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Salon De Vienne

Irnberger / Demus
Release Date: 02/08/2011 
Label:  Gramola   Catalog #: 98903   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsAntonín DvorákJohann Strauss Jr.Fritz Kreisler,   ... 
Performer:  Jörg DemusThomas Albertus Irnberger
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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SALON DE VIENNE Thomas Albertus Irnberger (vn); Jörg Demus (pn) GRAMOLA 98903 (SACD: 65:22)


Music by BARTÓK, BRAHMS, DVO?ÁK, J. STRAUSS JR., KREISLER, LEHÁR, R. STRAUSS, MAHLER, GOLDMARK, JANÁ?EK


Thomas Albertus Irnberger’s recital with Jörg Demus consists of short musical works that collectively reflect Vienna’s turn-of-the-century cultural diversity. The violinist’s own booklet notes weave into this texture strands Read more of sweet sentiment and bitter pessimism that he has discovered, both as a thinker and a performer, in the music itself.


Irnberger certainly plays Béla Bartók’s Rumanian Folk Dances (transcribed for violin and piano by Zoltán Székely), from the very first number, with Gypsy-like portamentos and a sense of rhythmic freedom. I’ve heard a redoubtable Tchaikovsky Competition winner, at the time only recently returned from his victory, play this set with what I remember as greater virtuosic panache but less obvious regard for the work’s ethnicity. Irnberger and Demus stamp Johannes Brahms’s Hungarian Dance No. 17 (in Fritz Kreisler’s, rather than Joseph Joachim’s, arrangement) with a similar authenticity. The duo adopts a somewhat less flamboyant manner in Antonín Dvo?ák’s Four Romantic Pieces , an approach that combines suavity and melancholy.


The program pays tribute to Johann Strauss Jr. by including his posthumously published Ischler Waltz . Listeners who feel that the performance swishes rather than lilts should note Irnberger’s suggestion in the booklet that Strauss himself cautioned against performing his waltzes too quickly. Irnberger has lumped four of Kreisler’s miniatures together: Marche miniature viennoise, Schön Rosmarin, Liebesleid , and Liebesfreud (as well as Kreisler’s characteristic arrangement of Franz Lehár’s Frasquita Serenade ). As earlier in the program, Irnberger doesn’t hesitate to include an occasional smeary portamento, but such individual touches (which also include some seemingly improvised graces) hardly disfigure the music. On the other hand, Schön Rosmarin lacks the lift (if not lilt) that violinists like Zino Francescatti, who certainly weren’t Viennese—but, like Kreisler himself, highly individual—brought to it. Irnberger and Demus sound bittersweet, however, in Liebesleid (so, perhaps surprisingly, did Joseph Szigeti) and they play with similar panache to Francescatti’s with Artur Balsam in Liebesfreud . And they’re subtly charming in the Serenade.


Violinist Vá?a P?íhoda arranged Richard Strauss’s Rosenkavalier Waltzes, preserving the nostalgic sentiment of the original in a jewel case of violinistic effects, both tonal and technical. Irnberger deploys these expressive devices confidently, yet P?íhoda, with his edgier style of tone production and more brittle virtuosity, may have been better suited as an interpreter of his own work. Due in large part to the duo’s sensibilities, the transcription of Gustav Mahler’s song Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht from Das Knaben Wunderhorn fits seamlessly into the program (technically, too; it’s encrusted with double-stops). Carl Goldmark’s Romance and Janá?ek’s Gute Nacht! , in a transcription from his On an Overgrown Path , bring the recital to a meditative conclusion.


The recorded sound balances the two instrumentalists, with neither coming too close to the microphones. Those who wish to hear pieces of this kind played with the high voltage generated by violinists like Heifetz, Milstein, or Francescatti (to say nothing of Kreisler’s own legendary rhythmic springiness) may find the recital a bit too sedate. Recommended principally, therefore, to those listeners responsive to Irnberger’s genial, sensitive, and relaxed approach.


FANFARE: Robert Maxham
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Works on This Recording

1.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 17 in F sharp minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Jörg Demus (Piano), Thomas Albertus Irnberger (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
Venue:  Saal Schweighofer, Salzburg 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
2.
Romantic Pieces (4) for Violin and Piano, Op. 75/B 150 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Thomas Albertus Irnberger (Violin), Jörg Demus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Bohemia 
Venue:  Saal Schweighofer, Salzburg 
Length: 13 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3.
Ischler Walzer by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Thomas Albertus Irnberger (Violin), Jörg Demus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Saal Schweighofer, Salzburg 
Length: 7 Minutes 51 Secs. 
4.
Apple Blossoms: Miniature Viennese March by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Jörg Demus (Piano), Thomas Albertus Irnberger (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Saal Schweighofer, Salzburg 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
5.
Schön Rosmarin by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Jörg Demus (Piano), Thomas Albertus Irnberger (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Venue:  Saal Schweighofer, Salzburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
6.
Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Jörg Demus (Piano), Thomas Albertus Irnberger (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Venue:  Saal Schweighofer, Salzburg 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
7.
Liebesfreud by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Jörg Demus (Piano), Thomas Albertus Irnberger (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Venue:  Saal Schweighofer, Salzburg 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
8.
Serenade for violin & piano (transcription from Lehár's Frasquita) by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Jörg Demus (Piano), Thomas Albertus Irnberger (Violin)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Venue:  Saal Schweighofer, Salzburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
9.
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Waltz sequence no 2, Act 3 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Jörg Demus (Piano), Thomas Albertus Irnberger (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; Germany 
Venue:  Saal Schweighofer, Salzburg 
Length: 7 Minutes 53 Secs. 
10.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 4, Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht? by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Thomas Albertus Irnberger (Violin), Jörg Demus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1898; Hamburg, Germany 
Venue:  Saal Schweighofer, Salzburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
11.
Romanian Folkdances (6) for Piano, Sz 56 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Jörg Demus (Piano), Thomas Albertus Irnberger (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Budapest, Hungary 
Venue:  Saal Schweighofer, Salzburg 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
12.
On the overgrown path: no 7, Good night by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Jörg Demus (Piano), Thomas Albertus Irnberger (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901-1908; Brno, Czech Republic 
Venue:  Saal Schweighofer, Salzburg 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
13.
Romance for violin & piano in A major, Op. 51 by Karl Goldmark
Performer:  Thomas Albertus Irnberger (Violin), Jörg Demus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913 
Venue:  Saal Schweighofer, Salzburg 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Roman nepi tancok (Romanian Folk Dances), BB 68 (arr. Z. Szekely): I. Jocul cu bata (Stick Dance)
Roman nepi tancok (Romanian Folk Dances), BB 68 (arr. Z. Szekely): II. Braul (Sash Dance)
Roman nepi tancok (Romanian Folk Dances), BB 68 (arr. Z. Szekely): III. Pe loc (In One Place)
Roman nepi tancok (Romanian Folk Dances), BB 68 (arr. Z. Szekely): IV. Buciumeana (Horn Dance)
Roman nepi tancok (Romanian Folk Dances), BB 68 (arr. Z. Szekely): V. Poarga Romaneasca (Romanian Polka)
Roman nepi tancok (Romanian Folk Dances), BB 68 (arr. Z. Szekely): VI. Maruntel (Fast Dance)
21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1: No. 17 in F sharp minor (arr. F. Kreisler): 21 Hungarian Dances, WoO1: Hungarian Dance No. 17 in F sharp minor (arr. F. Kreisler)
4 Romantic Pieces, Op. 75, B. 150: I. Allegro moderato
4 Romantic Pieces, Op. 75, B. 150: II. Allegro maestoso
4 Romantic Pieces, Op. 75, B. 150: III. Allegro appassionato
4 Romantic Pieces, Op. 75, B. 150: IV. Larghetto
Ischler, Op. posth
Marche miniature viennoise
Schon Rosmarin
Liebesleid
Liebesfreud
Frasquita (arr. F. Kreisler)
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59, TrV 227 (arr. V. Prihoda): Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59, TrV 227: No. 2. Waltz (arr. V. Prihoda)
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: No. 4. Wer hat dies Liedelein erdacht? (arr. for violin and piano)
Romanze in A major, Op. 51
Po zarostlem chodnicku (On the Overgrown Path), Book 1, JW VIII/17: No. 7. Dobrouc noc! (Good Night) (arr. for violin and piano)

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