Zino Vinnikov, Plays Fritz Kreisler

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Zino Vinnikov is, if anything, a student of violin history. Trained at the venerated St. Petersburg Conservatory by the (violin) descendents of Leopold Auer, Vinnikov carries on the institution's tradition here with a selection of Austrian violinist and composer Fritz Kreisler's pieces. Kreisler worked during the beginning of the 20th century and, as such, these pieces are extremely lyrical and—more importantly for classical newbies—digestible. “Liebesfreud,” for instance, is a tour de force, in which Vinnikov is forced to switch tempo, playing style and dynamics at a moment's notice. Those looking to hear a master at the top of his game need look no further.