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Music For Cello & Piano - R. Strauss, Pfitzner / Guido Schiefen, Olaf Dressler

Release Date: 05/13/2008 
Label:  Arte Nova   Catalog #: 870720   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard StraussHans Pfitzner
Performer:  Olaf DresslerGuido Schiefen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Big personalities struggling to break free of potent influences, Strauss and Pfitzner as young men complement each other ideally here. The teenage Strauss adds his own Eulenspiegel-ish spring to the Schumann touch, though he does end up taking it seriously in his pensive Andante; Brahms, who was just around the corner for him in 1883 when he completed the work, looms large in the colossal second movement of Pfitzner’s 1890 Sonata. Yet this is an unpredictable Op. 1: the bulky figure who sings so passionately at the start suddenly executes an entrechat towards the end of the first movement, and spins like a top in a fantasy-scherzo. The well-balanced intelligence of the perfect duo on this disc slips without fuss from one mood to another. Read more Schiefen knows how to anchor the more passionate outbursts; Dressler dances and sparkles his way through developments that in other hands could become heavy going. Even Strauss’s Romance, anodyne after the clear-cut high spirits of his Sonata’s finale, becomes a perfect lesson in bel canto from this most natural and unaffected of cellists.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5)

-- David Nice, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

Romance for Cello and Orchestra in F major, AV 75 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Olaf Dressler (Piano), Guido Schiefen (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Sonata for Cello and Piano in F major, Op. 6 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Guido Schiefen (Cello), Olaf Dressler (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1883; Germany 
Sonata for Cello and Piano in F sharp minor, Op. 1 by Hans Pfitzner
Performer:  Guido Schiefen (Cello), Olaf Dressler (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; Germany 

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