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: 57,628

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Cello Concerto in B minor, B. 191 (Op. 104) - Czech Philharmonic Orchestra & Antonin Dvorák (41:25)
  2. 2 The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements - Nicholas Cleobury & Camille Saint-Saëns (3:20)
  3. 3 Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni) - Nicholas Cleobury & Tomaso Albinoni (4:54)
  4. 4 Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7 - Robert Schumann & Nicholas Cleobury (3:34)
  5. 5 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)
  6. 6 Variations on a Rococo Theme, for cello & orchestra (or cello & piano) in A major, Op. 33 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Julian Lloyd Webber (19:44)
  7. 7 The Flight of the Bumble Bee, musical picture for orchestra (from The Tale of Tsar Saltan) - Nicholas Cleobury & Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1:13)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33 - English Chamber Orchestra & Camille Saint-Saëns (18:57)
  2. 2 Élégie for cello & piano or orchestra in C minor, Op. 24 - English Chamber Orchestra & Gabriel Fauré (7:05)
  3. 3 Meditation on Prelude No. 1 of Bach, for violin or cello & piano with organ or cello ad lib. (or other instrumental arrangement) - Nicholas Cleobury & Charles Gounod (5:05)
  4. 4 Allegro appassionato, for cello & piano (or orchestra) in B minor, Op. 43 - English Chamber Orchestra & Camille Saint-Saëns (3:26)
  5. 5 Romance, for bassoon & orchestra (also arr. for cello & piano), Op. 62 - Edward Elgar & Neville Marriner (6:34)
  6. 6 Pieces (3) for violin & piano, Op. 4: 1. Une Idylle (version for cello and organ) - John Birch & Edward Elgar (3:40)
  7. 7–10 Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 - Julian Lloyd Webber & Edward Elgar (29:17)
Disc 3
  1. 1–6 Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Maurice Gendron (17:21)
  2. 7–12 Suite for solo cello No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Maurice Gendron (25:39)
  3. 13–18 Suite for solo cello No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Maurice Gendron (30:06)
Disc 4
  1. 1–6 Suite for solo cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Maurice Gendron (19:50)
  2. 7–12 Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Maurice Gendron (21:33)
  3. 13–18 Suite for solo cello No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Maurice Gendron (24:35)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Scherzo-tarantelle, for violin & piano in G minor, Op. 16 - Henryk Wieniawski & Samuel Sanders (4:47)
  2. 2 Valse sentimentale, for piano (or violin & piano) in F minor, Op. 51/6 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Samuel Sanders (2:08)
  3. 3 Sumaré, arranged for cello & piano (by Maurice Gendron from Saudades No. 6), Op. 67/6arr - Darius Milhaud & Samuel Sanders (2:02)
  4. 4 The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements - Camille Saint-Saëns & Samuel Sanders (2:34)
  5. 5 Papillon, for cello & piano, Op. 77 - Gabriel Fauré & Samuel Sanders (2:35)
  6. 6 Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1 - Gabriel Fauré & Samuel Sanders (2:52)
  7. 7 Ritual Fire Dance, for orchestra (from "El Amor brujo") - Manuel de Falla & Samuel Sanders (3:18)
  8. 8 Spanish Dances (12), in 4 volumes for piano, Op. 37, H. 142: Andaluza - Enriqué Granados & Samuel Sanders (3:41)
  9. 9 Schön Rosmarin, for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Samuel Sanders (2:05)
  10. 10 Liebesleid "Love's Sorrow" for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Samuel Sanders (3:16)
  11. 11 Cantabile, for violin & piano (or guitar) in D major, (MS 109) - Niccolò Paganini & Samuel Sanders (3:33)
  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)
  13. 13 Canti giapponesi (2), for cello & orchestra - Enrico Mainardi & Samuel Sanders (6:07)
  14. 14 Fantasiestucke (3) for cello & piano, after Hungarian national melodies: No. 1 - Franz Schmidt & Samuel Sanders (4:02)
  15. 15 Music for Children, easy pieces (12) for piano, Op. 65: 10. March - Sergey Prokofiev & Samuel Sanders (1:35)
  16. 16 Waltz for cello & piano in A major, Op. 48 - Samuel Sanders & Reinhold Glière (2:26)
  17. 17 Original Rags, for piano (collaboration with Charles Daniels) - Scott Joplin & Samuel Sanders (2:44)
  18. 18 Elite Syncopations, for piano - Scott Joplin & Samuel Sanders (2:50)
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