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Brahms: Cello Transcriptions / Dillon, Torquati


Release Date: 04/27/2018 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 95415  
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Francesco DillonEmanuele Torquati
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Brahms, like most composers, had no scruple about arranging his own music for other forces, whether to disseminate it further or earn useful income or both. Sometimes he undertook the transcription of his orchestral works for the popular domestic market of piano duet; on other occasions he left the work to trusted friends and colleagues. Although the composer did not apparently have any other instrument in mind when he wrote the First Violin Sonata, the piece sits peculiarly well on the cello once transposed to the key of D major by the cellist Paul Klengel; its pervasive mood of profound melancholy is even enhanced by the cello’s voice. Clara Schumann recognized the sonata as one of Brahms’s most tender yet regretful tributes to her, and Read more wished that it should be played at her funeral, to which purpose Klengel’s transcription is eminently suited. Norbert Salter (1868-1935) was a cellist who played under Mahler in both Budapest and Hamburg; this is his only published transcription, a set of six Lieder by Brahms which may well have been made under the elderly composer’s supervision. Like the Brahms/Klengel Sonata, this is a sensitive yet now little-known piece of work which deserves modern appreciation. Francesco Dillon and Emanuele Torquati conclude their fourth album for Brilliant Classics in a lighter vein, with nine of the ever-popular Hungarian Dances, arranged to stylish effect by the Italian virtuoso Alfredo Piatti who did so much to advance the cause of the cello as a solo instrument in the 19th century. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Francesco Dillon (Cello), Emanuele Torquati (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; Austria 
2.
Songs (6), Op. 86: no 2, Feldeinsamkeit by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Francesco Dillon (Cello), Emanuele Torquati (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1877-79; Austria 
3.
Songs (5), Op. 105: no 1, Wie Melodien zieht es mir by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Francesco Dillon (Cello), Emanuele Torquati (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
4.
Songs (5), Op. 94: no 4, Sapphische Ode by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Francesco Dillon (Cello), Emanuele Torquati (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; Austria 
5.
Songs (5), Op. 49: no 4, Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Francesco Dillon (Cello), Emanuele Torquati (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
6.
Songs (6), Op. 3: no 1, Liebestreu by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Francesco Dillon (Cello), Emanuele Torquati (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
7.
Songs (5), Op. 71: no 5, Minnelied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Francesco Dillon (Cello), Emanuele Torquati (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
8.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 2 in D minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Francesco Dillon (Cello), Emanuele Torquati (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
9.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 4 in F minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Francesco Dillon (Cello), Emanuele Torquati (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
10.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 5 in F sharp minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Francesco Dillon (Cello), Emanuele Torquati (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
11.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 9 in E minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Francesco Dillon (Cello), Emanuele Torquati (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
12.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 13 in D major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Francesco Dillon (Cello), Emanuele Torquati (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
13.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 14 in D minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Francesco Dillon (Cello), Emanuele Torquati (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
14.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 16 in F minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Francesco Dillon (Cello), Emanuele Torquati (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
15.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 19 in B minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Francesco Dillon (Cello), Emanuele Torquati (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
16.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 20 in E minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Francesco Dillon (Cello), Emanuele Torquati (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 

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