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Tribute to Fritz Kreisler
     

A Tribute to Fritz Kreisler

 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/17/2012
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947900955
catalogNumber:
001637702
Rank:
138292

Tracks

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

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