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Cervelló: Music For Strings / Soriano, Hermitage Orchestra


Release Date: 10/28/2003 
Label:  Ensayo   Catalog #: 2003   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jordi Cervelló
Performer:  Sergey MalovIlya IoffAlexei Massarsky
Conductor:  Alexis Soriano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Camerata of the Hermitage Museum
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ear-catching music from a composer dedicated to exploring string sounds

A sometime violinist himself, Catalan composer Jordi Cervelló, born in 1935, declares in an introductory quotation his fascination with the expressive power of the strings. ‘A simple long and calm note,’ he declares, ‘can evoke the most acute sense of remoteness.’ And indeed the essence of this collection lies particularly in the sounds created by the string instruments rather than any structural complexity. The Dos movimentos, especially, contain eerily distinctive individual sounds in both movements, the slow first movement full of heart searching, the more varied second based on some of Otakar Sevcik’s violin exercises. Their dedicatee is
Read more Vladimir Spivakov, whose Moscow Virtuosi provided the link between Cervelló and St Petersburg that in 2002 resulted in this recording.

The programme opens with a Concerto Grosso evoking the Baroque form of Handel, Corelli and Vivaldi. The slow movement is especially charming, while the faster movements, more readily featuring dialogue between concertino and ripieno, include a presto finale with Mendelssohnian touches. The Concertino for violin and strings is a light-hearted work, sandwiching between sprightly first movement and third movements a slow movement in the form of a lullaby. It’s the sort of work that, if Cervelló were British, might have appeared before now in one the many collections of ‘String Miniatures’. Gemini, played by violin and cello, has two movements – the first a reflective adagio, the second a more complex and varied divertimento.

Expertly played and clearly recorded, the wholly approachable collection should appeal to anyone who shares the composer’s fascination with string sounds.

-- Andrew Lamb, Gramophone [8/2004]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto grosso for Strings by Jordi Cervelló
Conductor:  Alexis Soriano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Camerata of the Hermitage Museum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/2002 
Venue:  St. Katherina Church, Petersburg, Russia 
Length: 17 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2.
Concertino for Violin and Orchestra by Jordi Cervelló
Performer:  Sergey Malov (Violin)
Conductor:  Alexis Soriano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Camerata of the Hermitage Museum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/2002 
Venue:  St. Katherina Church, Petersburg, Russia 
Length: 13 Minutes 25 Secs. 
3.
Movimientos (2) for Strings by Jordi Cervelló
Conductor:  Alexis Soriano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Camerata of the Hermitage Museum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/2002 
Venue:  St. Katherina Church, Petersburg, Russia 
Length: 15 Minutes 50 Secs. 
4.
Gemini by Jordi Cervelló
Performer:  Ilya Ioff (Violin), Alexei Massarsky (Cello)
Conductor:  Alexis Soriano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Camerata of the Hermitage Museum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997-1998; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/2002 
Venue:  St. Katherina Church, Petersburg, Russia 
Length: 16 Minutes 51 Secs. 

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