L'Homme Armé: Works for Solo Cello

L'Homme Armé: Works for Solo Cello

by Morten Zeuthen
     
 

When one thinks of the solo cello repertoire, the six suites of J.S. Bach and the sonata of Zoltán Kodály immediately come to mind, and with some head scratching, perhaps also the etudes of David Popper, but probably little else. So it might surprise some listeners to learn that anSee more details below

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When one thinks of the solo cello repertoire, the six suites of J.S. Bach and the sonata of Zoltán Kodály immediately come to mind, and with some head scratching, perhaps also the etudes of David Popper, but probably little else. So it might surprise some listeners to learn that an impressive body of work for unaccompanied cello has emerged from Denmark since the middle of the twentieth century, and that Danish composers and cellists have collaborated with the purpose of exploring this instrument's technical possibilities and expanding its literature. Morten Zeuthen's 2005 release on DaCapo is an intriguing collection of significant works by such familiar masters as Vagn Holmboe and Per Nørgård, and the rising generation of Danish composers, including Poul Ruders, Karl Aage Rasmussen, Andy Pape, Niels Rosing-Schow, Svend Nielsen, and Hans Abrahamsen. Zeuthen's strong but subtle performances provide the best reason to hear this disc, and his solid execution, nuanced expression, meticulous effects, and spontaneous articulation hold the program together. The album's weakness, though, lies in the rag-tag group of Sicilianas, commissioned by Zeuthen in an attempt to discover the varied responses of Rasmussen, Pape, Rosing-Schow, and Nielsen to the Baroque dance form. This experimental hodgepodge seems weak and inconsequential when compared to the more substantial sonatas by Nørgård, Holmboe, and Abrahamsen, and even to Ruders' spectacularly wild set of variations, "Bravour Studies for Solo Cello over L'homme Armé." DaCapo's sound quality is clean, crisp, and focused, with just the right amount of resonance to lend the cello some naturalistic depth.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/15/2005
Label:
Marco Polo
UPC:
0636943600726
catalogNumber:
8226007
Rank:
214454

Tracks

  1. Bravourstudien (Bravour Studies), variations on "L'homme armé" for solo cello  - Poul Ruders  - Morten Zeuthen
  2. Silhouette to a Poem by Naja Marie Aidt, for solo cello  - Karl Aage Rasmussen  - Morten Zeuthen
  3. Siciliano sconfortevole, for solo cello  - Andy Pape  - Morten Zeuthen
  4. Siciliana, for solo cello  - Niels Rosing-Schow  - Morten Zeuthen
  5. Siciliano ("Once Upon a Time"), for solo cello  - Svend Hvindtfelt Nielsen  - Morten Zeuthen
  6. Sonate breve ("What - Is the Word!"), Sonata No. 3 for solo cello  - Per Nørgård  - Morten Zeuthen
  7. Sonata for solo cello  - Hans Abrahamsen  - Morten Zeuthen
  8. Sonata for solo cello, Op. 101  - Vagn Holmboe  - Morten Zeuthen

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