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Angel Dances / 12 Cellists Of Berlin Philharmonic


Release Date: 07/18/2006 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 57030   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Astor PiazzollaVolker SchlottGiacomo CarissimiClaude Debussy,   ... 
Performer:  David DelacroixJocelyn B. SmithHans-Dieter LorenzFranz Schindelbeck,   ... 
Conductor:  Simon Halsey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin PhilharmonicBerlin Radio Chorus members
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Who would have guessed? Here the 12 cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic present a collection of music originally composed for piano, chorus, chorus with orchestra, and Argentinian tango octet (along with one piece by Arvo Pärt and another by Markus Stockhausen actually composed for these cellists) and convince us of the beauty of the works scored for stringed instruments. The cello, of course, has a remarkable range and can sound very much like a voice, but these guys can reproduce the resonances of violins, flutes, or an entire orchestra. Sometimes the sound is deep and organ-like, at other times, translucent. And the program is so well planned that there's never a sense of sameness.


The theme of the CD is
Read more vaguely spiritual, but it certainly doesn't get in the way. Of course the religious music is clear: the Verdi "Ave Maria" (dating from 1888); two contemporary spirituals by Volker Schlott; a prayer from Carissimi's oratorio Plorate about Jephtha's promise of a sacrifice to God; a trio and double quartet from Mendelssohn's Elijah; a Bach chorale. Pärt's Fratres simply implies meditation; the Piazzolla suite is a three-part work on the subject of an Angel, and Debussy's La Cathédrale engloutie is a miraculous depiction of the myth of a cathedral that was swallowed up by the sea, reappears, and then disappears again.


The final work, by Markus Stockhausen (son of composer Karlheinz), is called Miniatur, with the parentheses "einer Seelenreise" attached to it--a Soul Journey. It alone is worth the price of the CD. In several parts and lasting 13 minutes, it is elegiac, haunting, jazzy, and graceful by turns, with trumpet and flugelhorn played gently and delicately by the composer. The final couple of minutes sound positively electronic.


Along the way, the cellists' playing is always flawlessly in tune, filled with spirit and tonal beauty from whispered to lush. Their Piazzolla is soulful; their impressionist spin on the Debussy almost outdoes the composer's piano version. Singer Jocelyn Smith adds some Gospel heat, and six members of the Berlin Radio Choir are lovely in the Carissimi. This is a unique CD; if this is crossover, sign me up.


The recording is spotless and finds just the right ambiance for each selection, but there's a problem: you'll find it necessary to fiddle with your volume controls for different pieces and occasionally within pieces. The quiets are divinely quiet, but only with the volume slightly increased, and when it is up, the big moments can be too big. This is rare, but be warned. It's worth the trouble: Angel Dances is heavenly. [8/7/2006]
--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La muerte del Angel by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  David Delacroix (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; Argentina 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: José Carli.
Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (01/04/2006 - 01/07/2006); Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (03/26/2006) 
2.
Milonga del Angel by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  David Delacroix (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; Argentina 
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: José Carli.
Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (01/04/2006 - 01/07/2006); Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (03/26/2006) 
3.
Resurrección del Angel by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  David Delacroix (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; Argentina 
Length: 7 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: José Carli.
Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (01/04/2006 - 01/07/2006); Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (03/26/2006) 
4.
Let us praise Him by Volker Schlott
Performer:  Jocelyn B. Smith (Voice), Hans-Dieter Lorenz (Double Bass), David Delacroix (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (01/04/2006 - 01/07/2006); Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (03/26/2006) 
5.
Jephte: Plorate filii Jerusalem by Giacomo Carissimi
Performer:  David Delacroix (Cello)
Conductor:  Simon Halsey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic,  Berlin Radio Chorus members
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1650; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Stephen Johns.
Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (01/04/2006 - 01/07/2006); Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (03/26/2006) 
6.
Préludes, Book 1: no 10, La cathédrale engloutie by Claude Debussy
Performer:  David Delacroix (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Rudolf Leopold.
Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (01/04/2006 - 01/07/2006); Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (03/26/2006) 
7.
Fratres by Arvo Pärt
Performer:  David Delacroix (Cello), Franz Schindelbeck (Bass Drum)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977-1980; Estonia 
Length: 9 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (01/04/2006 - 01/07/2006); Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (03/26/2006) 
8.
A solis ortus cardine by Volker Schlott
Performer:  David Delacroix (Cello), Jocelyn B. Smith (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (01/04/2006 - 01/07/2006); Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (03/26/2006) 
9.
Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  David Delacroix (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: David Riniker.
Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (01/04/2006 - 01/07/2006); Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (03/26/2006) 
10.
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David Delacroix (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: David Riniker.
Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (01/04/2006 - 01/07/2006); Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (03/26/2006) 
11.
Elijah, Op. 70: Lift thine eyes to the mountains by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  David Delacroix (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Elijah, Op. 70: For He shall give his angels" and "Elijah, Op. 70: For He shall give his angels."
Arranger: Wilhelm Kaiser-Lindemann.Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (01/04/2006 - 01/07/2006); Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (03/26/2006) 
12.
Elijah, Op. 70: For He shall give his angels by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  David Delacroix (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Elijah, Op. 70: Lift thine eyes to the mountains."
Arranger: Wilhelm Kaiser-Lindemann.
Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (01/04/2006 - 01/07/2006); Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (03/26/2006) 
13.
Minitaur by Markus Stockhausen
Performer:  David Delacroix (Cello), Markus Stockhausen (Flugelhorn), Markus Stockhausen (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 12 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (01/04/2006 - 01/07/2006); Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (03/26/2006) 

Sound Samples

La Muerte del Àngel
Milonga del Àngel
La Resurreccion del Àngel
Let us praise him
Plorate
La cathédrale engloutie
Fratres
A solis ortus cardine
Quattro Pezzi Sacri: Ave Maria
Choral: Jesu bleibet meine Freude (from Cantata 147)
Trio & Double Quartet (Elijah)
Miniatur (einer Seelenreise)

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