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Kreisler / Kennedy


Release Date: 05/05/1998 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 56626   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Fritz KreislerManuel de FallaCyril ScottEnrique Granados,   ... 
Performer:  Nigel KennedyJohn LenehanBill HawkesCaroline Dale,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

In his first solo album since unhitching his given name, Kennedy brings his usual uncompromising vision to the works of Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962). In his day, Kreisler's name was synonymous with impeccable taste in musicianship. His arrangements of famous tunes and his own salon works continue as staples of the repertoire--and given Kennedy's penchant for promoting the uncharted, this program comes as a complete (and very pleasant) surprise.
Kennedy makes few concessions to the traditionally slick and portamento-ridden approach to Kreisler. "Liebesleid" is unusually slow, direct and intimate. A similar approach to Cyril Scott's "Lotus Land" creates a stunning climax of the intensity Heifetz brought to the Chausson "Poème." Rounding out
Read more the recital is Kreisler's expert and harmonically adventurous "String Quartet in A Minor." Incidentally, Kennedy's grandfather, Lauri, was the cellist in Kreisler's own 1935 recording of the quartet.
Sonics are quite good, but this program is really distinguished by Kennedy's astonishing ability to communicate his vision of Kreisler. He strips years of stylistic shellac off these chestnuts and provides new insights into what made them worth transcribing in the first place.
REVIEWS:
BBC Music (6/98, p.54) - Performance: 4 (out of 5), Sound: 3 (out of 5) - "...Kennedy confounds expectations by giving an excellent performance of these often fiendishly difficult works....This...is a thoroughly enjoyable disc, confirming Kennedy as a musician who deserves to be taken seriously." Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Nigel Kennedy (Violin), John Lenehan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Venue:  Live  Real World 
Length: 6 Minutes 9 Secs. 
2. Spanish Dance by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano), Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Venue:  Live  Real World 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Fritz Kreisler 
3. Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano), Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Venue:  Live  Real World 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4. Tambourin chinois, Op. 3 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano), Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Venue:  Live  Real World 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
5. Pieces (2) for Piano, Op. 47: no 1, Lotus land by Cyril Scott
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano), Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; England 
Venue:  Live  Real World 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Fritz Kreisler 
6. Danzas (12) españolas for Piano, Op. 37: Dance in E minor by Enrique Granados
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano), Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Spain 
Venue:  Live  Real World 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Fritz Kreisler 
7. Danny Boy "Londonderry Air" by Traditional
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano), Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Written: Ireland 
Venue:  Live  Real World 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Fritz Kreisler 
8. Quartet for Strings in A minor by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Bill Hawkes (Viola), Caroline Dale (Cello), Rosemary Furniss (Violin),
Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; Austria 
Venue:  Real World 
Length: 29 Minutes 59 Secs. 
9. Midnight Bells [after Heuberger] by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Katharine Gowers (Violin), John Lenehan (Piano), Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Venue:  Live  Real World 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
10. Hymn to the Sun by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano), Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Austria 
Venue:  Live  Real World 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 

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