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Alfredo Campoli: The Bel Canto Violin - Vol.3

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Alfredo Campoli: The Bel Canto Violin - Vol.3
Alfredo Campoli: The Bel Canto Violin - Vol.3


One of the most significant violinists in gramophone history, Alfredo Campoli enjoyed tremendous success in the 1930s as a purveyor of light music, both in concerts with his own salon orchestra and on Decca. A series of six 2CD reissues from Eloquence focuses on the violinists postwar reinvention of himself as Campoli, the classical soloist. Nonetheless, Campoli retained a popular touch, and an innate feeling for light-hearted music, which lends both grace and distinction to this anthology of encores, miniatures and trifles. The second disc reproduces an album conceived and released by Decca in February 1955 as an 80th-anniversary tribute from Campoli to the man who was in many ways his artistic forefather, Fritz Kreisler. Both violinists were equally at home in the café as the concert hall; both could charm the birds from the trees with the brilliance of their technique but also the natural, beguiling warmth of their expression which seemed to reflect a special generosity of spirit. It is no coincidence that Campoli became so sympathetic interpreter of the Violin Concerto which Elgar had dedicated to Kreisler. The Kreisler album is complemented here by a first international CD release on Decca for three 10 LPs. Three Paganini showpieces and three Dohnányi works arranged by Kreisler were recorded in April 1953 and released in the autumn; in December of that year, Campoli went on to make an acclaimed debut at Carnegie Hall. Two medium-play discs of encores were then recorded in December 1954 and January 1956, both with the violinists principal accompanist, Eric Gritton. All the recordings in this series of Alfredo Campoli: The Bel Canto Violin have been given new remasterings from original Decca sources. Invaluable context on both artist and repertoire is provided by new booklet essays from Campolis biographer David Tunley. Mr Campolis playing of the Ruralia Hungarica and the Paganini is brilliant and sure, without the excesses that so often accompany display pieces. The violin tone is warm, with a very satisfying balance between piano and violin. High Fidelity, January-February 1954 Here is something wonderful and unique Campoli has excelled himself The result is a disc of rare beauty; one that should on no account be missed Gramophone, March 1955 (Kreisler) Campoli could play this music in his sleep He combines a knowledge of such pieces with a matured classical technique as does no other violinist I can think of, and [] he plays the music with sympathy and affection and immense skill. Eric Gritton accompanies with customary care, and the recording is very good indeed. Gramophone, November 1955 (Elgar, Drdla)


  1. Name
  2. DOHNANYI Three Pieces From Ruralia Hungarica
  3. PAGANINI Caprice No. 13
  4. PAGANINI Caprice No. 20
  5. PAGANINI La Campanella, Op. 7
  6. FIBICH Poème, Op. 41 No. 14
  7. PONCE Estrellita
  8. DRDLA Souvenir
  9. FIOCCO Allegro
  11. ALBENIZ Tango
  12. HEUBERGER Midnight Bells
  13. MENDELSSOHN Auf Flugeln Des Gesanges
  14. DRIGO Valse Bluette
  15. ELGAR La Capricieuse
  16. GARDNER From The Canebrake
  17. ANONYMOUS Deep River (Negro Spiritual)
  18. DEBUSSY Minstrels
  19. FOSTER Old Folks At Home
  20. KREISLER Praeludium And Allegro
  21. KREISLER Liebesleid
  22. KREISLER Liebesfreud
  23. KREISLER Polichinelle (Sérénade)
  24. KREISLER Schon Rosmarin
  25. KREISLER Caprice Viennois, Op. 2
  26. KREISLER Tambourin Chinois
  27. PADEREWSKI Menuet Celebre
  28. WIENIAWSKI Caprice In E Flat Major
  29. WIENIAWSKI Caprice In A Minor
  30. KREISLER Rondino On A Theme By Beethoven
  31. KREISLER La Chasse
  32. KREISLER La Gitana
  33. GRANADOS Spanish Dance, Op. 37 No. 5 Andaluza
  34. TARTINI Variations On A Theme Of Corelli
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