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Beethovenfest

Beethoven and more podcast #14: Viennese charm

Israeli violinist Shlomo Mintz pays homage to the unforgettable Austrian violinist Fritz Kreisler at Bonn's Beethovenfest.

Israel's star violinist Shlomo Mintz

Israel's star violinist Shlomo Mintz

Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)

Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice, op. 6

Shlomo Mintz (violin)

MP3 recorded in the Beethoven Hall, Bonn, on October 4, 2010 by Deutsche Welle (DW)

Viennese violinist Fritz Kreisler wrote his "Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice" in 1911 for his friend and teacher Eugene Ysaye. Shlomo Mintz launches a firework of violin virtuosity, passion and emotion in this charming, colorful composition by the erstwhile "king of the violin."

Mintz was born in Moscow in 1957 and emigrated to Israel with his parents two years later. He debuted at age 11 with the Israel Philharmonica Orchestra under Zubin Metha. At age 16 came his first dazzling performance at New York's Carnegie Hall.

Mintz has conducted many notable orchestras. His recordings on the Deutsche Grammophon label have garnered prizes such as the Grand Prix du Disque and the Edison Award. Shlomo Mintz received an honorary doctorate from Israel's Ben Gurion University in 2006.

Author: Marita Berg (als)

Editor: Rick Fulker

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