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Miniatures & Folklore: 23 Challenges For Cello & Piano

Lipkind / Moszkowski / Wieniawski / Kreisler
Release Date: 09/27/2011 
Label:  Lipkind   Catalog #: 1   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Moritz MoszkowskiDomenico GabrielliAlexander TcherepninSergei Prokofiev,   ... 
Performer:  Alexandra LubchanskyGavriel Lipkind
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MINIATURES & FOLKLORE Gavriel Lipkind (vc); Alexandra Lubchansky (pn) LIPKIND PRODUCTIONS 0016142 (77:03)


I am declining to list the 23 items that make up this disc for fear of headnote tedium. Suffice it to say that these miniatures range from Moszkowski to Tchaikovsky to Brahms to Tsintsadze to Gabrielli to Dinicu, focusing mainly on the Romantic era but not confined to it, and that most of the pieces are relatively unknown. We have all seen albums like this before, numerous times and for a multitude of different instruments. Read more Lipkind’s verbosity in the notes goes to great philosophical depths in order to explain his choice of pieces, spinning needless extrapolations that often clutter the real intent of the collection. For example, right at the beginning of this superbly done hardbound booklet (and this album is also available in Super Audio) we read, “My hope is that listening to this selection of short pieces and to the playful dialogue between them will add a new spiritual dimension to a lost tradition of our instrumental grammar, a grammar which is still an essential part of the unwritten mythology of virtuoso and classic-improvisatory playing.” What? Lost tradition? Checked the catalog recently for these kinds of recordings? They are legion. Hyperbole tends to remind me that I am being pitched, something that happens constantly in everyday life, so I would rather my spiritual listening experience be devoid of that.


Having gotten that off my chest, I will now make the unbelievable pronouncement that this is far and away the most spectacular disc of its type that I have ever heard. Each piece was selected for its folk elements or origins, each is a consummate presentation of this cellist’s lyrical propensities and ultra-formidable technique, and taken as a whole it is beautifully constructed from a programmatic standpoint. Though you might think 77 minutes of cello and piano would tire you, not so; indeed, you might find yourself disappointed when the thing finally ends. Rarely does such time with such instruments pass so quickly.


Lipkind’s tonal qualities surpass just about any other cellist on the scene today, with remarkable control in all registers, wonderful intonation, and a rich, burly sound that takes your breath away. Not to be left out of the equation is pianist Alexandra Lubchansky, who bears at least half of the burden of this program, never merely accompanying but equally involved in music that often requires equal partnership. I am normally very shy or at least wary of these discs—so many are simple showoff monstrosities. Lipkind and Lubchansky have given us a true artist’s collection, one that is sure to get a lot of play time on any system in any serious collection.


FANFARE: Steven E. Ritter
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Works on This Recording

1. Pieces (2) for Piano, Op. 45: no 2, Guitarre by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Alexandra Lubchansky (Piano), Gavriel Lipkind (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Jerusalem Music Center, Mishkenot Sha'an 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
2. Ricercar for Cello solo no 5 in C major by Domenico Gabrielli
Performer:  Gavriel Lipkind (Cello), Alexandra Lubchansky (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Jerusalem Music Center, Mishkenot Sha'an 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
3. Songs & Dances, Op. 84: 2. Tartar Dance by Alexander Tcherepnin
Performer:  Gavriel Lipkind (Cello), Alexandra Lubchansky (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1953 
Venue:  Jerusalem Music Center, Mishkenot Sha'an 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
4. Music for Children, Op. 65: Waltz by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Alexandra Lubchansky (Piano), Gavriel Lipkind (Cello)
Written: 1935 
Venue:  Jerusalem Music Center, Mishkenot Sha'an 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
5. Romances (5), Op. 4: no 5, Arabic Melody by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Gavriel Lipkind (Cello), Alexandra Lubchansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882-1885; Russia 
Venue:  Jerusalem Music Center, Mishkenot Sha'an 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
6. Music for Cello solo: Lively by Paul Ben-Haim
Performer:  Gavriel Lipkind (Cello), Alexandra Lubchansky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; Israel 
Venue:  Jerusalem Music Center, Mishkenot Sha'an 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
7. Romance for Horn and Piano by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Gavriel Lipkind (Cello), Alexandra Lubchansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
Venue:  Jerusalem Music Center, Mishkenot Sha'an 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
8. Oriental Dance by Joachim Stutschewsky
Performer:  Gavriel Lipkind (Cello), Alexandra Lubchansky (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Jerusalem Music Center, Mishkenot Sha'an 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
9. Chonguri, for cello by Sulkhan Tsintsadze
Performer:  Gavriel Lipkind (Cello), Alexandra Lubchansky (Piano)
Venue:  Jerusalem Music Center, Mishkenot Sha'an 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
10. Songs without words, vol 8, Op. 102: no 1, Andante un poco agitato in E minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Alexandra Lubchansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Venue:  Jerusalem Music Center, Mishkenot Sha'an 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
11. Elfentanz (Dance of the Elves), for cello & piano, Op. 39 by David Popper
Performer:  Gavriel Lipkind (Cello), Alexandra Lubchansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Austria 
Venue:  Jerusalem Music Center, Mishkenot Sha'an 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
12. Etude for cello No. 7 in G minor by Jean-Louis Duport
Performer:  Gavriel Lipkind (Cello), Alexandra Lubchansky (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Venue:  Jerusalem Music Center, Mishkenot Sha'an 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
13. Caprices, Op. 25: No. 5 by Alfredo Piatti
Performer:  Gavriel Lipkind (Cello), Alexandra Lubchansky (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1875 
Venue:  Jerusalem Music Center, Mishkenot Sha'an 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
14. Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 1 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Gavriel Lipkind (Cello), Alexandra Lubchansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Venue:  Jerusalem Music Center, Mishkenot Sha'an 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
15. Tambourin chinois, Op. 3 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Gavriel Lipkind (Cello), Alexandra Lubchansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Venue:  Jerusalem Music Center, Mishkenot Sha'an 
Length: 5 Minutes 46 Secs. 
16. Suite: Intermezzo e Danza Finale by Gaspar Cassadó
Performer:  Gavriel Lipkind (Cello), Alexandra Lubchansky (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: circa 1950 
Venue:  Jerusalem Music Center, Mishkenot Sha'an 
Length: 7 Minutes 6 Secs. 
17. Hora staccato, for violin & piano (or orchestra) by Grigoras Dinicu
Performer:  Gavriel Lipkind (Cello), Alexandra Lubchansky (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1906; Romania 
Venue:  Jerusalem Music Center, Mishkenot Sha'an 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
18. Morceau de lecture for 2 Cellos "Allegretto moderato" by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Gavriel Lipkind (Cello), Alexandra Lubchansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897 
Venue:  Jerusalem Music Center, Mishkenot Sha'an 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
19. Scherzo-Tarantelle in G minor, Op. 16 by Henri Wieniawski
Performer:  Gavriel Lipkind (Cello), Alexandra Lubchansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856 
Venue:  Jerusalem Music Center, Mishkenot Sha'an 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
20. Children's Songs (16), Op. 54: no 10, Lullaby in a storm by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Gavriel Lipkind (Cello), Alexandra Lubchansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Russia 
Venue:  Jerusalem Music Center, Mishkenot Sha'an 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
21. Hojas de album (6), Op. 165 "España": no 2, Tango by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Gavriel Lipkind (Cello), Alexandra Lubchansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; London, England 
Venue:  Jerusalem Music Center, Mishkenot Sha'an 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
22. From Jewish Life: no 1, Prayer by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Gavriel Lipkind (Cello), Alexandra Lubchansky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Venue:  Jerusalem Music Center, Mishkenot Sha'an 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
23. Histoires: no 2, Le petit âne blanc by Jacques Ibert
Performer:  Gavriel Lipkind (Cello), Alexandra Lubchansky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; France 
Venue:  Jerusalem Music Center, Mishkenot Sha'an 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 

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