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Charm & Cello / Gendron


Release Date: 06/14/2019 
Label:  Profil   Catalog #: 18091  
Composer:  Robert SchumannFranz SchubertLudwig van BeethovenJohannes Brahms,   ... 
Performer:  Maurice GendronJean Françaix
Conductor:  Christoph Von DohnanyiKarl RanklPablo Casals
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wiener SymphonikerLondon Philharmonic OrchestraLamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Number of Discs: 4 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Maurice Gendron (1920–1990) played on an instrument that now bears his name. It is a Stradivari cello of 1693, and in honour of this great cellist it is now known as the “Gendron, Lord Speyer” cello. Gendron felt himself born under a lucky star. After studies in his birthplace Nice, where he already showed exceptional promise, he moved to Paris. His stupendous ability and charming manner soon spread his reputation, and in the artistically inclined French capital he attracted the attention of such prominent figures as Picasso, Mauriac and Cocteau. The end of the Second World War opened the doors of the world’s concert halls to him. One early highlight was the European first performance of the Prokofiev Cello Concerto op. 58 with the Read more Philharmonic Orchestra under Walter Süsskind in London in 1945. Pablo Casals himself, the revered role model of all twentieth-century cellists, invited Gendron to make music with him. So did the violinist Yehudi Menuhin, who invited him to make up a trio together with his sister Hephzibah.

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REVIEW:

He plays the Dvorak faster even than Casals did in his recording around that time, but with enough attention to the details to make it work. The Haydn and Boccherini are under the direction of cellist Casals, the Schumann and Tchaikovsky under composer Dohnanyi. What a year! Gendron restructures the Boccherini, adding such a lot to the cello line that I hardly recognize the piece in places. The same goes for the Rococo Variations. Cellists will find this interesting, but as an introduction to this music it may not be ideal.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Conductor:  Christoph Von Dohnanyi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wiener Symphoniker
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
2.
Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Maurice Gendron (Cello), Jean Françaix (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 5 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurice Gendron (Cello), Jean Françaix (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 5 in D major, Op. 102 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurice Gendron (Cello), Jean Françaix (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Maurice Gendron (Cello), Jean Françaix (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862-1865; Austria 
6.
Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo theme, Op. 33 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Conductor:  Christoph Von Dohnanyi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wiener Symphoniker
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
7.
Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Conductor:  Karl Rankl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; USA 
8.
Concerto for Cello no 2 in D major, Op. 101/H 7b no 2 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Conductor:  Pablo Casals
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
9.
Concerto for Cello in B flat major, G 482 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Conductor:  Pablo Casals
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1785 

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