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Ultimate Cello Classics: The Essential Masterpieces
     

Ultimate Cello Classics: The Essential Masterpieces

 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2007
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947585664
catalogNumber:
000972402
Rank:
17577

Tracks

  1. Cello Concerto in B minor, B. 191 (Op. 104)
  2. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements
  3. Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni)
  4. Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
  5. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Chorale "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"
  6. Variations on a Rococo Theme, for cello & orchestra (or cello & piano) in A major, Op. 33
  7. The Flight of the Bumble Bee, musical picture for orchestra (from The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
  8. Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33
  9. Élégie for cello & piano or orchestra in C minor, Op. 24
  10. Meditation on Prelude No. 1 of Bach, for violin or cello & piano with organ or cello ad lib. (or other instrumental arrangement)
  11. Allegro appassionato, for cello & piano (or orchestra) in B minor, Op. 43
  12. Romance, for bassoon & orchestra (also arr. for cello & piano), Op. 62
  13. Pieces (3) for violin & piano, Op. 4: 1. Une Idylle (version for cello and organ)
  14. Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
  15. Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
  16. Suite for solo cello No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010
  17. Suite for solo cello No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012
  18. Suite for solo cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
  19. Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
  20. Suite for solo cello No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
  21. Scherzo-tarantelle, for violin & piano in G minor, Op. 16
  22. Valse sentimentale, for piano (or violin & piano) in F minor, Op. 51/6
  23. Sumaré, arranged for cello & piano (by Maurice Gendron from Saudades No. 6), Op. 67/6arr
  24. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements
  25. Papillon, for cello & piano, Op. 77
  26. Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1
  27. Ritual Fire Dance, for orchestra (from "El Amor brujo")
  28. Spanish Dances (12), in 4 volumes for piano, Op. 37, H. 142: Andaluza
  29. Schön Rosmarin, for violin & piano
  30. Liebesleid "Love's Sorrow" for violin & piano
  31. Cantabile, for violin & piano (or guitar) in D major, (MS 109)
  32. Introduction and Variations on "Dal tuo stellato soglio' from Rossini's "Mosè", for violin & orchestra, MS 23
  33. Canti giapponesi (2), for cello & orchestra
  34. Fantasiestucke (3) for cello & piano, after Hungarian national melodies: No. 1
  35. Music for Children, easy pieces (12) for piano, Op. 65: 10. March
  36. Waltz for cello & piano in A major, Op. 48
  37. Original Rags, for piano (collaboration with Charles Daniels)
  38. Elite Syncopations, for piano

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