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Rudi Knabl with Orchestral Accompaniment

Rudi Knabl

Rudi Knabl - Rudi Knabl with Orchestral Accompaniment Rudi Knabl - Rudi Knabl with Orchestral Accompaniment
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London International Records...SW 99382...STE.LP.071231...STE.LP.071232...33 1/3 LP...Stereo

Side 1(Seite) 1
1) Tempo der Zeit - Not Given...NTG
2) An der grülnen Isar - Not Given...NTG
3) Die Veilchen vom Kochelsee - Not Given...NTG
4) Ubermut - Not Given...NTG
5) Schwanthalerhöher Ländler - Not Given...NTG
6) Südliches Blut - Not Given...NTG
7) Drunter und drüber - Not Given...NTG

Side (Seite) 2
1) Der Weg zum Herzen - Not Given...NTG
2) Traditenfest in Berditesgaden - Not Given...NTG
3) Bergfrühling - Not Given...NTG
4) Ferlen in den Alpen - Not Given...NTG
5) Die singende Zither - Not Given...NTG
6) Blumen aus Salzburg - Not Given...NTG
7) Fidele Sdiutzen - Not Given...NTG

Recorded in England by the Decca Record Company, LTD.
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Rudi Knabl - Rudi Knabl with Orchestral Accompaniment Rudi Knabl - Rudi Knabl with Orchestral Accompaniment


Rudi Knabl, Zither, mit seiner

Germany´s Incredible King of Zither

Berlin 1930. There was already the sound radio. And the steel needles scratched with 78 r.p.m. in the grooves of the shellac grammophone records. But hit parades and disc jockeys were still unknown and the terms "Masche" and "Special sound" had still to be invented — it was much more difficult then than today to become a star, to find the way to the hearts of the general public, as just at that time a completely unknown Munich zither-player did with the waltz "Weg zum Herzen". Under this title his first composition conquered all the hearts by radio and grammophone records. The music was so homely and simple: just the solo zither-player accompanied by the piano.

The Berliners were impressed immediately. This was something unusual for a change! The "Weg zum Herzen", played on the romantic Alpine instrument, went straight into the hearts of the Berliners. Georg Freundorfer, with his zither, became in no time the favourite of the "Wunscfakonzerte". Of all things: a Bavarian in Prussia! Georg Freundorfer understood his fortune and improvised on his zither one catching popular melody after the other; "Ubermut", "Die singende Zither", "Druntel und driiber", "Gruss an Obersalzberg", "Die Veilchen volii Kodielsee", "Im sonnigen Tirol" and many others. Marches, polkas, slow country waltzes, waltzes — Bernhard Derksen wrote them all down for him. Almost all of them became bestsellers and are today evergreens. Georg Freundorfer, the grumbling, uncommunicative, hardly taller thap five feet musician, was a highly gifted talent, always bursting with new ideas. He could not even properly read music and has never had even one music lesson. But he was a perfect master of the zither and had a great intuition for what his listeners would like to hear. Georg Freundorfer is the very man who has made zither-playing so popular.

But at that very time, when the zither accompanied by the piano conquered Berlin, there was already another man, one generation younger, highly talented and ambitious: Rudi Knabl. Today the critics call him "The Paganini of the Zither". In the old days he was, hardly twenty years old, still in the shadow of the popular Georg Freundorfer, who recognized the great talent of the younger colleague and often told him; "I want you to continue later on with all I have started." Georg Freundorfer has died much too soon, in 1940. Time went on and Rudi Knabl developed his own, modern style for zither-playing. But compositions of his beloved guide, Georg Freundorfer, are always incorporated in his repertoire. And when he, today, is playing for us "Memories of Georg Freundorfer", we are not listening to the Rudi Knabl we use to know from the radio and from his records, but in memorium we are once again listening to the unforgotten, original Georg Freundorfer style of the thirties: zither and piano are the stars of the record — the style is somewhat more perfect, technically somewhat more polished, but on the whole quite the same. It would, in fact, not have been possible to find a better, more intelligent interpreter than our Rudi Knabl, who is thus realizing Georg Freundorfer´s desire to be his heir in art.

Alo Schellen
Also available in Mono, TW 91382
Printed in U.S.A.


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