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Legacy: Beethoven Violin Concerto; works by Kreisler / David Garrett, Violin

Audio Samples

>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
>     Eighteenth Variation, for violin & piano (after Rachmaninov)
>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

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
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

With the worldwide campaign for 'Rock Symphonies' still in full swing, David Garrett prepares to release his brand new recording "Legacy' David's long-awaited recording of the Beethoven Violin Concerto, coupled with several very commercial arrangements by Kreisler. The album is a true representation of David's dual-career, successfully bridging his unique crossover repertoire with a classical recording career that began with his Deutsche Grammophon recordings from the age of 14.

He moves between two musical worlds ... and it seems as if two hearts beating in his chest: David Garrett in the world of classical music celebrated his international breakthrough. But that was not enough. He has finally re-invented, with its crossover albums conquered the rest of the world and sparked enthusiasm everywhere. After his spectacular success in the pop-rock world around David Garrett now with the new album "Legacy" to his roots, to mark the foundation of his skills and also the beginning of his extraordinary journey. "It's not what life is about, it is easy to make, but to do something right," said David Garrett's drive, the diversity of its projects more complex and challenging, rather than simply to repeat. His great role models Nicolo Paganini, Fritz Kreisler, Isaac Stern, and obliged, David Garrett for "legacy" with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Ion Marin and the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827) was added. David Garrett is an artist who tried quite in the tradition of the violin virtuoso, combining old with new, without forgetting their roots. So he has decided to arrange next to Beethoven's Violin Concerto, works by Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) and to re-record. Fritz Kreisler has suffered any almost forgotten Violin Concerto in the concert halls of the 20th Century, brought back and given wonderful cadences. It is natural to the combination of Beethoven and Kreisler. Fritz Kreisler was a violinist, composer and arranger. He scooped out a generous hand and provided over again with new works, such as of Pugnani, Corelli or Tartini. He later admitted that the works of him came in the style of the composer. David Garrett on his new album 'Legacy' six works by Fritz Kreisler for violin and orchestra, and the 18th Variation from Rachmaninoff's Paganini Variations arranged for piano and orchestra again. In the latter showed David's research shows that the arrangement for violin and orchestra is also by Fritz Kreisler. With the recording of the Violin Concerto by Beethoven meets David Garrett a lifelong dream and highlights after his three crossover albums "Virtuoso", "Encore" and "Rock Symphonies" that the journey is more to his musical roots as a return: it is the start a new chapter of his amazing success story that brings together two worlds as there are only a few successful artists on the planet.

David Garrett's new classical CD/DVD is the Beethoven Violin Concerto - a LEGACY to Beethoven (and Kreisler). This is an opportunity for fans of the 31-year-old German-born violinist, familiar with his rock-inspired concerts and CDs to discover his first love - classical music.

The DVD part is divided into two sections; first: Live In Baden-Baden, Filmed At Festspielhaus. Live in Baden-Baden shows Garrett performing with The National Philharmonic Of Russia, and being led at the baton by Vladimir Spivakov and Lorenzo Coladonato; a phenomenal performance. Second comes, Playing For My Life - a career defining documentary on the life and work of David Garrett following his meteoric rise to fame and the new recording of his Legacy album.

Legacy is a message from the man himself that he has never really been away. Throughout his rock-violin crossover years, playing pure classical violin has remained central to David Garrett's life and work.

Customer Review
To write or try to describe how music can move you deeply, it could need probably a complete chapter, so to speak. I have been following David's trajectory for several years. Be aware that David Garrett is not an improvised violinist, he is a great performer, a consolidated musician, a Virtuoso. It is amazing and wonderful how a young man, since his early 11 years old, was so mature with his performance, and has come to be into an astonishing violinist. The first time I heard one of his recordings I was so attracted and fascinated, the violin sound was so brilliant, deep and moving at the same time that I couldn't help but only to feel great joy. Since then I have bought every CD. And "Legacy" is by no mistake a precious gift for your ears. The recordings selection and interpretation are magnificent, not only by David's virtuosity as a Violinist but the Director Ion Marin and the Orchestra complete the circle. If you are David's big fan you would enjoy it as I have but if you only have heard David Garrett by reference, you won't be disappointed with this Legacy Master Piece.

Manila Bulletin
Garrett's performance of the concerto is perfect. The violinist has annotated his performance of three movements "Allegro Ma Non Troppa," "Larghetto" and "Rondo (Allegro)" in his album liner notes, showing his insight into classical music. Garrett's description of "Larghetto" as that which "possesses an almost religious beauty, it takes away your fear, and lifts you across every abyss, conveying an immense power and such an enormous confidence" is certainly more effective than our description of Beethoven's music as "beautiful," and "magnificent," no matter how many times we use it in a paragraph. Those exact words could very well be used to describe Garrett's performance and that of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and its conductor Ion Marin - because all of them are truly magnificent.

TalkClassicalWorld.com
He is a wonderful violinist with excellent technique and natural musicianship. He will always perform with artistry." As a young student, Garrett also earned extra cash by moonlighting as a busboy and model, landing him on the catwalk for Armani.

Express.co.uk
The great violinist Fritz Kreisler produced a series of solo works that were supposed to be new discoveries of compositions by Corelli and Tartini. In fact he had written them himself.

David Garrett brings great style to such works as Allegro and Praeludium in the style of Pugnani and the lyrical Liebesleid.

His performance of Beethoven's majestic Violin Concerto has verve and polish.

Inquirer Entertainment
Each movement of the concerto has a unique character - from the rhythmical first movement and its majestic buildup, followed by the pastoral beauty and almost religious quality of the second, to the lively, animated third movement.

Otago Daily Times
The German-born soloist migrated to spectacular success in the pop-rock world, but now crosses back to his classical roots. His program is the "legacy" from a predecessor, the famous Fritz Kreisler who brought Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D back into vogue in the early 20th century. In addition, Garrett plays six other pieces, his own arrangements of Kreisler's music, including Caprice Viennoise, Liebesleid, Tambourin Chinois and Rachmaninov's Variation 18 on a Theme of Paganini. Other pieces are based on themes by Carl Maria von Weber and Corelli. As one would expect this is a showy display by a virtuoso that displays much passion and skill.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Abbey Road Studios, London.

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
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 44 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1806

>Kreisler, Fritz : Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani
  • Performer: David Garrett (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ion Marin
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • 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
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Kreisler, Fritz : Caprice Viennois
  • Performer: David Garrett (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ion Marin
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Kreisler, Fritz : Variations on a Theme of Corelli, for violin & piano
  • Performer: David Garrett (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ion Marin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • 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
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Kreisler, Fritz : Tambourin Chinois
  • Performer: David Garrett (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ion Marin
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1905

>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesleid
  • Performer: David Garrett (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ion Marin
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: by 1910