WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

ReVisions - Debussy, Ravel, Prokofiev, Bloch / Steven Isserlis

Isserlis,Steven
Release Date: 08/31/2010 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1782  
Composer:  Claude DebussyMaurice RavelSergei ProkofievErnest Bloch
Performer:  Steven Isserlis
Conductor:  Gábor Takács-Nagy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
This title is currently unavailable.



Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

Steven Isserlis has earned a reputation as one of the foremost cellists of our day. At the same time he has become known for his ingenuity and innovation in programming, something which this disc is the perfect example of. It combines four works for cello and orchestra that wouldn’t even exist without Isserlis – all arrangements made at his personal request, and each of them by the arranger of his personal choice. The most radical reworking is the opening piece, an arrangement based on the fact that Debussy at the age of 19 composed a Suite for cello and orchestra. All that is known for certain about this suite is that its fourth
Read more movement was called Intermezzo, and that this piece has survived in a version for cello and piano. In her imaginative reconstruction of – or rather replacement for – Debussy’s original composition, Sally Beamish has used this piece as the opening movement, going on to construct orchestral arrangements of four other Debussy works from the same period, including the piano pieces Rêverie and Danse bohémienne. The two Ravel songs which follow were arranged by Isserlis’ friend, the violinist Richard Tognetti in order to supplement the concert programme for a tour that the two were to make with Tognetti’s own Australian Chamber Orchestra. Vladimir Blok’s orchestration of Prokofiev’s Concertino, which had been left incomplete at the death of the composer, was made as Isserlis was unhappy with the existing arrangement of the work, made by Kabalevsky. The disc closes with the earliest of these four re-visions, film composer Christopher Palmer’s orchestration of Ernest Bloch’s From Jewish Life, allowing the disc to end with the movement entitled Prayer – ‘one of the most fervently beautiful pieces ever written for the cello’, according to Steven Isserlis himself. Throughout the programme Isserlis receives the expert support of Tapiola Sinfonietta conducted by Gábor Takács-Nagy
Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Suite for Cello and Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Conductor:  Gábor Takács-Nagy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Notes: Arranger: Sally Beamish.  
2. Mélodies hébraďques (2) by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Conductor:  Gábor Takács-Nagy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1919; France 
Notes: Arranger: Richard Tognetti. 
3. Concertino for Cello in G minor, Op. 132 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Conductor:  Gábor Takács-Nagy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USSR 
Notes: Arranger: Vladimir Blok. 
4. From Jewish Life by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Conductor:  Gábor Takács-Nagy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Notes: Arranger: Christopher Palmer. 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook