Nelsova plays Concertos, Sonatas, & Suites for Cello by BACH, BEETHOVEN, BRAHMS, BOCCHERINI, SCHUMANN, DVORAK, MILHAUD, & KABALEVSKY – Audite (4 CDs)
Russian-Canadian cello virtuoso Zara Nelsova’s appearances at RIAS prove poetic and volatile.
Pierre Fournier at the Lucerne Festival = DVORAK: Cello Concerto in b minor; SAINT-SAENS: Cello Concerto No. 1 in a minor; CASALS: El cant dels ocells – Pierre Fournier, cello/ Swiss Festival Orch./ Istvan Kertesz (Dvorak)/ Orch. Philharmonique de la RTF/ Jean Martinon (Saint-Saens)/ Festival Strings Lucerne/ Matthias Bamert (Casals) – Audite
Grand master of the cello Fournier shares his gift in three appearances in Lucerne, one of which matches him with Istvan Kertesz.
Your reaction to these exceptionally clean readings depends on how you like your Bach.
Lovely vocal arrangements from the “golden days” of the Marlboro Music Festival, expertly sung in fine sound.
“Cellobration” = Works of MENDELSSOHN, ECCLES, GRANADOS, FAURE, LIGETI, BACH & Others – Amit Peled, cello / Eliza Ching, piano – Centaur “Something Borrowed: Transcriptions for Cello and Piano” – Jonathan Aasgaard, cello / Ian Buckle, p. – MSR Classics
Both these discs offer a good many enticements for fanciers of the cello.
ERNEST BLOCH: From Jewish Life – Cello Works = Nigun; Méditation Hébraïque; From Jewish Life; Voice In The Wilderness; Visions And Prophecies; Suite No. 3 for solo cello – Michal Kaňka (cello) / Miguel Borges Coelho (piano) – Praga
Admirers of Bloch’s Schelomo may well wish to investigate this fine new release of Bloch’s music for cello and piano from Praga.
Julius Katchen, Volume I = BACH: Partita No. 2 in C Minor; BEETHOVEN: 32 Variations in C Minor; Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major; Cello Sonata No. 5 in D Major – Julius Katchen, piano/Pablo Casals, cello/Bavarian Radio Sym. /Eugen Jochum – Doremi
American piano virtuoso Julius Katchen eloquently demonstrates the prowess that made him a powerhouse in the music of Beethoven.