Milestones of a Violin Legend - The Century Recordings (10CD)

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Fritz Kreisler

”His playing overcomes every possible difficulty ... With this concert, Kreisler has set a standard that will stand up to any comparison ... The Berlin recording is of unsurpassed intensity.” British music critic and writer Norman Lebrecht wrote this, placing Kreisler’s recording of the Beethoven Violin Concerto from 1928 among the “100 Milestones of the Century of the Record”.

A good enough reason to begin our collection with this recording. However, this evaluation could also apply to the other recordings heard here that were made in the 1920s, including sonatas with Sergei Rachmaninov as Kreisler’s piano partner. No less important, and also part of this collection, is his first complete recording of the complete Beethoven violin sonatas (1935/36). Fritz Kreisler was considered the highest paid violinist of his time. His performances are said to have been of a near hypnotic fascination. Anton Bruckner and Leo Delibes were his teachers, among others. The respect for his social commitment grew along with the admiration for him as an artist. Throughout his life Fritz Kreisler endeavored to give voice to people in need - especially children - and to alleviate their fate.

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Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Kreisler: Rondino on a Theme by Beethoven

Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Hungarian Dance No. 5

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: II. Canzonetta

Lalo: Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21: Scherzando

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Song without Words, Op. 62 No. 1 in G major 'May Breezes'

Schumann: Romance in A major, Op. 94 No. 2

Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

Kreisler: String Quartet in A minor

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K218

Bach, J S: Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043

Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E, BWV1006: Gavotte

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: I. Adagio

Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-10

Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30 No. 3

Schubert: Grand Duo for Violin and Piano in A Major, D574

Grieg: Violin Sonata No. 3 in C minor, Op. 45

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K218

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61