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Inspirales

Bizet / Zori / Erez
Release Date: 10/08/2013 
Label:  Cello Classics   Catalog #: 1030   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hillel ZoriDavid PopperWilhelm FitzenhagenHans Bottermund,   ... 
Performer:  Arnon ErezHillel Zori
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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INSPIRALES Hilel Zori (vc); Arnon Erez (pn) CELLO 1030 (60:06)


ZORI Carmeniana. TORTELIER Saxe. Spirales. POPPER Serenade. Spinning Song. Barcarolle Venetienne. FITZHAGEN Capriccio. BOTTERMUND Paganini Read more Variations. STUTSCHEWSKY Dance Orientale. CASSADO Suite for Solo Cello. Dance of the Green Devil. ROSTROPOVICH Humoresque. PIATTI Tarantella


Hillel Zori wrote his Carmeniana, Suite Brilliant, after searching in vain for a cello composition on the themes from Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen . He deliberately wrote it in 19th-century virtuoso style and originally he orchestrated it for its premiere in Israel. He reduced that version to cello and piano for this recording in 2010. Paul Tortelier (1914–1990), who was selected by Pablo Casals to be principal cellist of the Prades Festival Orchestra, composed some demanding, atmospheric pieces for his instrument. His 1943 Spirales has an iridescent shimmer and his 1947 Saxe calls for extended legato. Zori plays both pieces with panache and his collaborative pianist, Arnon Erez, responds with excellent technique and tonal opulence. David Popper (1843–1913) was an outstanding cellist who wrote idiomatic music exploring the capabilities of his instrument. Although some of his larger pieces are available on other recordings, the Serenade from his op. 54 Spanish Dances , the op. 55 Spinning Song , and the op. 75 Barcarolle Vénetienne are only available on this disc. The Spinning Song features some of the highest possible reaches of the cello, and the Barcarolle Vénetienne shows Popper’s ability to write in Italian operatic style. Zori plays most of this music with radiant tone, but I did find his highest notes a bit thin. Erez’s limpid piano tones cover any lack of color, however.


Wilhelm Fitzenhagen (1848–1890) was a German cellist who once rearranged Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme to the dismay of the composer. Like many soloists of his time, he composed music for his concerts. His Capriccio combines a soulful melody with exciting passages. One-time principal cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic, Hans Bottermund (1892–1949) composed a series of variations for cello on Paganini’s 24th Caprice for Violin. Zori and Erez’s performance is exquisite in its cool virtuosity. However, the magnificent performance by János Starker on a 1992 Delos recording still holds its place as the standard by which others can be judged. Gaspar Cassadò i Moreu (1897–1966) was a Spanish cellist and composer whose most prolific period was the 1920s. His Cello Suite from 1926 contains a Sarabande, a native dance from Cataluña, and a Jota that brings flamenco guitar music and its singers to mind. His Dance of the Green Devil also has a Spanish ambience, but with the added influence of Cassadò’s teacher, Ravel. Most of us think of Mstislav Rostropovich (1927–2007) as a master of the cello, but like his predecessors, he also composed. He can be seen and heard playing his exceptionally demanding Humoresque on YouTube and the audio from his 1967 performance can be downloaded in MP3. All of these pieces demand incredible technical prowess from both instruments, and the soloists on this Cello Classics recording are extremely able. Most importantly, the music is incredibly listenable. The sound on this disc is good, and I recommend it to everyone who enjoys 19th- and early 20th-century cello music.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Carmeniana, suite brillante for cello & piano (on themes from Bizet's Carmen) by Hillel Zori
Performer:  Arnon Erez (Piano), Hillel Zori (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Clairmont Auditorium, Buchmann-Mehta Sch 
Length: 13 Minutes 21 Secs. 
2.
Spanish Dance & Serenade, Op. 54: 2. Serenade by David Popper
Performer:  Arnon Erez (Piano), Hillel Zori (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
Venue:  Clairmont Auditorium, Buchmann-Mehta Sch 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
Capriccio for cello & piano, Op. 40 by Wilhelm Fitzenhagen
Performer:  Hillel Zori (Cello), Arnon Erez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Clairmont Auditorium, Buchmann-Mehta Sch 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
4.
Variations on a Theme by Paganini for cello solo by Hans Bottermund
Performer:  Arnon Erez (Piano), Hillel Zori (Cello)
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 09/19/2010 
Venue:  Tel Aviv Einav Cultural Centre 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
5.
Oriental Dance by Joachim Stutschewsky
Performer:  Hillel Zori (Cello), Arnon Erez (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Clairmont Auditorium, Buchmann-Mehta Sch 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
6.
Concert Etudes (2), Op. 55: no 1, Spinning Song by David Popper
Performer:  Hillel Zori (Cello), Arnon Erez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Clairmont Auditorium, Buchmann-Mehta Sch 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
7.
Suite for Cello solo by Gaspar Cassadó
Performer:  Hillel Zori (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Spain 
Date of Recording: 09/19/2010 
Venue:  Tel Aviv Einav Cultural Centre 
Length: 14 Minutes 40 Secs. 
8.
Humoresque for cello & piano, Op. 5 by Mstislav Rostropovich
Performer:  Hillel Zori (Cello), Arnon Erez (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Clairmont Auditorium, Buchmann-Mehta Sch 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
9.
Spirales, for trombone by Bent Lorentzen
Performer:  Arnon Erez (Piano), Hillel Zori (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2001 
Venue:  Clairmont Auditorium, Buchmann-Mehta Sch 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
10.
Danse du diable vert by Gaspar Cassadó
Performer:  Hillel Zori (Cello), Arnon Erez (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Venue:  Clairmont Auditorium, Buchmann-Mehta Sch 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
11.
Barcarole vénetienne, for cello & piano, Op. 75/3 by David Popper
Performer:  Hillel Zori (Cello), Arnon Erez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Clairmont Auditorium, Buchmann-Mehta Sch 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
12.
Saxe, for cello & piano by Paul Tortelier
Performer:  Arnon Erez (Piano), Hillel Zori (Cello)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Clairmont Auditorium, Buchmann-Mehta Sch 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
13.
Tarantella, for cello & piano, Op. 23 by Alfredo Piatti
Performer:  Hillel Zori (Cello), Arnon Erez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Clairmont Auditorium, Buchmann-Mehta Sch 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 

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