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Fritz Kreisler

Biography

Born: 1875   Died: 1962   Country: Austria   Period: 20th Century
Violinist Fritz Kreisler was one of the most beloved and best known of early recording era musicians. His burnished tone and patrician phrasing were quintessentially Viennese, and the warmth of his playing won him devoted followers wherever he appeared. So great was his fame and the affection in which he was held that he survived a blaze of controversy when he revealed in 1935 that many of the short pieces he had performed as transcriptions of Read more such composers as Couperin, Vivaldi, and Pugnani were, in fact, his own work. While the critics fumed, the public expressed little concern and continued to pack his concert appearances.

Kreisler was the son of a famous surgeon, a good amateur musician who gave young Fritz his first violin lessons. Kreisler made his public debut at seven in a collection of short works. Shortly thereafter, he was permitted to enter the Vienna Conservatory despite a policy that no one younger than 14 be accepted. After three years of study with Joseph Hellmesberger, he was awarded a gold medal.

Kreisler was sent to Paris for further studies with Delibes and Massart. At the age of 12, he won the Premier Grand Prix de Rome gold medal competing against 40 other players, all of whom were at least 20 years of age.

In 1888, Kreisler sailed to the United States for a concert tour with pianist Moriz Rosenthal, earning many complimentary reviews. When he returned to Vienna, he applied to the Vienna Philharmonic for a position but was turned down. Feeling discouraged, he resolved to abandon music and chose to pursue a career in medicine. After several years, he rejected that course and began the study of painting. First in Paris, then in Rome, he worked toward mastering his technique, but soon this, too, became tiresome. He returned to Vienna and enlisted in the army.

A full year as a soldier was sufficient to cause yet more rethinking and Kreisler resigned his commission and returned to the study of violin. He spent eight weeks in country solitude readying himself for his return to the concert stage. His "second debut" in Berlin was successful, but widespread acclaim came during several American tours between 1901 and 1903. In the United States, he was hailed as one of the foremost violinists of his time and, soon after, Europe followed suit in recognizing his extraordinary artistry.

In 1910 in London, Kreisler gave the premiere performance of Elgar's Violin Concerto, a work dedicated to him.

While vacationing in Switzerland in 1914, Kreisler received the news that Austria was at war. Returning to his native country, he rejoined his former division, now stationed in Galicia. An attack by the Russians resulted in an injury and his discharge with high honors. Wishing to help his country, Kreisler embarked on a lengthy concert tour of America. The United States' entry into the war, however, put him in the awkward position of being an ex-Austrian officer aiding what was now an enemy nation. Negative reaction obliged him to withdraw from concertizing and retire to Maine to pass the remaining period of hostilities.

At his return to the New York concert stage in 1919, however, he was given a tumultuous reception. He took up residence in Berlin for ten years beginning in 1924. With the Anschluss in 1938, he moved to France, but returned to the United States before the Nazi invasion and lived his remaining years in America, where he gave his final public concert in 1947. He continued to perform on broadcasts until 1950. Read less
Kreisler, Zimbalist, Ysaye / Fine Arts Quartet
Release Date: 01/31/2012   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572559   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Preludes Op. 32, Kreisler Transcriptions / Biret
Release Date: 04/19/1993   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550466   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Caprice viennois, Op. 2

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  • 1.
    Complete Vengerov: Recordings 1991-2007 [19 CDs & 1 DVD]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 631514 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Itamar Golan,  Maxim Vengerov,  Alexander Markovich,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Kurt Masur,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Claudio Abbado  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    The Silver Album / Mutter, Orkis
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002054902 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Fritz Kreisler,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Lambert Orkis
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  • 3.
    Kreisler: Violin Music / Jack Liebeck
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68040 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler
    Performer:  Jack Liebeck,  Katya Apekisheva
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    Icon: The Early Years - Yehudi Menuhin
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 928129 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Marius Casadesus,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  George Enescu,  Hephzibah Menuhin,  Hubert Giesen  ... 
    Conductor:  George Enescu,  Pierre Monteux,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: The Lost Transcriptions, Vol. 4
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5208 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicholas Brodszky,  David Rose,  Lew Brown,  Frederic Bayco  ... 
    Performer:  Vincent Abato,  Stan Freeman,  Richard Hayman
    Conductor:  David Rose,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani,  Carl Chandler,  Harry Bluestone  ... 
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    The Art Of Erica Morini -  Westminster / American Decca Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 40044 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Erica Morini,  Leon Pommers,  Walter Trampler,  Felix Galimir  ... 
    Conductor:  Artur Rodzinski,  Nicholas Harsanyi,  Frederic Waldman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Princeton Chamber Orchestra,  Musica Aeterna
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    Caprice Viennois: Music By Fritz Kreisler / Lehtonen, Aarrevaara
    Label: Pilfink Records   Catalog: 112 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler
    Performer:  Jani Lehtonen,  Jani Aarrevaara
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    EMI Eminence - The Original Jacket Collection [50-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 393872 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  David Nolan,  Jonathan Small,  George Malcolm,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher,  Vernon Handley,  George Guest,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir  ... 
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    Steven Staryk: A Retrospective, Vol. 2 - Violin Gems
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3203 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Fritz Kreisler,  Henri Wieniawski,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Steven Staryk
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  • 10.
    Legacy - Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Kreisler / David Garrett
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001684102 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Fritz Kreisler,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  David Garrett
    Conductor:  Ion Marin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Legacy - Live In Baden-Baden / David Garrett
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001684809 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Fritz Kreisler,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Niccolò Paganini
    Performer:  David Garrett
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Lorenzo Coladonato
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Legacy - Live In Baden-Baden / David Garrett [blu-ray]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001685359 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Fritz Kreisler,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Niccolò Paganini
    Performer:  David Garrett
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Lorenzo Coladonato
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Kreisler: Liebesfreud, Liebesleid
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5120 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler
    Performer:  Béla Bánfalvi
    Conductor:  Karoly Botvai
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Strings
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    Petits Fours - Favourite Encores / Brodsky Quartet
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10708 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Manuel de Falla,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
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  • 15.
    A Tribute To Fritz Kreisler
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001637702 Release Date: 01/17/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Ruggiero Ricci,  Brooks Smith,  Fritz Kreisler,  Haddon Squire  ... 
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    Icon - Young Genius Of The Violin / Michael Rabin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6790602 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Niccolò Paganini,  Henri Wieniawski,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Rabin,  Leon Pommers
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic,  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Alceo Galliera  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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    Michael Rabin -  Studio Recordings 1954-1960
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1471 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Niccolò Paganini,  Alexander Glazunov,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Rabin,  Leon Pommers
    Conductor:  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Lovro von Matacic,  Alceo Galliera,  Felix Slatkin  ... 
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  • 18.
    Violin Showpieces / Tasmin Little
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 0859002 Release Date: 11/29/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Johannes Brahms,  Frederick Delius,  Manuel Ponce  ... 
    Performer:  Tasmin Little,  John Lenehan,  Piers Lane
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  • 19.
    The Art Of Luigi Alberto Bianchi
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 690 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Bazzini,  Niccolò Paganini,  Fritz Kreisler,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
    Performer:  Luigi A. Bianchi,  Aldo Arvieto,  Maruizio Preda,  Bruno Canino  ... 
    Conductor:  Jacques Delacôte
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    Waltzes By Johann Strauss Arranged By Schoenberg, Berg & Webern / The Philharmonics
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 20228 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Fritz Kreisler,  Tibor Kovac
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Philharmonics
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  • 21.
    Waltzes By Johann Strauss Arranged By Schoenberg, Berg & Webern / The Philharmonics [blu-ray]
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 10228 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Fritz Kreisler,  Tibor Kovac
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Philharmonics
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  • 22.
    The Very Best Of Kyung-wha Chung
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94780 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung,  Robert Wolinsky,  Peter Frankl,  Itamar Golan
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Simon Rattle,  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chung Trio
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  • 23.
    La Capricieuse / Neftel, Pipczynski
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 7168 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolò Paganini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Edvard Grieg,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Michaela Paetsch Neftel,  Wieslaw Pipczynski
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    Kaleidoscope / Amy Schwartz Moretti
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92126 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ottokar Novácek,  Jean Martinon  ... 
    Performer:  Amy Schwartz Moretti,  Elizabeth Pridgen,  Robert McDuffie
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  • 25.
    Caprice Viennois
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 98885 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Niccolò Paganini,  Eugène Ysaÿe,  Pablo de Sarasate
    Performer:  Daniel Auner,  Irina Auner
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