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Hummelflug / Guido Schiefen, Olaf Dressler


Release Date: 11/08/2005 
Label:  Oehms   Catalog #: 368   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovCamille Saint-SaënsGabriel FauréMaurice Ravel,   ... 
Performer:  Guido SchiefenOlaf Dressler
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As high-quality “bonbons”, all concert-goers know such pieces as encores – but they often have undreamt of qualities and may become musical friends for life. Romantic virtuoso instrumental music would be unheard of without these many little “genre pieces” which are virtually custom-tailored for their particular instrument. There has always been a tradition of arranging and transcribing them for other instruments, however, as we see here with Guido Schiefen’s arrangements of such compositions for his instrument, the cello, which he present along with works written expressly for cello. And by the way, this CD just proves once again that Schiefen is one of the younger generation’s leading cellists, with energy that just doesn’t quit and the Read more great-est of musical sensitivity.

The musical versatility and enormous technical possibilities of the violoncello have inspired generations of composers to write for that instrument. Listeners always take great pleasure in hearing and rehearing Camille Saint-Saëns’ The Swan – whose difficulty should not be underestimated! – from his Carnival of the Animals. Arrangements of such favorites as Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Flight of the Bumblebee still amaze – today as well as in the past – dependent as this piece is on perfect bowing technique and the greatest possible rhythmical precision. Sergei Rachmaninov’s Vocalise, in contrast, takes advantage of the cello’s lyrical expressiveness. If Gabriel Fauré’s Elégie evokes deep sadness, Maurice Ravel’s Piece en forme de Habanera suggests impressionistic colors on a canvas. Gaiety tinged with moodiness characterizes Bohuslav Martinu°’s variations on a theme from Rossini’s opera Moses, which place enormous technical requirements on cellists.

In the 19th century there were numerous cello virtuosos who composed for their instruments themselves, especially David Popper, whose bravura works were highly popular. With complex harmonies and difficult piano accompaniments, his Romantic character pieces are head and shoulders above many written by his colleagues. The Serenade, Elves’ Dance and Hungarian Rhapsody give interpreters countless opportunities to prove their musical sensibility and virtuosity. The Freischützparaphrase written by Bernhard Cossmann – once solo cellist at the Leipzig Gewandhaus as well as a friend of Franz Liszt and Hans von Bülow – is typical for its genre: he cleverly put together excerpts of popular works as a medley with a smattering of technical difficulty – ensuring the enthusiasm of audiences both then and now. With his arrangement of a Toccata from Girolamo Frescobaldi, the Casals student Gaspar Cassadó continued this tradition into the 20th century. Friedmann Dreßler, solo cellist in Duisburg, arranged well-known Verdi melodies from La Traviata in Verdi year 2001 especially for his brother Olaf Dreßler and Guido Schiefen.

Finally, Georges Boulanger takes us into the world of the coffee house. Born in Romania, Boulanger personified the gypsy virtuoso during the twenties and thirties; as a salon violinist he achieved international popularity. He dedicated the piece Georgette to his dearly beloved daughter, who also carried this name. As with the La Traviata and the Freischützparaprase, Georgette is now being recorded for the first time.

-- Carlos A. Haas (Translation: Elizabeth Gahbler)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Guido Schiefen (Cello), Olaf Dressler (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
2.
Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Guido Schiefen (Cello), Olaf Dressler (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
3.
Elégie for Cello and Piano, Op. 24 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Olaf Dressler (Piano), Guido Schiefen (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 
4.
Pièce en forme de Habañera by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Olaf Dressler (Piano), Guido Schiefen (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
5.
Variations on a theme of Rossini for Cello and Piano by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Guido Schiefen (Cello), Olaf Dressler (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
6.
Fantasie on "Freischütz" by C.M. Weber by Claude Paul Taffanel
Performer:  Guido Schiefen (Cello), Olaf Dressler (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
7.
Paraphrase on themes from "La Traviata" by Olaf Dressler
Performer:  Guido Schiefen (Cello), Olaf Dressler (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
8.
Hungarian Rhapsody for Cello and Piano, Op. 68 by David Popper
Performer:  Guido Schiefen (Cello), Olaf Dressler (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894 
9.
Sérénade orientale, Op. 18 by David Popper
Performer:  Guido Schiefen (Cello), Olaf Dressler (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
10.
Elfentanz, Op. 39 by David Popper
Performer:  Olaf Dressler (Piano), Guido Schiefen (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
11.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Olaf Dressler (Piano), Guido Schiefen (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 

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