Editor's Choice

Describing Pablo de Sarasate in performance, George Bernard Shaw wrote that the great Spanish violinist “left criticism gasping miles behind him”. The leading virtuoso of his day, Sarasate was the dedicatee of violin masterpieces by Saint-Saëns, Bruch, Lalo and Wieniawski, among others. He composed mainly for his own instrument, displaying his skills in all their glory: Spanish dances, fantasias on themes from operas including Bizet’s Carmen, and Zigeunerweisen, inspired by the playing of Hungarian Gypsy ensembles. Anne-Sophie Mutter's 1992 album features both of these, performed with impeccable style and just the right amount of swagger. read more