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Fritz Kreisler: The Complete RCA Recordings


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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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  • Performer: Fritz Kreisler
  • Audio CD (November 7, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 11
  • Label: RCA Victor Gold Seal / BMG Classics
  • ASIN: B000003FGN
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,150 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A Fritz Kreisler recording can always be recognized by the violinist's beefy, baritonal sonority, inimitable portamento, and communicative warmth. Most of the repertoire here consists of the short, encore pieces that prevailed in the era of 78rpm records, many penned or arranged by Kreisler, who was always on the lookout for memorable tunes. Familiar classics like the duets with John McCormack, and Schubert, Beethoven, and Grieg sonata collaborations with Rachmaninoff turn up alongside rare alternate takes and Kreisler's lone recording as a piano soloist in Dvořak's Humoresque. One should savor these musical sweetmeats in small portions, rather than wolfing down each disc in chronological gulps. Ward Marston's transfers are beyond praise. -- Jed Distler

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I highly reccomend this set to all lovers of the violin!
Brian Conatser
Fairly much 11 discs of solid "pop" music--a kind of Fiedlerian dream world where every piece catches the attention usually because of potent melodic pungency.
Wayne A.
He was a great violinist who at the same time could touch and charm his audience.
Brian Conatser

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I would give this set a 10 stars, if I were allowed to. Kreisler has been my favorite violinist as far as I can remember, and have never gotten tired of his playing (and never will be either!) His playing has deceptive ease and elegance that makes people forget how phenominal his technique was(just listen to his crystalline trills and amazing articulation of fast runs). And even at his sweetest moments, his performance always had strong backbone and never sank into tasteless sentimentality. Kreisler's playing was really one of the kind and anyone who loves violin should listen to his recordings. I cannot recommend this set highly enough! The CD transfer is excellent.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brian Conatser on March 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Ever since he first toured The U.S as a child in 1888 with pianist Moritz Rosenthal Fritz Kreisler's musical talents have left us spellbound. His playing combines a searching intelligence with intense and delightful musicality, his mellow honey-like tone appeals to the heartstrings, and awakens enthusiasm in his listeners. He was a great violinist who at the same time could touch and charm his audience. I highly reccomend this set to all lovers of the violin!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By music lover on August 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I was delighted to hear the many never-before-available recordings in this set. While Kreisler's name is obviously eternally linked with his masterful, unique and inimitable approach to encore peices (in which he consistently demonstrates unerring rhythmic control), he also remains singularly engaging in the weightier sonata repertoire also represented in this collection. Especially intriguing are excepts (w/piano) from the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Lalo's Symphonie Espagnol. (I had no idea he'd recorded these.) Kreisler's eternally youthful readings make this a set to grow old with. Every aspiring violinist deserves to apprehend the possiblity, to awaken the dream, of making an individual imprint through what they re-create as well.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. on May 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It is one of the real advatages of modern life that we can still hear and be moved by artists from the early 20th century. As listners, there are probably psychological factors that predispose us to be touched by the original rather than someone imitating a style from the past. Part of the psychological impact for me is the nostalgia element and connections this music has to memories of my ancestors who where alive when this music was being played and recorded. But beyond the listener's psychological factor(s) the artists from the early 20th century had a completely different set of musical and non-musical experiences from our contempory artists. A contemporary artist trying to duplicate the style from another era often sounds false and affected. Regardless, ultimately performances have to stand on their own musical merit. These most definately do.
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