Essential Cello

Essential Cello

     
 
The title Essential Cello is concise and accurate, for this 2010 double-disc compilation is a fairly thorough collection of the greatest hits of the instrument, presented without frills. Movements from the major cello concertos are presented, as are excerpts from the key sonatas, suites, solos from larger works, and encores, and most of them will be well-known

Overview

The title Essential Cello is concise and accurate, for this 2010 double-disc compilation is a fairly thorough collection of the greatest hits of the instrument, presented without frills. Movements from the major cello concertos are presented, as are excerpts from the key sonatas, suites, solos from larger works, and encores, and most of them will be well-known to regular classical listeners. The masters who created the cello's core repertoire are well served, such as Antonio Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, Franz Joseph Haydn, Luigi Boccherini, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Antonin Dvorák, Camille Saint-Saëns, and 16 others from the Romantic and modern eras. Also represented are some of the great cellists who contributed legendary performances to EMI's back catalog, including Paul Tortelier, Mstislav Rostropovich, Jacqueline du Pré, Gautier Capuçon, and seven others who are prominent on the label's roster. The tracks are reasonably well-balanced over the two and a half hours of running time, even though there is a mix of analog and digital reproduction, and the recording dates range from 1966 to 2008. Newcomers to cello music will find this collection more than ample, and connoisseurs of this oeuvre will find this collection a pleasant refresher.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/23/2010
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099968858223
catalogNumber:
88582

Tracks

  1. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1, for 8 cellos, A. 246: 3. Fugue: Conversa
  2. Elfentanz for cello & piano, Op 39 "Dance of the Elves"
  3. Suite bergamasque, for piano, L. 75: Clair de lune
  4. Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107
  5. Schelomo, rhapsody for cello & orchestra (or piano)
  6. Oblivion, tango
  7. Adiós Nonino, tango
  8. El Cant Dels Ocells for cello & piano
  9. Vocalise, transcription for orchestra, Op. 34/14
  10. Don Quixote, fantastic variations for cello & orchestra, Op. 35 (TrV 184): [Extract]
  11. Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: 1. Adagio - moderato
  12. Pieces (2) ("Chanson de matin" & "Chanson de nuit"), for violin & piano (later orchestrated), Op. 15: Chanson de matin
  13. Élégie for cello & piano or orchestra in C minor, Op. 24
  14. Variations on a Rococo Theme, for cello & orchestra (or cello & piano) in A major, Op. 33
  15. Sonata for cello & piano No. 5 in D major, Op. 102/2: 1. Allegro con brio
  16. Cello Concerto in G major, G. 480: 3. Allegro
  17. Sonata for cello & continuo in G major, G. 5 (Six Sonatas No. 3): 2. Allegro militaire
  18. Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, H. 7b/1: 1. Moderato
  19. Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
  20. Cello Concerto, for cello, strings & continuo in B minor, RV 424: Allegro non molto
  21. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements
  22. Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33: 1. Allegro non troppo
  23. Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 2 in F major, Op. 99: 4. Allegro molto
  24. Concerto for violin, cello & orchestra in A minor ("Double"), Op. 102: 3. Vivace non troppo [extract]
  25. Concerto for cello & piano in B minor (arr. from Cello Concerto, B. 191), B. 522: 1. Allegro [extract]
  26. Introduction and Variations on "Dal tuo stellato soglio" from Rossini's "Mosè", for violin & orchestra, MS 23
  27. Prelude for piano No. 4 in E minor, Op. 28/4, CT. 169
  28. Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129: 3. Sehr lebhaft

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