Casals Encores

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Casals Encores
Alban Gerhardt (cello) Cecile Licad (piano)

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 10 June 2011

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"This is cello playing of exquisite sophistication and bold imagination. Casals, I feel sure, would have approved."
(BBC Music Chamber Choice Aug 2011)

"Gerhardt has a honeyed, liquid tone all his own. He has created a well-contrasted programme that clearly took a long time to research and hone...This is cello playing of exquisite sophistication and bold imagination. Casals, I feel sure, would have approved."
(BBC Music Chamber Choice Aug 2011)

"An unexpected disc from a cellist one usually thinks of as a heavyweight...he brings to them absolutely the same seriousness of approach and sensitivity that he does to everything. And it works for an album that feels worthwhile as well as easily digestible." Editor's Choice Gramophone Magazine, September 2011

This sensational new release from German cellist Alban Gerhardt recaptures the novelty of the much-loved encores performed by Pablo Casals. Spanish-born Casals was universally recognized as one of the world's greatest cellists and had a vast repertoire of intimate encores which were adored by his audiences. The disc features transcriptions of works by many notable composers including Fauré, Chopin, Saint-Saëns, Boccherini and Wagner. Also featured are frequently performed musical gems by David Popper: Vito, Chanson villageoise and his Mazurka in G minor, pieces which have gained a special place in the cello literature.

Gerhardt performs these miniature masterworks with extraordinary finesse and verve. His very personal interpretations never lapse into self-indulgence and he projects a distinctive luminescence of tone with infallible intonation. Gerhardt is intelligently partnered and perfectly matched by pianist Cecile Licad on her Hyperion debut. This unique disc demonstrates sublime musicianship, with both performers revelling in a wide expressive scope from the vivacious to the lyrical.


Cello Sonata in A major, G4a: Allegro Moderato

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2
arr. David Popper
Prelude Op. 28 No. 15 in D flat major 'Raindrop'
arr. Pablo Casals

Petite Suite: Menuet
arr. Gaston Choisnel

Salut d'amour, Op. 12

Nana (No. 5 from Siete canciones populares españolas)
arr. Maurice Maréchal

Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1
arr. Pablo Casals

Godard, B:
Berceuse from Jocelyn

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 5 'Andaluza'
arr. Pablo Casals

Chanson Louis XIII and Pavane (In the style of Couperin)

Thine Eyes So Blue
arr. Pablo Casals

Romance for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 35

La Chanson villageoise, Op. 62 No. 2
Mazurka in G minor, Op. 11 No. 3
Vito, Spanish Dance Op. 54/5

Le Carnaval des Animaux: Le Cygne
Allegro Appassionato in B minor Op. 43

Serenata napoletana, Op. 24 No. 2

The Song of the Birds
traditional, arr. Pablo Casals

O du, mein holder Abendstern (from Tannhäuser)
arr. Leo Schulz