Music of Fritz Kreisler
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|3. Praeludium and Allegro in the Style of Pugnani, for violin & piano: Allegro|
|4. La Précieuse in the Style of Louis Couperin, for violin & piano|
|5. Sicilienne and Rigaudon in the Style of Francoeur, for violin & piano: Sicilienne|
|6. Sicilienne and Rigaudon in the Style of Francoeur, for violin & piano: Rigaudon|
|7. The Devil's Trill, for violin & piano (transcription of Tartini's Sonata): Larghetto|
|8. The Devil's Trill, for violin & piano (transcription of Tartini's Sonata): Allegro energico|
|9. The Devil's Trill, for violin & piano (transcription of Tartini's Sonata): Grave - Allegro assai|
|10. Caprice Viennois, for violin & piano (or orchestra), Op. 2|
|11. Liebesleid (Love's Sorrow), for violin & piano|
|12. Liebesfreud (Love's Joy), for violin & piano|
|13. Schön Rosmarin, for violin & piano|
|14. Tambourin Chinois, for violin & piano, Op. 3|
|15. Polichinelle, for violin & piano|
|16. Syncopation, for violin & piano|
|17. March of the Toy Soldiers|
|18. Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice, for solo violin, Op. 6: Recitativo|
|19. Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice, for solo violin, Op. 6: Scherzo|
|20. Petite Valse, for piano|
Canada's own James Ehnes enjoys an international reputation and keeps garnering rave reviews the world over. Moreover, he has received a 10 out of 10 note for the third consecutive time from the prestigious French magazine Répertoire, and has received numerous accolades and prizes including "Young artist of the year" at the Cannes Classical Awards (Midem) and a Juno Award for "Best classical album". This new Kreisler album reveals yet another facet of Ehnes' versatile personality, showcasing his exceptional energy, sharpness and virtuosity.
Le violoniste canadien de réputation internationale, James Ehnes, continue de susciter d'élogieuses critiques. Pour une troisième fois consécutive, le prestigieux magazine français Répertoire lui a accordé la note parfaite de 10/10. James Ehnes a remporté de nombreux prix dont le Juno pour «Meilleur album classique» et celui de «Jeune artiste de l'année», décerné dans le cadre du Cannes Classical Awards (Midem). Ce nouvel album consacré à Kreisler révèle une autre facette de la personnalité de l'artiste, qui démontre une fois de plus une technique et une énergie vertigineuses et fait preuve de finesse et de virtuosité.
Personne ne devrait rester indifférent au jeu puissant et subtil du violoniste canadien James Ehnes. Accompagné au piano par Eduard Laurel, il sattaque ici à Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962), lun des compositeurs qui a marqué en profondeur lart violonistique au XXe siècle.
Violoniste de carrière, Kreisler était lui-même un grand virtuose et, à cet égard, il ne pouvait trouver meilleur interprète que le jeune Ehnes, dont la maîtrise est époustouflante. Le jeu enflammé et poétique du musicien canadien épouse parfaitement le style du compositeur viennois dans des phrasés très naturels.
Quil interprète les Variations sur un thème de Corelli, le Praeludium & Allegro dans le style de Gaetano Pugnani, la Sicilienne & Rigaudon, le Trille du diable, le Caprice viennois ou les très connus Liebesleid et Liebesfreud, James Ehnes nen finit pas déblouir. --Dominique Olivier
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For those who don't know Fritz Kreisler (and they have a treat waiting) he was probably the most beloved classical performer (violin) in his time. He was a multitalented man whose warm humanity, and generous and open spirit made audiences take him to their hearts.
Kreisler's unique 60-year musical career only begins with performance. Born in 1875, Kreisler possessed a gift for infectious melody. By the 1920's his audience-pleasing compositions - especially encores - began to encounter avante-gardist prejudices on the part of the professional musical establishment. The establishment accepted musical traditions of the past in older compositions but not in new composition. So the resourceful Kreisler introduced a series of encore masterpieces as "rediscoveries of works by forgotten baroque and rococo composers, whose manuscripts he had been found in a French monastery". Thus came celebrated pieces like Praeludium and Allegro by "Gaetano Pugnani", and "Sicilenne and Rigaudon by "Francois Franceour". After NY Times music critic, Olin Downs, reported research showing that manuscripts of Kreisler's "oldies" didn't exist, Kreisler revealed his hoax in 1935. That brought out angry recriminations by Alfred Newman and other musicologists who had been taken in.
Kreisler's technique had a larger influence on the evolution of violin performance, but he will surely be remembered most for unaffectedly capturing - amidst a relentless 20th Century movement to bury melody, romanticism, tonality, and other traditions of music - feelings like the charm of Vienna (Caprice viennois), and the aches and joy of love (Liebesleid and Liebesfreud).
James Ehnes'many awards, recordings, and performances with leading conductors and orchestras throughout Asia, the U.S., and Europe, place him among leading concert violinists. It speaks to changed trends among younger musicians that Ehnes (born 1976), would devote this album exclusively to Kreisler's large and small masterpieces with obvious love and understanding. Ehnes shares with Kreisler an "effortless" style and warmth. Besides the music, the liner notes are informative and perceptive, and the recording excellent.
A note about ratings: I said "ten stars" in my title, because over the past years the tendency for domination of five-star ratings makes it harder to distinguish truly exceptional recordings. I assume that the predominance of high ratings came about in an understandable way - people are most likely energized to rate recordings they really like. However, the result is loss of breadth, which is unfortunate to my mind. If ratings ranged more widely they could better delineate strengths and weaknesses, as well as stylistic preference. A "three" rating might include a unique quality in an otherwise mediocre release.