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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 | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 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.

Richard Jenkinson, Benjamin Frith - The Moon Sails Out (2015)

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Richard Jenkinson, Benjamin Frith - The Moon Sails Out (2015)

Richard Jenkinson, Benjamin Frith - The Moon Sails Out (2015)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 287 MB | 01:10:11
Genre: Classical | Label: EM Records

This EM Records release of British cello music performed by the Jenkinson Frith Duo presents World Première recordings by Cyril Scott, Ivor Gurney and Ian Venables: Cyril Scott’s monumental Cello Sonata is recorded here for the first time alongside Ivor Gurney’s unpublished one-movement Cello Sonata in E minor.

Anner Bylsma - J.S. Bach: Cello Suites Nos. 1, 2 & 3 (1999)

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Anner Bylsma - J.S. Bach: Cello Suites Nos. 1, 2 & 3 (1999)

Anner Bylsma - J.S. Bach: Cello Suites Nos. 1, 2 & 3 (1999)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 281 MB | 54:57
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical

To those of you who are chary of "historically informed" interpretations, you needn't be in this case. Though presumably Bylsma's approach is scholarly and "correct", there is nothing objective about his interpretation. It is sinewy, chocolately, dramatic, as winning and hearfelt an interpretation as any of the great performances on the modern cello by Cassals, Fournier, Rostropovich et al. Bylsma uses an actual period cello, not a reproduction, but manages to bring it alive and to coax out of it the sweetest sounds. Bylsma's tempi are faster than those familiar with modern interpretations might be prepared for, but his musicianship is so keen that the most precise phrasing remains intact and Bach's music never ends up sounding forced or rushed.

Torleif Thedéen - Saint-Saëns: The Two Cello Concertos (1998)

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Torleif Thedéen - Saint-Saëns: The Two Cello Concertos (1998)

Torleif Thedéen - Saint-Saëns: The Two Cello Concertos (1998)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 284 MB | 01:06:25
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS

Saint-Saëns's lovely First Cello Concerto is probably the only work on this disc most listeners are familiar with. The second, written after the turn of the century (1902), is somewhat more severe but also rewarding. The composer's famous Third Symphony is actually his fifth; this recording contains the first, a skillful if slight piece by a very gifted 20-year-old. The short Romance provides a charming interlude. Thedéen is an excellent cellist, and all the music is intimate enough in scale that Kantarow and his fine chamber orchestra can handle it with complete aplomb. Fine recorded sound.

Marc Coppey - J.S. Bach: The Six Cello Suites (2003)

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Marc Coppey - J.S. Bach: The Six Cello Suites (2003)

Marc Coppey - J.S. Bach: The Six Cello Suites (2003)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 676 MB | 02:13:53
Genre: Classical | Label: æon

Jean Lauxerois begins his notes to Marc Coppey’s recording of J.S. Bach’s Cello Suites by enumerating the many reasons why yet another version of these familiar works “to swell the ever-growing ranks” is superfluous, then explains Coppey’s decision to ignore the arguments as “obedience to a deeper logic, a feeling of necessity”. Lauxerois offers many examples of this “deeper logic”–such as that the Suites somehow correspond to the six days of creation (and on the seventh day God rested…), or that the Suites somehow possess an internal universal code summarizing Leibnitz’s best-of-all-possible-worlds theorem. While it’s impossible to know exactly how obedient Coppey has been to this “deeper logic”, thankfully he delivers an expertly performed set that on purely musical terms renders such rhetorical tripe irrelevant.

Yo-Yo Ma, Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi's Cello (2004)

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Yo-Yo Ma, Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi's Cello (2004)

Yo-Yo Ma, Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi's Cello (2004)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 338 MB | 01:06:26
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical

There are people who buy everything Yo-Yo Ma releases, and that's a good thing: his incessant musical curiosity and his ability to carry his audience with him constitute a true bright spot in today's classical music scene. Fans of the two Simply Baroque discs Ma recorded with Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra will find much to like in Vivaldi's Cello, featuring the same musicians and offering several Vivaldi cello concertos plus Vivaldi works arranged for cello and ensemble by Koopman.

Alisa Weilerstein; Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim - Elgar, Carter: Cello Concertos; Bruch: Kol Nidrei (2012)

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Alisa Weilerstein; Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim - Elgar, Carter: Cello Concertos; Bruch: Kol Nidrei (2012)

Edward Elgar, Elliott Carter: Cello Concertos; Max Bruch: Kol Nidrei (2012)
Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Staatskapelle Berlin, conducted by Daniel Barenboim

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 279 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 2735 | Time: 01:02:25

Making her debut on Decca, Alisa Weilerstein presents three major works of the cello repertoire with Daniel Barenboim leading the Staatskapelle Berlin. The star vehicle, naturally, is Edward Elgar's Concerto in E minor, which Weilerstein plays with commanding presence, rich tone, and emotional depth. Most listeners will be drawn primarily to this performance because of the piece's familiarity, and Weilerstein's charisma and passionate playing make it the album's main attraction. Yet listeners should give Weilerstein and Barenboim credit for following the Elgar with an important if not instantly recognizable or approachable modernist work, Elliott Carter's powerful Cello Concerto. Weilerstein is quite bold to play this intensely dramatic and angular composition, and while it's unlikely to appeal to the majority of fans who adore the Elgar, it deserves its place on the program for its seriousness and extraordinary displays of solo and orchestral writing. To close, Weilerstein plays Max Bruch's Kol Nidrei, a Romantic work that returns the program to a mellow and melancholy mood and brings the CD to a satisfying close. Decca's reproduction is excellent, putting Weilerstein front and center with full resonance, but not leaving the vibrant accompaniment of the orchestra too far behind her.

David Geringas, DR, Stefan Parkman - Gubaidulina: The Canticle Of The Sun; Hommage a Marina Tsvetayeva (2003)

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David Geringas, DR, Stefan Parkman - Gubaidulina: The Canticle Of The Sun; Hommage a Marina Tsvetayeva (2003)

Sofia Gubaidulina - The Canticle Of The Sun; Hommage à Marina Tsvetayeva (2003)
David Geringas, cello; Danish National Radio Choir & Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stefan Parkman

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 191 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10106 | Time: 00:54:52

When in the first decade of the twentieth century, pioneering Russian creative artists turned to the sun for inspiration, they saw this theme as a symbol of liberation from turn-of-the-century decadence. In The Canticle of the Sun the power of the sun celebrates two liberating forces: specifically, the dedicatee, Mstislav Rostropovich, who shed light in the darkness of the later Soviet years (Gubaidulina has even spoken of the work embodying his ‘sunny personality’) and more generally, the spiritual sources which the composer has explored through her own musical journey within and beyond Soviet Russia. The Canticle of the Sun is a response to a text by St Francis of Assisi, in which he humbly glorifies the creator. Gubaidulina, aware that the music should not be ostentatious or complicated, suggests the mysteries of creation and humanity through solo cello and percussion, and places St Francis’s text in the restrained mouths of the choir as a kind of wondering response. The second work on this disc is a setting of five poems by Marina Tsvetayeva for unaccompanied choir.

Steven Isserlis, Lorin Maazel - Strauss: Don Quixote - Complete Works for Violoncello (2001)

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Steven Isserlis, Lorin Maazel - Strauss: Don Quixote - Complete Works for Violoncello (2001)

Steven Isserlis, Lorin Maazel - Strauss: Don Quixote - Complete Works for Violoncello (2001)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 321 MB | 01:14:57
Genre: Classical | Label: RCA Red Seal

This survey of Strauss cello works includes one of the finest Don Quixotes since Pierre Fournier’s matchlessly aristocratic Berlin and Cleveland accounts. Steven Isserlis first met Cervantes’ “Knight of Rueful Countenance” a decade ago when he recorded the work for Virgin with the Minnesota Orchestra under Edo de Waart. You could take absolute technical command for granted, but what was doubly impressive was the way Isserlis brought out the Don’s internalized conflicts (an old man’s obsession with chivalry nullified by failing physical powers) so vividly. His insights emerge even more potently in this remake with Lorin Maazel and the Bavarian RSO. It’s impeccably delivered, with outstanding solo playing from Isserlis and his equally fine (but un-credited) Sancho Panza (viola) and also from the orchestra’s concertmaster.

Steven Isserlis - Cello World (1998)

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Steven Isserlis - Cello World (1998)

Steven Isserlis - Cello World (1998)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 342 MB | 01:11:49
Genre: Classical | Label: Steven Isserlis - Cello World (1998)

Cello World is a wonderful collection of original works and arrangements from the repertoire of world-famous cellist Steven Isserlis. The inspired line-up of pieces includes Schumann's moving Intermezzo, Leonard's The Donkey and the Driver and Villa-Lobo's rippling Song of the Black Swan. This is the perfect volume for cellists looking for a variety of challenging repertoire.

Steven Isserlis - Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1, Sonata No. 1, Romances (1990)

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Steven Isserlis - Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1, Sonata No. 1, Romances (1990)

Steven Isserlis - Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1, Sonata No. 1, Romances (1990)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 256 MB | 01:07:15
Genre: Classical | Label: RCA Red Seal

'Concerto!' was a Channel Four TV series that showed participating soloists in rehearsal, in conversation with Dudley Moore and Michael Tilson Thomas and, ultimately, in performance, which resulted in several recordings, of which this is one. This disc is recommendable not so much for Steven Isserlis's Cello Concerto – smooth and intelligent as that is – as for the fillups. The swan has Moore and Tilson Thomas as joint accompanists, elegantly executed, but the items with Pascal Devoyon are especially valuable, the First Cello Sonata full of elegantly tailored drama, the two Romances, Chant saphique and Gavotte palpable charmers, tastefully played; and the headstrong, thematically memorable Allegro appassionato, one of the finest shorter pieces in the cellist's repertory. .

Anner Bylsma, L'Archibudelli & Smithsonian Chamber Players - Dotzauer: Quintet, Pieces for cello, Quartet (1995)

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Anner Bylsma, L'Archibudelli & Smithsonian Chamber Players - Dotzauer: Quintet, Pieces for cello, Quartet (1995)

Anner Bylsma, L'Archibudelli & Smithsonian Chamber Players - Dotzauer: Quintet, Pieces for cello, Quartet (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 73:56 | 413 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: 64307

In his day, Friedrich Dotzauer (1783-1860) was extremely influential as a performer, teacher and composer. In addition to having a highly successful career as an orchestral player. Dotzauer taught many of the best-known cellists of his age, and was prolific as a composer of sacred music, symphonies and chamber music. This issue makes available a sample of Dotzauer's chamber music which reveals the composer's craftsmanship and rich imagination. The four-movement Quintet. Op. 134 has an easy grace and carefree melodiousness that Bylsma and his colleagues express most engagingly.

Arturo Muruzabal - Röntgen: Complete Cello Concertos (2007)

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Arturo Muruzabal - Röntgen: Complete Cello Concertos (2007)

Arturo Muruzabal - Röntgen: Complete Cello Concertos (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:04:15 | 352 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Etcetera | Catalog: KTC 1329

Despite his close associations with the likes of Brahms, Casals, and Grieg (and in some respects, because of them), the works of Julius Röntgen have had some difficulty gaining popularity outside of his adoptive homeland of the Netherlands. Like Brahms, Röntgen was a conservative composer and though his output was vast, he never truly succeeded in creating his own unique, identifiable musical sound. He was also often criticized for failing to polish or refine his completed compositions. Nevertheless, his compositions – and in particular his three cello concertos heard here – are replete with the best and most enjoyable qualities of German Romanticism.

Jan Bastiaan Neven, Algarve Orchestra, Álvaro Cassuto - Braga Santos: Cello concerto (2004)

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Jan Bastiaan Neven, Algarve Orchestra, Álvaro Cassuto - Braga Santos: Cello concerto (2004)

Jan Bastiaan Neven, Algarve Orchestra, Álvaro Cassuto - Braga Santos: Cello concerto (2004)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:06:22 | 312 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Marco Polo | Catalog: 8225271

Joly Braga Santos (1924-1988) was Portugal's best-known composer of the twentieth century. His work displayed little national flavor; it incorporated various foreign influences and changed according to prevailing trends, yet displayed a consistent melodic inclination and rhythmic verve that are recognizable across stylistic lines. His six symphonies are his best-known works, but the Naxos label's Marco Polo imprint, dedicated to the exploration of unfamiliar repertories, has issued a series of discs devoted to other music by Braga Santos in recent years. This set of orchestral pieces spans his entire career, from the 20-year-old composer's Nocturno for strings to the Concerto for cello and orchestra and Staccato brilhante, written in the last year of his life.

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) ~ 203 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.