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Some violinists strike sparks; Arturo Delmoni gives off warmth. This is one of our most beloved recordings and great favorite with listeners of all backgrounds. It reaches out to people who may not know much about classical music, they just know that they want beauty in their lives. What distinguishes Songs My Mother Taught Me are the things that distinguish all Delmonis recordings: emotional resonance, a very inward looking, sensitive musical approach, simply gorgeous tone, and technique so good that it need not call attention to itself.
Track 1: Fritz Kreisler: Tempo di Menuetto in the Style of Pugnani
Track 2: Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 1
Track 3: Charles Robert Valdez: Gypsy Serenade
Track 4: Maria Theresia Von Paradis: Sicilienne
Track 5: Pablo De Sarasate: Romanza Andaluza
Track 6: Jules Massenet: Meditation From Thaïs
Track 7: Guiseppe Tartini: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, arranged by Fritz Kreisler
Track 8: Bedrich Smetana: From the Home Country
Track 9: Christoph Gluck: Mélodie from Orféo, arranged by Fritz Kreisler
Track 10: Henri Vieuxtemps: Romance "Désespoir"
Track 11: Gabriel Fauré: Après Un Rêve
Track 12: Alfredo dAmbrosio: Canzonetta
Track 13: Felix Mendelsohn: Song Without Words "A May Breeze" Arranged By Fritz Kreisler
Track 14: Fritz Kreisler: Sicilienne et Rigaudon in the Style of Francoeur
Track 15: Antonin Dvorak: Songs My Mother Taught Me, arranged by Fritz Kreisler
Finalist, Mumms Champagne - Ovation magazine Classical Music Awards
Tower Classical Pulse magazine "Desert Island CD"
There are also three violin encore discs worth considering. Kyung-Wha Chung exhibits her usual skill, but very little charm, in a disc that pretty much sticks to the usual encore repertory. Itzhak Perlmans all-Kreisler disc is more convincingly played, and includes some of his less-often-heard transcriptions. But the prize goes to Arturo Delmoni, whose warmly-played selections include, besides a well-chosen set of Kreisler arrangements, Smetanas From the Home Country, which, although lasting a bit under five minutes, is a minor masterpiece.
Paul Turok, Ovation
Some of these pieces can be found on recordings by Perlman, Zukerman, Gingold, and others, but no one plays them any more beautifully or convincingly. It is the sort of infectiously attractive disc that brings knowing listeners in from the next room to ask, "Who is that wonderful violinist?" He's Arturo Delmoni, and you should hear him! -
Alan Heatherington, American Record Guide