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Viennese Violin / McDuffie, Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops


Release Date: 08/27/1996 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80402   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz LehárFritz KreislerSergei RachmaninovJohann Strauss Jr.,   ... 
Performer:  Robert McDuffie
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

If your taste is for succulent Viennese delicacies with which to pander to a sweet tooth, this could be just the thing for you. The soft centre is a selection of 11 of Kreisler’s arrangements and original compositions, decked out here with appropriate orchestral accompaniments. His arrangement of a Viennese melody by Eduard Gartner is new to me; but otherwise the selection includes all of the obvious items, including the three ‘Old Viennese Dances’ and a particular favourite of mine – the Rondino on a theme by Beethoven – which the notes aptly suggest was based on a melody that Beethoven never got around to composing. The collection ends with a similarly succulent arrangement of Sieczynski’s Wien, du Stadt meiner Traume, preceded by a Read more somewhat incongruously solemn piece that Johann Strauss composed for his stepdaughter’s wedding.

The real joy of the collection lies in the three Lehar compositions with which it begins. The youthful Concertino and the Hungarian Fantasy have been recorded before – the former an enjoyably lithe if not terribly memorable miniature concerto, the latter a typically lively selection of Hungarian gipsy violin airs that should be heard more frequently. But I have never previously heard the polka Vergissmeinnicht, and it turns out to be an utterly enchanting trifle and, for me, the chief joy of the disc. The violinist Robert McDuffie is a newcomer to me, but he plays throughout with polish and refinement. A wholly delicious concoction!

-- Andrew Lamb, Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1. Concertino for Violin and Orchestra by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Robert McDuffie (Violin)
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1888 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 12 Minutes 57 Secs. 
2. Hungarian Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 45 by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Robert McDuffie (Violin)
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 7 Minutes 58 Secs. 
3. Vergissmeinnicht by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Robert McDuffie (Violin)
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
4. Midnight Bells [after Heuberger] by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Robert McDuffie (Violin)
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
5. Poupée Valsante by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Robert McDuffie (Violin)
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Erich Kunzel 
6. Tambourin chinois, Op. 3 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Robert McDuffie (Violin)
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Clark McAlister 
7. Caprice viennois, Op. 2 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Robert McDuffie (Violin)
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Clark McAlister 
8. Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Robert McDuffie (Violin)
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Clark McAlister 
9. Schön Rosmarin by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Robert McDuffie (Violin)
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Clark McAlister 
10. Transcription of Kreisler's "Liebesfreud" for piano by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Robert McDuffie (Violin)
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1921; Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Clark McAlister 
11. Frasquita: Serenade by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Robert McDuffie (Violin)
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1922; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Fritz Kreisler
Orchestrated: Erich Kunzel 
12. Viennese Melody after Eduard Gärtner by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Robert McDuffie (Violin)
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Clark McAlister 
13. Rondino on a theme by Beethoven by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Robert McDuffie (Violin)
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Clark McAlister 
14. Hochzeits-Präludium for Violin, Organ and Hrp, Op. 469 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Robert McDuffie (Violin)
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Erich Kunzel 
15. Wien, du Stadt meiner Träume by Rudolf Sieczynski
Performer:  Robert McDuffie (Violin)
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Steve Reineke 
16. La chasse in the style of Cartier by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Robert McDuffie (Violin)
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Clark McAlister 

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