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'Singing Cello'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Singing Cello'

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'Singing Cello'

Falla Suite populaire espagnole Faure Apres un reve, Op 7 No 1 Kreisler Liebesleid Liszt Romance oubliee, S132 Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen--No 3, Ich hab' ein gluhend Messer; No 4, Die zwei blauen Augen Mendelssohn Albumblatt Rachmaninov Two Pieces, Op 2 Schumann Liederkreis, Op 39 No 5, Mondnacht; No 7, Auf einer Burg; No 9, Wehmut; No 10, Zwielicht Suk Serenade, Op 3 No 2 Istvan Vardai vc Julien Quentin pf Hungaroton (F) HCD32741 (61' * DDD)

At first glance one might think that the tide of this disc heralds a selection of songs transcribed for cello. And in fact 12 of the 19 tracks are exactly that, including four numbers from Schumann's Liederkreis, Op 39, and the six movements of Falla's Suite populaire espagnole. Might it have been better programming to retain this theme? The remaining tracks are the perfectly pleasant but apparendy arbitrary choices of original instrumental works by Suk, Mendelssohn and Rachmaninov (rarely heard), Faure and Kreisler (much recorded). …

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