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August Nolck: Salon Music

Nolck,August
Release Date: 02/14/2012 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1399   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  August NolckFelix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Beth VanderborghTheresa Bogard
Number of Discs: 1 
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NÖLCK Spanische Serenade. Mazurka brilliante. Amoroso. Burleske. Wiegenlied. Legende. Elegie. Liebeslied. Standchen. Melancholie. Souvenir lyrique. Legende. Six Salon Pieces. MENDELSSOHN Songs without Words Nos. 1, 6, 12, 18, 23, 30 (arr. Nölck) Beth Vanderborgh (vc); Theresa Bogard (pn) ALBANY 1399 (65: 41)


August Nölck (1862-1928) was born in the far northern German Read more city of Lübeck and studied in Hamburg. He was an excellent cellist and he became a well-known teacher in Vienna, Moravia, and Dresden. At that time Dresden had become an important center of cello playing. He wrote numerous compositions, most of them for use by his cello pupils. The compositions on this disc can be played by intermediate level students, but are interesting enough to be used by professionals. Both cellist Beth Vanderborgh and pianist Theresa Bogard teach at the University of Wyoming. Vanderborgh is also the principal cellist in the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra in North Carolina and a member of the internationally known Stanislas Sextet. Nölck’s Spanische Serenade spins a pleasant Germanic tune over a Spanish rhythm and the result is fun to hear. The rhythmic mazurka that follows and the brighter sounding one heard on track 23 give both pianist and cellist a chance to shine. The Valse Lente is a dance for lovers. This lovely piece and the Liebeslied on track 8 might have a place at a wedding reception. In the 19th century sense, Burleske refers to comedy. This one is an amusing interlude between the slow waltz and the light, bel canto style lullaby that follows. The Legende on track 6, like its mate on track 12, evokes dreams of a darker hue. We do not know for whom that Elegie was written, but it might serve to honor anyone who loved music. What is more wonderful than a man who serenades his lady? Hopefully she responds positively, but Nölck follows this with a melancholy tune that he might have had to play alone. This Lyric Souvenir evokes memories from the turn of the century and it makes a fine keepsake.


Tracks 13 through 18 are Nölck’s arrangements of six of Felix Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words. Listening to the first one, you immediately hear the difference in style. The Venetian Gondola Songs that follow remind listeners that in dreams we can visit Venice in its glory days. We can glide past magnificent palazzos propelled by a gondolier with a fabulous operatic voice. The Duetto calls for an able pianist who is willing to put the cello out front. I think every reader has heard the Spring Song parodied on television or in the movies. Here is a serious rendition of this much-beleaguered short piece. The Mendelssohn group ends with the charming Volkslied telling of the beauties of the countryside. The final six pieces are Nölck’s own. His Gypsy Maiden is very different from Carmen and Azucena whom we know from opera. This is a description of an innocent young girl. Aria on track 20 is again a long-lined bel canto song that floats on a smooth piano base. Nölck’s Dream takes you to wherever your heart desires with no price tag, while his Prelude lets the cellist show off what he has learned over many hours of practice. The finale is a spirited Ring Dance that ties these widely differing songs together. Vanderborgh and Bogard play these pieces with energy, great knowledge of the styles involved, and most of all with love. The sound quality is excellent and I think that many lovers of cello music will want to have this disc. I also hope it will inspire young cello students to learn these charming pieces.


FANFARE: Maria Nockin
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Works on This Recording

1.
Spanische Serenade no 1, Op. 208 by August Nolck
Performer:  Beth Vanderborgh (Cello), Theresa Bogard (Piano)
2.
Mazurka brilliante no 2, Op. 208 by August Nolck
Performer:  Beth Vanderborgh (Cello), Theresa Bogard (Piano)
3.
Amoroso Valse lente, Op. 160 by August Nolck
Performer:  Beth Vanderborgh (Cello), Theresa Bogard (Piano)
4.
Burleske no 3, Op. 205 by August Nolck
Performer:  Beth Vanderborgh (Cello), Theresa Bogard (Piano)
5.
Wiegenlied, Op. 2 by August Nolck
Performer:  Beth Vanderborgh (Cello), Theresa Bogard (Piano)
6.
Legende Im Volkston, Op. 60 by August Nolck
Performer:  Beth Vanderborgh (Cello), Theresa Bogard (Piano)
7.
Elegie no 1, Op. 205 by August Nolck
Performer:  Beth Vanderborgh (Cello), Theresa Bogard (Piano)
8.
Liebeslied no 2, Op. 15 by August Nolck
Performer:  Beth Vanderborgh (Cello), Theresa Bogard (Piano)
9.
Standchen no 3, Op. 15 by August Nolck
Performer:  Beth Vanderborgh (Cello), Theresa Bogard (Piano)
10.
Melancholie no 4, Op. 15 by August Nolck
Performer:  Beth Vanderborgh (Cello), Theresa Bogard (Piano)
11.
Souvenir lyrique no 5, Op. 15 by August Nolck
Performer:  Beth Vanderborgh (Cello), Theresa Bogard (Piano)
12.
Legende, Op. 192 by August Nolck
Performer:  Beth Vanderborgh (Cello), Theresa Bogard (Piano)
13.
Salon Pieces (6), Op. 120 by August Nolck
Performer:  Beth Vanderborgh (Cello), Theresa Bogard (Piano)
14.
Songs without words: Venetian gondola by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Beth Vanderborgh (Cello), Theresa Bogard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
15.
Songs without words, vol 5, Op. 62: no 6, Andante grazioso in A major "Spring Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Beth Vanderborgh (Cello), Theresa Bogard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
16.
Songs without words, vol 4, Op. 53: no 5, Allegro in A minor "Folksong" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Beth Vanderborgh (Cello), Theresa Bogard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
17.
Songs without words, vol 3, Op. 38: no 6, Andante con moto in A flat major "Duetto" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Beth Vanderborgh (Cello), Theresa Bogard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
18.
Songs without words, vol 2, Op. 30: no 1, Andante espressivo in E flat major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Beth Vanderborgh (Cello), Theresa Bogard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Germany 
19.
Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b: no 6, Andante sostenuto "Venetian Gondola Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Beth Vanderborgh (Cello), Theresa Bogard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Germany 

Sound Samples

2 Stucke, Op. 208: No. 1. Spanische Serenade
2 Stucke, Op. 208: No. 2. Mazurka brillante
Amoroso (Valse lente), Op. 160
3 Stucke, Op. 205: No. 3. Burleske
Wiegenlied, Op. 2
Legende (Im volkston), Op. 60
3 Stucke, Op. 205: No. 1. Elegie
5 Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 15: No. 2. Liebeslied
5 Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 15: No. 3. Standchen
5 Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 15: No. 4. Melancholie
5 Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 15: No. 5. Souvenir lyrique
Legende, Op. 192
Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 2, Op. 30 (arr. A. Nolck for cello and piano): Lieder ohne Worte, Book 2, Op. 30: No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 30, No. 1, MWV U103, "Contemplation" (arr. A. Nolck for cello and piano)
Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 1, Op. 19b (arr. A. Nolck for cello and piano): Lieder ohne Worte, Book 1, Op. 19b: No. 6 in G Minor, Op. 19b, No. 6, MWV U78, "Venezianisches Gondellied" (arr. A. Nolck for cello and piano)
Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 2, Op. 30 (arr. A. Nolck for cello and piano): Lieder ohne Worte, Book 2, Op. 30: No. 12 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 30, No. 6, MWV U110, "Venezianisches Gondellied" (arr. A. Nolck for cello and piano)
Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 3, Op. 38 (arr. A. Nolck for cello and piano): Lieder ohne Worte, Book 3, Op. 38: No. 18 in A-Flat Major, Op. 38, No. 6, MWV U119, "Duetto" (arr. A. Nolck for cello and piano)
Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 5, Op. 62 (arr. A. Nolck for cello and piano): Lieder ohne Worte, Book 5, Op. 62: No. 30 in A Major, Op. 62, No. 6, MWV U161, "Fruhlingslied" (arr. A. Nolck for cello and piano)
Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 4, Op. 53 (arr. A. Nolck for cello and piano): Lieder ohne Worte, Book 4, Op. 53: No. 23 in A Minor, Op. 53, No. 5, MWV U153, "Volkslied" (arr. A. Nolck for cello and piano)
6 Salon Pieces, Op. 120: No. 1. Gypsy Maiden
6 Salon Pieces, Op. 120: No. 2. Aria
6 Salon Pieces, Op. 120: No. 3. A Dream
6 Salon Pieces, Op. 120: No. 4. Prelude
6 Salon Pieces, Op. 120: No. 5. Mazurka
6 Salon Pieces, Op. 120: No. 6. Ring Dance

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