This set brings together two albums of modern music for solo cello played by Emmanuelle Bertrand. The first disc, Bertrand's début release on harmonia mundi, features works by Dutilleux, Crumb, Henze, Ligeti and Bacri. The second, released under the title Le violoncelle parle (the Cello Speaks), includes Suites for Solo Cello by Britten and Cassado and Kodaly's Sonata for Solo Cello. In Bertrand's hands, the cello truly 'speaks' and takes us beyond geographical boundaries and straight to the heart of the language of cultural inspiration.
Such stalwarts as Christopher Hogwood, Marc Minkowski, John Eliot Gardiner, and Nicholas McGegan tackled Handel's early oratorio La Resurrezione before Emmanuelle Haïm, but hers may well be the most passionate performance of the once-rare work yet recorded. Part of the reason is Haïm's own fiery nature. Nothing here is merely filler: every aria, recitative, and interlude is played for maximum musical and emotional value. Part of her success is due to Haïm's choice of soloists. While some listeners might wish soprano Camilla Tilling brought more strength to her part, she and the other four soloists bring plenty of intensity to their singing.
A very succesful and delightful transcription of Grieg's lyric pieces (originaly for piano) by Bertrand and Amoyel, and very well played by them. It's a joyful surprise for me to discover this disc.
Hot and Horny Emmanuelle continues her hands on erotic lessons revealing the advantages of different partners and the delight in pursuing ones wildest desires.