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David Garrett


Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: November 4, 2022

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1 Ponce: 2 Canciones Mexicanas: II. Estrellita (Arr. for Violin and Orchestra)  
2 Gluck: Orfeo Ed Euridice, WQ. 30: Mélodie (Arr. for Violin and Orchestra)  
3 Dvoák: 4 Romantic Pieces, Op. 75, B. 150: I. Allegro Moderato (Arr. for Violin and Orchestra)  
4 Paradis: Sicilienne (Arr. for Violin and Orchestra)  
5 Schubert: Ave Maria, D. 839 (Arr. for Voice, Violin and Orchestra) Feat. Andrea Bocelli  
6 Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals, R. 125: XIII. the Swan (Arr. for Violin and Orchestra)  
7 Foster: Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair (Arr. for Violin and Orchestra)  
8 Shostakovich: 3 Duets for 2 Violins and Piano, Op. 97D: I. Prelude  
9 Vivaldi: The Four Seasons: Violin Concerto in F minor, Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297  
10 Mendelssohn: 6 Lieder, Op. 34: II. Auf Flügeln Des Gesanges  
11 Dinicu: Hora Staccato (Arr. for Violin, Trumpet and Orchestra) Feat. Till Brönner  
12 Veracini: Violin Sonata in a Major, Op. 2, No. 6: IV. Largo  
13 Debussy: Préludes / Book 1, L. 117: VIII. La Fille Aux Cheveux de Lin  
14 Raff: 6 Morceaux, Op. 85: III. Cavatina  
15 Traditional: Danny Boy  
16 J.S. Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2 in E Major, BWV 1042: III. Allegro Assai  
17 Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Violins and Cello in D minor, Op. 3, No. 11, RV 565  
18 Fauré: 3 Mélodies, Op. 7: I. Après Un Rêve  
19 Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre, Op. 40, R. 171  
20 Dvoák: Gypsy Melodies, Op. 55, B. 104: IV. Songs My Mother Taught Me  
21 Traditional: Greensleeves  
22 Paganini: Moto Perpetuo, Op. 11  
23 Rubinstein: 6 Soirées À Saint-Petersbourg, Op. 44: 1. Romance  
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Deutsche Grammophon today unveils Iconic, a new album by genre-defying and multi-award-winning violinist David Garrett. Inspired by the legendary violinists whose dazzling showpieces and heart-melting melodies he fell in love with as a child, Garrett has recorded works by Bach, Dvorák, Gluck, Kreisler, Mendelssohn and Schumann, among many others. He is accompanied by his guitarist Franck van der Heijden – who also conducts the players of Orchestra The Prezent – as well as being joined in duet arrangements by his former teacher Itzhak Perlman, star tenor Andrea Bocelli, flautist Cocomi and trumpeter Till Brönner.

Iconic is available digitally and on both CD and vinyl (2 LPs). A deluxe CD version contains three bonus tracks, Paganini’s stunning Moto perpetuo among them, while the digital album features the additional bonus of Kreisler’s Schön Rosmarin. All the works are presented in brand-new arrangements for violin, guitar and orchestra realised by Franck van der Heijden and David Garrett.

 As a young musician, Garrett immersed himself in the recordings of violinists such as Zino Francescatti, Arthur Grumiaux, Jascha Heifetz, Fritz Kreisler and Yehudi Menuhin. Captivated by a particular aspect of their repertoire as well as their musicianship, he wanted to record many of the popular encores and other miniatures they made their own. Iconic presents more than 20 atmospheric short works, in a wide range of styles, starting with Mexican composer Manuel Ponce’s Estrellita. Its programme of unforgettable melodies also includes Saint-Saëns’s The Swan and Danse macabre; Foster’s Jeanie with the light brown hair; Raff’s Cavatina; Fauré’s Après un rêve; and the central Largo of the “Winter” Concerto from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Garrett teams up with Andrea Bocelli in Schubert’s Ave Maria; Itzhak Perlman in Shostakovich’s Prelude; Japanese flautist Cocomi in Debussy’s La fille aux cheveux de lin; and German trumpeter Till Brönner in Dinicu’s virtuosic Hora staccato. Iconic is the perfect tribute to the violinist’s idols and to music that will delight today’s listeners just as it did the audiences of a century ago.

David Garrett began playing violin at the age of four. He made his stage debut at ten and became the youngest artist ever to sign to Deutsche Grammophon just three years later. By his mid-teens he had built a stellar solo career and recorded Paganini’s 24 Caprices. He subsequently enrolled at New York’s Juilliard School as one of Itzhak Perlman’s first students. He has played with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors and reached new audiences around the globe with concerts that include rock anthems, classical sonatas, solo showpieces and film themes. His autobiography, Wenn ihr wüsstet (“If you only knew”), was published earlier this year.

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