Complete Concerto Recordings, Vol. 1: Beethoven & Mendelssohn

Complete Concerto Recordings, Vol. 1: Beethoven & Mendelssohn

by Fritz Kreisler
     
 

This installment of the Naxos Great Violinists series is devoted to Fritz Kreisler's famous 1926 versions of the Beethoven and Mendelssohn concertos with the Berlin State Opera Orchestra conducted by Leo Blech. In spite of their technical and mechanical imperfections -- the recorded sound was fairly dingy evenSee more details below

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This installment of the Naxos Great Violinists series is devoted to Fritz Kreisler's famous 1926 versions of the Beethoven and Mendelssohn concertos with the Berlin State Opera Orchestra conducted by Leo Blech. In spite of their technical and mechanical imperfections -- the recorded sound was fairly dingy even by early electrical standards, and by the mid-1920s the violinist's famous aversion to regular practice was really beginning to show -- these justly famous readings are my desert island recordings of both works: performances of such patrician grace and glowing warmth that their abundant musical and human virtues remain undiminished after three quarters of a century. Predictably, the transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn are the best we have ever been given.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/16/2000
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0636943190920
catalogNumber:
110909

Tracks

  1. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Fritz Kreisler  -  Berlin State Opera Orchestra  - Leo Blech
  2. Sonata for solo violin No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: Adagio  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Fritz Kreisler  -  Berlin State Opera Orchestra  - Leo Blech
  3. May Breeze, song without words for violin & piano, (transcription of Mendelssohn's Song without Words, Op. 62/1)  - Fritz Kreisler  - Fritz Kreisler  -  Berlin State Opera Orchestra  - Leo Blech
  4. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Fritz Kreisler  -  Berlin State Opera Orchestra  - Leo Blech

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