Casals Encores

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2011
  • Label: Hyperion Uk
  • UPC: 034571178318
  • Catalog Number: 67831
  • Sales rank: 186,365

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chanson Villageoise for cello & piano, Op 62/2 - David Popper & Alban Gerhardt (2:32)
  2. 2 Petite suite (4), for piano, 4 hands (or orchestra), L. 65: Menuet - Claude Debussy & Gaston Choisnel (2:56)
  3. 3 Berceuse de Jocelyn ("Angels Guard Thee") - Benjamin Godard & Alban Gerhardt (5:21)
  4. 4 Serenata Napolitana for keyboard, No 2, Op. 24 - Giovanni Sgambati & Alban Gerhardt (3:04)
  5. 5 Mit deinen blauen Augen - Pablo Casals & Eduard Lassen (2:26)
  6. 6 Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109 - David Popper & Frédéric Chopin (4:13)
  7. 7 Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1 - Gabriel Fauré & Pablo Casals (3:15)
  8. 8 Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: To the Evening Star - Richard Wagner & Alban Gerhardt (5:01)
  9. 9 Vito, for cello & piano, Op 54/5 - David Popper & Alban Gerhardt (3:59)
  10. 10 Salut d'amour, for violin & piano, Op. 12 - Edward Elgar & Alban Gerhardt (3:01)
  11. 11 Sonata for cello & continuo in A major, G. 4 (Six Sonatas No. 6): Allegro moderato - Luigi Boccherini & Alban Gerhardt (4:26)
  12. 12 Suite Populaire Espagnole, for violin & piano (arr. from "Popular Spanish Songs" by Kochanski): Nana - Manuel de Falla & Alban Gerhardt (2:12)
  13. 13 Romanze, for cello & orchestra, Op. 35 - Edward MacDowell & Alban Gerhardt (3:40)
  14. 14 Spanish Dances (12), in 4 volumes for piano, Op. 37, H. 142, DLR 1:2: Andaluza - Enriqué Granados & Pablo Casals (3:13)
  15. 15 Chanson Louis XIII and Pavane, in the Style of Couperin, for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Alban Gerhardt (4:00)
  16. 16 Prelude for piano No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180 - Pablo Casals & Frédéric Chopin (6:31)
  17. 17 The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements - Camille Saint-Saëns & Alban Gerhardt (3:26)
  18. 18 Allegro appassionato, for cello & piano (or orchestra) in B minor, Op. 43 - Camille Saint-Saëns & Alban Gerhardt (3:18)
  19. 19 Song of the Birds (El Cant dels Ocells), folk song - Pablo Casals & Catalan Traditional (2:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alban Gerhardt Primary Artist
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