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Lost Feuermann - The Japanese Recordings 1934 & 1936


Release Date: 01/23/2001 
Label:  Music & Arts Programs Of America Catalog #: 1075   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyFelix MendelssohnErnest BlochBenjamin Godard,   ... 
Performer:  Emanuel FeuermannWolfgang RebnerFritz Kitzinger
Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Music and Arts has unearthed what it calls "lost Feuermann," recordings the great cellist made during tours of Japan in 1934 and 1936. The 1936 sessions are mostly fluff, the sort of ear candy that makes for nice encores, and were staples of the 78 rpm era. Feuermann, of course, elevates them to the realm of high art. His seamless legato makes fascinating listening experiences of Mendelssohn's Spring Song and Rubenstein's Melody, and he sings Godard's Berceuse and Schubert's Serenade with bel canto phrasing worthy of a Golden Age tenor. His tonal command is complete, ranging from rich, dark tones in Tchaikowsky's Valse sentimentale to the light and airy in Schumann's Zigeunerleben. Unfortunately, the transfers obscure much of Read more Feuermann's golden tonal resources through aggressive noise-reduction techniques. Compare, for example, the wooden mid-and lower registers in the Spring Song to the multi-colored hues of the same Japanese recording on Pearl 9446. The 1934 sessions sound much better, more vibrant and alive, with unobjectionable 78 surface noise. Those recordings offer real novelties--arrangements of Japanese folk songs, one by a composer named Taki on the back of the jewel box, and three by a man the skimpy booklet notes identify as "eminent Japanese composer and conductor" Kosaku Yamada. These are also of the bob-bon persuasion, and frankly imitative. Yamada"s Karatachi no Hana reminds one of "Old Folks at Home," while Ojoro Takashima sounds more Jewish than Ernest Bloch's Prayer from the 1936 set, making it a perfect choice for a "name the composer" quiz. The disc is filled out with three European recordings made early in Feuermann's tragically brief career--a saccharine Bach--Gounod Ave Maria, a gorgeously played Bruch Kol Nidrei, and the second and third movements of Haydn's Concerto in D disfigured by a scrappy orchestra and a slow movement of such gross sentimentality that its only redeeming features are Feuermann's rich tone and its suitability as a torture device for aficionados of the authentic instruments school. But this interpretation too, is authentic in the sense that it's the way Haydn was done at a certain place and a certain time. There's some wonderful cello playing on this disc and it will be welcomed by all who admire Feuermann's art, both for his playing and for the opportunity to hear some of his most rare recordings.

--Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 51: no 6, Valse sentimentale by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Emanuel Feuermann (Cello), Wolfgang Rebner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 06/1936 
Venue:  Japan 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
2. Songs without words, vol 5, Op. 62: no 6, Andante grazioso in A major "Spring Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Emanuel Feuermann (Cello), Wolfgang Rebner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1936 
Venue:  Japan 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
3. From Jewish Life: no 1, Prayer by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Emanuel Feuermann (Cello), Wolfgang Rebner (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1936 
Venue:  Japan 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
4. Jocelyn, Op. 100: Ah! ne t'éveille pas encor "Berceuse" by Benjamin Godard
Performer:  Emanuel Feuermann (Cello), Wolfgang Rebner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1936 
Venue:  Japan 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
5. Gedichte (3), Op. 29: no 3, Zigeunerleben by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Wolfgang Rebner (Piano), Emanuel Feuermann (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1936 
Venue:  Japan 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
6. Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Wolfgang Rebner (Piano), Emanuel Feuermann (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1936 
Venue:  Japan 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
7. Melodies (2) for Piano, Op. 3: no 1 in F major by Anton Rubinstein
Performer:  Emanuel Feuermann (Cello), Wolfgang Rebner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1936 
Venue:  Japan 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
8. Nocturne for Piano in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Wolfgang Rebner (Piano), Emanuel Feuermann (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 06/1936 
Venue:  Japan 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
9. The Moon Over a Ruined Castle by Rentauro Taki
Performer:  Emanuel Feuermann (Cello), Fritz Kitzinger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Japan 
Date of Recording: 10/1934 
Venue:  Japan 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
10. Nabora by Kosaku Yamada
Performer:  Emanuel Feuermann (Cello), Fritz Kitzinger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1934 
Venue:  Japan 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
11. Ojoro Takashima by Kosaku Yamada
Performer:  Fritz Kitzinger (Piano), Emanuel Feuermann (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1934 
Venue:  Japan 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
12. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Emanuel Feuermann (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: This work is based on J.S. Bach's Prelude no 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier.' 
13. Kol Nidrei for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 47 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Emanuel Feuermann (Cello)
Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Liverpool, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 26 Secs. 
14. Schwanengesang, D 957: no 4, Ständchen by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Wolfgang Rebner (Piano), Emanuel Feuermann (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1936 
Venue:  Japan 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
15. Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still by W.T. Wrighton
Performer:  Emanuel Feuermann (Cello), Wolfgang Rebner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1936 
Venue:  Japan 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
16. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 10 in E major: Gavotte by Giuseppe Valentini
Performer:  Wolfgang Rebner (Piano), Emanuel Feuermann (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 06/1936 
Venue:  Japan 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
17. Karatachi no hana by Kosaku Yamada
Performer:  Emanuel Feuermann (Cello), Fritz Kitzinger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Japan 
Date of Recording: 10/1934 
Venue:  Japan 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
18. Concerto for Cello no 2 in D major, Op 101/H 7b no 2: 2nd movement, Adagio by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Emanuel Feuermann (Cello)
Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
19. Concerto for Cello no 2 in D major, Op. 101/H 7b no 2: 3rd movement, Allegro by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Emanuel Feuermann (Cello)
Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 

Sound Samples

6 Morceaux, Op. 51 (arr. for cello and piano): 6 Morceaux, Op. 51: No. 6. Valse sentimentale (arr. for cello and piano)
Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 5, Op. 62 (arr. for cello and piano): Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 5, Op. 62: No. 30 in A major, "Fruhlingslied" (Spring Song) (arr. for cello and piano)
From Jewish Life: I. Prayer
Jocelyn, Op. 100 (arr. for cello and piano): Jocelyn, Op. 100, Act I: Berceuse (arr. for cello and piano)
3 Gedichte, Op. 29 (arr. for cello and piano): 3 Gedichte, Op. 29: No. 3. Zigeunerleben (arr. for cello and piano)
Schwanengesang, D. 957 (arr. for cello and piano): Schwanengesang, D. 957: No. 4. Standchen (Leise flehen meine Lieder) (arr. for cello and piano)
Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still (arr. for cello and piano)
Carnival of the Animals (version for cello and piano): Carnival of the Animals: XII. Le Cygne (The Swan) (version for cello and piano)
Sonata No. 10 in E major, Op. 8 (version for cello and piano): Sonata No. 10 in E major, Op. 8: II. Allegro, tempo di gavotta (version for cello and piano)
2 Melodies, Op. 3 (arr. for cello and piano): 2 Melodies, Op. 3: No. 1 in F major (arr. for cello and piano)
Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2 (arr. for cello and piano)
Kojo No Tsuki (Moon of the Deserted Castle) (arr. for cello and piano)
Karatachi no hana (Trifoliate Orange Flowers) (arr. for cello and piano)
Nabora (arr. for cello and piano)
Ojoro Takashima (arr. for cello and piano)
Ave Maria (arr. for cello, piano and organ)
Kol nidrei, Op. 47
Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, Hob.VIIb:2: II. Adagio. III. Rondo: Allegro

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