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Godowsky: 12 Impressions / Gottfried Schneider, Cord Garben
Godowsky: 12 Impressions / Gottfried Schneider, Cord Garben
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Title: Godowsky: 12 Impressions / Gottfried Schneider, Cord Garben
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UPC: 750582121029

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Viennese nostalgia and melancholy
05/23/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"These lovely pieces in this CD are transcription of Leopold Godowsky's piano music. They were dedicated to his friends Fritz and Harriet Kreisler. These pieces are Godowsky's remembrance of the Old Vienna. The violin writing shares some similarities with Fritz Kreisler's more demanding short pieces such as "Caprice Viennois", and piano writing is equally complex and dense (very typical Godowsky). They may not be profound music, but they surely do not deserve their current neglect. Their mood varies from light and humorous to painfully nostalgic. Being a fan of Kreisler's music, I really enjoyed these pieces. Gottfried Schneider and Cord Garben gives overall fine performances. Schneider's tone is a bit on a lean side, but has certain sweetness that recalls the tone of late Henryk Szeryng. He is outclassed by Fritz Kreisler and Jascha Heifetz in the "Wienerisch." But who wouldn't! These pieces are treat for someone who loves late-19th century Viennse music."