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Romantic Echoes - Strauss, Dvorak, Kreisler / Kremer, Et Al


Release Date: 09/14/1999 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 453440   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard StraussAntonín DvorákFritz Kreisler
Performer:  Gidon KremerOleg Maisenberg
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A romantic interlude for Gidon Kremer amid his many recordings of contemporary music - beautifully played [piece] pieces in a lighter vein.

Admirers of the Strauss Violin Sonata will want to have Jascha Heifetz's 1934 recording with Arpad Sandor; no one else, in my experience, has realized so perfectly its youthful, Don Juan-like ardour. But Kremer and Maisenberg have a lot going for them. The recorded sound is superb, and so is the playing, in its unfailing refinement and in the perceptive way the colourful harmonic language is made more vivid by changes in tone quality and rhythmic emphasis. If Kremer and Maisenberg don't have the overall sweep or the warmly communicative quality of Heifetz/Sandor, the music's
Read more different facets are brilliantly set off against each other. The quirky scherzando passages in the finale are played with wonderful lightness and humour; the last of them, at the start of the coda (where Heifetz makes a cut), sets off the following peroration in the most exciting way.

The Dvorak, too, is full of delights, with Kremer persuasively lyrical in the songful first and third pieces (I don't remember hearing better violin octaves). The slow fourth piece (for me the highlight of the disc) demonstrates both players' superb control when playing quietly, inexorably drawing our attention to the point of deepest sadness (track 7, 5'46''). The folk-like second piece is very deliberately held back in a way that's perhaps a little self-conscious, and the same stylish but slightly arch manner reappears in the Kreisler Marche miniature. (The track listing for the Kreisler pieces is, by the way, in the wrong order.)

This is really beautiful duo playing, though. The disc comes highly recommended.

-- Duncan Druce, Gramophone [12/1999]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 18 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin), Oleg Maisenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Venue:  Church of Jesus Christ, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 32 Minutes 11 Secs. 
2.
Romantic Pieces (4) for Violin and Piano, Op. 75/B 150 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Oleg Maisenberg (Piano), Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Venue:  Church of Jesus Christ, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 16 Minutes 52 Secs. 
3.
Schön Rosmarin by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Oleg Maisenberg (Piano), Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Venue:  Church of Jesus Christ, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
4.
Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin), Oleg Maisenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Venue:  Church of Jesus Christ, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
5.
Apple Blossoms: Syncopation by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Oleg Maisenberg (Piano), Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Venue:  Church of Jesus Christ, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
6.
Apple Blossoms: Miniature Viennese March by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Oleg Maisenberg (Piano), Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Venue:  Church of Jesus Christ, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat, Op.18: 1. Allegro ma non troppo
Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat, Op.18: 2. Improvisation (Andante cantabile)
Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat, Op.18: 3. Finale (Andante-Allegro)
4 Romantic Pieces, Op.75: 1. Allegro moderato
4 Romantic Pieces, Op.75: 2. Allegro maestoso
4 Romantic Pieces, Op.75: 3. Allegro appassionato
4 Romantic Pieces, Op.75: 4. Larghetto
Schön Rosmarin
Liebesleid
Syncopation
Marche miniature viennoise

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