SOPHIE WYSS (Soprano)
THE SPENCER DYKE STRING QUARTET :
Spencer Dyke (Violin); Tate Gilder (Violin);
Bernard Shore (Viola); Cedric Sharpe (Violoncello)
As a composer, Fritz Kreisler is known chiefly for his masterly and very popular transcriptions for violin and piano from the works of other composers. All of these he plays himself, and no audience at his recitals would let him go without his treating his hearers to at least a dozen of them. Of original compositions he has not written a great number, and in the larger form, this quartet for example, he has composed only one. The construction of it is by no means conventional, but it is informed with a deep and personal feeling, and the string writing is, naturally, above criticism. It is, by the way, nearly thirty-two years since Kreisler first
- appeared before a London audience. In 1904 he was presented with the gold medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society, and ever since he has held the affection of the British public as has no other violinist of the present century.
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