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    Inspired by the 1947 Warner Bros. film of the same name, Humoreque is the renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg's first album for Nonesuch, as well as the realization of a long-standing wish: “I have found myself drawn to the Humoresque story, a document of a musician’s life, and a story I have lived.”

    The program of the disc is highlighted by first recordings of arrangements and compositions by Hollywood scoring legend Franz Waxman, whose aria-like Carmen Fantasie is considered among the most difficult pieces ever written for the violin. Dvorák’s melodic title work, which opens and closes the set, frames a diverse group of works including Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee, a solo movement from J. S. Bach’s Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, as well as standards by George Gershwin and Cole Porter sung by Broadway singer/actor Judy Blazer. Principal accompaniment is provided by the London Symphony, conducted by Andrew Litton.


    The film, which stars John Garfield, Joan Crawford, and Oscar Levant, tells the story of a young man’s rise from New York’s Lower East Side to a career as a concert violinist. Humoresque is among the few films to feature classical music in a central role, with a score conducted by Waxman, and violin playing by a young Isaac Stern. In addition to the Carmen themes, Waxman arranged the title work, a Tristan and Isolde Fantasie, and contributed a composition entitled City Montage. He supervised the entire musical content of the picture, and earned an Oscar nomination. “I have always been attracted to the way that Waxman could bring together all of these different types of music” comments Salerno-Sonnenberg, “from Bach to the standard violin war-horses, from movie music to the great popular songs that speak so distinctly of that era—all that I have always loved, each piece with its own place in my life.”


    One of modern classical music’s most intensely passionate performers, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg is widely regarded as one of America’s most dynamic violin soloists, a riveting presence on the world’s concert stages for over 25 years.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
    Judy Blazer, vocals (3, 9)
    Leslie Stifelman, piano (3, 5, 9, 10, 11)
    London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Litton

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Karen Chester
    Engineered by Tom Lazarus
    Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 10 recorded January 1997 at Studio One, Abbey Road Studios, London
    Assistant Engineers: Mark Rogers, Alex Scannell
    Tracks 5, 9, and 11 recorded May 1997 at Master Sound Astoria Studios, New York City
    Assistant Engineer: David Merrill
    Track 3 recorded October 1997 at the Hit Factory, New York City
    Assistant Engineers: Ian Dalsemer, Chuck Bailey
    Edited, mixed, and mastered at Classic Sound, New York City
    Editing Engineer: Carl Talbot
    Additional mastering at Sound on Sound, New York City

    Design by Barbara deWilde
    Photographs of Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg by Holister Dru-Breslin

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

on May 29, 2008 - 7:14pm
Release Date: 
Friday, February 6, 1998 (All day)
Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79464

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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277
Sunday, February 1, 1998 (All day)
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Artist Name: 
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
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Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
UPC: 
075597946420BUN
Price: 
0.00
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
603497124367
Price: 
12.00
Label: 
MP3
Description: 

Inspired by the 1947 Warner Bros. film of the same name, Humoreque is the renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg's first album for Nonesuch, as well as the realization of a long-standing wish: “I have found myself drawn to the Humoresque story, a document of a musician’s life, and a story I have lived.”

The program of the disc is highlighted by first recordings of arrangements and compositions by Hollywood scoring legend Franz Waxman, whose aria-like Carmen Fantasie is considered among the most difficult pieces ever written for the violin. Dvorák’s melodic title work, which opens and closes the set, frames a diverse group of works including Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee, a solo movement from J. S. Bach’s Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, as well as standards by George Gershwin and Cole Porter sung by Broadway singer/actor Judy Blazer. Principal accompaniment is provided by the London Symphony, conducted by Andrew Litton.


The film, which stars John Garfield, Joan Crawford, and Oscar Levant, tells the story of a young man’s rise from New York’s Lower East Side to a career as a concert violinist. Humoresque is among the few films to feature classical music in a central role, with a score conducted by Waxman, and violin playing by a young Isaac Stern. In addition to the Carmen themes, Waxman arranged the title work, a Tristan and Isolde Fantasie, and contributed a composition entitled City Montage. He supervised the entire musical content of the picture, and earned an Oscar nomination. “I have always been attracted to the way that Waxman could bring together all of these different types of music” comments Salerno-Sonnenberg, “from Bach to the standard violin war-horses, from movie music to the great popular songs that speak so distinctly of that era—all that I have always loved, each piece with its own place in my life.”


One of modern classical music’s most intensely passionate performers, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg is widely regarded as one of America’s most dynamic violin soloists, a riveting presence on the world’s concert stages for over 25 years.

DescriptionExcerpt: 

Inspired by the 1947 Warner Bros. film of the same name, Humoreque is the renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg's first album for Nonesuch, as well as the realization of a long-standing wish: “I have found myself drawn to the Humoresque story, a document of a musician’s life, and a story I have lived.”

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Judy Blazer, vocals (3, 9)
Leslie Stifelman, piano (3, 5, 9, 10, 11)
London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Litton

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Karen Chester
Engineered by Tom Lazarus
Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 10 recorded January 1997 at Studio One, Abbey Road Studios, London
Assistant Engineers: Mark Rogers, Alex Scannell
Tracks 5, 9, and 11 recorded May 1997 at Master Sound Astoria Studios, New York City
Assistant Engineer: David Merrill
Track 3 recorded October 1997 at the Hit Factory, New York City
Assistant Engineers: Ian Dalsemer, Chuck Bailey
Edited, mixed, and mastered at Classic Sound, New York City
Editing Engineer: Carl Talbot
Additional mastering at Sound on Sound, New York City

Design by Barbara deWilde
Photographs of Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg by Holister Dru-Breslin

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz