The Romantic Cello

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This invaluable survey of that most Romantic of instruments includes both the classic concertos of the era, by Dvorák and Saint-Saëns, as well as a generous selection of encores and showpieces, performed by a variety of cellists from this and earlier generations. Including Zara Nelsova, in whose classic interpretation of the Dvo?ák one may readily hear the admiration evinced by the composer's friend Brahms who, on hearing the work, remarked that he would have composed a concerto for the instrument himself had he realized the possibilities inherent in a combination that may present certain problems of balance, pitting the mellow voice of the solo instrument against a full orchestra, but that yet may be overcome through a sensitive songfulness that came beautifully and naturally to Dvo?ák. Brahms, of course, can be considered to have made good his omission with the late flowering of the Double Concerto. His expansive E minor Sonata is here, alongside the deft turns of Mendelssohn's first sonata (in a performance by Luca Fiorentini on a rare Strad cello), as well as more lyrical sonatas by Chopin and Rachmaninoff, treasured by cellists for their juicy melodies and the opportunity to engage with the idioms of composers who largely wrote for the piano. The last disc opens with perhaps the most famous of all cello encores, The Swan, from Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the Animals, which seems perfectly to capture the potential both for melancholy and for imitation of the human voice which places the cello alone among the string family. - Brilliant Classics

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: BRI94934

  • UPC: 5028421949345

  • Label: Brilliant Classics

  • Composer: Antonín Dvořák, Camille Saint-Saëns, Claude Debussy, Enrique Granados, Felix Mendelssohn, Frédéric Chopin, Gabriel Fauré, Johannes Brahms, Ludwig van Beethoven, Manuel de Falla, Max Bruch, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Robert Schumann, Sergei Rachmaninov

  • Conductor: Dwight Bennett, Florian Merz, Walter Susskind

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: South Westphalia Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Zilina State Chamber Orchestra

  • Performer: Alexander Russakovsky, Amber Shay Nicholson, Herre-Jan Stegenga, Julius Berger, Klára Würtz, Luca Fiorentini, Philippe Entremont, Sara Crombach, Simone Gragnani, Stefania Redaelli, Timora Rosler, Vittorio Ceccanti, Wladislav Warenberg, Zara Nelsova