The Romantic Cello

The Romantic Cello
Artist Various Artists
Format 5 CD
Cat. number 94934
EAN code 5028421949345
Release January 2015

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This invaluable survey of that most Romantic of instruments includes both the classic concertos of the era, by Dvořák and Saint-Saëns, as well as a generous selection of encores and showpieces, performed by a variety of cellists from this and earlier generations. Including Zara Nelsova, in whose classic interpretation of the Dvořák one may readily hear the admiration evinced by the composer's friend Brahms who, on hearing the work, remarked that he would have composed a concerto for the instrument himself had he realised the possibilities inherent in a combination that may present certain problems of balance, pitting the mellow voice of the solo instrument against a full orchestra, but that yet may be overcome through a sensitive songfulness that came beautifully and naturally to Dvořák. Brahms, of course, can be considered to have made good his omission with the late flowering of the Double Concerto. His expansive E minor Sonata is here, alongside the deft turns of Mendelssohn's first sonata (in a performance by Luca Fiorentini on a rare Strad cello), as well as more lyrical sonatas by Chopin and Rachmaninoff, treasured by cellists for their juicy melodies and the opportunity to engage with the idioms of composers who largely wrote for the piano. The last disc opens with perhaps the most famous of all cello encores, The Swan, from Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the Animals, which seems perfectly to capture the potential both for melancholy and for imitation of the human voice which places the cello alone among the string family.

The most beautiful cello music of Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schumann Chopin, Saint-Saëns, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff and many more.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104: I. Allegro
  2. Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104: II. Adagio ma non troppo
  3. Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104: III. Finale, allegro moderato
  4. From the Bohemian Forest, Op. 68: V. Silent Woods
  5. Rondo in G Minor for Cello & Orchestra Op.94
  6. Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129: I. Nicht zu schnell
  7. Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129: II. Langsam
  8. Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129: III. Sehr lebhaft

Disk 2

  1. Cello Concerto in A minor Op. 33: I. Allegro non troppo - II. Attaca. Allegretto con moto - III. Tempo I
  2. Élégie Op.24
  3. Kol Nidrei, Adagio for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 47
  4. Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Disk 3

  1. Cello Sonata in A Major Op. 69: I. Allegro ma non tanto
  2. Cello Sonata in A Major Op. 69:: II. Scherzo. Allegro molto
  3. Cello Sonata in A Major Op. 69:: III. Adagio cantabile – Allegro vivace
  4. Cello Sonata No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 45: I. Allegro vivace
  5. Cello Sonata No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 45: II. Andante
  6. Cello Sonata No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 45: III. Allegro assai
  7. Cello Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38: I. Allegro non troppo
  8. Cello Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38: II. Allegretto quasi menuetto
  9. Cello Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38: III. Allegro

Disk 4

  1. Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65: I. Allegro moderato
  2. Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65: II. Scherzo. Allegro con brio
  3. Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65: III. Largo
  4. Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65: IV. Finale. Allegro
  5. Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19: I. Lento - Allegro moderato
  6. Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19: II. Allegro scherzando
  7. Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19: III. Andante
  8. Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19: IV. Allegro mosso

Disk 5

  1. The Carnival of the Animals: XIII. The Swan
  2. Goyescas, Act 1: Intermezzo
  3. Fantasiestücke, Op. 73: I. Zart und mit Ausdruck
  4. Fantasiestücke, Op. 73: II. Lebhaft, leicht
  5. Fantasiestücke, Op. 73: III. Rasch und mit Feuer
  6. 14 Romances, Op. 34: XIV. Vocalise
  7. Pezzo capriccioso in B Minor, Op. 62 (Andante con moto)
  8. The Golden Cockerel, Act 2: II. Hymn to the Sun
  9. 6 Pieces, Op. 51: VI. Valse sentimentale in F Minor (Tempo di Valse)
  10. Introduction and Polonaise Brillante in C Major, Op. 3
  11. Seven Spanish Folksongs: I. El paño moruno
  12. Seven Spanish Folksongs: II. Nana
  13. Seven Spanish Folksongs: III. Canción
  14. Seven Spanish Folksongs: IV. Polo
  15. Seven Spanish Folksongs: V. Asturiana
  16. Seven Spanish Folksongs: VI. Jota
  17. Cello Sonata, L.135: I. Prologue. Lent
  18. Cello Sonata, L.135: II. Sérénade. Modérément animé
  19. Cello Sonata, L.135:: III. Finale. Animé