Masters of the Bow: Cello

Masters of the Bow: Cello


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Masters of the Bow: Cello

This collection is billed as "a collection of the most popular works for cello performed by the greatest cellists of our time" and while one could quibble about the inclusion of, say, the Intermezzo from Granados' "Goyescas" and the exclusion of, say, any Brahms, or about the inclusion of Christina Walewska and the exclusion of Anner Bylsma, one could not dispute that this is a collection of most of the popular works by many of the greatest cellists of our time. Because with Pablo Casals' brilliant Allegro con brio from Beethoven's "Cello Sonata No. 5," with Janos Starker's soulful Sarabande from Bach's "Cello Suite No. 3," with Pierre Fournier's sparkling Gigue from Bach's "Cello Suite No. 6," with Mischa Maisky's songful "Ave Maria" of Schubert, with Lynn Harrell's exquisite "Élégie" of Fauré, with Maurice Gendron's lovely "The Swan" from "The Carnival of the Animals," and with 22 other glorious examples of cello playing at its best, it would be vain to dispute the billing's extraordinary claims. While certainly not for the dedicated listener, this set is a wonderful introduction to the art of playing the cello.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2003
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947284925
catalogNumber: 000020902


  1. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements
  2. Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009: Sarabande
  3. Pezzo capriccioso, for cello & orchestra (or cello & piano) in B minor, Op. 62
  4. Vocalise, transcriptions for various instruments, Op. 34/14
  5. Suite for solo cello No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012: Gigue
  6. Sonata for cello & piano No. 5 in D major, Op. 102/2: Allegro con brio
  7. Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, H. 7b/2 (Op. 101): 3. Rondo (Allegro)
  8. Sonata for cello & continuo No. 4 in B flat major (Six Sonatas No. 4), Op. 14/4, RV 45: 3. Largo
  9. Intermezzo, arranged for cello & piano by Cassadó (from "Goyescas")
  10. Silent Woods (Klid), for cello & orchestra (arr. from From the Bohemian Forest, B. 133), B. 182 (Op. 68/5)
  11. Introduction and Polonaise brillante for cello & piano in C major, Op. 3, CT. 148
  12. The Flight of the Bumble Bee, musical picture for orchestra (from The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
  13. Cello Concerto No.1 in D major, Op. 8: 2. Andante - Scherzo
  14. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)
  15. Adagio & Allegro for horn (or violin or cello) & piano in A flat major, Op. 70
  16. Nocturne for string orchestra (arranged by Malcolm Sargent from String Quartet No. 2)
  17. Sonata for arpeggione & piano in A minor ("Arpeggione Sonata"), D. 821: 3. Allegretto
  18. Kol Nidrei, for cello & orchestra, Op. 47
  19. Scherzo-tarantelle, for violin & piano in G minor, Op. 16
  20. Pieces for Children Big and Small (12), for piano, 4 hands, Op. 85: Abendlied
  21. Guitarre, for piano, Op 45
  22. Élégie for cello & piano or orchestra in C minor, Op. 24
  23. Irish Tune from County Derry
  24. Ritual Fire Dance, for orchestra (from "El Amor brujo")
  25. Elite Syncopations, for piano
  26. Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1
  27. Quatuor pour la fin du temps, for violin, cello, clarinet & piano, I/22: Louange al'Eternite de Jesus

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