The Danish violinist Harald Haugaard is one of the best fiddlers in the world. In contrast to David Garrett, who rots up virtuoso classical music, he drives a more authentic style, which moves between folk and (not popped up) classical music. For his first solo album (after various teamworks) he has brought an array of other noble musicians into the studio, on whose acoustic framework (guitar, bass, percussion and string instruments) he can develop his full virtuosity. Despite all his craftsmanship, his playing always remains warm and soft. His intense stroke is pleasantly reminiscent of Nigel Kennedy. "The fifth sister" (translation of the album name) brings the Celtic dance leg into swing with the title and opening song. "Tokyo Thoughts makes the melancholy in us vibrate. But immediately "The King Arrives" radiates glamour and glory again. A three-part "String Quartet In A Minor" vividly conjures up old times as in a film with naval battles in the 18th century. Helene Blum lends her beautiful voice to the last piece. Bravura.
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