Sometimes, not often but sometimes, a little Saint-Saëns is just the thing. When you're in the right mood, his attractive melodies, piquant harmonies, brilliant colors, graceful tempos, and reserved emotionalism can be rather appealing. When you find yourself in that mood, this disc of Saint-Saëns' works for cello and orchestra will be the ideal aural companion.
The second album of the cellist quartet focuses on jazz, the famous themes of the legendary Errol Garner, Dave Brubeck, George Gershwin and Paul Desmond are performed.
Natalie Clein, whose previous recording of the music of Ernest Bloch was described as ‘inspired’ by The Sunday Times, turns to his three suites for solo cello as part of a recital of works written in the aftermath of the Second World War. The sombre voice of the cello seems especially apposite in music of such deep seriousness, Ligeti’s short sonata providing an energetic and life-affirming finale.
Here are two concerts for Carlo Graziani's cello and orchestra, rarely listening to the artist's Berlin period, until 1772. These are two concerts of pleasing listening, in the galante-classical style with a fairly virtuoso cello, which is particularly pronounced in cadences. Marco Testori, specialist of the period and of the historical-informed execution practice, gives us a fine interpretation, well supported by the orchestra of the musicians of St. Pelagia, directed by Vanni Moretto. Good, though a bit tight, the booklet that accompanies the cd and clean and detailed sound reproduction.
Shafran became something of a legendary figure amongst cellists. He made a fabled child prodigy debut at ten, playing the Rococo Variations with the Leningrad Philharmonic conducted by Albert Coates. In later years, though, he toured abroad very seldom – making sporadic visits in the 1960s to Rome, New York and London and a succession of visits to Japan where he was immensely popular and had a number of students. Towards the end of his life he gave two celebrated recitals at Wigmore Hall.