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Mendelssohn: Complete Music For Cello & Piano / Gruber, Erez

Mendelssohn / Gruber / Erez
Release Date: 07/26/2011 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3415  
Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Emanuel GruberArnon Erez
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

R E V I E W:

"A match made in heaven."

“When played well, the cello is one of the most soothing and emotionally moving instruments around. Emanuel Gruber’s mastery of this instrument is made evident on this album of Mendelssohn works for cello and piano. Accompanied by Arnon Erez, Gruber has recorded an album that is, in a word, beautiful. His athletic, supple style (certainly aided by the use of a wonderful instrument) effortlessly flows through the Variations concertantes, and Erez’s speedy piano never relents as he plays with a flourish…The listener can practically feel how Gruber is playing the instrument with his whole body. And yet he is capable of restraint, for the Andante features a
Read more quieter, more somber, liquid cello… It shows how wonderfully the musicians play in synchronicity, chasing each other in the music, or executing triplets with perfect precision. Gruber is undoubtedly among the best cellists, and with the Mendelssohn, it is a match made in heaven.”

— V. Vasan, All Music Guide
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Works on This Recording

1.
Assai tranquillo for Cello and Piano in B minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Emanuel Gruber (Cello), Arnon Erez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Germany 
2.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in B flat major, Op. 45 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Emanuel Gruber (Cello), Arnon Erez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
3.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in D major, Op. 58 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Emanuel Gruber (Cello), Arnon Erez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Germany 
4.
Song without words for Cello and Piano in D major, Op. 109 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Emanuel Gruber (Cello), Arnon Erez (Piano)
Written: 1845 
5.
Variations Concertantes for Cello and Piano, Op. 17 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Emanuel Gruber (Cello), Arnon Erez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 

Sound Samples

Variations concertantes in D major, Op. 17: Thema: Andante con moto
Variations concertantes in D major, Op. 17: Variation 1
Variations concertantes in D major, Op. 17: Variation 2
Variations concertantes in D major, Op. 17: Variation 3: Piu vivace
Variations concertantes in D major, Op. 17: Variation 4: Allegro con fuoco
Variations concertantes in D major, Op. 17: Variation 5: L'istesso tempo
Variations concertantes in D major, Op. 17: Variation 6: L'istesso tempo
Variations concertantes in D major, Op. 17: Variation 7: Presto ed agitato
Variations concertantes in D major, Op. 17: Variation 8: Tempo I - Coda
Cello Sonata No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 45: I. Allegro vivace
Cello Sonata No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 45: II. Andante
Cello Sonata No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 45: III. Allegro assai
Lied ohne Worte (Song without Words), Op. 109: Lied ohne worte (Song without Words), Op. 109
Assai tranquillo
Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 58: I. Allegro assai vivace
Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 58: II. Allegretto scherzando
Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 58: III. Adagio
Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 58: IV. Molto allegro e vivace

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