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Kodaly: Sonata for Solo Cello, Duo for Violin & Cello; Cassado: Suite for Solo Cello / Meneses, Cruz

Kodaly / Meneses,Antonio
Release Date: 11/06/2015 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 2351   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gaspar CassadóZoltán Kodály
Performer:  Antonio MenesesClaudio Cruz
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Grammy Award-nominated cellist Antonio Meneses’ dazzling virtuosity in on display in the Suite for Solo Cello by Gaspar Cassadó, and two works by Zoltán Kodály - the Duo for Violin and Cello with violinist Claudio Cruz, and the Sonata for Solo Cello that was written in 1915. It is released in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the work.

Following the success of Capriccioso, a solo spectacular of works written by cellists for cellists, Antonio Meneses' brilliance is demonstrated again, with the rarely recorded Suite for Solo Cello by the Spanish cellist-composer Gaspar Cassadó. Alongside two early works by his Hungarian contemporary Zoltán Kodály - the Duo for Violin and Cello,
Read more with violinist Claudio Cruz, who was the conductor on Antonio's Grammy-nominated recording of the Concertos by Elgar and Gál; and the Sonata for Solo Cello, which was written in 1915 and is released in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the work.

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REVIEWS:

In Cassado's dark, sensuous Suite, inspired by Kodaly but infused with Spanish undertones, he exudes a mesmerising, Zen-like calm: tenderly shaped curlicues, ornate arabesques, and complex harmonic accompanying figurations never disturb his long, arching lines or the sense of easy, improvisational charm. You can almost forget you're listening to a virtuoso display; in his refreshingly self-effacing, idiomatic approach musical substance is always to the fore.

– BBC Music Magazine

Meneses gives a performance that has been crafted down to the tiniest detail, the swirling finale in particular confident and polished, with every technical trick in the cellist's book pulled off with panache.

– Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Cello solo by Gaspar Cassadó
Performer:  Antonio Meneses (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Spain 
Date of Recording: 09/26/2014 
Venue:  St. Peter's, Evercreech, Somerset 
Length: 15 Minutes 5 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Cello solo, Op. 8 by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Antonio Meneses (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Hungary 
Venue:  St. Peter's, Evercreech, Somerset 
Length: 30 Minutes 16 Secs. 
3.
Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7 by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Claudio Cruz (Violin), Antonio Meneses (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; Hungary 
Venue:  St. Peter's, Evercreech, Somerset 
Length: 27 Minutes 17 Secs. 

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