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Merk: Fleurs D'italie / Martin Rummel, Roland Kruger


Release Date: 01/29/2013 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572759   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Joseph Merk
Performer:  Martin RummelRoland Kruger
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Joseph Merk was the most outstanding cellist in Vienna in the first half of the nineteenth century. Although Beethoven’s Triple Concerto was not originally written for him, Merk’s performances established it as an important work, and he was the dedicatee of Chopin’s Introduction et Polonaise brillante. He was also a formidable composer for his own instrument, creating a dazzling series of instrumental episodes in his Fleurs d’Italie, based on operatic motifs by Donizetti and Verdi. The Valses brillantes bridge the gap, in classic virtuoso fashion, between Schubert’s piano dances and Johann Strauss the Elder’s grand gestures. Joseph Merk was the most outstanding cellist in Vienna in the first half of the nineteenth century. Although Beethoven’s Triple Concerto was not originally written for him, Merk’s performances established it as an important work, and he was the dedicatee of Chopin’s Introduction et Polonaise brillante. He was also a formidable composer for his own instrument, creating a dazzling series of instrumental episodes in his Fleurs d’Italie, based on operatic motifs by Donizetti and Verdi. The Valses brillantes bridge the gap, in classic virtuoso fashion, between Schubert’s piano dances and Johann Strauss the Elder’s grand gestures. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Air suisse varie et Rondeau, Op. 32 by Joseph Merk
Performer:  Martin Rummel (Cello), Roland Kruger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
2.
Fleurs d'Italie, Op. 26 by Joseph Merk
Performer:  Martin Rummel (Cello), Roland Kruger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
3.
Fleurs d'Italie, Op. 31 by Joseph Merk
Performer:  Martin Rummel (Cello), Roland Kruger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
4.
Valses brillantes, Op. 6 by Joseph Merk
Performer:  Martin Rummel (Cello), Roland Kruger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 

Sound Samples

Air suisse varie et Rondeau, Op. 32
Fleurs d'Italie, Book 1, Op. 26: Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti)
Fleurs d'Italie, Book 2, Op. 26: Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti)
Fleurs d'Italie, Book 3, Op. 26: Torquato Tasso (Donizetti)
Fleurs d'Italie, Book 4, Op. 26: Dom Sebastien (Donizetti)
Fleurs d'Italie, Book 5, Op. 31: Ernani (Verdi)
Valses brillantes, Op. 6

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