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All Music Guide - James Manheim
There's a lot to be said for this album as an actual pedagogical device -- buy one for the young cellist in your life. In a world where the musical tuition of young people is too often standardized and dull, this disc has a touch of the eccentric, of the personal, of the kind of music teacher you tell stories about years after the fact. It offers 30 short pieces suitable for the student cellist, with piano, mostly from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. They begin with a short work played entirely on the open strings of the cello and with one hand on the piano, moving up to recital-level works -- and then concluding with a set of pieces dedicated to the son of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
There's a lot to be said for this album as an actual pedagogical device -- buy one for the young cellist in your life. In a world where the musical tuition of young people is too often standardized and dull, this disc has a touch of the eccentric, of the personal, of the kind of music teacher you tell stories about years after the fact. It offers 30 short pieces suitable for the student cellist, with piano, mostly from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. They begin with a short work played entirely on the open strings of the cello and with one hand on the piano, moving up to recital-level works -- and then concluding with a set of pieces dedicated to the son of cellist Steven Isserlis. One humorous ghost story with narration is composed by Isserlis himself, and another by pianist Stephen Hough. The best thing about the disc is that it includes not only famous short cello pieces but also, as Isserlis says, "more or less unknown pieces that somehow caught our fancy." The 48-second "Lulu Waltz" of Sibelius is a charming snatch of melody that distills the quiet elegance of works like "The Swan of Tuonela" down into a few gestures, and even the very easy pieces will hold a listener's or a parent's interest. Everything is introduced in detail in the rather snarky booklet notes, with emphasis in many cases on stories behind the pieces or on how these two musicians happened to encounter them. The sum total is an impression of two adult musicians immersed in a vital web of connections and in a spirit of exploration -- an impression guaranteed to further the education of any young cellist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2006
  • Label: Bis
  • EAN: 7318590015629
  • Catalog Number: 1562
  • Sales rank: 113,684

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Berceuse Orientale, for cello & piano - Stephen Hough & Ludwig Lebell (1:52)
  2. 2 Mad as a Hatter, for cello & piano - Stephen Hough & Sheila Nelson (0:37)
  3. 3 Tarantella, for cello & piano - Stephen Hough & Alfred Earnshaw (1:25)
  4. 4 Six Israeli Melodies, for cello & piano: Kinnereth (Tune: Haninah Karchevsky, arr. Stutchew - Stephen Hough & Joachim Stutschewsky (2:24)
  5. 5 Six Israeli Melodies, for cello & piano: Wanderer's Song (Oriental Melody, arr. Stutchewsky - Stephen Hough & Joachim Stutschewsky (2:44)
  6. 6 A Merry Dance, for cello & piano - Stephen Hough & Adam Carse (1:49)
  7. 7 A Sunday Evening in Autumn, for cello & piano - Stephen Hough & Francis Purcell Warren (1:42)
  8. 8 Cradle Song, for cello & piano - Stephen Hough & Francis Purcell Warren (1:17)
  9. 9 The Swans Glide on the Bishop's Palace Moat, for cello & piano - Stephen Hough & John Graves (1:54)
  10. 10 Danse rustique, for cello & piano - Stephen Hough & William Henry Squire (2:47)
  11. 11 Minuet in A major, arrangements (after String Quintet in E major, Op.11/5 [aka Op. 13/5], G. 275) - Stephen Hough & Luigi Boccherini (3:52)
  12. 12 With Miriam by the River, for cello & piano - Stephen Hough & Gavin Bryars (3:36)
  13. 13 12 Easy Pieces, for cello & piano: Gavotte - Stephen Hough & Arnold Trowell (1:56)
  14. 14 Tempo di valse (Lulu Waltz), for cello & piano in F sharp minor - Stephen Hough & Jean Sibelius (0:53)
  15. 15 Work(s): Melody - Stephen Hough & George Dyson (2:46)
  16. 16 Spring Song, for violin (or cello) & piano - Stephen Hough & Frank Bridge (2:31)
  17. 17 Berceuse for violin & piano, Op. 40/2 - Amy Beach & Stephen Hough (3:15)
  18. 18 La Cinquantaine, for piano "The Golden Wedding" - Stephen Hough & Gabriel Marie (3:37)
  19. 19 La Foi, for cello & piano - Stephen Hough & Georg Eduard Goltermann (3:45)
  20. 20 Work(s): Serenade - Stephen Hough & Francis Poulenc (2:02)
  21. 21 Serenade, for cello & piano - Stephen Hough & Joseph Tuby (2:38)
  22. 22 Berceuse, for violin & piano (or orchestra) in D Major, Op. 16 - Stephen Hough & Gabriel Fauré (3:52)
  23. 23 Gavotte for cello & piano in D Minor, Op 23 - Stephen Hough & David Popper (4:45)
  24. 24 Song without Words for cello & piano in D major, Op. 109 - Stephen Hough & Felix Mendelssohn (4:45)
  25. 25 Requiebros for cello & piano - Stephen Hough & Gaspar Cassadó (5:03)
  26. 26 Archangel's Lullaby, for cello & piano - Stephen Hough & Howard Blake (1:39)
  27. 27 Frogs Dancing on Water Lilies, for cello & piano (or string orchestra) - Stephen Hough & Olli Mustonen (3:11)
  28. 28 Angelic Song, for cello & piano - Stephen Hough & Stephen Hough (2:16)
  29. 29 Angelic Dance, for cello & piano - Stephen Hough & Stephen Hough (1:33)
  30. 30 The Haunted House, for cello & piano - Stephen Hough & Steven Isserlis (4:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steven Isserlis Primary Artist
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