly-burly to musical life with romantic sounds from Rachmaninoff through the evergreens of Kurt Weill to the jazzy echoes of Gershwin. That era was a positive melting pot of creativity and inventiveness, explains Rohn. Jazz was emerging. Silent movies were being replaced by the talkies. And while Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse was taking his first steps in 1928, the dream factories in Berlin and Hollywood were doing a roaring trade thanks to Fritz Lang and Charlie Chaplin. The violin virtuoso is focusing on a topic that has recently been in the public eye, not just as a result of popular TV productions. Rohn's personal role model, the patron of violinists Jascha Heifetz, is both the inspiration and the godfather of The Golden Violin. Absolute perfection, paired with unique creative energy and an inimitable touch. When I was six year old, I could just about (standing on a box on tip-toe) reach Vol. 1 of my father's Heifetz collection. And that volume contained the complete acoustic recordings of 1917-1924, full of straight-to-the-heart arrangements and popular melodies. It is precisely those melodious evergreens that he has now recorded with the Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra under its American principal conductor Case Scaglione. Rohn and the WKO are in perfect harmony on this recording. Most of the works were newly arranged especially for this formation.

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