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Polichinelle

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1917; subtitled Sérénade

Jack Liebeck (violin), Katya Apekisheva (piano)
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Recording details: April 2013
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Produced by Rachel Smith
Engineered by Ben Connellan
Release date: April 2014
Total duration: 1 minutes 40 seconds

Cover artwork: The Violin Case (1923) by Marie Clementine Valadon (1865-1938)
Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris / Giraudon / Bridgeman Art Library, London
 
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Polichinelle  [1'40]

Reviews

'Jack Liebeck is a fine player—no doubt about that—with a firm tone and rock-solid technique. The 1785 ‘Ex-Wilhelmj’ Guadagnini he plays fills St George’s, Bristol, with commanding ease … he is best in Kreisler’s transcriptions (a touching Gluck Mélodie, thrilling bravura in Falla’s Danse espagnole and a forthright, confident account of the 'Devil's Trill' Sonata, which ends the disc in style)' (Gramophone)» More

'This cracking box of Fritz Kreisler fireworks marks the beginning of young violinist Jack Liebeck's partnership with Hyperion … these are so refreshingly bright and zestful they feel like new pieces. The instantly familiar Praeludium and Allegro, for example, is dismissed with exhilarating haste, as is Kreisler's immensely demanding transcription of Dvořák’s E minor Slavonic Dance. But perhaps the most impressive performance in the entire collection is the conquering of Kreisler's adaptation of Tartini's 'Devil's Trill' sonata, which surrenders completely to Liebeck and Katya Apekisheva's formidable technique' (The Observer)

'This estimable Kreisler compilation from the young British violinist Jack Liebeck heralds his new alliance with Hyperion, and one could hardly imagine a more propitious start to their relationship … these disarmingly affectionate and often brilliant accounts of these Kreisler favourites prove unusually satisfying … particularly superb are the transcriptions of Dvořák’s E minor Slavonic Dance, Op 72 No 2 and the ‘Danse espagnole’ from Falla’s La vida breve, both of which are hugely demanding for the violinist and played with élan and bravura here by Liebeck … this is unquestionably a Kreisler disc to which I’ll be returning often and always with pleasure, for these spirited and discerning readings have so much to commend them as to make even minor qualms seem churlish. Liebeck and Apekisheva are heard at their brilliant best in Kreisler’s own formidably taxing reworking of the G minor ‘Devil’s Trill’ Sonata by Tartini. There is indeed something of the Mephistophelean about this astounding account and Liebeck sounds stunning in Kreisler’s intimidating cadenza' (International Record Review)» More

'Quite superb accounts of the Recitative and Scherzo, and Kreisler’s arrangement of Tartini’s ‘Devil’s Trill’ Sonata … the engineers provide an ideal balance and pleasing sound to complete an outstanding release' (The Strad)
Polichinelle, quite fast for a serenade and almost scherzando in mood, was written in America in 1917, when Kreisler was not giving concerts and so had time on his hands. He also worked on his first operetta, Apple Blossoms, and his string quartet during this time.

from notes by Tully Potter © 2014

Polichinelle, très rapide pour une sérénade, a un climat presque scherzando. Kreisler la rédigea en Amérique, en 1917, alors qu’il ne donnait pas de concert et avait du temps pour lui. À la même époque, il travailla aussi à sa première opérette, Apple Blossoms, et à son quatuor à cordes.

extrait des notes rédigées par Tully Potter © 2014
Français: Hypérion

Polichinelle, für eine Serenade etwas schnell und der Stimmung nach fast scherzando, wurde 1917 in Amerika geschrieben, als Kreisler keine Konzerte gab und daher Zeit hatte. Er arbeitete damals auch an seiner ersten Operette Apple Blossoms (dt. Apfelblüten) und seinem Streichquartett.

aus dem Begleittext von Tully Potter © 2014
Deutsch: Christiane Frobenius

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