Fritz Kreisler;  William Primrose, Laurie Kennedy, Thomas Petre, Michael Raucheisen  (Biddulph LAB 123)
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Fritz Kreisler;  William Primrose, Laurie Kennedy, Thomas Petre, Michael Raucheisen  (Biddulph LAB 123)
S0108. FRITZ KREISLER, w. William Primrose, Laurie Kennedy, Thomas Petre & Michael Raucheisen: Scherzo; Quartet in a (Played by the Composer), both recorded 1935; FRITZ KREISLER, w.Raucheisen (Pf): Gluck, Weber, Schubert, Brandl, Ravel, de Falla, Glazounov, Heuberger & Kreisler, all recorded 1930, incl. four Unpublished titles. (England) Biddulph LAB 123. Transfers by Ward Marston. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 744718012329


“On 9 May 1921, five days after Kreisler made his triumphant return to the British stage after being ostracized as an Austrian enemy during the First World War, the Quartet was given its world premiere in London. The audience at this performance by the London String Quartet included Edward Elgar, Henry Wood, Albert Sammons, Frederick Lamond, and Benno Moiseiwitsch.

Kreisler regarded his String Quartet highly, and described it as ‘my avowal of Vienna’. Fourteen years later he chose to record it playing first violin. Two of the people selected to join him on this historic recording were members of the London String Quartet: second violinist Thomas Petre and the brilliant William Primrose on viola. The Australian cellist Lauri Kennedy had just been appointed principal of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and was also brought in especially for the recording.”

- Wayne Kiley

"Fritz Kreisler, one of the reigning violinists of his era, was also a highly successful composer of works for violin. Some of his compositions showcase the charm and seductive sentiment of his beloved turn-of-the-century Vienna while others venture back in time to pay homage to past eras. Kreisler’s music continues to be performed today, a tribute to his exceptional gifts as a composer, but almost all of it is modest in scope and length, and therefore most often relegated to the lighter end of a program or played as an encore. Kreisler’s String Quartet, his only one in that medium, is a full-length, four-movement work that strives for substance and seriousness beyond the lilting beauty of his slighter offerings. I’ve performed Kreisler’s String Quartet often both before and after our Guarneri reading session. As one of four students, I first studied the work with renowned violinist Josef Gingold, who worshipped Kreisler as a violinist, composer, and human being. One day, after we had studied quartet repertoire by such giants as Mozart, Beethoven, and Ravel with Gingold, he brought the Kreisler to us as you would offer a rare wildflower to be handled with care and reverence."

- Arnold Steinhardt, 2 Feb., 2013