Pablo de Sarasate, Virtuoso Works For Violin

Available on CD and digital download

Gil Shaham violin

Adele Anthony violin

Akira Eguchi piano

Alejandro Posada conductor

Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León

Gil Shaham has a deep affinity and appreciation for the violin works of Pablo de Sarasate. Sarasate’s centenary year in 2008, presented Gil and his wife, violinist Adele Anthony, a welcome opportunity to dedicate numerous concert performances to this revered musician’s works. This included a concert at the Lincoln Center in New York, which was broadcast live on PBS (public television) in North America. Also as part of the year’s festivities was ‘Sarasateada’, a Sarasate Festival in Valladolid, in Sarasate’s native Spain. This festival included concerts both chamber and orchestral were recorded for this forthcoming release.

'Both violinists [Shaham and Adele Anthony] have a real feeling for the music – its sometimes outrageous showmanship, which Shaham is particularly good at portraying, combined with easy, graceful, aristocratic manners… Navarra makes a spectacular climax'


'His virtuosity is breathtaking, and he has the fiery temperament that gives Sarasate’s music an authentic Spanish zing.'

The Telegraph

'Shaham’s passion for Sarasate is unmistakable on this CD, especially on Zigeunerweisen and Carmen Fantasy … he imbues his violin with the personality of a quirky, playful, seductive woman of whom you simply can’t get enough. Adele Anthony is heard on four of the 16 tracks, the last of which, Navarra for 2 Violins, is evidence that she and Shaham (her husband), make beautiful music together …'

The Examiner