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DA 5074

Unaccompanied... - George Zacharias

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2009

Originally recorded in 2009


George Zacharias



All Saints Parish Church, Leighton Buzzard

28 Jun & 2 Jul 2008


Jonathan Haskell

Record Label
Divine Art



Total Time - 69:17
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'Nel cor più non mi sento2, Op.38, MS 44

1 Introduction - A Capriccio ad lib 1:34
2 Tema - Andante 1:59
3 Var.1 - Brillante 1:36
4 Var. 2 1:26
5 Var.3 - Più lento 1:50
6 Var. 4 - Allegro 0:55
7 Var. 5 1:04
8 Var. 6 - Appassionato 1:39
9 Finale - Vivace-Coda 2:08



Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz 117, original version

10 Tempo di ciaccona 10:01
11 Fuga 4:53
12 Melodia 6:40
13 Presto 5:54



Sonata für Geige allein A/K69

14 Allegro furioso (quasi Presto) 2:36
15 Adagietto 2:20
16 Allegro ritmato 1:49
17 Adagio quasi Recitivo - Allegro molto moderato - Adagio quasi Recitivo 5:14



Sonate pour violon seul Op.27, no.6

18 Allegro giusto non troppo vivo - Allegro poco scherzando - Allegro tempo primo 7:49



'God Save the King', Op.9, (Op. Posth.)

19 Tema - Andante 0:57
20 Var.1 - Un poco più spiritoso 0:52
21 Var.2 - Con motl di dolcezza 0:55
22 Var.3 - Lento 1:12
23 Var.4 - Vivace 1:03
24 Var.5 - Larghetto 1:36
25 Finale - Presto 1:15

It takes a particular and extreme level of skill and dedication to perform virtuoso works for unaccompanied solo violin; suffice it to say these are qualities held by George Zacharias without doubt. This is a tour-de-force of musicianship and technique - and wonderful music too. Bartok’s Sonata is presented in its original version and of the two awesome Paganini works, the ’God Save the King’ Variations are very rarely heard.

“In all aspects, the rendition of the music on this disc by George Zacharias is well performed. His interpretations reflect not only a highly refined technique but also empathy with the essence of the music. It is well recommended.”

Zane Turner

Music Web

“The young Greek’s technical acuity... he has sharpened to a sharpness that allows him to indulge in dramatic gestures... thoroughly mastered the virtuosic effects. Generally squeaky-clean performances”

Robert Maxham


                               Recording of the Month

“This is a formidable solo recital from a highly accomplished musician. Voicings are varied subtly and imaginatively... a small master class in accentuation, dynamic shading and myriad suggestive coloristic devices – all sounding perfectly natural and unforced. Few attempt the God Save the King so ferocious are the demands, Wrist-numbing drama, projected with unstinting panache. Adding to the lustre of the disc is the booklet. When one encounters excellence of this kind its right to acknowledge the fact. So too the recorded sound and the recital as a whole.”

Jonathan Woolf

Music Web

              Gold Star Recommended CD

“By any standards this is an outstanding disc debut. Brilliantly played – fellow fiddlers will blanch to hear him” (Gold Star Recommended CD)

Tully Potter - The Strad

“ An excellent solo violin recital. The Paganini choices are unusual ones, and confirm this player’s credentials as a top class virtuoso.... the whole is very satisfying.”

Peter Grahame Woolf

Musical Pointers

“Zacharias leaves one lost in admiration at his remarkable facility... , this is one of the finest recordings currently available [of the Bartók]. Zacharias proves especially persuasive in these enormously demanding opuses, tracing their expressive logic with a probing assuredness that is enormously compelling. I look forward to his next release with eager anticipation.” 

Julian Haylock

Internationa; Record Review

                     Recording of the Month October 2009

Music Web

                     Gold Star Recommended CD

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