A Fritz Kreisler recording can always be recognized by the violinist's beefy, baritonal sonority, inimitable portamento, and communicative warmth. Most of the repertoire here consists of the short, encore pieces that prevailed in the era of 78rpm records, many penned or arranged by Kreisler, who was always on the lookout for memorable tunes.
Along with his friend Caruso, Fritz Kreisler (1875–1962) was one of the superstars of the early gramophone era. He was “the master musician among the violinists of the day” (New York Times); he died 50 years ago (29 January 1962). As a composer, he is famous for his Viennese-style melodies, such as Liebesfreud and Liebesleid, for his notorious pieces “in the style of” various 18th-century masters (which he passed off as their original works, claiming to have rediscovered them in old manuscripts), and for his arrangements of well-known works by other composers.
Recording of a missing internationally renowned French violinist Christian Ferras (Le Touquet, 1933-1982) with an album, the last recording he made for Deutsche Grammophon label in December 1968, published in 1969 and reissued on CD in 1988, six years after his death. He is accompanied by pianist Jean-Claude Ambrosini. From Ferras said he was a passionate and instinctive artist who never investigated especially how he had to touch the works he played, but preferred to do itas he felt, trusting his instinct and his own personal taste. The repertoire of this album is sufficiently representative of his style and includes a series of 17 themes to enjoy the romance of classical violin.
Universal Music France pays homage to one of the greatest French violinists of the 20th century with an outstanding 10-CD box set (at budget price). This is, in fact, the first large-scale anthology devoted to the violinist. For the first time, this set takes his complete recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, including the Bach Concertos with Karajan and Serge Nigg’s Concerto, previously unreleased on CD.
Kathryn Stott is a British classical pianist who performs as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Her specialities include the English and French classical repertoire, contemporary classical music and the tango. She teaches at the Royal Academy of Music and Chetham's School of Music, and has organised several music festivals and concert series.
Kathryn Stott: The Complete Solo Recordings presents the celebrated British pianist’s entire solo recording output on Conifer Records, newly remastered and collected together in this 9 CD box set. Features works by Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Debussy, and more.
Seit der Gründung im Jahr 1981 ist es der Wunsch des Ensembles, dem Publikum mit kontrastreichen Programmen die vielfältigen Ausdrucksmöglichkeiten der Bläserbesetzung näherzubringen.
Mit brillanten Arrangements Strauß'scher Kompositionen knüpft "Art of Brass" an die im 19. Jahrhundert übliche Praxis an, bekannte Kompositionen für die damals sehr beliebten Freiluftkonzerte mit Militärmusiken zu bearbeiten. Die Werke von Johann Strauß Sohn und seiner Zeit, sowie die Weiterentwicklung der wienerischen Musik bis hin zu Fritz Kreisler werden hier in unprätentiösen, kammermusikalischen Bearbeitungen realisiert, die auf bodenständigen Traditionen beruhen.
Phillips' Great Pianists of the 20th Century issue has gotten a lot of publicity in the ten or so years since it has been released. In a musical niche suffering from falling revenues, it was a decent seller. But it left many connoisseurs disappointed, as the quality was limited to the fancy packaging.