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Kreisler: Violin Music / Jack Liebeck


Release Date: 04/08/2014 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 68040   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Katya ApekishevaJack Liebeck
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hyperion is delighted to welcome award-winning violinist Jack Liebeck to the label, together with his frequent collaborator, Katya Apekisheva.

Liebeck presents a selection of music by ‘revolutionary player and the epitome of the Viennese violinist’, Fritz Kreisler. Some of Kreisler’s works have a dubious genesis. He programmed his own pieces in recitals; but in about 1905 he started passing some off as works by composers of the past, even writing a ‘Vivaldi’ concerto. He continued this practice. In 1934 he instructed his American publisher, Carl Fischer, to list his so-called ‘Classical Manuscripts’ as his own compositions in the 1935 catalogue; but this change was pre-empted when the New York Times critic, Olin Downes, was
Read more asked to give a lecture-recital with Yehudi Menuhin and started investigating the origins of the Praeludium and Allegro. Kreisler admitted it was his own work and his deception made front-page news worldwide. The Praeludium and Allegro (Classical Manuscript No 5, attributed to Gaetano Pugnani) is Kreisler’s finest achievement. When playing it at the Paris Opéra in 1923, Kreisler saw Vincent d’Indy wag a finger at him from the front row and thought he had been found out. Afterwards d’Indy told him: ‘Pugnani would not have played the Allegro in that tempo.’

This selection includes Kreisler’s absurdly virtuosic arrangement of ‘The Devil’s Trill’ by Tartini: Kreisler’s edition, incorporating a realization of the figured bass as well as fingerings and phrasings, provides a fearsome cadenza involving triple- and quadruple-stopping as well as two- and three-note trills.

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"This cracking box of Fritz Kreisler fireworks marks the beginning of young violinist Jack Liebeck's partnership with Hyperion...perhaps the most impressive performance in the entire collection is the conquering of Kreisler's adaptation of Tartini's Devil's Trill sonata, which surrenders completely to Liebeck and Katya Apekisheva's formidable technique."


-- Stephen Pritchard, The Observer, [4/26/14]

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"This estimable Kreisler compilation from the young British violinist Jack Liebeck heralds his new alliance with Hyperion, and one could hardly imagine a more propitious start to their relationship...Liebeck and Apekisheva are heard at their brilliant best in Kreisler’s own formidably taxing reworking of the G minor ‘Devil’s Trill’ Sonata by Tartini. There is indeed something of the Mephistophelean about this astounding account and Liebeck sounds stunning in Kreisler’s intimidating cadenza. A fitting climax to a warm-hearted and generous compilation."

-- Michael Jameson, International Record Review [4/2014]

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Works on This Recording

1. Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Katya Apekisheva (Piano), Jack Liebeck (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Venue:  St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
2. Apple Blossoms: Syncopation by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Katya Apekisheva (Piano), Jack Liebeck (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; Austria 
Venue:  St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3. Schön Rosmarin by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Katya Apekisheva (Piano), Jack Liebeck (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Venue:  St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
4. Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Jack Liebeck (Violin), Katya Apekisheva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Venue:  St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
5. Liebesfreud by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Jack Liebeck (Violin), Katya Apekisheva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Venue:  St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
6. Polchinelle by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Jack Liebeck (Violin), Katya Apekisheva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Venue:  St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
7. Tambourin chinois, Op. 3 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Katya Apekisheva (Piano), Jack Liebeck (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Venue:  St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
8. Melody in the Style of Gluck by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Jack Liebeck (Violin), Katya Apekisheva (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
9. March of the Toy Soldiers by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Jack Liebeck (Violin), Katya Apekisheva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Venue:  St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
10. La chasse in the style of Cartier by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Katya Apekisheva (Piano), Jack Liebeck (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Venue:  St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
11. Caprice viennois, Op. 2 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Katya Apekisheva (Piano), Jack Liebeck (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Venue:  St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
12. Allegretto in the style of Boccherini by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Katya Apekisheva (Piano), Jack Liebeck (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Venue:  St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
13. Danse espagnole for Violin and Piano [after Falla's "La vida breve"] by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Katya Apekisheva (Piano), Jack Liebeck (Violin)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: Spain 
Venue:  St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
14. Slavonic Dance No. 2 for violin & piano in E minor (transcription of Dvorák's Slavonic Dance No. 10, by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Katya Apekisheva (Piano), Jack Liebeck (Violin)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Venue:  St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
15. Apple Blossoms: Miniature Viennese March by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Katya Apekisheva (Piano), Jack Liebeck (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
16. Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice for Violin solo, Op. 6 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Katya Apekisheva (Piano), Jack Liebeck (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Austria 
Venue:  St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
17. The Devil's Trill, for violin & piano (transcription of Tartini's Sonata) by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Katya Apekisheva (Piano), Jack Liebeck (Violin)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Venue:  St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 15 Minutes 58 Secs. 

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