Viennese Rhapsody


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Viennese Rhapsody


Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - April 2001



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1st Nov 2000




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Viennese Rhapsody

Music for violin and piano written or transcribed by Fritz Kreisler


Tango (No. 2 from Espana, Op. 165)


Slavonic Fantasy (Carl Flesch gewidmet)


Danse Espagnole No. 1 (from La Vida Breve)


Spanish Dance


Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta

Tambourin Chinois, Op. 3

Zigeuner-Capriccio (Gipsy caprice)

La Gitana

Polichinelle, serenade

Aucassin and Nicolette (canzonetta medievale)

Berceuse Romantique, Op. 9

Slavonic Dances

(transcription of Slavonic Dances by Dvorak)



Caprice Viennois, Op. 2

Scott, C:

Lotus Land, Op. 47 No. 1 (W183)


Caprice in E flat major (Alla Saltarella)

Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Peter Nagy (piano)



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Fritz Kreisler: Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta

Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta

Fritz Kreisler: Tambourin chinois, Op. 3 (u)

Tambourin Chinois, Op. 3

Fritz Kreisler: Lotus Land

Lotus Land

Fritz Kreisler: Gipsy Caprice

Gipsy Caprice

Fritz Kreisler: La vida breve (arr. F. Kreisler)

La vida breve, Act II: Danse espagnole

Fritz Kreisler: Spanish Dance

Spanish Dance

Fritz Kreisler: Espana, Op. 165

Tango, Op. 165, No. 2

Fritz Kreisler: La Gitana

La Gitana

Fritz Kreisler: Caprice in E flat major

Caprice in E flat major

Fritz Kreisler: Polchinelle (Serende)

Polchinelle (Serende)

Fritz Kreisler: Aucassin und Nicolette (Canzonetta medievale)

Aucassin und Nicolette (Canzonetta medievale)

Fritz Kreisler: Berceuse Romantique, Op. 9

Berceuse Romantique, Op. 9

Fritz Kreisler: 16 Slavonic Dances, Op. 46

Slavonic Dance in E minor, Op. 46, No. 2, B. 170

Slavonic Dance No. 16, Op. 72, No. 8 (arr. for violin and piano)

Fritz Kreisler: Slavonic Fantasy

Slavonic Fantasy

Fritz Kreisler: Liebesleid


Fritz Kreisler: Liebesfreud


Fritz Kreisler: Caprice viennois, Op. 2 (u)

Caprice Viennois, Op. 2

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“Leonidas Kavakos's Kreisler is authentic in the best meaning of that term, namely a keen approximation both of the music's spirit and of the composer's inimitable playing style. Few Kreisler recitals have recalled, in so much minute detail, the warmth, elegance and gentlemanly musical manners of the master himself. It was an inspired idea to open the programme with that nostalgic evocation of Old Vienna, the eight-minute VienneseRhapsodic Fantasietta, a Korngold sound-alike that can't waltz without smiling wistfully or even shedding the odd tear. Kavakos has mastered that lilting 3/4 to a T. His tone is uncannily familiar – cooler and less vibrant perhaps than Kreisler's own during the earlier part of his recording career but with a similarly consistent (though never overbearing) vibrato. But don't imagine that these performances are mere imitations: an individual personality does come through, it's just that a Kreislerian accent has become part of the mix – at least for the purposes of this recital. The programme has been very well chosen, ending with what are surely Kreisler's three most famous miniatures – Liebesleid, Liebesfreud and Caprice viennois. The Slavonic Fantasie after Dvorák is among the most interesting, incorporating as it does the first of the four RomanticPieces. Cyril Scott's Lotus Land is haunting and exotic, while Kreisler's own Zigeuner-capriccio provides a fine example of Kavakos's slightly melancholy puckishness. Péter Nagy's stylish accompaniments add yet more flavour to the menu.”

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