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Meditations / Les Violoncelles Francais

Violoncelles Francais
Release Date: 02/08/2011 
Label:  Mirare   Catalog #: 112   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ernest BlochPablo CasalsSergei RachmaninovAntonín Dvorák,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violoncelles Français
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The cello octet is a formation that is heard only rarely. Yet it harks back to a tradition which was highly esteemed until the early eighteenth century, the practice of forming ensembles of instruments of the same family. Recorder quartets, lute trios and ensembles of hunting horns were for centuries the delight of amateur musicians, to whom they offered an ideal opportunity to express themselves and exchange with each other. It was the requirements of the opera house that gave birth to our modern orchestra. Learned counterpoint and rich ornamentation disappeared, giving way to a much more rigid structure which, by separating melody and harmony, fixed each instrument in a clearly determined role. The cello octet is a formation that is heard only rarely. Yet it harks back to a tradition which was highly esteemed until the early eighteenth century, the practice of forming ensembles of instruments of the same family. Recorder quartets, lute trios and ensembles of hunting horns were for centuries the delight of amateur musicians, to whom they offered an ideal opportunity to express themselves and exchange with each other. It was the requirements of the opera house that gave birth to our modern orchestra. Learned counterpoint and rich ornamentation disappeared, giving way to a much more rigid structure which, by separating melody and harmony, fixed each instrument in a clearly determined role. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. From Jewish Life: no 1, Prayer by Ernest Bloch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violoncelles Français
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
2. El cant del ocells by Pablo Casals
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violoncelles Français
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972 
3. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violoncelles Français
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
4. Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World": 2nd movement, Largo by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violoncelles Français
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
5. Les larmes de Jacqueline: Elegy by Jacques Offenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violoncelles Français
6. Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violoncelles Français
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
7. Liederkreis, Op. 39: no 7, Auf einer Burg by Robert Schumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violoncelles Français
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
8. Liederkreis, Op. 39: no 1, In der Fremde by Robert Schumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violoncelles Français
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
9. Gedichte (12), Op. 35: no 12, Alte Laute by Robert Schumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violoncelles Français
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
10. Liederkreis, Op. 39: no 5, Mondnacht by Robert Schumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violoncelles Français
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
11. Tannhäuser: O, du mein holder Abendstern by Richard Wagner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violoncelles Français
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
12. Don Carlos: Ella giammai m'amò...Dormirò sol sul manto mio regal by Giuseppe Verdi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violoncelles Français
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
13. Quartet for Strings no 3 in E flat minor, Op. 30: 3rd movement, Andante funèbre by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violoncelles Français
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 

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