Glière, Prokofiev: Great Russian Works for Cello

Glière, Prokofiev: Great Russian Works for Cello

by Esther Nyffenegger
     
 

The great Russian schools of the late 19th and early 20th centuries produced generation after generation of not only world-class performing artists, but composers as well. One such generational hand-off is represented on this Divox album with teacher Reinhold Gliére and student Sergey Prokofiev. Selected from early in Gliére's output is the little-performed "12… See more details below

Overview

The great Russian schools of the late 19th and early 20th centuries produced generation after generation of not only world-class performing artists, but composers as well. One such generational hand-off is represented on this Divox album with teacher Reinhold Gliére and student Sergey Prokofiev. Selected from early in Gliére's output is the little-performed "12 Albumblätter, Op. 51," for cello and piano. This set of short, lyrical character pieces explores the multifaceted color potential of the cello. Much better known is Prokofiev's "C major Cello Sonata, Op. 119," one of the final chamber works the composer was to complete. Gliére's penchant for lyricism can certainly be heard in his student's writing, but Prokofiev's harmonic language and use of texture far surpassed his teacher's. Performing are Swiss-born cellist Esther Nyffenegger and Ukraine-born pianist Milana Chernyavska. Nyffenegger possesses a powerfully rich, penetrating tone, particularly in the deep, dark register of her instrument. She plays with all the intensity and abandon as the great Russian cellists, and brings to the table musically insightful interpretations, vigorous but not over-applied vibrato, and careful application of a wide dynamic range. The only thing that stands in the way of this being a truly exceptional choice is the album's recorded sound quality, which is regrettably somewhat nasal and rather muddy and unbalanced during busy, forte passages.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2011
Label:
Divox
UPC:
7619913252548
catalogNumber:
25254
Rank:
364674

Tracks

  1. Albumblätter (Album Leaves), for cello & piano, Op. 51: Albumblatt Nr. 7  - Reinhold Glière  - Esther Nyffenegger  - Milana Chernyavska
  2. Albumblätter (Album Leaves), for cello & piano, Op. 51: Albumblatt Nr. 12  - Reinhold Glière  - Esther Nyffenegger  - Milana Chernyavska
  3. Albumblätter (Album Leaves), for cello & piano, Op. 51: Albumblatt Nr. 4  - Reinhold Glière  - Esther Nyffenegger  - Milana Chernyavska
  4. Albumblätter (Album Leaves), for cello & piano, Op. 51: Albumblatt Nr. 6  - Reinhold Glière  - Esther Nyffenegger  - Milana Chernyavska
  5. Albumblätter (Album Leaves), for cello & piano, Op. 51: Albumblatt Nr. 2  - Reinhold Glière  - Esther Nyffenegger  - Milana Chernyavska
  6. Albumblätter (Album Leaves), for cello & piano, Op. 51: Albumblatt Nr. 5  - Reinhold Glière  - Esther Nyffenegger  - Milana Chernyavska
  7. Sonata for cello & piano in C major, Op. 119  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Esther Nyffenegger  - Milana Chernyavska
  8. Albumblätter (Album Leaves), for cello & piano, Op. 51: Albumblatt Nr. 11  - Reinhold Glière  - Esther Nyffenegger  - Milana Chernyavska
  9. Albumblätter (Album Leaves), for cello & piano, Op. 51: Albumblatt Nr. 10  - Reinhold Glière  - Esther Nyffenegger  - Milana Chernyavska
  10. Albumblätter (Album Leaves), for cello & piano, Op. 51: Albumblatt Nr. 9  - Reinhold Glière  - Esther Nyffenegger  - Milana Chernyavska
  11. Albumblätter (Album Leaves), for cello & piano, Op. 51: Albumblatt Nr. 8  - Reinhold Glière  - Esther Nyffenegger  - Milana Chernyavska
  12. Albumblätter (Album Leaves), for cello & piano, Op. 51: Albumblatt Nr. 3  - Reinhold Glière  - Esther Nyffenegger  - Milana Chernyavska
  13. Albumblätter (Album Leaves), for cello & piano, Op. 51: Albumblatt Nr. 1  - Reinhold Glière  - Esther Nyffenegger  - Milana Chernyavska

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