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Dedications...: A Life In Music

Harvey / Hendry / Pettinger / Knight
Release Date: 05/08/2012 
Label:  Cello Classics   Catalog #: 11027   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Claudio MonteverdiFerruccio BusoniAlexander ScriabinIgor Stravinsky,   ... 
Performer:  Keith HarveyLinn HendryPeter PettingerMeralyn Knight
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 33 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Keith Harvey was born in 1938 and is a prestigious member of the cello fraternity. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Douglas Cameron and after only seven years’ study became, at 20, principal of the LPO. You may well know him from his membership of the Gabrieli Quartet or as principal cello of the English Chamber Orchestra (ECO). Collectors of recordings have reason to be grateful, as Harvey contributed many a shellac to Pearl for their transfer projects. It’s rare to find a first-rank performer who is also a serious record collector but in Keith Read more Harvey and Malcolm Binns - they wouldn’t be a bad duo, come to think of it - Britain has two of the world leaders.
 
Harvey has constructed a charming two-disc series of transcriptions dedicated to ‘his friends within’, as it were. They range from the profound complexities of the extensive Bach Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue arranged by Ferruccio Busoni to the affectionate delicacy of Purcell’s Music for a while. One can note with interest and enthusiasm the composers Harvey has chosen to arrange as well as to whom each arrangement is dedicated. This latter group ranges from Henry Mancini through cellistic idols such as Feuermann, Piatigorsky, André Navarra, Casals and Rostropovich to Dinu Lipatti and close personal chums. In most of the 37 pieces he is elegantly accompanied by Linn Hendry.
 
Some of the pieces, it’s true, are arranged by others - the others being Piatigorsky, Heifetz, Kreisler, Fournier, and Luigi Silva - but the vast bulk were arranged adroitly by Harvey himself. Rich portamenti and ripe melancholy inform the playing in Tchaikovsky’s Autumn Song and there’s a hint of a cellistic bumblebee in Yuri Shaporin’s Scherzo. Harvey takes on Heifetz’s scintillating Gershwin arrangements and offers three Nin transcriptions of his own. As befits a connoisseur he dedicates one of them to the violinist Miguel Candela, who made, as Harvey says, some gorgeous 78s. I have his Glazunov Concerto set and it’s terrific - one of the first recordings of it ever made.
 
Appropriately he dedicates his performance of his Paraphrase on Prélude à l'après-midi d'un Faune to his wife Meralyn Knight, who accompanies on three tracks, but not this one. Her three recordings are noticeably boxier than the others, and are less kind to Harvey’s tone though they’re all very warmly played. He has dedicated Achron’s Hebrew Melody to Raphael Wallfisch and was inspired to arrange it after hearing the tragically short-lived Joseph Hassid’s recording. I’m very glad that he has included Heifetz’s arrangement of the folk song Gweedore Brae. It’s that much more evocative on Brunswick 78 even than on the recent complete Heifetz box set.
 
In each disc there’s one ‘big’ arrangement. The Bach-Busoni is on disc one and Ferdinand Ries’s Variations on Three Russian Airs is on disc two. It’s full of decorative élan, not least for the piano (here, played by Peter Pettinger) as well as suave cellistic lyricism. There’s a blockbuster Paganini brace and two movements from Reger Suites, about which Harvey is rightly admiring.
 
His little notes about pieces and dedications make for affectionate, often amusing, wry reading. He was badly in the wars, medically speaking, not so long ago but has now recovered. He is an outstanding player and a generous colleague, alert to admirable qualities both musical and human. These discs reflect those very same qualities in abundance.
 
-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International 

CD 1
Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643)
Lamento Di Arianna [2:17]
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue arr. Ferrucio Busoni [12:41]
Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915)
Romance in a Minor arr. Gregor Piatigorsky [2:25]
Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
Autumn Song [4:08]
Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971)
Russian Maiden's Song [3:54]
Yuri SHAPORIN (1887-1966)
Scherzo [1:59]
George GERSHWIN (1898-1937)
Bess You Is My Woman Now, from Porgy and Bess arr. Jascha Heifetz [3:16]
It Ain't Necessarily So from Porgy and Bess arr. Jascha Heifetz [2:55]
Joaquin NIN (1879-1949)
Murciana [2:03]
Saeta [3:06]
Andalucia [1:55]
Ed POLDINI (1869-1857)
Poupée Valsante [2:30]
Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937)
Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte [6:01]
Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Paraphrase on Prélude à L'après-midi d'un Faune [8:13]
Henri DUPARC (1848-1933)
Chanson triste [3:36]
Joseph CANTELOUBE (1879-1957)
Bourée Auvergnate [2:23]
Joseph ACHRON (1886-1943)
Hebrew Melody [5:25]
Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968)
Sea Murmurs [2:00]
TRADITIONAL
Gweedore Brae arr. Jascha Heifetz [3:09]
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Four Serious Songs - No.3 [3:29]
CD 2
Henry PURCELL (1659-1695)
Music for a While [4:36]
Ferdinand RIES (1784-1838)
Variations On Three Russian Airs [12:39]
Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907)
Varen [4:11]
Reinhold GLIÈRE (1875-1956)
Romance in D Major [4:53]
Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953)
Waltz [1:48] and March [1:50]
Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810-1849)
Mazurka in a Minor arr. Fritz Kreisler [3:34]
Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937)
Etude in B flat minor [4:49]
Nicolò PAGANINI (1782-1840)
Variations On Theme from 'Moses' [7:12]
Caprice Op.1 No. 5 arr. Luigi Silva [2:34]
Ernesto HALLFTER (1905-1989)
Serenade a Dulcinea [5:03]
Pregon; Cuban Dance [2:40]
Max REGER (1873-1916)
Cello Suite in D, Op. 131c - Prelude [5:28] and Variations [7:03]
Erik SATIE (1866-1925)
Gymnopédie [2:17]
Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Beau Soir arr. Pierre Fournier [2:58]
Edward ELGAR (1857-1934)
Adieu [2:43] Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Madrigals, Book 6: Lasciatemi morire "Lamento d'Arianna a 5" by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Keith Harvey (Cello), Linn Hendry (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1614; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
2.
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue for Cello and Piano after J.S. Bach by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Linn Hendry (Piano), Keith Harvey (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 40 Secs. 
3.
Romance for Voice and Piano by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Linn Hendry (Piano), Keith Harvey (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
4.
Mavra: Oh, my dearest one "Parasha's Song" by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Keith Harvey (Cello), Linn Hendry (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921-1922; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
5.
Scherzo, for cello & piano by Yuri Shaporin
Performer:  Linn Hendry (Piano), Keith Harvey (Cello)
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
6.
Porgy and Bess: Bess, you is my woman now by George Gershwin
Performer:  Linn Hendry (Piano), Keith Harvey (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
7.
Porgy and Bess: It ain't necessarily so by George Gershwin
Performer:  Keith Harvey (Cello), Linn Hendry (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
8.
Danza murciana by Joaquin Nin
Performer:  Linn Hendry (Piano), Keith Harvey (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
9.
Cantos populares españoles (20): no 8, Saeta by Joaquin Nin
Performer:  Linn Hendry (Piano), Keith Harvey (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1923 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
10.
Andalucia by Joaquín Nin-Culmell
Performer:  Keith Harvey (Cello), Linn Hendry (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1960 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
11.
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Linn Hendry (Piano), Keith Harvey (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892-1894; France 
Length: 8 Minutes 13 Secs. 
12.
Songs of Auvergnate: Bourée Auvergnate by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Keith Harvey (Cello), Linn Hendry (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
13.
Hebrew Melody for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 33 by Joseph Achron
Performer:  Keith Harvey (Cello), Linn Hendry (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Poland 
Length: 5 Minutes 24 Secs. 
14.
Gweedore Brae for voice & piano by Anonymous
Performer:  Linn Hendry (Piano), Keith Harvey (Cello)
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
15.
Four Serious Songs: No. 3 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Linn Hendry (Piano), Keith Harvey (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
16.
Oedipus, Z 583: Music for a while by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Keith Harvey (Cello), Linn Hendry (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1692; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
17.
Variations on Three Russian Airs, for cello & piano by Ferdinand Ries
Performer:  Keith Harvey (Cello), Peter Pettinger (Piano)
Length: 12 Minutes 41 Secs. 
18.
Melodies (12), Op. 33: no 2, Spring by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Keith Harvey (Cello), Linn Hendry (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
19.
Romance for Violin and Piano, Op. 3 by Reinhold Gliere
Performer:  Keith Harvey (Cello), Linn Hendry (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
20.
Waltz by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Linn Hendry (Piano), Keith Harvey (Cello)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1920 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
21.
March in B flat major, Op. 99 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Keith Harvey (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1944; USSR 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
22.
Mazurka for Piano in A minor, B 134 "Notre temps" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Linn Hendry (Piano), Keith Harvey (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
23.
Etude for orchestra in B flat minor (arrangement from piano Etudes) by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Keith Harvey (Cello), Linn Hendry (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
24.
Introduction and Variations from Rossini's Mosè "Dal tuo stellato soglio" by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Meralyn Knight (Piano), Keith Harvey (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1819 
Length: 7 Minutes 10 Secs. 
25.
Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1: no 5 in A minor by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Keith Harvey (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1805; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
26.
Serenata a Dulcinea, incidental music for piano by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Keith Harvey (Cello), Linn Hendry (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1943 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
27.
Pregón, for piano by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Keith Harvey (Cello), Meralyn Knight (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Length: 7 Minutes 1 Secs. 
28.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Performer:  Linn Hendry (Piano), Keith Harvey (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
29.
Beau soir by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Keith Harvey (Cello), Meralyn Knight (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1880; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
30.
Adieu by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Keith Harvey (Cello), Linn Hendry (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1933; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
31.
Poupée valsante (The Dancing Doll), for piano by Eduard Poldini
Performer:  Keith Harvey (Cello), Linn Hendry (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
32.
Children's Songs (16), Op. 54: no 14, Autumn by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Linn Hendry (Piano), Keith Harvey (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
33.
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Linn Hendry (Piano), Keith Harvey (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
34.
Chanson triste ("Dans ton coeur..."), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 2/4 by Henri Duparc
Performer:  Linn Hendry (Piano), Keith Harvey (Cello)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1868 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
35.
Suites (3) for Cello solo, Op. 131c: no 2 in D minor - Prelude by Max Reger
Performer:  Keith Harvey (Cello)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1915 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
36.
Suites (3) for Cello solo, Op. 131c: no 3 in A minor - Variations by Max Reger
Performer:  Keith Harvey (Cello)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1915 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
37.
Sea Murmurs, arrangement for violin & piano (after Castelnuovo-Tedesco's "Arise" from Shakespeare So by Jascha Heifetz
Performer:  Keith Harvey (Cello), Linn Hendry (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1932 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 

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