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New Horizons - Music From France And Spain / Walton, Et Al


Release Date: 04/26/2005 
Label:  Somm   Catalog #: 42   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gaspar CassadóClaude DebussyManuel de FallaGabriel Fauré,   ... 
Performer:  Jamie WaltonDaniel Grimwood
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A fine young musician impresses in a selection of cello showpieces.

Somm’s laudable aim in its ‘New Horizons’ series is ‘to provide young musicians of great talent with the opportunity of promoting their careers worldwide in top quality recordings’. A risky venture but, if they are all of this standard, one worth taking. One hopes that a limited publicity budget will be enough to bring these unknown artists to a wide audience and, equally important, make the enterprise profitable.

Ironically, only five of the 19 tracks are cello originals (Faure’s Elégie and Sicilienne, and Gaspar Cassadó’s three-movement Suite for solo cello), the remainder being transcriptions of songs, piano and ballet
Read more pieces by Gendron, Piatigorsky, Casals, Grechaninov, Jamie Walton himself and the mysterious Ronchini about whom I, in common with the booklet writer, can tell you nothing.

Walton plays with a sonorous, firm tone, alive throughout to the rhythmic delicacies and colouristic nuances of each composer. If he and Grimwood are occasionally aware that the red light is on (I’d have preferred a little more abandon in, say, the Ritual Fire Dance) and tend towards the emotionally cool (try Après un rêve and the rather too fast Andaluza), they offer a beguilingly relaxed Debussy selection. Walton’s playing of Romance, from a song composed in 1891, matches Piatigorsky’s 1941 recording, and in Granados’s Orientale benefits from a slightly brisker tempo than the Russian maestro.

After this attractive duo collection, Walton offers the comparative rarity (recorded only a handful of times previously) of Cassadó’s Suite. Like those of Bach, it is dance-based and offers an array of challenges to which Walton rises with aplomb.

-- Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone [10/2005]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Préambulo and Sardana by Gaspar Cassadó
Performer:  Jamie Walton (Cello), Daniel Grimwood (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
2.
Intermezzo e Danza finale by Gaspar Cassadó
Performer:  Daniel Grimwood (Piano), Jamie Walton (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
3.
Rêverie by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Daniel Grimwood (Piano), Jamie Walton (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
Notes: Arranger: R. Ronchini. 
4.
Ariettes oubliées: no 2, Il pleure dans mon coeur by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Daniel Grimwood (Piano), Jamie Walton (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1885-1888; France 
Notes: Arranger: R. Ronchini. 
5.
Beau soir by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Daniel Grimwood (Piano), Jamie Walton (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1880; France 
Notes: Arranger: Jamie Walton. 
6.
Romance by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Daniel Grimwood (Piano), Jamie Walton (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Notes: Arranger: Alexander Gretchaninov. 
7.
La vida breve: Spanish Dance by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Jamie Walton (Cello), Daniel Grimwood (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Spain 
Notes: Arranger: Maurice Gendron. 
8.
Canciones populares españolas (7): no 5, Nana by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Daniel Grimwood (Piano), Jamie Walton (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
9.
Canciones populares españolas (7): no 3, Asturiana by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Daniel Grimwood (Piano), Jamie Walton (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
10.
El amor brujo: Danza rituel del fuego "Ritual Fire Dance" by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Daniel Grimwood (Piano), Jamie Walton (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Notes: Arranger: Gregor Piatigorsky. 
11.
Elégie for Cello and Piano, Op. 24 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Jamie Walton (Cello), Daniel Grimwood (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 
12.
Sicilienne for Cello and Piano, Op. 78 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Jamie Walton (Cello), Daniel Grimwood (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
13.
Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Jamie Walton (Cello), Daniel Grimwood (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
14.
Danzas (12) españolas for Piano, Op. 37: no 5, Andaluza by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Jamie Walton (Cello), Daniel Grimwood (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Spain 
Notes: Arranger: Pablo Casals. 
15.
Goyescas: Intermezzo by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Jamie Walton (Cello), Daniel Grimwood (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914-1916; Spain 
Notes: Arranger: Gaspar Cassadó. 
16.
Danzas (12) españolas for Piano, Op. 37: no 2, Oriental by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Jamie Walton (Cello), Daniel Grimwood (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Spain 
Notes: Arranger: Pablo Casals. 
17.
Mélodies hébraïques (2): no 1, Kaddisch by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jamie Walton (Cello), Daniel Grimwood (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1919; France 
18.
Pièce en forme de Habañera by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jamie Walton (Cello), Daniel Grimwood (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 

Sound Samples

2 Melodies hebraiques (2 Hebrew melodies) (arr. for cello and piano): 2 Melodies hebraiques (2 Hebrew melodies): No. 1. Kaddisch (arr. for cello and piano)
Piece en forme de habanera (arr. for cello and piano)
La vida breve, Act II: Danse espagnole No. 1 (arr. M. Gendron): La vida breve, Act II: Danse espagnole No. 1 (arr. M. Gendron for cello and piano)
7 Canciones populares espanolas (arr. for cello and piano): No. 5. Nana
7 Canciones populares espanolas (arr. for cello and piano): No. 3. Asturiana
El amor brujo (Love, the Magician): Danza del fuego (The Ritual Fire Dance) (Amor brujo) (arr. G. Piatigorsky for cello and piano): El amor brujo (Love, the Magician): Ritual Fire Dance (Amor brujo) (Amor brujo) (arr. G. Piatigorsky for cello and piano)
Elegie in Op. 24 (arr. for cello and piano)
Sicilienne, Op. 78
3 Songs, Op. 7: No. 1. Apres un reve (arr. for cello and piano)
12 Danzas espanolas (Spanish Dances), Op. 37: No. 5. Andaluza (arr. P. Casals): 12 Danzas espanolas (Spanish Dances), Op. 37: No. 5. Andaluza (arr. P. Casals for cello and piano)
Goyescas, Part I: Intermezzo (arr. G. Cassado for cello and piano): Goyescas: Intermezzo (arr. G. Cassado for cello and piano)
12 Danzas espanolas (Spanish Dances), Op. 37, DLR I:2 (arr. for cello and piano): 12 Danzas espanolas (Spanish Dances), Op. 37, DLR I:2: No. 2. Orientale (arr. for cello and piano)
Reverie (arr. R. Ronchini for cello and piano)
Ariettes oubliees (arr. R. Ronchini for cello and piano): Ariettes oubliees: No. 2. Il pleure dans mon coeur (arr. R. Ronchini for cello and piano)
Beau soir (arr. J. Walton for cello and piano)
Romance (arr. A. Gretchaninov for cello and piano)
Suite for Cello Solo: I. Prelude - Fantasia
Suite for Cello Solo: II. Sardana - Danza
Suite for Cello Solo: III. Intermezzo e danza finale

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