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'Slavic Temperament and French Elegance'

Polish violinist Henryk Wieniawski was a dazzling performer. According to one critic, it was because of his "combination of Slavic temperament and French elegance. He knew how to fuse Paganini's pyrotechnics with romantic imagination and Polish coloring." Those elements are all on display in the Fantasie Brillante on Themes from Gounod's Faust, a work that wowed them in the concert halls in 1868. Here to produce a similar reaction is Corey Cerovsek (violin) and Julien Quentin (piano), in concert at the Virginia Arts Festival.

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