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Release Date: 04/21/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 65042   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartLudwig van BeethovenFelix MendelssohnJohannes Brahms,   ... 
Performer:  Fritz KreislerWilliam PrimroseThomas PetreLauri Kennedy,   ... 
Conductor:  Landon RonaldLeo BlechSir Malcolm SargentSir John Barbirolli,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  OrchestraBerlin State Opera OrchestraLondon Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 10 Hours 33 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This 10-CD set brings together all of Fritz Kreisler's major HMV recordings, including multiple versions of the Mendelssohn, Brahms, Beethoven, and Mozart Fourth concertos, the 10 Beethoven sonatas, his harmonically rich A minor string quartet, plus two delicious discs of encores. The transfers hold a 1991 copyright date and are not credited to any particular engineer. They generally sound superb in relation to Kreisler transfers on other labels, yet a few comments are in order.

Compared alongside Ward Marston's Naxos transfers, EMI's Beethoven sonatas reveal a more open ambience and palpable room tone, along with more clarity to Franz Rupp's distantly balanced piano. On the other hand, Marston's equalization of the violin
Read more avoids EMI's strident edge in louder passages. Marston's Biddulph transfer of the 1926 Beethoven concerto also manages to keep pitch consistent throughout the first movement, whereas the gradual sharpening of pitch inherent in that movement's original final shellac side remains uncorrected here.

In any event, Kreisler was one of the most phonogenic violinists who ever lived, and his singular style is hard to resist. What a rich tone he had, what variety of nuance in his instantly identifiable vibrato, and what ingratiating rhythmic idiosyncrasies (except when he trips over the "Spring" sonata Scherzo's off-beat phrases!).

Modern ears invariably regard his famous slides as anachronistic, and even saccharine at times (the Beethoven violin concerto remake with Barbirolli, for example), yet they almost always carry specific expressive purpose. Listen, for example, to either of the two Mendelssohn E minor concerto slow movements, where Kreisler's noble phrasing appears to emanate not from a bow and strings but from healthy vocal cords and lungs.

Except for the aforementioned Beethoven concerto transfer caveat, this package recommends itself to Kreisler fans, especially at EMI's bargain price. And while we're on the subject, when will Sony/BMG re-release its boxed set of Kreisler's complete Victor recordings?

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin no 4 in D major, K 218 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Conductor:  Landon Ronald
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775 
Date of Recording: 12/1924 
2. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Conductor:  Leo Blech
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1926 
3. Concerto for Violin no 4 in D major, K 218 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775 
Date of Recording: 02/1939 
4. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1936 
5. Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Conductor:  Leo Blech
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1926 
6. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Conductor:  Leo Blech
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1927 
7. Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Conductor:  Landon Ronald
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1935 
8. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1936 
9. Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Eugene Goossens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Albert Hall Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1924-1925 
10. Quartet for Strings in A minor by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  William Primrose (Viola), Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Thomas Petre (Violin),
Lauri Kennedy (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kreisler String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1935 
11. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in D major, Op. 12 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1935 
12. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 12 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1935 
13. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in E flat major, Op. 12 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1935 
14. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 4 in A minor, Op. 23 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Franz Rupp (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1935 
15. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Spring" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Franz Rupp (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1936 
16. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 6 in A major, Op. 30 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Franz Rupp (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1936 
17. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 7 in C minor, Op. 30 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Franz Rupp (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1936 
18. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 8 in G major, Op. 30 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Franz Rupp (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1936 
19. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Franz Rupp (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802-1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1936 
20. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 96 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Franz Rupp (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1936 
21. Caprice viennois, Op. 2 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1936 
22. Tambourin chinois, Op. 3 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1936 
23. Schön Rosmarin by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Franz Rupp (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1938 
24. La Gitana by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Franz Rupp (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1938 
25. Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Franz Rupp (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1938 
26. Transcription of Kreisler's "Liebesfreud" for piano by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Franz Rupp (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1921; Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1938 
27. Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006: 3rd movement, Gavotte en rondeau by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Franz Rupp (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1938 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
28. La Précieuse in the style of Couperin by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Michael Raucheisen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1930 
29. Chanson Louis XIII in the style of Couperin by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Michael Raucheisen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1930 
30. Serenade no 7 in D major, K 250 (248b) "Haffner": 4th movement, Rondo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1938 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
31. Rondino on a theme by Beethoven by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Franz Rupp (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1938 
32. Rosamunde, D 797/Op. 26: no 11, Ballet music no 2 in G major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Michael Raucheisen (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1930 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
33. Sonates progressives (6) for Violin and Piano: no 1 in F major, J 99/Op. 10 no 1 - Larghetto by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Michael Raucheisen (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1810; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1930 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
34. Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: 1st movement, Adagio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1926 
35. Romances (3) for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94: no 2 in A major, Einfach, innig by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Michael Raucheisen (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1929 
36. Songs without words, vol 5, Op. 62: no 1, Andante espressivo in G major "May Breezes" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Arpád Sándor (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1926 
37. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 67: no 4 in A minor, B 163 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/1938 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
38. Marionettes (7): no 2, Poupée valsante by Eduard Poldini
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Hungary 
Date of Recording: 02/1938 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
39. Waltzes (8) for Piano, Op. 54/B 101: no 7 in D Minor by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879-1880; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 02/1938 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
40. Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 11: 2nd movement, Andante cantabile by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/1938 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
41. Golden Cockerel: Hymn to the sun by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1907; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/1938 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
42. Sadko: no 4, Song of the Indian Guest by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1896; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/1938 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
43. Pieces (2) for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 20: no 2, Sérénade espagnole by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Michael Raucheisen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1888; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/1930 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler.  
44. Danny Boy "Londonderry Air" by Traditional
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Written: Ireland 
Date of Recording: 02/1938 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
45. Pieces (2) for Piano, Op. 47: no 1, Lotus land by Cyril Scott
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1938 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
46. Canciones populares españolas (7): no 4, Jota by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Michael Raucheisen (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Date of Recording: 02/1930 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler.  
47. La vida breve: Spanish Dance no 1 by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Spain 
Date of Recording: 02/1938 
48. Old refrain by Johann Evangelist Brandl
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Michael Raucheisen (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1930 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
49. Der Opernball: Im chambre séparée "Midnight Bells" by Richard Heuberger
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Michael Raucheisen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1930 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
50. Scherzo in the style of Dittersdorf by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Lauri Kennedy (Cello), Thomas Petre (Violin), Fritz Kreisler (Violin),
William Primrose (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kreisler String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1935 
51. Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1904 
Notes: Arranger: Wilhelmj.
Piano accompanist unknown.  
52. Aubade provençale in the style of Couperin by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Haddon Squire (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1911 
53. Souvenir de Hapsal, Op. 2: no 3, Chant sans paroles by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/1904 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler.
Piano accompanist unknown.  

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K218 (Cadenza: Kreisler): I Allegro
Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K218 (Cadenza: Kreisler): II Andante cantabile
Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K218 (Cadenza: Kreisler): III Rondo: Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo
Violin Concerto in D Op. 61 (Cadenza: Kreisler): I. Allegro ma non troppo
Violin Concerto in D Op. 61 (Cadenza: Kreisler): II. Larghetto -
Violin Concerto in D Op. 61 (Cadenza: Kreisler): III. Rondo (Allegro)
Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K218 (Cadenza: Kreisler): I Allegro
Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K218 (Cadenza: Kreisler): II Andante cantabile
Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K218 (Cadenza: Kreisler): III Rondo: Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo
Violin Concerto in D Op. 61 (Cadenza: Kreisler): I. Allegro ma non troppo
Violin Concerto in D Op. 61 (Cadenza: Kreisler): II. Larghetto -
Violin Concerto in D Op. 61 (Cadenza: Kreisler): III. Rondo (Allegro)

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