Bel Canto Violin - Volume 3

Alfredo Campoli

CD  |  Classical  |  12 Jan 2018

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Alfredo Campoli Bel Canto Violin - Volume 3 CD




One of the most significant violinists in gramophone history, Alfredo Campoli enjoyed tremendous success in the 1930s as a purveyor of light music, both in concerts with his own salon orchestra and on Decca. A series of six 2CD reissues from Eloquence focuses on the violinist’s postwar reinvention of himself as ‘Campoli’, the classical soloist.

Nonetheless, Campoli retained a popular touch, and an innate feeling for light-hearted music, which lends both grace and distinction to this anthology of encores, miniatures and trifles. The second disc reproduces an album conceived and released by Decca in February 1955 as an 80th-anniversary tribute from Campoli to the man who was in many ways his artistic forefather, Fritz Kreisler. Both violinists were equally at home in the café as the concert hall; both could charm the birds from the trees with the brilliance of their technique but also the natural, beguiling warmth of their expression which seemed to reflect a special generosity of spirit. It is no coincidence that Campoli became so sympathetic interpreter of the Violin Concerto which Elgar had dedicated to Kreisler.

The Kreisler album is complemented here by a first international CD release on Decca for three 10” LPs. Three Paganini showpieces and three Dohnányi works arranged by Kreisler were recorded in April 1953 and released in the autumn; in December of that year, Campoli went on to make an acclaimed debut at Carnegie Hall. Two medium-play discs of encores were then recorded in December 1954 and January 1956, both with the violinist’s principal accompanist, Eric Gritton.


Title: Bel Canto Violin - Volume 3

Format: CD

Release Date: 12 Jan 2018

Artist: Alfredo Campoli

Sku: 2362711

Catalogue No: 4825159

Category: Classical



1–3 DOHNÁNYI Three Pieces from ‘Ruralia Hungarica’

4 PAGANINI Caprice No. 13

5 PAGANINI Caprice No. 20

PAGANINI La Campanella, Op. 7

7 FIBICH Poème, Op. 41 No. 14

8 PONCE Estrellita

9 DRDLA Souvenir

10 FIOCCO Allegro


12 ALBÉNIZ Tango

13 HEUBERGER Midnight Bells

14 MENDELSSOHN Auf flügeln des Gesanges

15 DRIGO Valse bluette

16 ELGAR La Capricieuse

17 GARDNER From the Canebrake

18 ANONYMOUS Deep River (Negro Spiritual)

19 DEBUSSY Minstrels

20 FOSTER Old Folks at home