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Label: Analekta

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Concertos

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  • Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): 21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1:
  • 1No. 1 in G Minor (arr. J. Joachim for violin and piano)03:12
  • 2No. 17 in F-Sharp Minor (arr. F. Kreisler for violin and piano)03:55
  • Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962):
  • 3Liebesfreud03:32
  • 4Liebesleid03:41
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787): Orfeo ed Euridice, Act II:
  • 5Dance of the Blessed Spirits, "Melodie" (arr. F. Kreisler for violin and piano)03:05
  • Béla Bartók (1881-1945): Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56, BB 68 (Arr. Z. Székely for Violin & Piano):
  • 6No. 1. Jocul cu bata (Stick Dance)01:24
  • 7No. 2. Braul (Sash Dance)00:28
  • 8No. 3. Pe loc (In One Place)01:19
  • 9No. 4. Buciumeana (Horn Dance)01:25
  • 10No. 5. Poarga Romaneasca (Romanian Polka)00:32
  • 11No. 6. Maruntel (Fast Dance)00:54
  • Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951): 2 Fairy Tales, Op. 20:
  • 12No. 1. Allegro con espressione (arr. J. Heifetz for violin and piano)02:55
  • George Gershwin (1898-1937): 3 Preludes (Arr. J. Heifetz for Violin & Piano):
  • 13No. 1 in B-Flat Major: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso01:41
  • 14No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor: Andante con moto e poco rubato03:35
  • 15No. 3 in E-Flat Minor: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso01:13
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943): 14 Songs, Op. 34:
  • 16No. 14. Vocalise in E Minor (arr. M. Press for violin and piano)04:43
  • Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Suite bergamasque (arr. A. Roelens for violin and piano):
  • 17III. Clair de lune (arr. A. Roelens for violin and piano)05:05
  • 18La plus que lente (arr. L. Roques for violin and piano)04:27
  • Richard Wagner (1813-1883):
  • 19Albumblatt in E Major (arr. A. Wilhelmj for violin and piano)04:26
  • Joseph Achron (1886-1943):
  • 20Hebrew Melody, Op. 33 (version for violin and piano)05:27
  • Total Runtime56:59

Info for BIS

For their first album, some artists might feature repertoire they performed to win an international competition; others might select rarely heard works. But Kerson Leong chose still another route: a series of encores treasured by violinists of both years past and today. “I find that sometimes you can say a lot with very little. I thought that encores, which anyone can relate to, could be the ideal way to introduce myself,” he states in an interview.

Kerson Leong carefully handpicked the works. “I looked at Heifetz’ and Kreisler’s transcriptions and wanted also to introduce some pieces that people may not have heard as much”. For example, the haunting Hebrew Melody by Arnold Schoenberg’s friend Joseph Yulyevich Achron, a favourite of Jascha Heifetz, or Medtner’s Fairy Tale, a piece his accomplice Philip Chiu knows well in its original version for piano. “I wanted to balance flavours, to juxtapose lesser-known pieces with some that people would instantly recognize and could relate to”.

Kerson Leong gained international recognition in 2010 at the age of 13 when he won the Junior First Prize at the Menuhin Competition in Oslo. He won the Young Soloist Prize 2015 of the Radios francophones publiques. He is also the Grand Prize winner of the Stepping Stone 2014 and a five time Grand Prize winner (2005-2009) at the Canadian Music Competition. In 2013, he won the National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary Competition, as well as First Prize at the OSM Standard Life Competition.

"An interview with Kerson Leong reveals that his aim for his debut album is ‘to balance flavours, to juxtapose lesser-known pieces with some that people would instantly recognise and could relate’. In its modest ambition, the disc succeeds admirably" (Gramophone Magazine)

Kerson Leong, violin
Philip Chiu, piano

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Booklet for BIS

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