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La Dolce Musica / Prima Carezza Salon Ensemble


Release Date: 12/27/2005 
Label:  Tudor Records   Catalog #: 7058   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustl EdelmannLeo RodiGeorges BoulangerOskar Nedbal,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima Carezza
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A fun ensemble who communicate that through elevated musical playing.

The title is fairly self-explanatory and who better than Prima Carezza to expound the pleasures of the salon ensemble on disc. This one was recorded a good while ago but is still part of Tudor’s back catalogue and interested auditors may like to know that this group has an appealing list of CDs to its name. Off my own bat, years ago, I bought their Comme-ci, comme-ça album devoted to the art of the Franco-Romanian Georges Boulanger – well, maybe Romanian-French is the better way of putting it [Tudor 766]. In any case it was a pleasurable disc, and their affinity with the fiddle-leader continues in La Dolce Musica where there are
Read more a quartet of pieces by that most eminent executant and composer. Note too, if your interest extends to Boulanger, that Extase is another album that contains a fine selection of his music [Tudor 795].

It’s important that salon orchestras pay due homage to players such as Boulanger, one of the most brilliant and expressive players in the lighter style. Prima Carezza is versed in his style and plays Gemüse,Gemüse, Gemüse – all titles are in German in this disc – with pert familiarity, catching his style with aplomb. Similarly they’re sparky in Warum? and amusing in the waltz cousin he fashioned out of Kreisler’s Schön Rosmarin. But whilst Boulanger takes a fair slice, he’s not alone. We hear some salty Magyrisms in Gustl Edelmann’s Zigeunerblut and even more explicitly virtuosic fare, with cadential Sarasate-derived fireworks, in Leo Rodi’s Am Schwarzen Meer. Delightful as well to encounter Nedbal’s profusely generous ballet music in this form. The melody of Vecsey’s Valse Triste is given to the cello – the composer was a virtuoso Hungarian violinist – as is the Massenet Elegie. So things are parcelled out amongst the strings; Milton J Kazinczy is primarius but Michaela Paetsch Neftel takes six violin solos throughout the set.

There’s a fine, subtle arrangement of David Wolfsthal’s Zsa-Zsa. Was this the same David Wolfsthal who was a member of The Strolling Players, where he alternated with David McCallum - brilliant violinist father of the actor of the same name - and who also did bags of studio work (Sgt Pepper etc) over many years and was a scion of the London light and studio scene? Inevitably we have two of the most famous Brahms Hungarian Dances and some Kreisler too: Liebesfreud is too slow, for my tastes. And there’s plenty of charm and wit too, not least Schmidseder’s delightful Tango Marina.

The ensemble is a flexible one, with fiddles, cello, bass, piano, accordion and clarinet. With varied personnel listed I can’t work out who plays what, when, but I hardly think that much matters. They’re a fun ensemble and communicate that through elevated musical playing.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Zigeunerblut by Gustl Edelmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima Carezza
2.
Am schwarzen Meer by Leo Rodi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima Carezza
3.
Gemuse! Gemuse! Gemuse! by Georges Boulanger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima Carezza
4.
Legend of Honza: Valse triste by Oskar Nedbal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima Carezza
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Bohemia 
5.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 5 in F sharp minor by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima Carezza
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
6.
Die ungarische Hochzeit: Spiel' mir das Lied von Glück und Treu by Nico Dostal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima Carezza
Period: 20th Century 
7.
Petersburg Sleigh Ride, Op. 57 by Richard Eilenberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima Carezza
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829 
8.
Valse triste by Franz von Vecsey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima Carezza
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Hungary 
9.
Warum? by Georges Boulanger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima Carezza
Period: Modern 
10.
Zsa-Zsa by David Wolfsthal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima Carezza
11.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 1 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima Carezza
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
12.
Schön Rosmarin by Fritz Kreisler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima Carezza
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
13.
Antwort auf Schön Rosmarin by Georges Boulanger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima Carezza
14.
Transcription of Kreisler's "Liebesfreud" for piano by Sergei Rachmaninov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima Carezza
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1921; Austria 
15.
Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima Carezza
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
16.
Bagatelles, Op. 13: no 9, L'Abeille by Franz Schubert (Dresden)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima Carezza
Period: Romantic 
17.
Ungarische Heimat by Gustl Edelmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima Carezza
18.
Einsam steh ich unterm Sternenzelt by Georges Boulanger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima Carezza
19.
Tango Marina by Ludwig Schmidseder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima Carezza
20.
La chasse in the style of Cartier by Fritz Kreisler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima Carezza
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 

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