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Kreisler, Sarasate: Parlor Pieces / Jonathan Carney


Release Date: 08/11/2009 
Label:  Sheridan Square   Catalog #: 29130   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Fritz KreislerPablo de SarasateAntonín DvorákSergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Jonathan CarneyGloria Carney
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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PARLOR PIECES Jonathan Carney (vn); Gloria Carney (pn) ROYAL PHILHARMONIC 29130 (59:15)


KREISLER La gitana. Tambourin chinois. Schön Rosmarin. Caprice viennois. Liebesleid. Liebesfreud. Danse espagnol. SARASATE Playera. Malagueña. Habanera. Caprice basque. Zigeunerweisen. DVO?ÁK (arr. Read more Kreisler) Slavonic Dance in e. FALLA (arr. Kreisler) La vida breve: Danse espagnole


Jonathan Carney and his mother, Gloria Carney, recorded their collection of “Parlor Pieces” in 1997. The notes by the disc’s producer, Kathleen Lavengood, contrast the styles of the two violinists and composers the sampler represents and suggest that Carney can bridge their differences.


Carney affects smoky sultriness in La gitana and bracing gusto in Tambourin chinois , and he enriches Sarasate’s Playera—and later Malagueña, which he takes at a very deliberate tempo that allows him time for indulgence—with wealth of tonal and dynamic nuance. If neither of these older violinists actually played this way (Kreisler sounded perhaps more genial and Sarasate less sultry), Carney nevertheless endows their compositions with a second, though transformed, life through his syncretistic approach. And not everyone can do so; certainly, not every violinist has warmed Kreisler’s works. Francescatti, Heifetz, Szigeti, and Elman each did so, and each in his own unique way. So it’s no small accomplishment to achieve success in this repertoire, especially since for a time recitalists seemed averse to programming it, and the tradition seemed in danger of being lost—although the composer’s recordings certainly should have kept it alive. Carney doesn’t avoid sentiment, as his reading of Dvo?ák’s Slavonic Dance makes clear. Nor does he take Kreisler’s Schön Rosmarin as an opportunity to display a brilliant staccato—and he effectively recalls Kreisler’s geniality in the middle section. Francescatti brought a panache to Kreisler’s signature Caprice viennois that even the composer didn’t foreshadow; if Carney doesn’t evince this élan either, it’s pretty clear that he doesn’t intend to do so, and his reading hardly lacks the kind of charm that Kreisler exuded. If Sarasate’s performance of his own Habanera left an impression of more nonchalant elegance, Carney plays the runs in the opening measures with almost equally silvered brilliance. And Carney creates what should pass as much more than ersatz Gemütlichkeit in Kreisler’s pair of reflections on the opposing aspects of love, Liebesleid and Liebesfreud . Perhaps unintentionally, the duo reveals a sort of arrhythmia in the opening of Caprice basque , an irregularity perhaps most devastating at the slower tempo of this reading. The program ends with an especially colorful and evocative performance of Sarasate’s extended Gypsy pastiche, Zigeunerweisen.


Gloria Carney provides knowing, sympathetic accompaniments, and the engineers have captured the tonal splendor of Carney’s violin. Watch out, though: the list on the back of the jewel case misattributes the arrangement of the Slavonic Dance to Sarasate and the Danse espagnol to Kreisler (it’s his arrangement). Despite details here and there in the performances themselves (such as unevenness in the left-hand pizzicatos in Zigeunerweisen ), however, the recital pretty much fits the blurb’s description, which touts performances that should survive repeated listenings. Warmly recommended.


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Works on This Recording

1.
La Gitana by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Jonathan Carney (Violin), Gloria Carney (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Tambourin chinois, Op. 3 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Jonathan Carney (Violin), Gloria Carney (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
3.
Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 23: no 1, Playera by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Jonathan Carney (Violin), Gloria Carney (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
4.
Slavonic Dance in E minor by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jonathan Carney (Violin), Gloria Carney (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Bohemia 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Pablo de Sarasate. 
5.
Schön Rosmarin by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Jonathan Carney (Violin), Gloria Carney (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
6.
Caprice viennois, Op. 2 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Jonathan Carney (Violin), Gloria Carney (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
7.
Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 21: no 1, Malagueña by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Jonathan Carney (Violin), Gloria Carney (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
8.
Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 21: no 2, Habañera by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Jonathan Carney (Violin), Gloria Carney (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
9.
Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Jonathan Carney (Violin), Gloria Carney (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
10.
Transcription of Kreisler's "Liebesfreud" for piano by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Jonathan Carney (Violin), Gloria Carney (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1921; Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
11.
Caprice basque, Op. 24 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Jonathan Carney (Violin), Gloria Carney (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881 
Length: 7 Minutes 42 Secs. 
12.
Spanischer Tanz by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Jonathan Carney (Violin), Gloria Carney (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
13.
Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Jonathan Carney (Violin), Gloria Carney (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878 
Length: 8 Minutes 19 Secs. 

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