WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

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

Release Date: 05/23/2006 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1562   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gabriel FauréGaspar CassadóStephen Isserlis
Performer:  Steven IsserlisStephen HoughSimon Callow
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Track List:

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

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
Read more Goltermann: La Foi

Francis Poulenc: Serenade
Joseph Tuby: Serenade
Gabriel Fauré: Berceuse
David Popper: Gavotte
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Song Without Words
Gaspar Cassadó: Requiebros

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.
Read less

Works on This Recording

Berceuse for Violin and Piano in D major, Op. 16 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; France 
Requiebros by Gaspar Cassadó
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
The Haunted House by Stephen Isserlis
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Steven Isserlis (Cello), Simon Callow (Spoken Vocals)
Period: 20th Century 

Sound Samples

Berceuse Orientale
Mad as a Hatter
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
4 Short Pieces (version for cello and piano): 4 Short Pieces: No. 2: Spring Song (version for cello and piano)
La Cinquantaine (The Golden Wedding)
La Foi
Chansons gaillardes (arr. M. Gendron for cello and piano): Chansons gaillardes: No. 8. Serenade (arr. M. Gendron)
Berceuse, Op. 16 (arr. for cello and piano): Berceuse (arr. for cello and piano)
Gavotte No. 2 in D major, Op. 23

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook

Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In