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Louis Krasner:
Twentieth Century Masterpieces for the Violin
20th Century Violin Masterpieces coverThis is an album of rare historical and musical value.

Louis Krasner was a rising young violin soloist when he commissioned Alban Berg to compose a concerto for him.  The Violin Concerto was completed in 1935, very shortly before Bergs death, and this live performance, dating from 1938, has a haunting, fragile beauty.

The Concerto by Arnold Schoenberg was premiered by Krasner in 1940 and was championed by him for many years afterwards. This powerful and romantic performance was recorded in concert in 1954.

Long out of print, now available for downloads on Amazon

(also on Apple Music, Rhapsody, eMusic and other digital sites)

Louis Krasner, violinStockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, West German Radio Orchestra of Cologne, orchestraFritz Busch, Dimitri Mitropoulos, conductor
Alban Berg: Violin Concerto 25:36
1. I. Andante - Allegretto 10:46
2. II. Allegro - Adagio 14:38
Arnold Schoenberg: Concerto for Violin, Opus 36 32:02
3. I. Poco allegro 12:30
4. II. Andante grazioso 8:13
5. III. Finale (Allegro) 11:06
Recorded on (#1-2) 20 April 1938 live by Swedish Radio and (#3-5) 16 July 1954 live by the Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne, Germany.
Producer: Gunther Schuller
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