Great Moments... - CC1006
"Great Moments in Cello Playing"
Some of the finest recordings ever made on the cello including several rare examples not heard before on CD.
A personal selection by the renowned cellist and collector, Keith Harvey, of some of the most spectacular and treasured recordings of the last century. While some of the artists represented will be familiar to many, there are also several included whose work will astonish afficionados of string playing of the highest order. This is the second in Cello Classics’ historical series.
- Zara Nelsova - Emanuel Moor Prelude Op.123
- Pablo Casals - Haydn/Piatti Minuett and Variations
- Arnold Földesy - Popper Spinning Song
- Emanuel Feuermann - Haydn/Klengel Concerto in D Op. 102: Cadenza
- Maurice Marechal - Caix d'Hervelois Plainte
- Samuel Mayes - J.S. Bach St. John Passion :"All is Fulfilled"
- Anthony Pini - Elgar Concerto: Final part of Mvt. 4
- Daniil Shafran - Ibert Le Petit Âne Blanc (Little White Donkey)
- Ennio Bolognini - Bolognini Serenata del Gaucho
- Gregor Piatigorsky - Schubert Introduction, Theme & Variations
- Pierre Fournier - Debussy Rêverie
- Maurice Gendron - Moszkowski Guitare Op. 45. No. 2
- George Neikrug - Ravel Kaddisch
- Janos Starker - Popper Etude Op.73 No. 28 in A
- Alexandre Gotgelf - Shaporin Scherzo
- Mischa Maisky - Tschaikovsky Eugen Onegin: Lensky's Aria
- Alexander Rudin - Rimsky-Korsakov Fantasy on "Le Coq d'Or"
"(This) collection provides an impressive variety of cellistic possibilities, with both lyrical and dazzling playing. For instance, Ennio Bolognini's own composition - Serenata del Gaucho - demonstrates what pizzicato is all about, while the bold and heroic melody in Emmanuel Moor's Prelude is admirably served by Zara Nelsova's glorious tone qualities. Equally impressive in their technical wizardry are Arnold Földesy - Popper's pupil - who is near to arrogant with his fluent accomplishment of of the master's Spinning Song, while Alexandrer Gotgelf's rendition of Shaporin's Scherzo is technically awesome. of the more recent items, Alexander Rudin sparkles in the fiendishly difficult transcription of Rimsky-Korsakov's Fantasy on Le Coq D'or recorded in 1983. With recordings stretching from 1916 to 1997, the sound quality is variable but the plethora of gold nuggets makes this an interesting CD."
Joanne Talbot The Strad March 2002