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Saint-Saëns, Lalo, Fauré: Works for Cello & Orchestra / Morales


Release Date: 04/24/2007 
Label:  Centaur Records   Catalog #: 2837   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Camille Saint-SaënsGabriel FauréEdouard Lalo
Performer:  Jesús Morales
Conductor:  Jaime Morales
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Bulgarica
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording positions cellist Jesús Morales far forward in the soundstage, even though the orchestral accompaniments have nothing to be ashamed of, such that the soloist's resulting prominence sounds slightly artificial. But the upside of this is that you hear every detail of Morales' powerful playing. The Saint-Saëns concerto's aggressive opening matches Morales' temperament as he masterfully communicates the work's shifting emotions. Fauré's serene Élégie makes for a soothing transition in Morales' hands, displaying a softer tone with much warmth. Lalo's concerto is the major work here; far more free-spirited and colorful than the Saint-Saëns (the intermezzo features a beautifully seductive Spanish Read more dance), it provides ample opportunities for Morales to display his virtuoso talent, most certainly in the dramatic first movement. Closing out the program is a transcription for cello and orchestra of Fauré's song Après un rêve. Morales' soulful rendition proves this to be an effective arrangement, even if it cannot replace the enchantment of hearing a human voice in this beautiful music. For cello connoisseurs and French music enthusiasts alike, this is a most enjoyable release.

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Jesús Morales (Cello)
Conductor:  Jaime Morales
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Bulgarica
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Venue:  Bulgarian National Radio Studio, Sofia 
Length: 19 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Bulgarian National Radio Studio, Sofia (06/05/2005 - 06/07/2005) 
2.
Elégie for Cello and Piano, Op. 24 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Jesús Morales (Cello)
Conductor:  Jaime Morales
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Bulgarica
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 
Venue:  Bulgarian National Radio Studio, Sofia 
Length: 6 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Bulgarian National Radio Studio, Sofia (06/05/2005 - 06/07/2005) 
3.
Aprčs un ręve, Op. 7 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Jesús Morales (Cello)
Conductor:  Jaime Morales
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Bulgarica
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Venue:  Bulgarian National Radio Studio, Sofia 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Pablo Casals.
Bulgarian National Radio Studio, Sofia (06/05/2005 - 06/07/2005) 
4.
Concerto for Cello in D minor by Edouard Lalo
Performer:  Jesús Morales (Cello)
Conductor:  Jaime Morales
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Bulgarica
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Venue:  Bulgarian National Radio Studio, Sofia 
Length: 27 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Bulgarian National Radio Studio, Sofia (06/05/2005 - 06/07/2005) 

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