Music Minus One: Concertmaster Solos

Music Minus One: Violin

Here is a collection of symphonic excerpts showcasing the solo violinist in ensemble situations. This album provides a necessary introduction to the experience of soloing in an orchestral ensemble and will give you a thrilling environment in which to do it. Great music from the world’s master composers. American virtuoso Geoffrey Applegate performs these works and then you take his place alongside the Stuttgart Symphony Orchestra conducted by Emil Kahn.

Includes a high-quality printed music score and a compact disc containing a complete version with soloist, in split-channel stereo (soloist on the right channel); then a second version in full stereo of the orchestral accompaniment, minus the soloist.

Performed by Geoffrey Applegate, violin
Accompaniment : Stuttgart Symphony Orchestra

Track List

* Capriccio Espagnol (Alborada) Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai
* Capriccio Espagnol (Fandango Asturiano) Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai
* Serenade No. 7 in D major, ‘Haffner,’ KV250 (KV248b): Andante Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
* Suite No. 4 in G major, op. 61, ‘Mozartiana’ Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich
* Symphony No. 4 in D minor, op. 120: II. Romanze (excerpt) Schumann, Robert
* Orpheus in the Underworld: Overture (Allegro vivace) Offenbach, Jacques
* Symphony No. 1 in C minor: II. Andante sostenuto (excerpt) Brahms, Johannes
* Swan Lake: Scene no. 4 (Andante non troppo) Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich
* Danse Macabre, op. 40 Saint-Saëns, Camille

William Preucil Excerpt CD

This is a personal favorite resource of mine. William Preucil is the concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra
This is a review from Epinions.com:

Preucil plays through the standard orchestra audition rep and talks the listener through the excerpts. Such a play-and-teach format should theoretically be boring, or at least, apathetically informative. However, in Preucil’s hands, it is highly entertaining. It’s amazing to hear this incredible violinist playing these excerpts alone…just him, his fiddle, a mic, and some concert hall reverb.
The playing itself is flawless and virtuosic, as expected. I’ve listened to this CD several times just to get a dose of Don Juan a la Preucil.

The CD is the equivalent of a personal audition coach, as well. Mr. Preucil teaches the excerpts, guiding the listener measure-by-measure and pointing out common pitfalls that inherently plague violinists. His approach is holistic and therefore beneficial; he discusses the excerpts from many perspectives…technical, musical, artistic, etc. Mr. Preucil is an absolute authority on orchestral playing, meaning that this CD can give you a lot of the trade’s tricks.

Besides practice, this CD is a perfect tool for audition preparation, especially for those auditionees who aren’t currently under study with someone. And even if you aren’t auditioning, it’s worth having just to listen to.

Preucil’s humor becomes apparent on the CD when, in a straightforward voice, he says: “As we continue our journey down the spiccato trail…” It’s just such a comical paradox for a cool guy like Preucil to use Disney-storybook imagery on a “serious” project.

The world of job-seeking violinists was vastly improved with the release of this CD, and I doubt they could have found anyone better to compile it.
1. Don Juan, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 20 (Strauss)
2. Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride), overture to the opera: (Smetana)
3. Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K. 543: Introdcution to 1st movement (Adagio): (Mozart)
4. Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K. 543: 1st movement (Allegro):
5. Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K. 543: 2nd movement:
6. Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K. 543: 2nd movement (continued):
7. Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K. 543: Finale: Excerpts from violin part
8. Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K. 543: Finale: Excerpts from violin part
9. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major (‘Eroica’), Op. 55: 1st movement: (Beethoven)
10. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major (‘Eroica’), Op. 55: 1st movement (from measure 571):
11. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major (‘Eroica’), Op. 55: 1st movement (from measure 631):
12. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major (‘Eroica’), Op. 55: Scherzo:
13. Symphony No. 9 in D minor (‘Choral’), Op. 125: 3rd movement:
14. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Scherzo:
15. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73: Opening: (Brahms)
16. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73: 1st movement (from measure 44):
17. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73: 1st movement (from measure 118):
18. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73: Last movement:
19. Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61: Scherzo: (Schumann)
20. Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61: Scherzo (Coda):