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Dazzle And Nostalgia - Cello Favorites / Hanani, Levin


Release Date: 07/01/2001 
Label:  Eroica Classical Recordings   Catalog #: 3072   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix MendelssohnManuel de FallaSergei RachmaninovPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,   ... 
Performer:  Yehuda HananiMichelle Levin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Lovers of cello music already will be familiar with other compilations of repertoire similar to the 23 selections featured on this well-filled, smartly organized, musically captivating program from Yehuda Hanani and his superb collaborator, pianist Michele Levin. Yes, there’s Saint-Saëns’ ever-popular (and somehow never tiresome) The Swan, Mendelssohn’s Song Without Words Op. 109, Schubert’s Serenade, Piatigorsky’s transcription of Weber’s Rondo, Rachmaninov’s Vocalise, transcriptions of several Falla songs (including the oft-heard Nana and Jota), and two Kreisler favorites--Liebesleid and Schön Rosmarin--along with Paganini’s Variations on a Theme from Rossini’s Moses, Fauré’s Sicilienne (hasn’t this tune been transcribed Read more for virtually every instrument?), and concluding with Hanani’s own arrangement of Monti’s Czardas.


However “unoriginal” this program may be in content, it stands among the most distinguished for the elegance and technical flair shown on virtually every track. Hanani’s cello is an impressive instrument, full of body and capable of an enormous range of color, and Hanani knows exactly how to fully exploit all of its possibilities. In such naturally flamboyant, lighter-weight music, it may be tempting to schmaltz things up a bit and/or slip into an easy razzle-dazzle, show-off routine. Hanani and Levin never do this--and the consummate tastefulness that informs all of the playing here only serves to elevate the performances and the music, no matter how familiar or airy its substance.


Which is not to say that these are musically vapid or technically easy pieces; in fact, the range of works here challenges all aspects of a performer’s command of instrument and style, and Hanani, who has considerable experience both as soloist and teacher, shows that he can toss off a virtuoso passage or sweetly singing line with the best of them. He offers a lovely, exceptionally fluid (and decidedly faster than most versions) The Swan, a gorgeously rich, warmly lyrical Chopin Nocturne (more commonly heard in soaring violin renditions, but ideally suited to the cello as well!), a darkly sensuous Liebesleid, an amazingly varied range of moods and expressions in the six Falla songs, and a “dazzling” (as in the disc’s title) Czardas. The sound is pretty close to perfect, balancing the often-difficult-to-balance cello and piano and in capturing the full dimension of Hanani’s instrument. I was a little distracted by the occasional sound of fingers hitting hard against the fingerboard--which of course happens when one plays the cello, but this effect normally doesn’t carry to a concert audience’s ears. An excellent CD--and a promising prelude to Hanani’s other discs on this same label, which include works by Bach, Schubert, Schumann, and Vivaldi.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Song without words for Cello and Piano in D major, Op. 109 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Yehuda Hanani (Cello), Michelle Levin (Piano)
Written: 1845 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Sommer Center, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
2. Canciones populares españolas (7) by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Michelle Levin (Piano), Yehuda Hanani (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Sommer Center, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 13 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Kochanski and Maréchal 
3. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Yehuda Hanani (Cello), Michelle Levin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Sommer Center, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 
4. Morceaux (6) for Piano, Op. 19: no 4, Nocturne in C sharp minor by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Michelle Levin (Piano), Yehuda Hanani (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Sommer Center, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
5. Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 51: no 6, Valse sentimentale by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Yehuda Hanani (Cello), Michelle Levin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Sommer Center, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
6. Sicilienne for Cello and Piano, Op. 78 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Yehuda Hanani (Cello), Michelle Levin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Sommer Center, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: W.H. Squire 
7. Schwanengesang, D 957: no 4, Ständchen by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Michelle Levin (Piano), Yehuda Hanani (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Sommer Center, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
8. Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Michelle Levin (Piano), Yehuda Hanani (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Sommer Center, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
9. Introduction and Variations from Rossini's Mosè "Dal tuo stellato soglio" by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Michelle Levin (Piano), Yehuda Hanani (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1819 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Sommer Center, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 8 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: L. Silva 
10. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Yehuda Hanani (Cello), Michelle Levin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Sommer Center, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: D. Popper 
11. Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Yehuda Hanani (Cello), Michelle Levin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Sommer Center, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
12. Schön Rosmarin by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Michelle Levin (Piano), Yehuda Hanani (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Sommer Center, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
13. Csárdás by Vittorio Monti
Performer:  Michelle Levin (Piano), Yehuda Hanani (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Sommer Center, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Yehuda Hanani 
14. Rondo for Violin and Piano by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Yehuda Hanani (Cello), Michelle Levin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Sommer Center, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: G. Piatigorsky 

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