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Divertimento / Claremont Duo


Release Date: 04/27/2004 
Label:  Artek   Catalog #: 15   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonin KraftWolfgang Amadeus MozartEgberto GismontiGabriel Fauré,   ... 
Performer:  Maxine NeumanPeter Ernst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Claremont Duo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Fine engineering here from Bernhard Hanke, solving all the tricky balance issues in the beautiful acoustic of Bad Münder’s Kurhaus, which almost becomes a third, discreet player. The full tone of Maxine Neuman’s cello dominates when it should, but the subtleties of Peter Ernst’s guitar-playing are never lost. Both instruments have their passionate outbursts, and the sound, though close, is unconfined when they let loose.

The Mozart is arranged from a wind-trio original, but suits cello/guitar just as well. In the Larghetto, the contrast between the elegance of Ernst’s top-notch guitar figuration and Neuman’s emotional scale gives a good indication of the strength of the chamber partnership, because the divergent sounds
Read more work perfectly together. The familiar Fauré miniatures are affecting, and Neuman’s straight approach to Après un rêve is very different from Tortelier’s more inflected account. Kraft was the principal cello in Haydn’s orchestra, and his work was actually composed for the cello/guitar combination. I’d commend it to players, especially for the catchy Lento cantabile theme, but the other movements are pretty soulful, too, and Neuman sounds highly involved with Kraft’s sympathetic cello line: a worthwhile discovery.

In Piazzolla’s Oblivion, Neuman makes palpable the sense of quiet outrage at lost love, with tears courtesy of Ernst’s rapt guitar. The Cohen and Gismonti works give Ernst more of a chance to shine, and his tonal range is captured with little in the way of fretboard noise. There are no disappointments, in fact, and I hope the success of this CD gives the Duo the confidence to make further arrangements from the meaty sonata repertoire. Cohen’s Toccata is a tour de force, technically and musically, from both artists, and this Artek disc is recommended to players and listeners alike.

Paul Ingram, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Divertimento for Cello and Guitar by Antonin Kraft
Performer:  Maxine Neuman (Cello), Peter Ernst (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Claremont Duo
Period: Classical 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bad Münder, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2.
Divertimentos (5) for 2 Clarinets/Basset Horns and Bassoon in B flat major, K Anh. 229 (439b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maxine Neuman (Cello), Peter Ernst (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Claremont Duo
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1783; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bad Münder, Germany 
Length: 18 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3.
Agua e vinho by Egberto Gismonti
Performer:  Maxine Neuman (Cello), Peter Ernst (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Claremont Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bad Münder, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
4.
Sicilienne for Cello and Piano, Op. 78 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Maxine Neuman (Cello), Peter Ernst (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Claremont Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bad Münder, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
5.
Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Maxine Neuman (Cello), Peter Ernst (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Claremont Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bad Münder, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
6.
Papillon for Cello and Piano in A major, Op. 77 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Maxine Neuman (Cello), Peter Ernst (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Claremont Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bad Münder, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
7.
Duo-Partita by Allen Cohen
Performer:  Maxine Neuman (Cello), Peter Ernst (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Claremont Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bad Münder, Germany 
Length: 16 Minutes 56 Secs. 
8.
Suite lumiere: La evasion by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Maxine Neuman (Cello), Peter Ernst (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Claremont Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bad Münder, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
9.
Enrico IV: Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Maxine Neuman (Cello), Peter Ernst (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Claremont Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; Argentina 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  Kurhaus, Bad Münder, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 

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