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The Violin Case (1923) by Marie Clementine Valadon (1865-1938)
Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris / Giraudon / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA68040
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: 4 minutes 58 seconds

'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)

Recitativo and Scherzo, Op 6
composer
published in 1911; for solo violin; dedicated À Eugène Ysaÿe, le maître et l'ami

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The Recitativo and Scherzo for solo violin, published in 1911 as Op 6, bears the dedication ‘À Eugène Ysaÿe, le maître et l’ami’. The Recitativo demands the parlando bowing that was a persuasive part of Kreisler’s armoury, while the Scherzo calls for considerable virtuosity. A dozen years later Ysaÿe returned the compliment by dedicating the fourth of his solo sonatas to Kreisler.

from notes by Tully Potter © 2014

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