Ultimate Cello Classics: The Essential Masterpieces

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
For the price, Decca's five-disc collection entitled Ultimate Cello Classics does a fairly nice job of introducing listeners to some of the instrument's great literature. It includes the concertos of Dvorák, Saint-Saëns, Elgar, and Tchaikovsky "Rococo Variations", as well as the complete Bach solo suites. There are definite holes in the programming, however. With the exception of the aforementioned works, the remainder of the album is devoted almost exclusively to short transcriptions -- works not even written for the cello. This wouldn't be so troubling if the collection included some of the "essential masterpieces" of the twentieth century or any of the sonata ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
For the price, Decca's five-disc collection entitled Ultimate Cello Classics does a fairly nice job of introducing listeners to some of the instrument's great literature. It includes the concertos of Dvorák, Saint-Saëns, Elgar, and Tchaikovsky "Rococo Variations", as well as the complete Bach solo suites. There are definite holes in the programming, however. With the exception of the aforementioned works, the remainder of the album is devoted almost exclusively to short transcriptions -- works not even written for the cello. This wouldn't be so troubling if the collection included some of the "essential masterpieces" of the twentieth century or any of the sonata literature, works that are certainly more essential to the repertoire than Kreisler or Wieniawski transcriptions. As for the performances themselves, they are in general sufficient, but nothing more. None of the legendary performers associated with these works such as du Pré's Elgar or Rostropovich's Dvorák are included. Julian Lloyd Webber's performances of the concertos and Maurice Gendron's interpretations of the Bach suites are very bare bones; they give the listener all the notes and the general sense of the pieces at hand but are far from moving, legendary performances available elsewhere. For listeners simply seeking a quick introduction to the cello, this collection will certainly suffice, but it should be used as a stepping stone to superior recordings and a more complete library of the "essential" works of the cello repertoire.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2007
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947585664
  • Catalog Number: 000972402
  • Sales rank: 50,082

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Cello Concerto in B minor, B. 191 (Op. 104) - Czech Philharmonic Orchestra & Antonin Dvorák (41:25)
    Composed byAntonin Dvorák
    Conducted byVáclav Neumann
    Performed byCzech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann
    1. 1 Allegro
    2. 2 Adagio
    3. 3 Finale
  2. 4 The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements - Camille Saint-Saëns & Nicholas Cleobury (3:20)
    Composed byCamille Saint-Saëns
    Conducted byNicholas Cleobury
    Performed byNicholas Cleobury, English Chamber Orchestra
  3. 5 Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni) - Nicholas Cleobury & Tomaso Albinoni (4:54)
    Composed byTomaso Albinoni
    Conducted byNicholas Cleobury
    Performed byNicholas Cleobury, English Chamber Orchestra
  4. 6 Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7 - Robert Schumann & Nicholas Cleobury (3:34)
    Composed byRobert Schumann
    Conducted byNicholas Cleobury
    Performed byNicholas Cleobury, English Chamber Orchestra
  5. 7 Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Chorale "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" - Johann Sebastian Bach & Nicholas Cleobury (3:08)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byNicholas Cleobury
    Performed byNicholas Cleobury, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  6. 8 Variations on a Rococo Theme, for cello & orchestra (or cello & piano) in A major, Op. 33 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Julian Lloyd Webber (19:44)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
    Conducted byMaxim Shostakovich
    Performed byLondon Symphony Orchestra, Maxim Shostakovich
  7. 9 The Flight of the Bumble Bee, musical picture for orchestra (from The Tale of Tsar Saltan) - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov & Nicholas Cleobury (1:13)
    Composed byNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conducted byNicholas Cleobury
    Performed byNicholas Cleobury, English Chamber Orchestra
Disc 2
  1. 1 Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33 - Camille Saint-Saëns & English Chamber Orchestra (18:57)
    Composed byCamille Saint-Saëns
    Conducted byYan Pascal Tortelier
    Performed byEnglish Chamber Orchestra, Yan Pascal Tortelier
  2. 2 Élégie for cello & piano or orchestra in C minor, Op. 24 - Gabriel Fauré & English Chamber Orchestra (7:05)
    Composed byGabriel Fauré
    Conducted byYan Pascal Tortelier
    Performed byEnglish Chamber Orchestra, Yan Pascal Tortelier
  3. 3 Meditation on Prelude No. 1 of Bach, for violin or cello & piano with organ or cello ad lib. (or other instrumental arrangement) - Charles Gounod & Nicholas Cleobury (5:05)
    Composed byCharles Gounod
    Conducted byNicholas Cleobury
    Performed byNicholas Cleobury, English Chamber Orchestra
  4. 4 Allegro appassionato, for cello & piano (or orchestra) in B minor, Op. 43 - Camille Saint-Saëns & English Chamber Orchestra (3:26)
    Composed byCamille Saint-Saëns
    Conducted byYan Pascal Tortelier
    Performed byEnglish Chamber Orchestra, Yan Pascal Tortelier
  5. 5 Romance, for bassoon & orchestra (also arr. for cello & piano), Op. 62 - Edward Elgar & Neville Marriner (6:34)
    Composed byEdward Elgar
    Conducted byNeville Marriner
    Performed byNeville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  6. 6 Pieces (3) for violin & piano, Op. 4: 1. Une Idylle (version for cello and organ) - Edward Elgar & John Birch (3:40)
    Composed byEdward Elgar
  7. 7–10 Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 - Edward Elgar & Julian Lloyd Webber (29:17)
    Composed byEdward Elgar
    Conducted byYehudi Menuhin
    Performed byYehudi Menuhin, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. 7 Adagio - Moderato -
    2. 8 Lento - Allegro molto
    3. 9 Adagio
    4. 10 Allegro ma non troppo
Disc 3
  1. 1–6 Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Maurice Gendron (17:21)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    1. 1No. 1 in G major. 1. Prélude
    2. 2No. 1 in G major. 2. Allemande
    3. 3No. 1 in G major. 3. Courante
    4. 4No. 1 in G major. 4. Sarabande
    5. 5No. 1 in G major. 5. Menuets 1 & 2
    6. 6No. 1 in G major. 6. Gigue
  2. 7–12 Suite for solo cello No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Maurice Gendron (25:39)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    1. 7No. 4 in E flat major. 1. Prélude
    2. 8No. 4 in E flat major. 2. Allemande
    3. 9No. 4 in E flat major. 3. Courante
    4. 10No. 4 in E flat major. 4. Sarabande
    5. 11No. 4 in E flat major. 5. Bourrées 1 & 2
    6. 12No. 4 in E flat major. 6. Gigue
  3. 13–18 Suite for solo cello No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Maurice Gendron (30:06)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    1. 13No. 6 in D major. 1. Prélude
    2. 14No. 6 in D major. 2. Allemande
    3. 15No. 6 in D major. 3. Courante
    4. 16No. 6 in D major. 4. Sarabande
    5. 17No. 6 in D major. 5. Gavottes 1 & 2
    6. 18No. 6 in D major. 6. Gigue
Disc 4
  1. 1–6 Suite for solo cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Maurice Gendron (19:50)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    1. 1No. 2 in D minor. 1. Prélude
    2. 2No. 2 in D minor. 2. Allemande
    3. 3No. 2 in D minor. 3. Courante
    4. 4No. 2 in D minor. 4. Sarabande
    5. 5No. 2 in D minor. 5. Menuets 1 & 2
    6. 6No. 2 in D minor. 6. Gigue
  2. 7–12 Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Maurice Gendron (21:33)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    1. 7No. 3 in C major. 1. Prélude
    2. 8No. 3 in C major. 2. Allemande
    3. 9No. 3 in C major. 3. Courante
    4. 10No. 3 in C major. 4. Sarabande
    5. 11No. 3 in C major. 5. Bourrées 1 & 2
    6. 12No. 3 in C major. 6. Gigue
  3. 13–18 Suite for solo cello No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Maurice Gendron (24:35)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    1. 13No. 5 in C minor. 1. Prélude
    2. 14No. 5 in C minor. 2. Allemande
    3. 15No. 5 in C minor. 3. Courante
    4. 16No. 5 in C minor. 4. Sarabande
    5. 17No. 5 in C minor. 5. Gavottes 1 & 2
    6. 18No. 5 in C minor. 6. Gigue
Disc 5
  1. 1 Scherzo-tarantelle, for violin & piano in G minor, Op. 16 - Henryk Wieniawski & Samuel Sanders (4:47)
    Composed byHenryk Wieniawski
  2. 2 Valse sentimentale, for piano (or violin & piano) in F minor, Op. 51/6 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Samuel Sanders (2:08)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
  3. 3 Sumaré, arranged for cello & piano (by Maurice Gendron from Saudades No. 6), Op. 67/6arr - Darius Milhaud & Samuel Sanders (2:02)
    Composed byDarius Milhaud
  4. 4 The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements - Camille Saint-Saëns & Samuel Sanders (2:34)
    Composed byCamille Saint-Saëns
  5. 5 Papillon, for cello & piano, Op. 77 - Gabriel Fauré & Samuel Sanders (2:35)
    Composed byGabriel Fauré
  6. 6 Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1 - Gabriel Fauré & Samuel Sanders (2:52)
    Composed byGabriel Fauré
  7. 7 Ritual Fire Dance, for orchestra (from "El Amor brujo") - Manuel de Falla & Samuel Sanders (3:18)
    Composed byManuel de Falla
  8. 8 Spanish Dances (12), in 4 volumes for piano, Op. 37, H. 142: Andaluza - Enriqué Granados & Samuel Sanders (3:41)
    Composed byEnriqué Granados
  9. 9 Schön Rosmarin, for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Samuel Sanders (2:05)
    Composed byFritz Kreisler
  10. 10 Liebesleid "Love's Sorrow" for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Samuel Sanders (3:16)
    Composed byFritz Kreisler
  11. 11 Cantabile, for violin & piano (or guitar) in D major, (MS 109) - Niccolò Paganini & Samuel Sanders (3:33)
    Composed byNiccolò Paganini
  12. 12 Introduction and Variations on "Dal tuo stellato soglio' from Rossini's "Mosè", for violin & orchestra, MS 23 - Niccolò Paganini & Samuel Sanders (6:24)
    Composed byNiccolò Paganini
  13. 13 Canti giapponesi (2), for cello & orchestra - Enrico Mainardi & Samuel Sanders (6:07)
    Composed byEnrico Mainardi
  14. 14 Fantasiestucke (3) for cello & piano, after Hungarian national melodies: No. 1 - Franz Schmidt & Samuel Sanders (4:02)
    Composed byFranz Schmidt
  15. 15 Music for Children, easy pieces (12) for piano, Op. 65: 10. March - Sergey Prokofiev & Samuel Sanders (1:35)
    Composed bySergey Prokofiev
  16. 16 Waltz for cello & piano in A major, Op. 48 - Samuel Sanders & Reinhold Glière (2:26)
    Composed byReinhold Glière
  17. 17 Original Rags, for piano (collaboration with Charles Daniels) - Samuel Sanders & Scott Joplin (2:44)
    Composed byScott Joplin
  18. 18 Elite Syncopations, for piano - Samuel Sanders & Scott Joplin (2:50)
    Composed byScott Joplin
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