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The Very Best Of Paul Tortelier

Tortelier,Paul
Release Date: 07/17/2012 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 21730   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiFranz Joseph HaydnJohannes BrahmsRichard Strauss,   ... 
Performer:  Paul TortelierMaria de La PauMax RostalShuku Iwasaki,   ... 
Conductor:  Paul TortelierJörg FaerberRudolf KempeSir Adrian Boult,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 33 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bach’s solo Cello Suites were always an integral part of Tortelier’s repertoire and CD 1 opens with the first three movements of Suite No.1 in G. Following this is another Baroque work, the Cello Concerto in D by Vivaldi, in which Tortelier also directs the English Chamber Orchestra. Next comes the finale from Haydn’s Cello Concerto No.2 in D recorded with Jo?rg Faerber conducting the Wurtemburg Chamber Orchestra in Heilbronn. We then hear movements from Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No.4 in C with the French pianist Eric Heidsieck, and Brahms’s Cello Sonata No.2 in F in which the pianist is Tortelier’s daughter, Maria de la Pau. The CD ends with Tortelier’s third EMI recording of his signature work, Don Quixote by Richard Strauss with the Read more Staatskapelle Dresden under Rudolf Kempe.

CD 2 begins with the first two movements of another of the works central to Tortelier’s repertoire, Elgar’s Cello Concerto, a performance of which won him a prize while he was studying at the Paris Conservatoire. This is followed by an extract from the Walton Cello Concerto conducted by Paavo Berglund and then Paganini’s variations on an operatic aria by Rossini to show off Tortelier’s technical skill as a virtuoso of his instrument, this recording conducted by Tortelier’s cellist wife, Maud Tortelier. Next comes a group of encore pieces, including the inevitable ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ and ‘Le Cygne’, culminating in Three Miniatures for two cellos composed by Tortelier himself and played here with his wife Maud as the second cellist. The programme finishes with a spirited performance of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Rococo’ Variations with the Northern Sinfonia of England conducted by Tortelier’s son Jan Pascal Tortelier.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 3 no 9/RV 230 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (), Paul Tortelier (Cello)
Conductor:  Paul Tortelier
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2.
Cello Concerto No. 2 in D, Hob. 7b:2: 3. Rondo: Allegro by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (), Paul Tortelier (Cello)
Conductor:  Jörg Faerber
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783 
Venue:  Kreuzkirche, Heilbronn 
Length: 6 Minutes 24 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 99: 4th movement, Allegro molto by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (), Paul Tortelier (Cello), Maria de La Pau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886 
Venue:  No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
4.
Don Quixote, Op. 35 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (Cello), Paul Tortelier (), Max Rostal (Viola)
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896-1897; Germany 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden 
Length: 38 Minutes 6 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85: 1st movement, Adagio-Moderato by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (), Paul Tortelier (Cello)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; England 
Venue:  No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 11 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85: 2nd movement, Lento-Allegro molto by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (Cello), Paul Tortelier ()
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; England 
Venue:  No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
7.
Concerto for Cello: 1st movement, Moderato by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (), Paul Tortelier (Cello)
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956/1974; England 
Venue:  Guildhall, Southampton 
Length: 6 Minutes 56 Secs. 
8.
Introduction and Variations from Rossini's Mosè "Dal tuo stellato soglio" by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (), Paul Tortelier (Cello)
Conductor:  Maud Tortelier
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1819 
Date of Recording: 10/15/1973 
Venue:  No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 35 Secs. 
9.
Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (Cello), Paul Tortelier (), Maria de La Pau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Venue:  No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 16 Secs. 
10.
Esquisses for cello & piano by Nikolas Karjinsky
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (Cello), Paul Tortelier (), Maria de La Pau (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1928 
Venue:  No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
11.
Spanish Dances (2) for Violin and Piano, Op. 23: no 2, Zapateado by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (Cello), Shuku Iwasaki (Piano), Paul Tortelier ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880 
Venue:  Setagaya Public Hall, Tokyo 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
12.
Granadina by Joaquin Nin
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (), Paul Tortelier (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1923 
Venue:  No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
13.
Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (Cello), Maria de La Pau (Piano), Paul Tortelier ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
14.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (), Paul Tortelier (Cello), Maria de La Pau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
15.
Allegro appassionato for Cello and Orchestra/Piano in B minor, Op. 43 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (Cello), Paul Tortelier (), Maria de La Pau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
16.
Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007: 1st movement, Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (), Paul Tortelier (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
17.
Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007: 2nd movement, Allemande by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (), Paul Tortelier (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
18.
Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007: 3rd movement, Courante by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (), Paul Tortelier (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
19.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 4 in C major, Op. 102 no 1: 2nd movement, Adagio-Tempo d'andante-Allegro vivace by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (Cello), Paul Tortelier (), Eric Heidsieck (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815 
Length: 6 Minutes 39 Secs. 
20.
Pièce en forme de Habañera by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (Cello), Paul Tortelier (), Shuku Iwasaki (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Venue:  Setagaya Public Hall, Tokyo 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
21.
Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo theme, Op. 33 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (), Paul Tortelier (Cello)
Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/24/1973 
Venue:  No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 17 Minutes 26 Secs. 
22.
Miniatures (3) for 2 cellos by Paul Tortelier
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (), Paul Tortelier (Cello), Maud Tortelier (Cello)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1975 
Venue:  No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 0 Minutes 37 Secs. 
23.
Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14 by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (Cello), Paul Tortelier (), Maria de La Pau (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Venue:  No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 

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