Con Sentimento : A Kreisler Celebration
Fritz Kreisler: driving straight to the heart of romanticism
In 'Con Sentimento', Australian violinist Thomas Jones celebrates the pure genius of Viennese composer Fritz Kreisler. These works reflect the breadth and diversity of Kreisler's outstanding ability and style as a composer, arranger, and virtuoso violinist.
A recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Award, Thomas Jones studied with Josef Gingold described as "the best living teacher of violin technique and repertoire in the world today." Gingold was a friend of Kreisler and a student of the great Belgian virtuoso Eugene Ysaÿe, who originated that blend of passionate fervour and lush sensuality that is the very essence of Romanticism. Kreisler inherited this style and infused it with his own inimitable elegance and charm. Under Gingold's guidance Jones has absorbed the legacy of this great romantic tradition.
Kreisler died in 1962 but his life was not without conflict. He was accused by renowned London Times critic Ernest Newman, of perpetuating a fraud on the musical public of the day. It had been assumed (with Kreisler's encouragement) that he had 'unearthed' baroque and classical fragments and based many of his compositions on them. Quite a controversy ensued over these "Classical Manuscripts" which were in fact Kreisler's own compositions.
As well as Kreisler's own compositions and arrangements, 'Con Sentimento' features the premier recording of a new work by gifted Australian-born violinist and composer Wilfred Lehmann. 'In A Night Waltz', written especially for Thomas Jones in 1995, the composer explores Kreisler's romantic style from a modern perspective. Other tracks include: Kreisler's 'Liebesleid (Love's Sorrow)', 'Liebesfreud (Love's Joy)', and superb arrangements of Corelli's La Folia, Gluck's 'Melodie', traditional folk songs, and works by Paganini and Dvorák.
Liebesleid (Love's Sorrow)
Allegretto in the style of Luigi Boccherini (Fritz Kreisler)
La Folia (Arcangelo Corelli, arr. Fritz Kreisler)
Midnight Bells (Anton Heuberger, arr. Fritz Kreisler)
Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Gaetano Pugnani (Fritz Kreisler)
Songs My Mother Taught Me (Antonín Dvorák, arr. Fritz Kreisler)
Caprice 13 (Nicolò Paganini, arr. Fritz Kreisler)
Caprice 20 (Nicolò Paganini, arr. Fritz Kreisler)
Melodie (Christoph Glück, arr. Fritz Kreisler)
Schön Rosmarin (Fritz Kreisler)
The Old Refrain (Viennese folksong, arr. Fritz Kreisler)
Liebesfreud (Love's Joy) (Fritz Kreisler)
A Night Waltz (A Homage to Kreisler) (Wilfred Lehmann)
Menuett in the style of Nicolò Porpora (Fritz Kreisler)
Variations on a Theme of Corelli in the style of Giuseppe Tartini (Fritz Kreisler)
Farewell to Cucullain ("Danny Boy") (Irish folksong, arr. by Fritz Kreisler)
Tempo di Minuetto in the style of Gaetano Pugnani (Fritz Kreisler)
Press Quotes“Throughout, Jones and his accompanist Rachel Valler team in perfect harmony and their individual contributions have been ideally balanced with the studio acoustic.”
— Louis Montague, The Sunday Age“... unashamedly romantic music ... Jones gives it the eagerness and sensuality it demands.”
— Herald Sun“Thomas Jones gives a distinguished Kreisler celebration. For something a little different yet relaxing, this disc is ideal.”
— Tony Way, The Age - Green Guide“Strong performances ... with a sure and confident technique”
— Mary Nemet, Mary Nemet
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