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Kreisler/Rupp: Kreisler, Dvorak, Falla, Rimsky-Korsakov - Electrola E 60 800 / WDLP 700 (10" LP)

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Electrola (LP)

Jacket EX / LP EX / German pressing

This beautiful and rare 10” LP from Electrola (E 60 800 / WDLP 700, German pressing, red label, mono, original inner sleeve included) entitled “Fritz Kreisler · II” features the legendary violinist in a captivating recital mixing original works of his own with transcriptions he made of other composer’s works, recorded with his longtime accompanist, piano Franz Rupp, at EMI Studio No. 3, Abbey Road, London, on 14/15 February 1938 – truly a gramophone classic.

Included are the following works of Kreisler:

Fritz Kreisler:

Caprice viennois

Liebeslied

Liebesfreud

Schön Rosmarin

La Gitana

Traditional (arr. Fritz Kreisler):

Londonderry Air

Antonin Dvorak (arr. Fritz Kreisler):

            Humoresque Op. 101 No. 7

Manuel de Falla (arr. Fritz Kreisler):

            Danza Española No. 1, from La vida breve

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (arr. Fritz Kreisler)

            Chanson Hindoue, from Sadko

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (arr. Fritz Kreisler)

            Hymn to the Sun, from Le Coq d’Or

Fritz Kreisler:

Rondino on a Theme by Beethoven

In reviewing an HMV Concert Classics LP re-issue (XLP 30009) of some of these recordings, the critic A.R. wrote in his review for the June 1962 issue of The Gramophone: “The cover of this disc is to bear, I believe. the title Memories of Kreisler, and the pieces here recorded will be appreciated most by those who heard the great violinist perform them in person. They were—though he might not have cared for the word—his 'lollipops' and in the far-off days we expected a batch of them as encores. I am sorry not to find Caprice Viennois and Tambourin Chinois in the collection and would gladly have bartered for them the Londonderry Air, in which the Air is played with excessive rubato to a very fussy piano accompaniment, and the inevitably ineffective fragment from Tchaikovsky's D major String Quartet.

“I was told recently of a young person who said, after listening to a Kreisler disc. "Playing like that wouldn't be tolerated today"! This listener heard nothing of the beautifully turned phrases, the charm, the sheer delight in making music, let alone the genius that shines through the playing: but only a tone he considered over-sweet, and a sentimentality he found cloying. If it was a brash verdict, it was an honest one and many of the young generation may share it: but not only those who heard Kreisler will want to have this disc and treasure on it, above all, his playing of his own little pieces. Among the arrangements I particularly enjoyed Poupee Valsante, enchantingly touched off, and Chanson Hindoue, and of his own pieces SchOn Rosmarin, Liebesleid and Liebesfreud. These have not staled with time: other fine violinists have played them very acceptably, but no one with such exquisite grace and ravishing tone as Kreisler.”

Incidentally, the lovely cover photo of Kreisler was taken by Ullstein, Berlin. There are liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket in German (by K. Sch.) and in English (by W.A. Chislett).

CONDITION:

The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.

The condition of the jacket is EXCELLENT. There is slight bumping/wear at corners, as well as a small bit of writing to the upper-right corner, but that is all. There are no bends, seamsplits, or other defects, and the jacket remains solid, bright, glossy, and extremely attractive – overall, an excellent collector's copy.

The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Although the surfaces are not perfectly silent, really this is a fine copy and playback is superb, close to NM. If you must have a flawless or NM copy, then please do not buy this LP. Overall, rates as an excellent collector's copy.

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