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Kreisler Plays Kreisler [Recorded 1942-6] [CD]

Fritz Kreisler Audio CD
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Half a century after his death, Fritz Kreisler is as famous as ever, although his reputation has undergone a subtle transformation. In his lifetime, he was a great violinist who composed, whereas now he is a composer who, it is rather dimly recalled, played the violin. The few music college teachers who take the trouble to play historic records to their students will tell you that the artistry ... Read more in Amazon's Fritz Kreisler Store

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  • Orchestra: Ethelbert Nevin, Victor Symphony Orchestra, RCA Victor Orchestra
  • Conductor: Fritz Kreisler, Joseph Haydn, Charles O'Connell, Donald Voorhees
  • Composer: Ethelbert Nevin, Fritz Kreisler, Joseph Haydn, Richard Heuberger, Traditional
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos Historical
  • ASIN: B00005QIS1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,598 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Caprice viennois, Op.2
2. Tanbourin chinois, Op. 3
3. Liebesfreud
4. Liebesleid
5. Schoen Rosmarin
6. La gitana
7. The Old Refrain
8. Marche miniature viennoise
9. Rondino on a Theme By Beethoven
10. Midnight Bells
11. Londonderry Air
12. Hungarian Rondo
13. Chanson Louis XIII and Pavane
14. The Rosary
15. Stars In My Eyes (from The King Steps Out)
16. Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I should have learnt the Violin 13 Jan 2011
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Then I could have cheered myself up whenever sad by playing any one of these compositions.Never mind!
Several years ago the BBC showed "The King steps out", and I remember Kreislers music being featured, especially his Opus 2 Caprice,(there are so many caprices flying around that you have to identify them properly!!) and a romantic waltz melody called "Stars in my eyes". This tune seems so familiar to me, and to others who have heard it, but no one can ever identify it as this. Why not see if you can place it? Is it a Strauss tune or a Novello or Cole Porter number? Perhaps its been plaguerised by someone hence its familiarity.
Nevins Rosary is memorable, so is Heubergers Midnight Bells. I think its the same Richard Heuberger who wrote "Im Chambre Separee" from Der Opernball, a magical operetta.
The quality of the recording is quite acceptable. The Beeb is very unlikely to show any 30's films now as most have been bought up by the Jappo's many years ago, and the corporation does not pay extortionate fees for old films, only for old pop groups!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 Oct 2014
Format:Audio CD
Kreisler's playing is beautiful, just as I remembered it, but I expected the digital reproduction to be better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Only Kreisler Can Play Kreisler ***** 8 May 2005
By Faddle - Published on
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What can I say? Only Kreisler can play Kreisler. Get a discography of Fritz Kreisler and start hunting down everything you can find by this man. You can compare violinists; Heifetz has astounding technique, Milstein's always wonderful, Oistrakh is a favorite of many, Kogan can play anything, etc., etc., etc.. But Kreisler... is a unique personality of the violin. Yehudi Menuhin said of him in his autobiography, there are many great violinists with perhaps greater technique in this area or that; but "Kreisler mystifies me." Bruno Walter, the great conductor, said of Kreisler, "He did not play the violin; he BECAME the violin." and this is true. There is something special about Kreisler that transcends violin playing itself. Something heavenly is communicated by him with his instrument. Transfers from old disks are always of varying quality. Kreisler lived a long time ago and recording techniques were very primitive; but Kreisler even seems to rise above the pops and the clicks. Other artists are drowned out by them but Kreisler soars above them and makes one forget they are there. You're focused on the beauty and the background noise seems to disappear entirely. Other violinists have tried

to play Kreisler and perhaps get the notes right, most notably among them, Zino Francescatti (who plays Kreisler better than any other man except Kreisler), but only Kreisler can play Kreisler.

If you want to hear it best, put up with the background hiss. It's worth it. If you want a modern recording, see if you can find Francescatti's tribute album to Fritz Kreisler. it's OOP, but an LP in mint condition sometimes appears on an online auction service. Why the Francescatti album ever went OOP I do not know. He is the only modern violinist that ever really tapped into the soul of 'Fritz' when he plays Kreisler. If the disk is ever again released, snap it up before it goes OOP again. In the final analysis, modern violinists, at most, will give you a representative selection of only about 16 tracks and usually you get the worn chestnuts over and over again. Enough of Kreislers own recordings are still available that you can still get the whole gamut of his discography if you just look. Do so!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection 8 Mar 2004
By A Customer - Published on
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Go with the first review. This recording is a must. It is one of the great violin recordings. Even my old violin teacher advise me to play some of Kreisler stuff to improve techniques. Kreisler is a legend. Lesson and appreciate the beauties of the violin.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Travel to the Old Vienna 25 Jan 2006
By Sergey Lenkov - Published on
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Sometimes the author isn`t the best performer of his own works. That`s not the case. I completely agree with the previous reviewer: yes, only Kreisler can play Kreisler.
While listening to this music you so wounderfully feel the spirit of the old Vienna, that most technically perfect record couldn`t compare with this impressions. Treat surface noise of the records made in 1912-1946 as the scent of that distant time (by the way, nearly the age gone) - and you would be completely satisfied, because the playing by Kreisler is so scincere and soulful. So if you like Kreisler - don`t think twice. This is CD for you.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 11 Oct 2009
By Richard M. Rollo - Published on
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Last summer I had several nights of terrible insomnia. I turned on the FM classical music station; something I don't do very often. They played several selections from this CD. Both the compositions and the performances were unforgettable. After receiving and listening to the cd, all of these are excellent compositions well performed.

This is a collection of Fritz Kreisler recordings going as far back as 1910. 1910! You might call those recordings Lucky to Have Any Fidelity. Yet you can hear performances that almost certainly don't exist in any other form.

So these do indeed sound like 78 rpm records played on a 78 record player. The transfer engineers disclaim any attempt to use "Radical methods to eliminate all surface noise...." My own experience with using equalizers is that it is usually better to "leave it flat" or as is.

Some of the comments indicate that people are bothered by it; I suppose young people who have only listened to digital recordings. If you only listen to perfect recordings, you will miss 90 per cent of the best music performances ever recorded, no matter the category. Just imagine people in the 1920's buying their first record player and hearing Kreisler's Liebesfreud while sitting on their sofa and thinking: could life be any better than this?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn from the Old Masters! 30 Jun 2000
By meiringen - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I love these historical recordings--they give us a chance to study the performance practices of the Masters. Kreisler was a genius, and his refined playing is something that should be listened to by the players of today. They can learn much from his example.
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