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Remy Franck
Pizzicato, December 2014

Henning Kraggerud’s Kreisler program is great and spirited fun, 100 minutes of pure unadulterated pleasure. © 2015 Pizzicato

David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2014

One of today’s outstanding virtuosos, Henning Kraggerud, relates, in words and music, the life story of one of the legendary violinist of yesteryear, Fritz Kreisler. It was a life plagued with untruths as Kreisler tried to fool the public by pretending he had made arrangements of masterpieces by great composers of the past, that only he had discovered. In reality they were all written by him. His original works were mostly lightweight salon pieces, here performed with a suave elegance on Kreisler’s ‘Bergonzi’ violin, Kraggerud’s intonation so spotlessly clean and perfectly articulated. Originally for violin and piano, the accompaniment here comes in new arrangements for a small string ensemble. We have the standard repertoire pieces—Liebeslied, Tempo di menuetto and Schön Rosmarin, to name but a few—but there are also some rarities, including Episode and Syncopation, the first a particularly beautiful score in the style of Grieg. The young Oslo Camerata, directed from the violin, are perfectly balanced with Kraggerud; the video team making the most of the limited colours that are available in a brightly lit concert hall, and the sound is first rate. This is a ‘live’ recording made in Oslo at the ‘Old Lodge’; the language used is Norwegian, but you can key-in other language subtitles. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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