Casals Encores

Casals Encores

by Alban Gerhardt
     
 

Celebrated for his pivotal role in resurrecting the Bach suites for solo cello and championing their performance throughout his career, Pablo Casals' repertoire was much more far-reaching. Perhaps the best way to observe the breadth of his interests is to investigate the works he chose to perform as encores. Flashy, virtuosic show pieces…  See more details below

Overview

Celebrated for his pivotal role in resurrecting the Bach suites for solo cello and championing their performance throughout his career, Pablo Casals' repertoire was much more far-reaching. Perhaps the best way to observe the breadth of his interests is to investigate the works he chose to perform as encores. Flashy, virtuosic show pieces certainly had their place in this repertoire, but Casals looked more favorable upon works that highlighted the more lyrical, soulful aspects of his instrument. Not content with the pieces already available to him, Casals was also responsible for greatly increasing the repertoire by contributing his own transcriptions, often of works by little-known composers. Cellist Alban Gerhardt, who describes his early appreciation and admiration of Casals, has compiled a selection of 20 of Casals' favorite encores. Gerhardt's selection is as broad and varied as Casals himself, offering listeners an opportunity to peer inside the many facets of the extraordinary historical cellist. Gerhardt's sound is lean, focused, and penetrating, much like Casals. Unlike his counterpart, however, Gerhardt's possesses an almost perfect technique, resulting in performances that are almost too clean, too spotless. The recorded sound here is pleasantly simple and unadulterated, producing a nice, fluid balance with the piano accompaniment.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/14/2011
Label:
Hyperion Uk
UPC:
0034571178318
catalogNumber:
67831

Tracks

  1. Song of the Birds (El Cant dels Ocells), folk song  -  Catalan Traditional  - Pablo Casals  - Alban Gerhardt  - Cecile Licad  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring
  2. Allegro appassionato, for cello & piano (or orchestra) in B minor, Op. 43  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Alban Gerhardt  - Cecile Licad  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring
  3. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Alban Gerhardt  - Cecile Licad  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring
  4. Prelude for piano No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180  - Frédéric Chopin  - Pablo Casals  - Alban Gerhardt  - Cecile Licad  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring
  5. Chanson Louis XIII and Pavane, in the Style of Couperin, for violin & piano  - Fritz Kreisler  - Alban Gerhardt  - Cecile Licad  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring
  6. Spanish Dances (12), in 4 volumes for piano, Op. 37, H. 142, DLR 1:2: Andaluza  - Enriqué Granados  - Pablo Casals  - Alban Gerhardt  - Cecile Licad  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring
  7. Romanze, for cello & orchestra, Op. 35  - Edward MacDowell  - Alban Gerhardt  - Cecile Licad  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring
  8. Suite Populaire Espagnole, for violin & piano (arr. from "Popular Spanish Songs" by Kochanski): Nana  - Manuel de Falla  - Alban Gerhardt  - Cecile Licad  - Maurice Maréchal  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring
  9. Sonata for cello & continuo in A major, G. 4 (Six Sonatas No. 6): Allegro moderato  - Luigi Boccherini  - Alban Gerhardt  - Cecile Licad  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring
  10. Salut d'amour, for violin & piano, Op. 12  - Edward Elgar  - Alban Gerhardt  - Cecile Licad  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring
  11. Vito, for cello & piano, Op 54/5  - David Popper  - Alban Gerhardt  - Cecile Licad  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring
  12. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: To the Evening Star  - Richard Wagner  - Alban Gerhardt  - Cecile Licad  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring  - Leo Schulz
  13. Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1  - Gabriel Fauré  - Pablo Casals  - Alban Gerhardt  - Cecile Licad  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring
  14. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109  - Frédéric Chopin  - David Popper  - Alban Gerhardt  - Cecile Licad  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring
  15. Mit deinen blauen Augen  - Eduard Lassen  - Pablo Casals  - Alban Gerhardt  - Cecile Licad  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring
  16. Serenata Napolitana for keyboard, No 2, Op. 24  - Giovanni Sgambati  - Alban Gerhardt  - Cecile Licad  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring
  17. Berceuse de Jocelyn ("Angels Guard Thee")  - Benjamin Godard  - Alban Gerhardt  - Cecile Licad  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring
  18. Petite suite (4), for piano, 4 hands (or orchestra), L. 65: Menuet  - Claude Debussy  - Gaston Choisnel  - Alban Gerhardt  - Cecile Licad  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring
  19. Chanson Villageoise for cello & piano, Op 62/2  - David Popper  - Alban Gerhardt  - Cecile Licad  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring

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