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Legacy: Beethoven & Kreisler

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61
>Kreisler, Fritz : Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani
>Kreisler, Fritz : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
>Kreisler, Fritz : Caprice Viennois
>Kreisler, Fritz : Variations on a Theme of Corelli, for violin & piano
>Kreisler, Fritz : Larghetto for violin & piano (transcription from Weber's Violin Sonata in F major, Op. 10/1)
>Kreisler, Fritz : Tambourin Chinois
>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesleid
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Notes & Reviews:

While violinist David Garrett is famous for bringing classical music to pop audiences, particularly through his crossover albums Encore, Classic Romance, and Rock Symphonies, he takes a traditional approach for his 2012 Decca release, Legacy. Playing Ludwig van Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major and various violin favorites by Fritz Kreisler with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Ion Marin, Garrett demonstrates his sincere attachment to classical music, which he claims as his first love. These are ardent performances, with great dollops of Romantic individualism, because Garrett styles his playing with lyrical phrasing and considerable rhythmic freedom, and delivers his solos with the abundant rubato violinists used half a century ago. To experienced classical listeners, Garrett will sound capable and serious in his intentions, but not especially insightful or penetrating, and is his playing is not beautiful; the lack of richness, polish, and sparkle in his tone and his generally coarse bowing suggest that more wood-shedding is required to bring his playing up to the highest standards. Still, the casual listener may find Garrett's playing adequate for getting to know the Beethoven work, and perhaps better than average for getting a taste of Kreisler's light encores. If Garrett doesn't quite ascend to Olympian heights in the Violin Concerto, he has lots of fun with such charming bonbons as the Caprice Viennois, Tambourin Chinois, and the Liebesleid, which have remained concert staples since Kreisler's heyday. If Garrett's strongest suit is his showmanship, there is plenty of flashy classical music that he can introduce to a wider audience. ~ Blair Sanderson



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61
  • Performer: David Garrett (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ion Marin
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1806

>Kreisler, Fritz : Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani
  • Performer: David Garrett (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ion Marin
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Kreisler, Fritz : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini :: Eighteenth Variation, for violin & piano (after Rachmaninov)
  • Performer: David Garrett (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ion Marin
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Kreisler, Fritz : Caprice Viennois
  • Performer: David Garrett (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ion Marin
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Kreisler, Fritz : Variations on a Theme of Corelli, for violin & piano
  • Performer: David Garrett (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ion Marin
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: by 1910

>Kreisler, Fritz : Larghetto for violin & piano (transcription from Weber's Violin Sonata in F major, Op. 10/1)
  • Performer: David Garrett (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ion Marin
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Kreisler, Fritz : Tambourin Chinois
  • Performer: David Garrett (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ion Marin
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1905

>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesleid
  • Performer: David Garrett (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ion Marin
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: by 1910