Mendelssohn: Cello Sonatas, Variations Concertantes, etc.

Mendelssohn: Cello Sonatas, Variations Concertantes, etc.

by Mischa Maisky

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Mendelssohn: Cello Sonatas, Variations Concertantes, etc.

Clearly, cellist Mischa Maisky has discovered a terrific marketing gimmick. With his recording of Schubert's "Arpeggione Sonata" coupled with transcriptions of 14 of that composer's songs; his recording of Brahms' cello sonatas coupled with seven transcriptions of that composer's songs; and his recording of almost nothing but transcriptions of songs by Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Duparc, and Poulenc, Maisky has found an effective way to distinguish his recordings from those of other cellists. Thankfully, Maisky's gimmick is more than a publicity stunt: each of the above recordings is distinguished by his full-bodied tone, spectacular technique, and sensitive musicianship. All of these qualities are amply in evidence in this recording of Mendelssohn. Like his earlier recordings, this disc includes all of the composer's most substantial works for cello, plus a selection of transcriptions of other works. And like his earlier discs, the substantial works are marvelously well played -- indeed, these are among the best performances Mendelssohn's cello sonatas have ever received -- but the transcriptions are even better. Maisky's serene "On Wings of Song" is exquisitely phrased, his "Schilflied" is wonderfully introspective, his "Suleika" burns with restless urgency, his "Die Liebende schreibt" is deeply felt, and his delightful "Spring Song" fully rejuvenates even that tired warhorse.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/13/2002
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947156529
catalogNumber: 471565
Rank: 85385

Tracks

  1. Sonata for cello & piano No. 2 in D major, Op. 58
  2. Variations concertantes, for cello & piano in D major, Op. 17
  3. Song without Words for cello & piano in D major, Op. 109
  4. Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), song for voice & piano, Op. 34/2
  5. Schilflied, song for voice & piano, Op. 71/4
  6. Suleika ("Ach, um deine feuchten Schwingen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 34/4
  7. Die Liebende schreibt ("Ein Blick von deinen Augen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 86/3
  8. Song without Words for piano No. 25 in G major, Op. 62/1
  9. Sonata for cello & piano No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 45
  10. Song without Words for piano No. 30 in A major ("Frühlingslied"), Op. 62/6

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