The Violin Player

The Violin Player is the first techno/pop album by classical and pop musician Vanessa-Mae, released in 1995. It is the first album Vanessa-Mae released on the EMI label. The album was produced by Mike Batt, and engineered by Gareth Cousins. Batt and Cousins programmed the synthesisers and beats for the album.

The Violin Player
Studio album by
ProducerMike Batt
Vanessa-Mae chronology
Tchaivoksky & Beethoven Violin Concertos
The Violin Player
The Alternative Record from Vanessa Mae
Singles from The Violin Player
  1. "Toccata & Fugue"
    Released: 16 January 1995
  2. "Red Hot"
    Released: 8 May 1995
  3. "Classical Gas"
    Released: 6 November 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

The Violin Player features a varied blend of music – covers of some classical (J.S. Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor), remakes of old favourites (including American composer Mason Williams' "Classical Gas") and originals (seven tracks composed by British musician and songwriter Mike Batt), and one original by Vanessa-Mae herself, co-written with Ian Wherry ("Red Hot").

Singles released from the album include "Toccata and Fugue", which reached number 16 in the UK Singles Chart and "Red Hot" which reached number 37.[2]

The Violin Player reached #11 in the UK Albums Chart in February 1995, and was certified Gold by the BPI in June 1995. It has sold over 1,2 million copies worldwide [3], and is still regarded by many as Vanessa-Mae's best work. The album has been reissued as a multi-channel hybrid SACD by EMI Music Hong Kong.

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Mike Batt, except where noted.

1."Toccata and Fugue in D Minor"Johann Sebastian Bach, arr: Batt7:47
2."Contradanza" 3:49
3."Classical Gas"Mason Williams3:21
4."Theme from Caravans" 5:06
5."Warm Air" 3:38
6."Jazz Will Eat Itself" 3:30
7."Widescreen" 3:58
8."Tequila Mockingbird" 3:26
9."City Theme" 4:32
10."Red Hot"Ian Wherry, Vanessa-Mae3:16
11."Classical Gas (Bonus Track)" (Reggae version; Aswad and Vanessa Mae)  
Total length:46:31

Charts PerformanceEdit

Peak positionsEdit

Chart Peak
Australian Albums Chart 2[4]
Austrian Albums Chart 1[5]
Dutch Albums Chart 47[6]
Finnish Albums Chart 2[7]
German Albums Chart 20[8]
Hungarian Albums Chart 12[9]
New Zealand Albums Chart 2[10]
Norwegian Albums Chart 28[11]
Swedish Albums Chart 52[12]
Swiss Albums Chart 14[13]
UK Albums Chart 11[14]

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1996) Position
German Albums Chart[15] 83


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[16] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[17] Platinum 50,000*
Belgium (BEA)[18] Gold 25,000*
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[19] Platinum 54,251[19]
Germany (BVMI)[20] Gold 250,000^
Malaysia[16] Gold 10,000
Netherlands (NVPI)[21] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[22] Gold 7,500^
Poland (ZPAV)[23] Platinum 100,000*
Singapore[16] Gold 5,000
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[24] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[25] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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