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Campoli. Alfredo - Homage to Fritz Kreisler
(Decca LXT-5012 UK-56 VG+ 500:-)

Alfredo Campoli recorded for Decca for over forty years and his earliest Kreisler recordings date from 1931. To commemorate Fritz Kreisler’s 80th birthday in 1955 Decca turned to Campoli and his accompanist of a decade, the excellent Eric Gritton, to record an album of Kreisler favourites and bon bons. Campoli’s Kreislerian aesthetic is, in general, sweet toned, reflective, unassertive and affectionate. He prefers tempos bordering on the sedate, seldom over inflates the melodic line with faux-sentimentality and largely resists pouring rich tonal sauce where it’s unnecessary. He is fleet when occasion demands it, technically adroit, tonally attractive and frequently convincing stylistically.

Original UK pressing; the vinyl is graded VG+ - the sleeve is graded EX.