VÖ: NOVEMBER 04, 2011
UNIVERSAL MUSIC - DECCA
He moves between two musical worlds... and it seems as if two hearts beat in his chest: David Garrett has celebrated his international breakthrough in the world of classical music. But that alone was not enough. He finally reinvented himself completely, conquered the rest of the world with his crossover albums and sparked storms of enthusiasm everywhere. After his terrific successes in the pop-rock world, David Garrett returns with the album "Legacy" back to his roots, which mark the foundation of his skills and also the beginning of his extraordinary journey. "Life is not about making things easy, but about doing something right", David Garrett explains his drive to make the variety of his projects elaborate and sophisticated, rather than simply repetitive. Committed to his great idols Nicolo Paganini, Fritz Kreisler and Isaac Stern, David Garrett has for "Legacy" together with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Ion Marin recorded the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827).
David Garrett is an artist who, completely in the tradition of violin virtuosos, tries to combine the old with the new without forgetting his own roots. Thus he has chosen to rearrange and record works by Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) alongside Beethoven's Violin Concerto.
Fritz Kreisler brought Beethoven's violin concerto, which had almost fallen into oblivion, back to the concert halls of the 20th century and provided it with wonderful cadenzas. So the combination of Beethoven and Kreisler is obvious. Fritz Kreisler was a violinist, composer and arranger. He drew from a rich fund and always introduced new works, such as those by Pugnani, Corelli or Tartini. Later he admitted that the works were his in the style of the respective composer. David Garrett has recorded together with Franck van der Heijden on the album "Legacy", six works by Fritz Kreisler for violin and orchestra as well as the 18th variation from Rachmaninoff's Paganini Variations rearranged for piano and orchestra. In the case of the latter, David's research revealed that the arrangement for violin and orchestra was also by Fritz Kreisler.
With the recordings of Beethoven's Violin Concerto David Garrett fulfills a lifelong dream and underlines after his three crossover albums "Virtuoso", "Encore" and "Rock Symphonies" that the journey to his musical roots is more than a return: it's the beginning of a new, impressive chapter in his success story, uniting two worlds in a way that few artists on this planet can match.