Fritz Kreisler


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: Liebesfreud, Liebesleid
Release Date: 02/28/2012   Label: Capriccio Records  
Catalog: 5120   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    The Last Rose Of Summer
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 96 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst,  Fritz Kreisler,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Benjamin Baker,  Robert Thompson
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    Decca Sound - Mono Years 1944-1956
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002280602 Release Date: 04/07/2015   Number of Discs: 53
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Maurice Ravel,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus,  Clifford Curzon,  Alfredo Campoli,  Henry Datyner  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Roger Desormičre,  Karl Münchinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Paris Conservatoire Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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    Caprice Viennois / Luka Kusztrich
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5215 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Johannes Brahms,  Maurice Ravel,  George Enescu
    Performer:  Dora Deliyska,  Luka Kusztrich
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    Chants Nostalgiques / Luiza Borac
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2316 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Godowsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Fritz Kreisler,  Constantin Silvestri  ... 
    Performer:  Luiza Borac,  Ion Buzea
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    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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    Vadym Kholodenko Plays Rachmaninoff, Medtner
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3467 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Medtner,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Fritz Kreisler
    Performer:  Vadym Kholodenko
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    Mit Der Flote Durch 5 Jahrhunderte
    Label: Bella Musica   Catalog: 312448 Release Date: 03/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Jules Massenet,  Frédéric Chopin,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Junko Ukigaya,  Miyuki Motoi
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    Violin Encores
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001742802 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  John T. Williams,  Fritz Kreisler,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy,  Janine Jansen,  Clifford Benson,  Shlomo Mintz  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Barry Wordsworth,  Charles Dutoit,  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roby Lakatos Ensemble
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    Widmung / Sergei Nakariakov
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 2564659589 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Fritz Kreisler,  Jean-Baptiste ". Arban,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Sergei Nakariakov,  Maria Meerovitch
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    The Art Of Luigi Alberto Bianchi
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 690 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Bazzini,  Niccolň Paganini,  Fritz Kreisler,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
    Performer:  Luigi A. Bianchi,  Aldo Arvieto,  Maruizio Preda,  Bruno Canino  ... 
    Conductor:  Jacques Delacôte
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    Raluca Stirbat Plays Enescu, Silvestri, Constantinescu, Rachmaninoff/Kreisler
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 98905 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Constantin Silvestri,  Paul Constantinescu,  Fritz Kreisler,  George Enescu
    Performer:  Raluca Stirbat
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    50 Best Violin
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 48494 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Luigi Boccherini,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Leon Pommers,  Nathan Milstein,  Gidon Kremer  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lysy,  Herbert von Karajan,  Efrem Kurtz,  Pierre Dervaux  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    Selections - The Best Of James Ehnes
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29768 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Fritz Kreisler,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  James Ehnes,  Eduard Laurel,  Luc Beauséjour
    Conductor:  Yoav Talmi
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    Salon De Vienne
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 98903 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Albertus Irnberger,  Jörg Demus
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    The Infinite Trumpet
    Label: Kinnell House Records   Catalog: 88200028 Release Date: 08/05/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Fritz Kreisler,  Riccardo Drigo  ... 
    Performer:  Malcolm McNab
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    Recording Pioneers (1898-1924)
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459000 Release Date: 07/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emile Berliner,  Charles Gounod,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Mapelli  ... 
    Performer:  Emile Berliner,  Alessandro Moreschi,  Francesco Tamagno,  Nellie Melba  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter,  Arthur Nikisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Band of Coldstream Guards,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Municipal Military Band
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    The Wandering Bassoon
    Label: Meridian Records   Catalog: 84582 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Guy Woolfenden,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Fritz Kreisler,  Gustav Schreck  ... 
    Performer:  Catherine Milledge,  Meyrick Alexander
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    Label: Dorothy Young Riess   Catalog: 5637588700 Release Date: 12/22/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Charles Gounod,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Dorothy Young Riess
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    Piano Duo 1
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38463 Release Date: 01/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Kolodochka,  Ekaterina Kolodochka
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    Legendary Treasures - Julian Olevsky Vol 4 / Rose, Et Al
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7863 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Ottokar Novácek,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Olevsky,  Wolfgang Rosé,  Estela Kersenbaum,  A. Rodriguez de Mendoza
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Fritz Kreisler

Kreisler: Violin Concerto in C major "In the style of Vivaldi" - 1. Allegro moderato e maestoso
Kreisler: Violin Concerto in C major "In the style of Vivaldi" - 2. Andante doloroso
Kreisler: Violin Concerto in C major "In the style of Vivaldi" - 3. Allegro assai
String Quartet in A minor: Fantasia (Moderato)
String Quartet in A minor: Scherzo (Allegro vivo, con spirito - Molto moderato - Tempo 1)
String Quartet in A minor: Einleitung und Romanze (Allegretto - Andante con moto)
String Quartet in A minor: Finale (Allegro molto moderato - Molto moderato - Andante con moto)