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Children's Cello - Mendelssohn, Etc / Isserlis, Hough

Children's Cello / Various
Release Date: 05/23/2006 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1562   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gabriel FauréGaspar CassadóStephen IsserlisLudwig Lebell,   ... 
Performer:  Stephen HoughSteven IsserlisSimon Callow
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Track List:

FIRST STEPS
Ludwig Lebell: Berceuse Orientale
Sheila Nelson: Mad as a Hatter
Alfred Earnshaw: Tarantella
Joachim Stutchewsky: Kinnereth & Wanderer’s Song

INTERMEDIATE
Adam Carse: A Merry Dance
Francis Purcell Warren
A Sunday Evening in Autumn & Cradle Song
John Graves: The Swans glide on the Bishop’s Palace moat
William Henry Squire: Danse Rustique
Luigi Boccherini: Minuet
Gavin Bryars: With Miriam by the River
Arnold Trowell: Gavotte
Jean Sibelius: Lulu Waltz
George Dyson: Melody
Frank Bridge: Spring Song
Amy Beach: Berceuse
Gabriel Prosper Marie: La Cinquantaine
Georg
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THE YOUNG CELLIST
Francis Poulenc: Serenade
Joseph Tuby: Serenade
Gabriel Fauré: Berceuse
David Popper: Gavotte
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Song Without Words
Gaspar Cassadó: Requiebros

GABRIEL'S CORNER
Howard Blake: Archangel’s Lullaby
Olli Mustonen: Frogs Dancing on Water-Lilies
Stephen Hough: Angelic Song & Angelic Dance
Steven Isserlis: The Haunted House (with Simon Callow, narrator)

Steven Isserlis, cello; Stephen Hough, piano

In this recital of known and unknown gems from the repertoire for aspiring cellists, Steven Isserlis and Stephen Hough make full use of their consummate musicianship in carving each of the 30 tracks into beautiful miniatures. Pieces that cello students have played – and their teachers (not to mention parents) have heard – over and over again stand out as fresh as if they were composed for this occasion. The programme ranges progressively from Ludwig Lebell’s Berceuse, which only employs open strings, to Cassadó’s Requiebros, described in Isserlis’s own liner notes as 'something holding real challenges for the young cellist (and indeed for the fast-aging one!)'. It’s not only the level of technical difficulties that varies: the styles are almost as many as the pieces themselves. A number of different idioms – English, French, Hungarian and Israeli, Victorian, Baroque and contemporary – are all conveyed in accents that ring completely true. This unique disc was inspired by after-dinner serenades at Steven Isserlis’s home, where his son Gabriel would perform his current cello assignments, sometimes accompanied by Hough. (Gabriel’s contribution to the enterprise is attested to by the final section on the disc, Gabriel’s Corner, made up of works composed for him by, among others, Isserlis and Hough themselves.) Isserlis writes: 'Eventually, we decided that we wanted to play some of the pieces ourselves, for our own sakes as much as for those of the children we were hoping to inspire – and thus this album was born.' The performers’ enjoyment certainly shines through during the full 81 minutes of the disc – an enjoyment that will be shared by every listener, whatever his or her connection to the noble art of cello playing. A bonus, in the form of actor Simon Callow narrating a ghost story with a twist over the sound effects of Steven Isserlis’s The Haunted House, makes the disc a truly special experience.

The disc is packaged in a slipcase designed by Sara Fanelli, graphic artist and illustrator of children’s books. Steven Isserlis’s own book for children, Why Handel Waggled his Wig, is published by Faber in conjunction with the release of the present disc.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Berceuse for Violin and Piano in D major, Op. 16 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; France 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
2.
Requiebros by Gaspar Cassadó
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
3.
The Haunted House by Stephen Isserlis
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Steven Isserlis (Cello), Simon Callow (Spoken Vocals)
Period: 20th Century 
4.
Berceuse Orientale, for cello & piano by Ludwig Lebell
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
5.
Mad as a Hatter, for cello & piano by Sheila Nelson
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 37 Secs. 
6.
Tarantella, for cello & piano by Alfred Earnshaw
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
7.
Six Israeli Melodies, for cello & piano: Kinnereth (Tune: Haninah Karchevsky, arr. Stutchewsky) by Joachim Stutschewsky
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1962 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
8.
Six Israeli Melodies, for cello & piano: Wanderer's Song (Oriental Melody, arr. Stutchewsky) by Joachim Stutschewsky
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1962 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
9.
A Merry Dance, for cello & piano by Adam Carse
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
10.
A Sunday Evening in Autumn, for cello & piano by Francis Purcell Warren
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
11.
Cradle Song, for cello & piano by Francis Purcell Warren
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
12.
The Swans Glide on the Bishop's Palace Moat, for cello & piano by John Graves
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
13.
Danse rustique, for cello & piano by William Henry Squire
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
14.
Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos in E major, Op. 11 no 5/G 275: 3rd movement, Minuet in A by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Spain 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
15.
With Miriam by the River, for cello & piano by Gavin Bryars
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
16.
12 Easy Pieces, for cello & piano: Gavotte by Arnold Trowell
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
17.
Tempo di valse for Cello and Piano in F sharp minor, JS 194 "Lulu Waltz" by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 53 Secs. 
18.
Work(s): Melody by George Dyson
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
19.
Spring Song, for violin (or cello) & piano in G major, H. 104/2 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: circa 1912; England 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
20.
Berceuse for violin & piano, Op. 40/2 by Amy Beach
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1898 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
21.
La cinquantaine, for piano "The Golden Wedding" by Gabriel Marie
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
22.
La Foi, for cello & piano by Georg Eduard Goltermann
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
23.
Serenade, for cello & piano by Joseph Tuby
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
24.
Gavotte for Cello and Piano in D major, Op. 23 no 2 by David Popper
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
25.
Song without words for Cello and Piano in D major, Op. 109 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Written: 1845 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
26.
Archangel's Lullaby, for cello & piano by Howard Blake
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
27.
Frogs Dancing on Water Lilies, for cello & piano (or string orchestra) by Olli Mustonen
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1999-2000 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
28.
Angelic Song, for cello & piano by Stephen Hough
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
29.
Angelic Dance, for cello & piano by Stephen Hough
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 08/2005 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
30.
Chansons gaillardes (8): no 8, Sérénade by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925-1926; France 

Sound Samples

Berceuse Orientale
Mad as a Hatter
Tarantella
6 Israeli Melodies (arr. J. Stutschewsky): Kinnereth (tune by Ganinah Karchevsky, arr. Stutschewsky)
6 Israeli Melodies (arr. J. Stutschewsky): Wanderer's Song (Oriental Melody, arr. Stutschewsky)
A Merry Dance
A Sunday Evening in Autumn
Cradle Song
The Swans glide on the Bishop's Moat
Danse rustique, Op. 20, No. 5: Danse rustique
String Quintet in E major, Op. 11, No. 5, G. 275 (arr. G. Goltermann): String Quintet in E major, Op. 11, No. 5, G. 275: III. Minuetto (arr. G. Goltermann)
With Miriam by the river: With Miriam by the River
12 Easy Pieces: Gavotte
Tempo di valse, "Lulu Waltz": Lulu Waltz
Melody
4 Short Pieces (version for cello and piano): 4 Short Pieces: No. 2: Spring Song (version for cello and piano)
Berceuse
La Cinquantaine (The Golden Wedding)
La Foi
Chansons gaillardes (arr. M. Gendron for cello and piano): Chansons gaillardes: No. 8. Serenade (arr. M. Gendron)
Serenade
Berceuse, Op. 16 (arr. for cello and piano): Berceuse (arr. for cello and piano)
Gavotte No. 2 in D major, Op. 23

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