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Short Stories - A Collection of Short Romantic Violin Pieces: David Fruhwirth, Henri Sigfridsson

Short Stories - A Collection of Short Romantic Violin Pieces: David Fruhwirth, Henri Sigfridsson

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David Frühwirth, violin
Henri Sigfridsson, piano

Frühwirth’s fine playing … promotes a sense of identification between composer and performer, the kind of rapport that is essential … Henri Sigfridsson offers excellent support and the sound is both forward and clear.” – Gramophone

“This album gets its title from the first piece by Gershwin and all the pieces that follow are short but have a story to tell, from Rachmaninov to Chopin. The premiere recording of Vieuxtemps’ Bohémienne is particularly haunting” – Classic FM magazine (August 2004)

The title, taken from the opening Gershwin track, says it all. Each of the gems presented here by Austrian violinist David Frühwirth tells its own unique and captivating Short Story. David takes the listener on a musical journey through Western and Eastern Europe with an intriguing collection of miniatures, many by virtuoso violinists of the 19th and 20th centuries who applied their personal touch to the range and idiosyncrasies of their instrument to create these small but perfectly formed masterpieces. Works by relative unknowns such as Joseph Achron, Ovid Musin and Hans Sitt mingle with popular transcriptions by Kreisler, and arrangements of works by Glazunov, Ravel and Weill, including several world-premiere recordings.

David Frühwirth garnered international attention with his Gramophone Editor’s Choice Avie debut, Trails of Creativity (AV0009). On Short Stories, he applies the same ingenuity for seeking out unknown but deserving and striking repertoire.

1. Short Story (tr. Dushkin) (2:58)

JENÖ HUBAY (1858–1937)
2. Bolero, Op. 51, No.3 (2:23)

MAURICE RAVEL (1875–1937)
3. Pièce en forme de Habanera (3:10)

KURT WEILL (1900–1950)
4. Tango Habanera “Youkali” (tr. Garlej) (5:13)

5. Sarasateana Suite – Tango (4:10)

6. Valse, Op. 42, No. 3 (tr. Barinovoi) (4:26)

7. Fantasie Orientale (3:38)

JOSEPH ACHRON (1886–1943)
8. Liebeswidmung, Op. 51 (3:10)

OVIDE MUSIN (1854–1929)
9. Mazurka de Concert (4:41)

HANS SITT (1850–1922)
10. Bolero, Op. 95, No. 12 (3:32)

11. Mazurka in A Minor (tr. Kreisler) (3:31)

ISAAC ALBÉNIZ (1860–1909)
12. Tango, Op. 165, No. 2 (tr. Kreisler) (2:33)

13. Danses Tziganes, Op. 6 (tr. Dushkin) (3:39)

14. Valse in A minor, Op. 34, No. 2 (tr. Sarasate) (6:11)

15–17. Trois Morceaux Op. 40 (16:28)

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