Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León
'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.'
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'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 Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León was established in 1991 through the initiative of the Junta de Castilla y León, under the direction of Max Bragado Darman, the principal conductor until 1999. The Orchestra then had Salvador Mas its principal guest conductor, and in 2002 has Alejandro Posada was appointed as principal conductor. The orchestra has become one of the most dynamic and innovative ensembles of its kind in Spain, with a classical and contemporary repertoire, appearances in the principal concert venues, and festivals in Spain, and tours to Portugal, Germany, Switzerland and the United States of America. The orchestra has worked with and attracts distinguished conductors and soloists and currently has Vasily Petrenko as it Principal Guest Conductor and its Artist in Residence the violinist Dimitry Sitkovetsky. Recordings by the orchestra include a notable addition to the Naxos Spanish Music series devoted to the orchestral works of Joaquín Rodrigo.