LiebesleidViolinists: Recordings and Performances: What is your favorite recording?
From Anne Horvath
What is your favorite recording?
Salvatore Accardo, with Laura Manzini
I also have various recordings of Kreisler himself, with Franz Rupp, from 1938.
My favorite is Kreisler. My runner-up would have to be Shumsky, especially for style. What recordings do you like? Thanks!
From tom utschSurprisingly the Stern recording with orchestra is the best I have ever heard. Kreisler second.
Posted on October 29, 2007 at 11:07 PM
By the way a number of years ago I hired a professional accompanist to play the piano parts to some of my favorite parlor violin pieces on my disklavier piano. Liebesleid is one of the recordings.
I created a quick and dirty web page where you can play or download the files. Even on a regular computer they sound pretty good. Enjoy!
From Manuel B. JiménezThere´s a recording from 'Liebeslied' that I remember with special pleasure: Arthur Grumiaux, with Istvan Hajdu at the piano.
Posted on October 30, 2007 at 01:41 AM
Of course, recording by Kreisler himself is too one of my favourite from this piece. Stern is too amazing. And I like Renardy´s playing from this wonderful piece.
From Eugene ChanEarl Wild. ;-)
Posted on October 30, 2007 at 04:17 AM
From Noel PinningtonThe Oistrakh one of 1937 is charming. It's on the BBC DVD and he has silent film type make-up on.
Posted on October 30, 2007 at 07:40 AM
From Sander MarcusJosef Gingold made a recording of Kreisler pieces that is better than any of them, including Kreisler.
Posted on October 30, 2007 at 01:22 PM
From Chris Meyersorry, nobody could touch kreisler playing kreisler
Posted on October 30, 2007 at 09:26 PM
From Sander MarcusIf you've heard the Gingold, you may give that conclusion a second thought.
Posted on October 31, 2007 at 01:47 PM
From Sung-Duk SongIvry Gitlis - he melts your heart away! Also another great recording/performance is with Gezza Housou Legocki (protege of Dora Schwarzberg, Gitlis and Kremer). He performs frequently with Martha Argerich.
Posted on October 31, 2007 at 01:58 PM
From Anne HorvathIt turns out I also have the Kyung-Wha Chung/Phillip Moll recording, tucked away on the cheesy "Masters of the Bow" CD. I think I will pick up the Grumiaux. I have yet to hear a CD by him that I didn't admire and enjoy. I wish more of Gingold's recordings were in print...
Posted on October 31, 2007 at 01:28 PM
Also, I agree with Chris' opinion that no violinist can touch Kreisler playing his own music. There are nice alternatives, of course, and everybody has their own opinion. For example, Kremer is about as different from Kreisler as you could get! I re-listened to his CD, and found myself appreciating it's lean, subtle approach. It has it's own merits. But ultimately, I prefer Himself!
I like to play and teach a lot of Kreisler's pieces, and I always have a hard time reconciling the Fritz DNA embedded in his music. My own imitations (and limitations!) just fall flat...
Thanks for all the suggestions, everybody!
P.S. Eugene, Earl Wild is just great!
From Emily GrossmanKreisler.
Posted on October 31, 2007 at 03:20 PM
From Kevin JangI agree with Sandy. While Kreisler's may be "authentic" there is something about Gingold's playing that is so suave and sophisticated....
Posted on October 31, 2007 at 05:11 PM
From Emily GrossmanIt's funny, though, the main reason I like the Kreisler recording is because of the scratchy record quality, which adds to the nostalgic feel. It takes me right back to my youth...
Posted on October 31, 2007 at 08:27 PM
From Yixi ZhangI agree with Emily completely.
Posted on October 31, 2007 at 09:22 PM
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