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Around the world with Kreisler

Program

Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904) (arr. Fritz Kreisler)

Slavonic Fantasie.

Ede Poldini (1869-1957) (arr. Fritz Kreisler)

Poupée Valsante.

Nikolái Rimski-Kórsakov (1844-1908) (arr. Fritz Kreisler)

Chanson hindoue.

Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)

Tambourin Chinois Op. 3.
Caprice Viennois Op. 2.

Aleksandr Glazunov (1865-1936) (arr. Fritz Kreisler)

Sérénade espagnole.

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) (arr. Fritz Kreisler)

Mazurka Op. 67 No. 4.

Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)

Gipsy caprice.
Liebesfreud.
Liebesleid.
Schön Rosmarin.

Cyril Meir Scott (1879-1970) (arr. Fritz Kreisler)

Lotus Land.

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) (arr. Fritz Kreisler)

Preghiera (from 2nd mov. of concerto No. 2).

Olga Yakushina, violin. Elizaveta Yaroshinskaya, piano.

Musicstry Studios. TRT® sound (calibration 2.4a). Recorded: December 10, 11 2020. Released: June 1 2021. Photo: Charo Mangas. Liner notes: Olga Yakushina, Elizaveta Yaroshinskaya. Producer: Mario Martínez. PC21001 ℗ & © 2021 Play Classics.

Program notes

“For me, music is the perfect philosophy of life. What I can say in music is part of my deepest inner being, which I could never express in words. " F. Kreisler

In the world of music in the first third of the 20th century, you won't find a figure like Kreisler. Creator of a completely new and original style, he stood out above all for his tenderness and elegance, influencing all his contemporaries. His way of playing the violin was astonishing, this technique was imitated and studied, to the smallest detail. The best musicians of the moment prostrated themselves before him, recognizing his great talent and worth.

His sound made him a unique and special performer, we can say that his warmth and brilliance were reflected in all his concerts.

Already in the initial period of his career as a performer, the violinist resorted to transcription. At the age of 18, on his tour of Russia, Kreisler performed his own arrangement of Chopin’s Mazurka Op. 67 No. 4 in A minor. It can be said that Kreisler's composition was based on the method of stylization. His best works use the stylization of early music, such as the 19 miniatures of the cycle "Classical manuscripts", oriental exoticism - for example Tambourin chinois, Lotus Land, Gypsy Caprice or the recreation of typical features of the everyday Viennese waltz - the most Famous are "Liebesfreud", "Liebesleid", "Schön Rosmarin" and "Caprice Viennois".

In 1905 Kreisler composed a cycle of pieces for violin called "Classical Manuscripts". They were 19 miniatures written as an imitation of the classical works of the 18th century. As a curiosity, the composer concealed his authorship by publishing the works as transcriptions. At the same time, he published his stylizations of old Viennese waltzes - "Liebesfreud," Liebesleid and "Schön Rosmarin", which were subjected to devastating criticism. It was not until 1935 that Kreisler confessed the deception, leaving critics in shock. According to him, the idea came to him in connection with the desire to expand his repertoire. "It seemed embarrassing and tactless to me to constantly repeat my own name in the programs", - confessed the violinist.

One of the most important people in Kreisler's life was the great Russian pianist-composer Sergey Rachmaninov, with whom he shared a deep friendship. "Kreisler is considered the best violinist in the world." - said Rachmaninov. The fruits of this friendship were the joint recordings of Beethoven and Grieg sonatas, Rachmaninov's dedication to Kreisler of his "Rhapsodies on a Corelli Theme", Kreisler's transcription of the romance "Daisies" and of course the famous second movement. from Rachmaninov's second concerto (Preghiera) Thanks to this magnificent transcription, violinists around the world can incorporate this masterpiece into their repertoires.

Our album "Around the world with Kreisler" is like that old photo album full of dear memories that, when contemplating them, transports us, like each of the pieces of this work, to different corners of the world drawing colorful landscapes.

Olga Yakushina, Elizaveta Yaroshinskaya.

Olga Yakushina

Russian violinist Olga Yakushina is a versatile musician, equally interested in solo, chamber and orchestral performances.

Olga has won various awards in various international competitions.

She has developed as a soloist, as well as in chamber music concerts and as a member of orchestras in the best auditoriums in the world, including the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, the Philharmonic Saint Petersburg House of Music, the Auditorium of the Conservatory of Moscow, the Brucknerhaus Hall in Linz (Germany), the Mozarteum Concert Hall and the Wiener Saal, Großes Festspielhaus in Salzburg (Austria), Herkulessaal in Munich (Germany), the National Music Auditorium in Madrid, the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona and at the Wiener Musikverein in Vienna (Austria).

Olga has participated in a large number of concerts spread throughout the country. She has participated in performances in Latin America, in countries such as Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Colombia or Chile. She has also played in Asian countries such as Vietnam and Laos and in European countries such as Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, France, Spain, Italy and of course in several cities in Russia.

She received a scholarship from the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation and participated in the concerts developed by said foundation. Olga is currently a soloist at the Saint Petersburg House of Music and constantly gives concerts with different orchestras. Olga has attended master classes with professors P. Amoyal, B.

She has a varied repertoire, from music of the baroque period to contemporary pieces. In 2014, she received second prize at the Leopold Auer International Violin Competition held in Saint-Petersburg. In 2015, Olga obtained a first place in the Rodolfo Lipizer Prize, which was held in Italy. In 2017, she won the Mozart Prize at the R. Ricci Violin Competition held in Salzburg.

Olga was born in Pern, Russia in 1991, she began to play the violin at the age of 3, at the age of 6 she gave her first recital. At the age of 9, she appeared for the first time as a soloist with the symphony orchestra. During her studies, she also continued to work with different chamber orchestras.

At the age of 13 she was accepted into the Central School of Music attached to the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, Russia's best music school for highly talented young people.

At 17, Olga entered the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory. There she received violin lessons from Vladimir Ivanov, one of the best students of the eminent musician Yuri Yankelevich.

In 2014, Olga was accepted to study at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, as a violin student at Lavard Skou-Larsen.

Between 2014 and 2016, she studied a master in a double program at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg and at the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow.

At the age of 24 she obtained the Master of the Conservatory and at the age of 26 she graduated in Salzburg in the Master of Arts.

In 2017 she began working as concertmaster of the Santa Cecilia Classical Orchestra and Delica Chamber Orchestra in Madrid.

Elizaveta Yaroshinskaya

Born in Belgorod (Russia) in 1985.

Elizaveta studied at the Academic Musical College of Moscow (class of Prof. T.Alikhanov) and at the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory (class of Prof. K.Knorre).

She has won many International Competitions, including International Piano Competition in Saint Petersburg (Russia) and International Piano Competition in Palm Desert (USA).

For many years she has been working in Moscow Gnessin Music School and Moscow Central Music School in class of prof. Alexei Utkin (oboe). 

From 2010 she became a Soloist of Moscow Philharmonic Society (piano, clavecin), also becoming a member of State Academic Chamber orchestra of Russia (artistic director Alexei Utkin).

Elizaveta gave concerts in many countries and prestigious music halls, like Big Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Big Hall of Moscow International Performing Arts center, Music House of Saint Petersburg, Auditorio Nacional de España and others.

She has participated in International Music Festivals in Russia , Great Britain, USA, Norway, Lithuania and Spain.

She has collaborated with many prestigious orchestras, like the Philharmonic Orchestra of Saint Petersburg (artistic director Yuri Temirkanov), New Russia Symphony orchestra (artistic director Yuri Bashmet), Leon Youth Symphony orchestra, Munich Chamber orchestra, ensemble of soloists “Hermitage” and many others.

From 2015 on, Elizaveta is living in Madrid and is a professor of Centro Superior Katarina Gurska.

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