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Kreisler: Hommage a Fritz Kreisler'

Magazine article Gramophone

Kreisler: Hommage a Fritz Kreisler'

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Kreisler

Hommage a Fritz Kreisler' Balogh Dirge of the North (arr Kreisler) Dvorak Humoreske, Op 101 No 7. Indian Lament. Slavonic Dance No 2 (all arr Kreisler) Heuberger Der Opernball--Midnight Bells (arr Kreisler) Kreisler Allegretto (in the style of Boccherini). Caprice viennois. Op 2. Chanson Louis XIII et Pavane (in the style of Louis Couperin). La gitana. Gypsy Caprice. Liebesfreud. Liebesleid. Marche-miniature viennoise. Praeludium und Allegro (in the style of Pugnani). Recitativo und Scherzo-Caprice, Op 6. Rondino on a Theme of Beethoven. Schon Rosmarin. Syncopation. Tambourin chinois, Op 3. Toy Soldier's March Tchaikovsky Andante cantabile, Op 11 (arr Kreisler) Barnabas Kelemen vn Zoltan Kocsis pf Budapest Music Center (F) BMCCD250 (75' * DDD)

I thought during the first track, Tambourin chinois, that I was in for another efficient and charmless collection of Kreisler miniatures. Kelemen is placed well forward and slightly too separated from Kocsis for my taste; his tone, with its narrow vibrato and steely edge, is intense and insistent; the Chinese element of the piece is played in such a way you expect Aladdin and Widow Twanky to make an appearance at any moment. But in fact the disc contains, with a few other exceptions, some really superb versions of these delicious morceaux, some of which have received very few recordings. Among these is Kreisler's transcription of Dirge of the North by his friend Erno Balogh, the only other recording of which, so far as I know, is Kreisler's own 1924 version. …

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