FELIX WEINGARTNER (1863-1942): Violin Concerto in G, Op. 52, FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828): Symphony in E, D 729 (arr. Weingartner).

Catalogue Number: 11L004

Label: CPO

Reference: 777 424

Format: CD

Price: $15.98

Description: The violin concerto of 1912 is a bright, sunny and cheerful work througout, positively suffused with the joy of life - half an hour of sheer delight. Kreisler was its dedicatee and enthusiatic proponent; the almost unreadably dense and nearly impenetrable notes (E. van den Hoogen again, of course) will tell you about how two Parisian booking agents managed to get Weingartner to "take his ball and go home", depriving us of what probably should be a repertoire item. The coupling is Weingartner's somewhat-known 1934 orchestration of what some today call Schubert's "Symphony No. 7" (as in Brian Newbold's completion); it's fun and possibly profitable to compare the two versions. Laurent Albrecht Breuninger (violin), Kaiserslautern Radio Orchestra; Alun Francis.

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