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Emmanuelle Bertrand - Johann Sebastian Bach: Complete Cello Suites (2019)

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Emmanuelle Bertrand - Johann Sebastian Bach: Complete Cello Suites (2019)

Emmanuelle Bertrand - Johann Sebastian Bach: Complete Cello Suites (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 644 Mb | Total time: 134:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMM 902293.94 | Recorded: 2019

Recording Bach's six Cello Suites realized Emmanuelle Bertrand's most cherished dream. Her performance here features an exceptional instrument, built by Carlo Tononi in Venice in 1730. This cello, with it's deep and powerful sound, has been set up in 'Baroque' style (with gut strings and bow to match). In Bertrand's hands it proves to be the perfect choice for tackling one of the most impressive monuments in all western music.

Christophe Coin, The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Antonio Vivaldi: 6 Cello Concertos (1989) [Re-Up]

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Christophe Coin, The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Antonio Vivaldi: 6 Cello Concertos (1989) [Re-Up]

Antonio Vivaldi: 6 Cello Concertos (1989)
Christophe Coin, cello; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 261 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 133 Mb | Scans ~ 47 Mb
Classical, Baroque | Label: Decca, L'Oiseau-Lyre | # 421 732-2 | 00:57:32

Following his attractive performance of six of Vivaldi's cello sonatas, Christophe Coin has recorded six of the composer's 24 or so concertos for the instrument. Five of these, Michael Talbot tells us in an interesting accompanying note, probably belong to the 1720s while the sixth, the Concerto in G minor (RV416), is evidently a much earlier work. Coin has chosen, if I may use the expression somewhat out of its usual context, six of the best and plays them with virtuosity and an affecting awareness of their lyrical content. That quality, furthermore, is not confined to slow movements but occurs frequently in solo passages of faster ones, too. It would be difficult to single out any one work among the six for particular praise. My own favourite has long been the happily spirited Concerto in G major (RV413) with which Coin ends his programme. Strongly recommended. (Gramophone Magazine)

Li-Wei Qin, London PO, Zhang Yi - Edward Elgar, Benjamin Britten, William Walton: Cello Concertos (2014)

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Li-Wei Qin, London PO, Zhang Yi - Edward Elgar, Benjamin Britten, William Walton: Cello Concertos (2014)

Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto; Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes
William Walton: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (2014)
Li-Wei Qin, cello; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Zhang Yi, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb | Scans ~ 92 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 8896661 | Time: 01:15:26

An offering of two iconic British cello concertos, recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and distinguished cellist Li-Wei Qin, separated by an atmospheric and musically detailed recording of Britten’s Four Sea Interludes conducted by Zhang Yi.

Guadalupe Lopez Iniguez - Domenico Gabrielli & Alessandro Scarlatti: Complete Cello Works (2018)

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Guadalupe Lopez Iniguez - Domenico Gabrielli & Alessandro Scarlatti: Complete Cello Works (2018)

Domenico Gabrielli & Alessandro Scarlatti - Complete Cello Works (2018)
Guadalupe López Íñiguez, baroque cello; Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, baroque cello
Olli Hyyrynen, baroque guitar, archlute; Lauri Honkavirta, harpsichord

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 363 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Alba | # ABCD412 | Time: 01:14:53

Guadalupe López Íñiguez’s debut recording includes complete cello works from Gabrielli and Scarlatti, Recorded with the best baroque musicians in Finland. "I have included music that played an important role in my desired transformation from a “contemporary-trained” cellist to a “historically inspired” one. The reasons for such a desire are numerous and span several years and different experiences in my life,” (Guadalupe). Doctor of Psychology and Master of Music Guadalupe López Íñiguez is a Spanish academic– musician based at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki. Guadalupe has performed as a soloist on period cellos in different festivals. She is especially grateful for the encouragement received from artists Rafael Ramos, Markku Luolajan- Mikkola, and Ciro Rodríguez Perelló. Her artistic and scientific research comprises all her areas of expertise—namely psychology, sociology, research methodology, education, and musicology—in understanding the holistic performance of classical music.

Elizabeth Dolin, Bernadene Blaha - Felix Mendelssohn: Complete Works for Cello & Piano (2003)

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Elizabeth Dolin, Bernadene Blaha - Felix Mendelssohn: Complete Works for Cello & Piano (2003)

Felix Mendelssohn: Complete Works for Cello & Piano (2003)
Elizabeth Dolin, cello; Bernadene Blaha, piano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 232 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Analekta | # FL 2 3166 | Time: 01:03:14

Mendelssohn's complete works for cello and piano fit on a single CD with room to spare, and your collection should have room to spare for the terrific performances contained on this disc. Cellist Elizabeth Dolin and pianist Bernadene Blaha emphasize the composer's classicism and elegance, in contrast to the somewhat wilder spin with which cellist Mark Shuman and pianist Todd Crow suffuse these works. But whereas the latter ASV release is resonant to a fault, Analekta's engineering conveys a more intimate and equally warm ambience that falls kindly on the ears. Dolin and Blaha are never less than equal partners, which is important considering that Mendelssohn treats both instruments as such. (Classics Today 10/10)

Antonio Meneses - J.S. Bach: The 6 Cello Suites (2004) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Antonio Meneses - J.S. Bach: The 6 Cello Suites (2004) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Antonio Meneses - Johann Sebastian Bach: The 6 Cello Suites (2004) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 592 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 302 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Avie | # AV 0052 | Time: 02:08:44

Brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses, a member of the Beaux Arts Trio and a frequent collaborator of the world’s greatest conductors and orchestras, takes a solo turn with the most noble of works for his instrument, J S Bach’s Six Cello Suites. A consummate master of his instrument, Antonio started playing the cello when he was 10 years old. At the age of 16 his musical studies took him to Europe, and in 1982 he won the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and New York Philharmonic, among others, with such conductors as Karajan, Abbado, Rostropovich, Muti and Chailly. In the recording studio he famously collaborated with Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic in Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello (with Anne-Sophie Mutter), and Strauss’ Don Quixote. Playing a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaumme cello from Paris c.1840, Antonio’s renditions of Bach’s seminal works are marked by purity and grace, introspection and sophistication.

Tim Hugh, Mirjam Tschopp, Bilkent SO, Howard Griffiths - Ahmed Adnan Saygun: Cello Concerto; Viola Concerto (2007)

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Tim Hugh, Mirjam Tschopp, Bilkent SO, Howard Griffiths - Ahmed Adnan Saygun: Cello Concerto; Viola Concerto (2007)

Ahmed Adnan Saygun: Cello Concerto; Viola Concerto (2007)
Tim Hugh, cello; Mirjam Tschopp, viola; Bilkent Symphony Orchestra; Howard Griffiths, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 267 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: cpo | # cpo 777 290-2 | Time: 00:55:27

This disc strikes me as an ideal introduction to the music of Turkey’s greatest composer. Ahmed Adnan Saygun’s style might be described as “Szymanowski with a primal rhythmic feel.” If you love the composer’s First Violin Concerto then you will find here a very similar exoticism, nocturnal atmosphere, and love of voluptuous textures. The harmonic style is intensely chromatic, but also highly melodic. Like Bartók in his last period, Saygun’s handling of tonality mellowed toward the end of his life, which makes the Cello Concerto more consonant than the Viola Concerto, but both works are absolutely gorgeous and masterpieces of their kind. It’s positively criminal that no one plays these pieces regularly in concert. The performances here are excellent. Tim Hugh is a well-known cellist, and he pours on the tone with all of the rhapsodic abandon that Saygun requires. Mirjam Tschopp also is a superb violist, with a big, beefy tone that never gets swamped by the intricate orchestration. It’s also very rewarding to hear a Turkish orchestra in this music–and to find that it plays beautifully under Howard Griffiths.

Marko Ylönen - Johann Sebastian Bach: Six Suites for Solo Cello (2019)

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Marko Ylönen - Johann Sebastian Bach: Six Suites for Solo Cello (2019)

Marko Ylönen - Johann Sebastian Bach: Six Suites for Solo Cello (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 678 Mb | Total time: 143:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alba Records | ABCD444 | Recorded: 2016, 2017

Cellist Marko Ylönen has recorded a beautiful double album containing Bach’s six suites for solo cello. On the album, Ylönen wants to emphasize the way in which the different series work together in a dialogue. That is why he does not play them in their numerical order, but creates an experience that takes the listener from the world of passion in the fifth series to the joyful tones of the last sixth series. The clear musical structure and the affect of the musical characters and gestures combine in Ylönen’s performance. His interpretation of the Bach suites tells the listener something invaluable, touching and timeless.

Taeguk Mun, Chi Ho Han - Songs of the Cello: Homage to Pablo Casals (2019)

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Taeguk Mun, Chi Ho Han - Songs of the Cello: Homage to Pablo Casals (2019)

Taeguk Mun, Chi Ho Han - Songs of the Cello: Homage to Pablo Casals (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 259 Mb | Total time: 59:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | 0190295633134 | Recorded: 2018

This debut album opens with cellist Taeguk Mun - winner of the 2014 Pablo Casals International Cello Competition and the 2016 János Starker Foundation Award - playing Bach's Suite for Solo Cello No 1. He is then joined by the pianist Chi Ho Han, another multi-award-winning musician from South Korea, for Beethoven's Sonata for Cello and Piano in A Major and short pieces by Schumann, Schubert, Rubinstein and Pablo Casals.

Joan Jeanrenaud (ex- Kronos Quartet) - Metamorphosis (2002)

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Joan Jeanrenaud (ex- Kronos Quartet) - Metamorphosis (2002)

Joan Jeanrenaud - Metamorphosis (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 307 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Covers included
Classical, Contemporary, Chamber | Label: New Albion | 01:02:33

Cellist Joan Jeanrenaud's first solo album since leaving her 20-year gig with the celebrated Kronos Quartet finds her exploring areas that aren't exactly a huge departure from the type of edgy modern music she played with her old group, but it does show what she can do when given her own space to work with. The results are impressive. Most of the compositions are for solo cello with looped cello parts captured digitally or on tape, while one is written for cello and computer-generated sounds and another for cello and "electronics." The composers are a combination of names familiar (Steve Mackey, Philip Glass, Hamza el Din) and new (Mark Grey, Jeanrenaud herself), and while the pieces aren't all equally interesting there are several works of stunning beauty here. One of the most engaging is el Din's "Escalay + 17:10," with its looped Egyptian melodies, and another is Jeanrenaud's own "Altar Piece," which makes extensive use of electronic tone alteration and layering, and on which she exercises masterful control of whispery artificial harmonics. But the album's highlight is a piece by Karen Tanaka entitled "Song of Songs." Inspired by the Old Testament book of the same name, which is essentially an extended love song, Tanaka builds a sweet, simple, and beautifully textured work out of cello and computer-generated sounds. As always, Jeanrenaud's playing is virtuosic but never showy. Highly recommended.

Sergey Malov - Johann Sebastian Bach: 6 Suites for Violoncello Solo (2020)

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Sergey Malov - Johann Sebastian Bach: 6 Suites for Violoncello Solo (2020)

Sergey Malov - Johann Sebastian Bach: 6 Suites for Violoncello Solo (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 306 Mb | Total time: 73:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Solo Musica | SM 343 | Recorded: 2018

The personal story of the cello played braced against the shoulder (violoncello da spalla) began when Sergey Malov first listened to a vinyl recording of Bach's cello suites played by the legendary Pablo Casals from his father's collection. Later on, when listening to the recordings he could not get rid of the feeling that this light and dancing music does not fit that well with such a heavy big instrument as a cello. Although perhaps he just wanted to play these amazing pieces himself. Malov was dreaming about playing them authentically. He had no idea though what that authentic way was or how he could place such a huge bass instrument on his shoulder.

Halle Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli - Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto, Enigma Variations, Introduction and Allegro, Elegy (1991)

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Halle Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli - Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto, Enigma Variations, Introduction and Allegro, Elegy (1991)

Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto, Enigma Variations, Introduction and Allegro, Elegy (1991)
Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Sir John Barbirolli; André Navarra, cello

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 347 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI | # CDM 7639552 | Time: 01:13:08

Barbirolli made later recordings of all the works on this CD and these have become cornerstones of the catalogue. These are earlier recordings that he did with his own orchestra, the Halle, in the 1950s. To start with, the recording quality is pretty amazing. They were recorded on 35mm film tape rather than half inch recording tape by the Mercury team and have astonishing immediacy and amazingly lifelike. Barbirolli uses an organ in the finale of the Enigma Variations. The recording is a little bass heavy but this is a small caveat. For people who consider Barbirolli to be a bit indulgent as a conductor, these recordings may come as a surprise. The performances are very direct and nicely flowing. They therefore complement rather than compete with the later recordings. Of course, Barbirolli's later recording of the Cello Concerto with Jacqueline du Pre is a very famous and special rendition of the work. However, it is not without its detractors. Andre Navarra, by contrast, plays with golden tone. He plays gorgeously. Highly recommended.

Alexander Ivashkin, Russian State SO, Valeri Polyansky - Sergey Prokofiev: Symphony No. 2; Symphony-Concerto (2002)

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Alexander Ivashkin, Russian State SO, Valeri Polyansky - Sergey Prokofiev: Symphony No. 2; Symphony-Concerto (2002)

Sergey Prokofiev: Symphony No. 2 Op. 40, Symphony-Concerto Op. 125 (2002)
Alexander Ivashkin, cello; Russian State Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Valeri Polyansky

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 341 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9989 | Time: 01:19:39

Chandos’s previous Prokofiev series, recorded in the 80s with Neëme Järvi and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, is still probably the most recommendable complete cycle available. Chandos now seem to feel the need to start again, the reason possibly being that they are now using ‘authentically’ all-Russian forces. Whatever the company’s motivation (or if indeed it is to be a complete cycle), the results are impressively powerful, and the coupling stimulating and generous.

Alexander Ivashkin - Sofia Gubaidulina: In croce, Ten Preludes, Quaternion (2001)

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Alexander Ivashkin - Sofia Gubaidulina: In croce, Ten Preludes, Quaternion (2001)

Sofia Gubaidulina: In croce, Ten Preludes, Quaternion (2001)
Alexander Ivashkin, cello; Natalia Pavlutskaya, cello; Rachel Johnston, cello;
Miranda Wilson, cello; Malcolm Hicks, organ

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9958 | Time: 00:55:51

Alexander Ivashkin’s bold, confident cello-playing is the thread running through these works; he partners the organist Malcolm Hicks in the 1979 In croce, plays the Ten Preludes for the solo instrument from 1979, and leads a quartet of cellos in the remarkable Quaternion. Though many of Sofia Gubaidulina’s works have a religious dimension, In croce does not, despite its title; ‘On the cross’ refers to the way in which the two instruments exchange roles during the work, the cello beginning with microtones in the lowest register and gradually rising to a high diatonic end, while the organ starts off high in a pure A major and descends to the depths to a cluster that gradually collapses when the instrument’s blower is turned off. Though the Ten Preludes stretch the player’s capabilities to the maximum, they remain more or less within the conventional resources of the instrument. But Quaternion creates a whole new, ethereal, sound-world in which the cellos are tuned in pairs a quarter-tone apart, the players wear thimbles on their fingers in one section, and the music is persistently coloured by harmonics.

Yo-Yo Ma - Soul of the Tango: The Music of Astor Piazzolla (1997) [Re-Up]

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Yo-Yo Ma - Soul of the Tango: The Music of Astor Piazzolla (1997) [Re-Up]

Yo-Yo Ma - Soul of the Tango: The Music of Astor Piazzolla (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 338 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 156 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Crossover, Tango | Label: Sony Classical | # SK 63122 | Time: 01:03:41

Inspired by a general love of the tango, and more specifically the tango of Astor Piazzolla, on the part of Yo-Yo Ma, the Soul of the Tango album is a masterful work of the nuevo tango, played by Ma's cello and many of Piazzolla's former associates. Piazzolla's old guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad even showed up to work on a pair of tracks arranged by Sergio: the Tango Suite (consisting of Andante and Allegro). The sheer beauty of one of Piazzolla's tangos is generally enough to warrant the purchase of an album involving them. An album such as this one, where all of the songs (save one: Tango Remembrances, where Ma plays along with outtakes from Piazzolla's recording of The Rough Dancer and the Cyclical Night album) are compositions by Piazzolla is even better. Add to this the masterful playing of Ma, and the surprising facility in which the cello fits into the tango, and you've got what could become a classic album, if only it weren't on the classical label from Sony.