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Jahreszeiten - Piazzolla, Tchaikovsky / Philharmonic Cellists


Release Date: 04/24/2001 
Label:  Orfeo   Catalog #: 128001   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Astor PiazzollaPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Wulf SchaefferJochen AmelnPeter WolfHanno Simons,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Cellists
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Have you ever wanted to hear Astor Piazzolla's Four Seasons suite with the bandoneon accompanied by six cellos and string bass? Here's your chance, and it sounds bloody great! Under Werner Thomas-Mifune's idiomatic leadership, the Philharmonische Cellisten wrap their fingers around the composer's smoky syntax as if they've invented modern tangos. Bandoneon soloist Alfredo Marcucci's brilliant, impassioned playing is complemented by the cellists' moaning slides and stabbing chords. Thomas-Mifune appropriates the original violin part for himself, wailing like a fiend in the high register. The 12 piano pieces comprising Tchaikovsky's The Seasons gain lyrical and harmonic dimension through the eyes of six cellos. My only criticism is that Read more Thomas-Mifune's arrangements are sometimes too literal vis-à-vis the original piano textures. The gently propulsive chordal accompaniment in the "April" movement, for instance, doesn't translate well to bowed cellos and winds up sounding too heavy for the music's buoyant, lyrical sentiments. However, this has nothing to do with the high quality of the playing, and if you love massed cellos, you'll simply have to possess this disc. Yummy stuff.

--Jed Distler
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Works on This Recording

1. Las estaciones porteñas (4) by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Wulf Schaeffer (Cello), Jochen Ameln (Cello), Peter Wolf (Cello),
Hanno Simons (Cello), Helmut Veihelmann (Cello), Alfredo Marcucci (Bandoneon),
Werner Thomas-Mifune (Cello), Piotr Stefaniak (Double Bass), Yves Savary (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Cellists
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967-1970; Argentina 
Date of Recording: 05/2000 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio Studio 3, Munich, Germany 
Length: 23 Minutes 59 Secs. 
2. Les saisons, Op. 37b by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Wulf Schaeffer (Cello), Jochen Ameln (Cello), Hanno Simons (Cello),
Peter Wolf (Cello), Helmut Veihelmann (Cello), Yves Savary (Cello),
Werner Thomas-Mifune (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Cellists
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/2000 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio Studio 3, Munich, Germany 
Length: 42 Minutes 2 Secs. 

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