This World Premiere recording of chamber music was written by three legendary violinists, yet the works all transcend mere virtuoso showmanship. Fritz Kreisler and his friend Efrem Zimbalist, were both ranked among the greatest violinists of their time, becoming household names in America in the 1920's. Their generation, however, regarded Eugène Ysaÿe as 'the master of us all.' Kreisler's Quartet is filled with emotion and unpredictable harmonic shifts, while the tender, sometimes hauntingly beautiful melodies in Zimbalist's Quartet hark back to the composer's Russian origins. Ysaÿe's Harmonies du soir emerges as a sensual chromatic journey towards a glorious musical sunrise. For a limited time, take 20% off this new release, and the four companion titles.
KREISLER, F.: String Quartet / ZIMBALIST, E.: String Quartet / YSAYE, E.: Harmonies du soir (Fine Arts Quartet, Philharmonic Orchestra of Europe)
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