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Fritz Kreisler plays Short Pieces

by Franz Rupp (piano), Fritz Kreisler (violin)

About this title: It may sound strange to recommend recordings made in the 1930s for their audiophile qualities, and even stranger when some of them have been transferred from 78 rpm records marred by worse flaws than mere hiss. Yet these Fritz Kreisler sides from the late '30s show the virtue of great sound design, which is often more important than sheer engineering firepower. The reader learns little from the English liner notes, which are sandwiched in at the end and seemingly reproduce little of the more extensive Japanese text. But apparently this CD was reproduced from collector 78s, in both Japan and the U.S., containing little-known performances by violinist Kreisler and pianist Franz Rupp. Performance and sound work together admirably, with close-up, warm, intimate recording complementing a setting in which Kreisler worked closely with an accompanist rather than stepping alone into the spotlight. Sample the Liebesleid, track 15; Kreisler milked his composition for considerably more sentiment on other...

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