Lynn Harrell

Biography

Born: January 30, 1944; New York, NY  
Lynn Harrell, born to musician parents, at the age of 8 decided to learn the cello, taking initial lessons with Heinrich Joachim of the New York Philharmonic. When the family moved to Dallas, TX, Lynn found an excellent teacher in Lev Aronson, the first to recognize his talent. Lynn says that Aronson "showed me passion, for the instrument, for music and for life." After high school Lynn entered the Juilliard School, studying with the renowned Read more Leonard Rose. Harrell then went to the Curtis Institute for further studies with Orlando Cole, who recommended that Harrell join an orchestra as preparation for his desired solo career. Harrell consulted with his godfather Robert Shaw. At the time Shaw was the choral director of the Cleveland Orchestra under conductor Georg Szell. Shaw arranged an audition for Harrell, who, at the age of 18, won a spot in the orchestra. Two years later Szell appointed him principal cellist, a position he held until 1971.

Harrell's years at Cleveland yielded a lifelong friendship with the orchestra's associate conductor James Levine. Levine helped acquaint Harrell with a wide range of repertoire, particularly the music of the post-World War II era. Levine inspired Harrell to study all aspects of his own playing style: "I ripped it apart and built it back together again," he says. Rather than simply learning the cello parts of the orchestral pieces he played, he studied the full scores. He has maintained that habit during his solo career, studying all aspects of the accompaniment to the solo works he plays. He strongly urges string players contemplating a solo career to follow his lead and first play in an orchestra or chamber ensemble. When Szell passed away, Harrell was 27 and felt he was ready to pursue his solo career, so he left the Cleveland Orchestra. For his first engagement in New York, the initial audience turnout was dismal. He subsisted on a small number of concerts, and managed to attract the attention of savvy New York impresarios. In 1972 he was invited to appear as soloist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The New York Times enthused, "This young man has everything." His career began to build and in 1975 it reached a decisive turning point when he won the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, launching his solo career into the international limelight.

Subsequently, Harrell has become known as one of the world's finest cellists, performing with the leading ensembles of the world. A special part of his life is the Aspen Music Festival, where he has spent his summers performing and teaching for nearly 50 years. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Piatigorsky Award, and the Ford Foundation Concert Artists' Award. Before Pope John Paul II and the Chief Rabbi of Rome, Harrell appeared in a 1994 Vatican concert dedicated to the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust, with the Royal Philharmonic conducted by Gilbert Levine. Harrell also appeared on the 1994 Grammy Awards broadcast, performing with Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman. His extensive discography of over 30 recordings include the complete Bach Cello Suites, numerous premieres, and collaborations with the world's foremost artists. Read less

Biography

Born: January 30, 1944; New York, NY  
Lynn Harrell, born to musician parents, at the age of 8 decided to learn the cello, taking initial lessons with Heinrich Joachim of the New York Philharmonic. When the family moved to Dallas, TX, Lynn found an excellent teacher in Lev Aronson, the first to recognize his talent. Lynn says that Aronson "showed me passion, for the instrument, for music and for life." After high school Lynn entered the Juilliard School, studying with the renowned Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op.129 - 1. Nicht zu schnell
Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op.129 - 2. Langsam
Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op.129 - 3. Sehr lebhaft
Ravel: Piano Trio In A Minor, M. 67 - 1. Modéré
Ravel: Piano Trio In A Minor, M. 67 - 2. Pantoum (Assez vif)
Ravel: Piano Trio In A Minor, M. 67 - 3. Passacaille (Trčs large)
Ravel: Piano Trio In A Minor, M. 67 - 4. Final (Animé)
Debussy: Sonata For Cello And Piano In D Minor, L.135 - 1. Prologue (lent)
Debussy: Sonata For Cello And Piano In D Minor, L.135 - 2. Sérénade (Modérément animé)
Debussy: Sonata For Cello And Piano In D Minor, L.135 - 3. Finale (Animé)
1. Allegretto
2. Moderato
3. Cadenza
4. Allegro con moto
J.S. Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.1 in G, BWV 1027 - 1. Adagio
J.S. Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.1 in G, BWV 1027 - 2. Allegro ma non tanto
J.S. Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.1 in G, BWV 1027 - 3. Andante
J.S. Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.1 in G, BWV 1027 - 4. Allegro moderato
J.S. Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.2 in D, BWV 1028 - 1. Adagio
J.S. Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.2 in D, BWV 1028 - 2. Allegro
J.S. Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.2 in D, BWV 1028 - 3. Andante
J.S. Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.2 in D, BWV 1028 - 4. Allegro
J.S. Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.3 in G minor, BWV 1029 - 1. Vivace
J.S. Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.3 in G minor, BWV 1029 - 2. Adagio
J.S. Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.3 in G minor, BWV 1029 - 3. Allegro
Handel: Sonata in G minor, Op.1, No.6, HWV 364a - Arr. Cello - 1. Andante larghetto - adagio
Handel: Sonata in G minor, Op.1, No.6, HWV 364a - Arr. Cello - 2. Allegro
Handel: Sonata in G minor, Op.1, No.6, HWV 364a - Arr. Cello - 3. Adagio
Handel: Sonata in G minor, Op.1, No.6, HWV 364a - Arr. Cello - 4. Allegro
Cello Concerto in G major RV413 (1992 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Cello Concerto in G Major, RV 413 (1992 Digital Remaster): II. Largo
Cello Concerto in G Major, RV 413 (1992 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro
Cello Concerto in G Minor, RV 417 (1992 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Cello Concerto in G Minor, RV 417 (1992 Digital Remaster): II. Andante
Cello Concerto in G Minor, RV 417 (1992 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro
Herbert: Cello Concerto No.1 in D major, Op.8 - 1. Andante con spirito
Herbert: Cello Concerto No.1 in D major, Op.8 - 2. Andante - Scherzo - Andante
Herbert: Cello Concerto No.1 in D major, Op.8 - 3. Allegro
Herbert: Cello Concerto No.2 in E minor, Op.30 - 1. Allegro impetuoso
Herbert: Cello Concerto No.2 in E minor, Op.30 - 2. Lento - Andante tranquillo
Herbert: Cello Concerto No.2 in E minor, Op.30 - 3. Allegro
Herbert: Yesterthoughts for cello & strings - Transc. Sam Dennison
Herbert: Pensée amoureuse for cello & strings - Transc. Sam Dennison
Herbert: Punchinello for cello & strings - Transc. Sam Dennison
Herbert: Ghazel for cello & strings - Transc. Sam Dennison
Herbert: The mountain brook for cello & strings - Transc. Sam Dennison
Shostakovich: Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op.40 - 1. Allegro non troppo
Shostakovich: Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op.40 - 2. Allegro
Shostakovich: Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op.40 - 3. Largo
Shostakovich: Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op.40 - 4. Allegro
String Trio in E Flat Major, Op. 3: I. Allegro con brio
String Trio in E Flat Major, Op. 3: II. Andante
String Trio in E Flat Major, Op. 3: III. Menuet (Allegretto)
String Trio in E Flat Major, Op. 3: IV. Adagio
String Trio in E Flat Major, Op. 3: V. Menuetto (Moderato)
String Trio in E Flat Major, Op. 3: VI. Finale (Allegro)
String Trio in D Major, Op.8 'Serenade': I. Marcia (Allegro -
String Trio in D Major, Op.8 'Serenade': Adagio)
String Trio in D Major, Op.8 'Serenade': II. Menuetto (Allegretto) & Trio
String Trio in D Major, Op.8 'Serenade': III. Adagio -
String Trio in D Major, Op.8 'Serenade': Scherzo (Allegro molto) -
String Trio in D Major, Op.8 'Serenade': Adagio (Tempo I) -
String Trio in D Major, Op.8 'Serenade': Allegro molto -
String Trio in D Major, Op.8 'Serenade': Adagio
String Trio in D Major, Op.8 'Serenade': IV. Allegretto alla polacca
String Trio in D Major, Op.8 'Serenade': V. Andante quasi allegretto -
String Trio in D Major, Op.8 'Serenade': Variation I -
String Trio in D Major, Op.8 'Serenade': Variation II -
String Trio in D Major, Op.8 'Serenade': Variation III -
String Trio in D Major, Op.8 'Serenade': Variation IV -
String Trio in D Major, Op.8 'Serenade': Allegro
String Trio in D Major, Op.8 'Serenade': Tempo I -
String Trio in D Major, Op.8 'Serenade': Marcia (Allegro)
String Trio in G Major, Op.9 No. 1: I. Adagio
String Trio in G Major, Op.9 No. 1: Allegro con brio
String Trio in G Major, Op.9 No. 1: II. Adagio ma non tanto e cantabile
String Trio in G Major, Op.9 No. 1: III. Scherzo (Allegro) -
String Trio in G Major, Op.9 No. 1: Trio I -
String Trio in G Major, Op.9 No. 1: Trio II -
String Trio in G Major, Op.9 No. 1: Scherzo
String Trio in G Major, Op.9 No. 1: IV. Presto
String Trio in D Major, Op.9 No. 2: I. Allegretto
String Trio in D Major, Op.9 No. 2: II. Andante quasi allegretto
String Trio in D Major, Op.9 No. 2: III. Menuet (Allegro)
String Trio in D Major, Op.9 No. 2: IV. Rondo (Allegro)
String Trio in C Minor, Op.9 No. 3: I. Allegro con spirito
String Trio in C Minor, Op.9 No. 3: II. Adagio con espressione
String Trio in C Minor, Op.9 No. 3: III. Scherzo (Allegro molto e vivace)
String Trio in C Minor, Op.9 No. 3: IV. Finale (Presto)
Piano Trio No. 1 in E flat major Op.1 No.1: I. Allegro
Piano Trio No. 1 in E flat major Op.1 No.1: II. Adagio cantabile
Piano Trio No. 1 in E flat major Op.1 No.1: III. Scherzo (Allegro assai) & Trio
Piano Trio No. 1 in E flat major Op.1 No.1: IV. Finale (Presto)
Piano Trio No. 2 in G major Op. 1 No. 2: I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
Piano Trio No. 2 in G major Op. 1 No. 2: II. Largo con espressione
Piano Trio No. 2 in G major Op. 1 No. 2: III. Scherzo (Allegro) & Trio
Piano Trio No. 2 in G major Op. 1 No. 2: IV. Finale (Presto)
Ten Variations on Müller's song 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu' Op. 121a: Variation II
Ten Variations on Müller's song 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu' Op. 121a: Variation III
Ten Variations on Müller's song 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu' Op. 121a: Variation IV
Ten Variations on Müller's song 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu' Op. 121a: Variation V
Ten Variations on Müller's song 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu' Op. 121a: Variation VII
Ten Variations on Müller's song 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu' Op. 121a: Variation VIII
Ten Variations on Müller's song 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu' Op. 121a: Variation IX - Adagio espressivo
Ten Variations on Müller's song 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu' Op. 121a: Variation X - Presto
Piano Trio in B flat major Op. 11: I. Allegro con brio
Piano Trio in B flat major Op. 11: I. Allegro con brio
Piano Trio in B flat major Op. 11: II. Adagio
Piano Trio in B flat major Op. 11: II. Adagio
Piano Trio in B flat major Op. 11: III. Allegretto
Piano Trio in B flat major Op. 11: III. Allegretto
Piano Trio No. 5 in D major Op. 70 No .1 "Ghost": I. Allegro vivace e con brio
Piano Trio No. 5 in D major Op. 70 No .1 "Ghost": II. Largo assai ed espressivo
Piano Trio No. 5 in D major Op. 70 No .1 "Ghost": III. Presto
14 Variations in E flat major Op 44: Thema
14 Variations in E flat major Op 44: Variation I
14 Variations in E flat major Op 44: Variation II
14 Variations in E flat major Op 44: Variation III
14 Variations in E flat major Op 44: Variation IV
14 Variations in E flat major Op 44: Variation V
14 Variations in E flat major Op 44: Variation VI
14 Variations in E flat major Op 44: Variation VII
14 Variations in E flat major Op 44: Variation VIII
14 Variations in E flat major Op 44: Variation IX
14 Variations in E flat major Op 44: Variation X
14 Variations in E flat major Op 44: Variation XI
14 Variations in E flat major Op 44: Variation XII
14 Variations in E flat major Op 44: Variation XIII
14 Variations in E flat major Op 44: Variation XIV
Piano Trio No. 6 in B flat major Op. 70 No. 2: I. Poco sostenuto - Allegro ma non troppo
Piano Trio No. 6 in B flat major Op. 70 No. 2: II. Allegretto
Piano Trio No. 6 in B flat major Op. 70 No. 2: III. Allegretto ma non troppo
Piano Trio No. 6 in B flat major Op. 70 No. 2: IV. Finale (Allegro)
Piano Trio in B flat major, Op. 97 `Archduke`: Allegro moderato
Piano Trio in B flat major, Op. 97 `Archduke`: Scherzo (Allegro) & Trio
Piano Trio in B flat major, Op. 97 `Archduke`: Andante cantabile
Piano Trio in B flat major, Op. 97 `Archduke`: Allegro moderato
Piano Trios B flat, Op. 97 (Archduke): Allegro moderato
Piano Trios B flat, Op. 97 (Archduke): Scherzo (Allegro) & Trio
Piano Trios B flat, Op. 97 (Archduke): Andante cantabile
Piano Trios B flat, Op. 97 (Archduke): Allegro moderato
Piano Trio in E flat major WoO38: I. Allegro moderato
Piano Trio in E flat major WoO38: II. Scherzo (Allegro ma non troppo) & Trio
Piano Trio in E flat major WoO38: III. Finale. Presto
Piano Trio No. 5 in D major Op. 70 No .1 "Ghost": I. Allegro vivace e con brio
Piano Trio No. 5 in D major Op. 70 No .1 "Ghost": II. Largo assai ed espressivo
Piano Trio No. 5 in D major Op. 70 No .1 "Ghost": III. Presto
Sonata in A Minor, D.821 "Arpeggione": Allegro moderato
Adagio
Allegretto
1. Andante
2. Allegro giusto
3. Andante con moto
1. Andante mosso
2. Andante
3. Allegretto
Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major Hob. VIIb:1 (Cadenzas: Lynn Harrell): I. Moderato - Cadenza
Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major Hob. VIIb:1 (Cadenzas: Lynn Harrell): II. Adagio - Cadenza
Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major Hob. VIIb:1 (Cadenzas: Lynn Harrell): III. Allegro molto
Cello Concerto in G major RV413 (1992 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Cello Concerto in G Major, RV 413 (1992 Digital Remaster): II. Largo
Cello Concerto in G Major, RV 413 (1992 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro
Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Hob. VIIb:2 (Cadenzas: Lynn Harrell): I. Allegro moderato - Cadenza
Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Hob. VIIb:2 (Cadenzas: Lynn Harrell): II. Adagio
Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Hob. VIIb:2 (Cadenzas: Lynn Harrell): III. Rondo (Allegro) - Cadenza
Cello Concerto in G Minor, RV 417 (1992 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Cello Concerto in G Minor, RV 417 (1992 Digital Remaster): II. Andante
Cello Concerto in G Minor, RV 417 (1992 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro
Sonata for violin and cello (1920-22): I. Allegro
Sonata for violin and cello (1920-22): II. Trčs vif
Sonata for violin and cello (1920-22): III. Lent
Sonata for violin and cello (1920-22): IV. Vif, avec entrain
Duo for violin and cello Op. 7: I. Allegro serioso, non troppo
Duo for violin and cello Op. 7: II. Adagio - Andante - Tempo I
Duo for violin and cello Op. 7: III. Maestoso e largamente, ma non troppo lento - Presto
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andante un poco mosso
3. Scherzo (Allegro)
4. Rondo (Allegro vivace)
1. Allegro
2. Andante con moto
3. Scherzo. (Allegro moderato - Trio)
4. Allegro moderato
Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21 for Reciter, Piano, Flute / Piccolo Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Violin / Viola and Cello: I. Teil/Part I: 1. Mondestrunken
2. Colombine
3. Der Dandy
4. Eine blasse Wascherin
5. Valse de Chopin
6. Madonna
7. Der Kranke Mond
II. Teil/Part II: 8. Nacht
9. Gebet an Pierrot
10. Raub
11. Rote Messe
12. Galgenlied
13. Enthauptung
14. Die Kreuze
III. Teil/Part III: 15. Heimweh
16. Gemeinheit
17. Parodie
18. Der Mondfleck
19. Serenade
20. Heimfahrt
21. O alter Duft
Piano Trio in B flat major Op. 97 'Archduke': Allegro moderato
Piano Trio in B flat major Op. 97 'Archduke': Scherzo (Allegro) & Trio
Piano Trio in B flat major Op. 97 'Archduke': Andante cantabile


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