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Adagio - Mischa Maisky


Release Date: 08/03/1992 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 435781   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Camille Saint-SaënsGabriel FauréOttorino RespighiAntonín Dvorák,   ... 
Performer:  Mischa Maisky
Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Some will fear that ''Adagio'', as a collective title for a 70-minute record, has an ominous ring. Indeed I was afraid so myself; but in the event quite a few rebellious pieces do break the mould, to the record's great advantage. Respighi's Variations (on an adagio theme) do; they add up to a very enjoyable piece, with the orchestra allowed to make a major contribution. In fact the orchestra takes rewarding advantage of every opportunity offered; but not all the pieces concerned can in themselves really offer such opportunity. The Saint-Saens ''Swan'', for example, must test the patience of every accompanying orchestral player; but there is no audible evidence of that here, and the solo playing is of the very first order.
Read more /> Indeed it is so everywhere: and many favourites as well as those already mentioned come up excellently with orchestral colouring of the accompaniment (the Faure Elegie, especially, does so). Some pieces, of course, were written with orchestral accompaniment (the Max Bruch Kol Nidrei for example), and these are given in splendid performances, with no quibble at all.

Should an occasional eyebrow be raised at the notion of a cello playing a violin concerto be assured it is beautifully done. Even so, perhaps the gentle movement concerned is not the best of all possible finales even to what many will find a rewardingly peaceful record! Would it be considered daft to suggest that a better finale, as such, might have been found somewhere among those designed for that precise purpose by Haydn. After all, Haydn did know his business pretty well, you might say!

-- Gramophone [10/1992]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Mischa Maisky (Cello)
Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Paul Vidal 
2.
Elégie for Cello and Piano, Op. 24 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Mischa Maisky (Cello)
Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 6 Minutes 26 Secs. 
3.
Adagio con variazioni for Cello and Orchestra by Ottorino Respighi
Performer:  Mischa Maisky (Cello)
Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 12 Minutes 54 Secs. 
4.
From the Bohemian forest, Op. 68/B 133: no 5, Silent Woods by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Mischa Maisky (Cello)
Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 6 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Bohemia (?1883 - 1884).
Composition revised: Bohemia (1893). 
5.
Chant du ménéstrel, Op. 71 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Mischa Maisky (Cello)
Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Written: 1900 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
6.
Morceaux (6) for Piano, Op. 19: no 4, Nocturne in C sharp minor by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Mischa Maisky (Cello)
Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
7.
Kol Nidrei for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 47 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Mischa Maisky (Cello)
Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Liverpool, England 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 10 Minutes 49 Secs. 
8.
Die ägyptische Helena, Op. 75 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Mischa Maisky (Cello)
Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1923-1927; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 12 Minutes 45 Secs. 
9.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in C major, H 7a no 1: 2nd movement, Adagio by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Mischa Maisky (Cello)
Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1769 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 6 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Kay Maisky 

Sound Samples

Le Carnaval des Animaux: Le cygne
Elégie, Op.24
Adagio con variazioni
Silent Woods, Op.68/5
Chant du Ménestrel op.71
Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op.19 No.4
Kol Nidrei, Op.47 - Adagio on Hebrew Melodies for Cello and Orchestra (Adagio ma non troppo)
Romanze für Cello und Orchester in F
Violin Concerto in C, H.VIIa No.1: Adagio molto

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