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A Tribute to Fritz Kreisler

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Fritz Kreisler was one of the most beloved violinists of the 20th century, universally known for his "Liebesfreud" and "Liebesleid," and a quantity of other popular encore pieces. Yet Kreisler was also an industrious arranger and clever pasticheur, who sometimes composed attractive works in the styles of Baroque and Classical composers and gave them false attributions, though more out of a wish to amuse than to deceive. The Kreisler repertoire, which includes his own compositions and arrangements of classics, is paid due diligence in this double-disc from Deutsche Grammophon, featuring performances by such renowned violinists as Ruggiero Ricci, Jascha Heifetz, David ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Fritz Kreisler was one of the most beloved violinists of the 20th century, universally known for his "Liebesfreud" and "Liebesleid," and a quantity of other popular encore pieces. Yet Kreisler was also an industrious arranger and clever pasticheur, who sometimes composed attractive works in the styles of Baroque and Classical composers and gave them false attributions, though more out of a wish to amuse than to deceive. The Kreisler repertoire, which includes his own compositions and arrangements of classics, is paid due diligence in this double-disc from Deutsche Grammophon, featuring performances by such renowned violinists as Ruggiero Ricci, Jascha Heifetz, David Oistrakh, Christian Ferras, Shlomo Mintz, Gidon Kremer, and Anne-Sophie Mutter, as well as six historic recordings Kreisler made in his prime, between 1910 and 1912. This encomium captures much of his playful spirit and delight in colorful display, and whether the mood is serious or light, the performances overflow with personality. The violinists all share an affinity with Kreisler's virtuosity and buoyant style of playing, and even though the scratchiness of Kreisler's recordings partly obscures his tone, his expression comes through adequately and practically invites the listener to compare the later interpretations. Because dates vary considerably, along with the respective technologies, the set includes mono and stereo recordings, as well as analog and digital reproduction, so listeners should be attentive to the volume control.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/17/2012
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947900955
  • Catalog Number: 001637702
  • Sales rank: 197,996

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Praeludium and Allegro in the Style of Pugnani, for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Merle Kersten (4:41)
  2. 2 Sicilienne and Rigaudon in the Style of Francoeur, for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Merle Kersten (3:58)
  3. 3 Chanson Louis XIII and Pavane, in the Style of Couperin, for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Merle Kersten (4:00)
  4. 4 Rondino on a Theme by Beethoven, for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Merle Kersten (2:27)
  5. 5 Variations on a Theme of Corelli, for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Merle Kersten (2:54)
  6. 6 Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice, for solo violin, Op. 6 - Fritz Kreisler & Merle Kersten (4:07)
  7. 7 Caprice Viennois, for violin & piano (or orchestra), Op. 2 - Fritz Kreisler & Merle Kersten (3:40)
  8. 8 Tambourin Chinois, for violin & piano, Op. 3 - Fritz Kreisler & Merle Kersten (3:30)
  9. 9 Liebesfreud (Love's Joy), for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Merle Kersten (3:16)
  10. 10 Liebesleid (Love's Sorrow), for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Merle Kersten (3:33)
  11. 11 Schön Rosmarin, for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Merle Kersten (1:53)
  12. 12 La Gitana for violin & piano (after an 18th century Arabo-Spanish Gypsy song) - Fritz Kreisler & Merle Kersten (2:47)
  13. 13 The Old Refrain, for violin & piano (transcription of Johann Brandl's "Du alter Stefansturm" from Der liebe Augustin) - Fritz Kreisler & Merle Kersten (2:49)
  14. 14 La chasse in the Style of Cartier, for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Merle Kersten (1:45)
  15. 15 Liebesfreud (Love's Joy), for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Fritz Kreisler (3:19)
  16. 16 Liebesleid (Love's Sorrow), for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Fritz Kreisler (3:40)
  17. 17 Schön Rosmarin, for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Fritz Kreisler (1:56)
  18. 18 Tambourin Chinois, for violin & piano, Op. 3 - Fritz Kreisler & Fritz Kreisler (3:35)
  19. 19 Andantino in the Style of Padre Martini, for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Fritz Kreisler (2:48)
  20. 20 Chant sans paroles for violin & piano (transcription of Tchaikovsky's Op. 2/3) - Fritz Kreisler & Fritz Kreisler (2:41)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mélodie (Dance of the Blessed Spirits) for violin & piano (transcription of the Lento from Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice) - Fritz Kreisler & Jascha Heifetz (2:58)
  2. 2 Hymn to the Sun, for violin & piano (transcription from Rimksy-Korsakov's Le coq d'or) - Fritz Kreisler & Jascha Heifetz (3:07)
  3. 3 La Gitana for violin & piano (after an 18th century Arabo-Spanish Gypsy song) - Fritz Kreisler & Merle Kersten (2:55)
  4. 4 Humoresque for violin & piano (arr. from Dvorák's Humoresque, Op. 101/7) - Fritz Kreisler & Christian Ferras (3:36)
  5. 5 Sérénade Espagnole for violin & piano (transcription of work by Chaminade) - Fritz Kreisler & Christian Ferras (1:59)
  6. 6 Hindu Song (Song of India) for violin & piano (transcription from Rimsky-Korsakov's Sadko) - Fritz Kreisler & Christian Ferras (3:35)
  7. 7 Danse Espagnole for violin & piano (transcription from Falla's La Vida Breve) - Fritz Kreisler & Christian Ferras (3:27)
  8. 8 Polichinelle, for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Clifford Benson (1:29)
  9. 9 Tango for violin & piano (transcription of Albéniz's Op. 165/2) - Fritz Kreisler & Clifford Benson (2:31)
  10. 10 Larghetto for violin & piano (transcription from Weber's Violin Sonata in F major, Op. 10/1) - Fritz Kreisler & Clifford Benson (2:29)
  11. 11 Gypsy Caprice (Zigeuner Capriccio), for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Clifford Benson (4:32)
  12. 12 Caprice for violin & piano in A minor (transcription of work by Wieniawski) - Fritz Kreisler & Clifford Benson (2:01)
  13. 13 Slavonic Dance No. 2 for violin & piano in E minor (transcription of Dvorák's Slavonic Dance No. 10, Op. 72/2) - Fritz Kreisler & Clifford Benson (5:01)
  14. 14 Sérénade Espagnole, for violin & piano (transcription of Glazunov's Op. 20/2) - Fritz Kreisler & Clifford Benson (2:41)
  15. 15 La Précieuse in the Style of Louis Couperin, for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Clifford Benson (2:24)
  16. 16 Syncopation, for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Merle Kersten (2:47)
  17. 17 Marche Miniature Viennoise, for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Merle Kersten (3:21)
  18. 18 Schön Rosmarin, for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Merle Kersten (2:16)
  19. 19 Caprice Viennois, for violin & piano (or orchestra), Op. 2 - Fritz Kreisler & Merle Kersten (4:14)
  20. 20 Liebesleid (Love's Sorrow), for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Merle Kersten (4:21)
  21. 21 May Breezes, song without words for violin & piano, (transcription of Mendelssohn's Song without Words, Op. 62/1) - Fritz Kreisler & André Previn (2:20)
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