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Chopin, Liszt: Music For Cello And Piano / The Fischer Duo


Release Date: 03/28/2006 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9187   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinFranz Liszt
Performer:  Norman FischerJeanne Kierman Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fischer Duo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Born 19 months and 357 miles apart, Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt became the two pianistic giants of the 19th century and together changed the future of piano playing. This recording features the superb Fischer Duo in performances of all three of Chopin’s works for cello and piano, as well as the four cello and piano duos by Liszt, composed during the last twelve years of his life. The recital opens with Chopin’s final composition- the magnificent G minor Sonata, written in 1846. This was the last work Chopin played in public and the last work he would hear at his deathbed. Liszt wrote two versions of La Lugubre gondola for solo piano, one before his son-in-law Wagner’s death and one after. It is the second version that Liszt transcribed Read more for cello and piano, and it was his preferred version of the piece. Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth is Liszt’s 1880 reconstruction of his beautiful song of the same name, named for the small island in the Rhine where Liszt spent the summers of 1841-43. After early attempts at solo piano polonaises while still in Poland, Chopin wrote the delightful Polonaise Brillante calling it “nothing more than a glittering trifle for the salon, for ladies.” Romance oubliée was originally a song and is Liszt’s 1880 transcription for cello and piano. The two Élégies were written in 1874 and 1877 respectively. These short works are both in three sections and are prime examples of Liszt’s more introverted side. The virtuosic Grand Duo Concertant was composed by Chopin in the popular ‘opera fantasy’ genre after themes from Meyerbeer’s Robert le Diable. Founded in 1971, the Fischer duo has delighted listeners with performances described as “intense and persuasive” (Gramophone) “boldly imaginative” (Boston Globe), and “beautiful and intense” (The New York Times). Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Norman Fischer (Cello), Jeanne Kierman Fischer (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fischer Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
2.
Introduction and Polonaise for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 3 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jeanne Kierman Fischer (Piano), Norman Fischer (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fischer Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
3.
Grand Duo for Cello and Piano in E major, B 70 "Robert le Diable" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Norman Fischer (Cello), Jeanne Kierman Fischer (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fischer Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832 
4.
La lugubre gondola for Violin/Cello and Piano, S 134 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jeanne Kierman Fischer (Piano), Norman Fischer (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fischer Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882-1885 
5.
Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth for Violin/Cello and Piano, S 382 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Norman Fischer (Cello), Jeanne Kierman Fischer (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fischer Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1883 
6.
Romance oubliée for Violin/Viola/Cello and Piano, S 132 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jeanne Kierman Fischer (Piano), Norman Fischer (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fischer Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880 
7.
Elegy no 2 for Violin/Cello and Piano, S 131 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jeanne Kierman Fischer (Piano), Norman Fischer (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fischer Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878 
8.
Elegy no 1 for Cello and Piano, S 130/R 471b by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jeanne Kierman Fischer (Piano), Norman Fischer (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fischer Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Weimar, Germany 

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