Fritz Kreisler was the greatest violinist of his generation. As a child prodigy, he read music before he was five years old and finished his studies at twelve. After his studies, which were carried out at great speed – first in Vienna, then in Paris – he travelled from theatre to theatre, from Berlin to Moscow, from Rome to London, unanimously admired and unanimously celebrated. Close to the most famous artists and intellectuals of his time, he is the superlative musician, the dedicatee of numerous creations. Contemplating his destiny on the threshold of our century, he looks like a Stefan Zweig character, a man of art and culture, spiritual and
melancholic, a consenting vehicle of a certain idea of Europe – a pure product of the Old World, aging on the New Continent, after 1933…
Kreisler also composed small pieces for relaxation and finger practice – to impress the gallery and seduce the audience at the salons. Throughout his life, Kreisler composed these pieces of virtuosity, elegance and fantasy. In other words, distillations of charm. Pastiches in the style of ancient composers (Praeludium and Allegro in the Style of Pugnani), tributes to great figures of the musical tradition (Rondino on a theme by Beethoven), variations on popular tunes (Londonderry Air, la Gitana) or simple manifestations of the spirit of the times (Liebesleid, Tambourin Chinois…), these works all shine with the delicious art of worldly conversation. Never boring, they seduce, amuse, impress, entertain and, in the end, move by their deep sincerity. It is in the intimacy of this immense violinist that Sergei Krylov invites us to join him. Welcome to the salon!
Sergei Krylov, violin, Beatrice Magnani, piano
Works from F. Kreisler.
Théâtre de Valère
rue du Vieux Collège 22