S0078. FRITZ KREISLER: The Complete Recordings, Vol. VI (E.U.) Naxos 8.111400, recorded 1924-25. Transfers by Ward Marston. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 747313340026
“Volume 6 of this series completes Kreisler’s acoustic recordings for the Victor Talking Machine Company. The February 1925 sessions were the final months of acoustic recording techniques and, despite numerous ‘takes’, many of the sides were regrettably not passed for release. Fortunately an extremely rare test pressing of the Scherzando from Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole has survived (Track 19) as has an unpublished test pressing from 24 January 1924 of Take 2 of the Tchaikovsky Canzonetta (Track 1), which preserves Kreisler’s hauntingly ‘speaking’ tone and lovely trills. Kreisler turned 50 in February 1925, but with his sensitive tone and impeccably tuned double-stops he was playing better than ever.
Among the most distinguished violinists of his time, Fritz Kreisler was born in Vienna and became a student at the Conservatory at the age of seven, studying with the younger Joseph Hellmesberger and later, in Paris, with Massart. His subsequent international career, interrupted briefly by diversion into medical studies and army service, consolidated his position as a leading virtuoso. As a composer he provided himself with a series of brief encore pieces, well suited to the then requirements of the recording studio. These took the form of arrangements and transcriptions as well as a more controversial series of pieces attributed to composers of the past but in fact by Kreisler himself. These too have become a standard part of violin repertoire and it seems strange, in retrospect, that anyone should have thought them anything but effective pastiche.”