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Alisa Weilerstein - Debut Cello Recital


Release Date: 08/01/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 73498   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Niccolò PaganiniAntonín DvorákAlberto GinasteraFelix Mendelssohn,   ... 
Performer:  Alisa WeilersteinVivian Hornik Weilerstein
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

What an impressive, beautifully recorded showcase from this 18-year-old cellist! From the cruel pyrotechnics of Paganini's Rossini Variations to the dark lyricism of Falla's Popular Spanish Suite, the cello is Alisa Weilerstein's oyster. Her supple bow arm and mega-secure left hand can do anything the music and instrument asks of them. The cellist's intense, roomy tone and quavering energy especially lend themselves to those works on this disc with a nationalist bent: Ginastera's Pampeana No. 2, Janácek's Fairy Tale, and the Falla Suite Popular Española. We might wish for more relaxation and expressive economy in Fauré's Après un Rêve, Mendelssohn's Song Without Words Op. 109, or Saint-Saëns The Swan, which vibrate more than they sing. The Read more cellist's mother, Vivian Hornik Weilerstein brings a degree of nuance and shaping to the piano parts that transcends mere accompanying. Whatever this marvelous young cellist does next, I'm all ears. And if mom were at the piano, that wouldn't hurt either!

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Introduction and Variations from Rossini's Mosè "Dal tuo stellato soglio" by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Alisa Weilerstein (Cello), Vivian Hornik Weilerstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1819 
2. From the Bohemian forest, Op. 68/B 133: no 5, Silent Woods by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Vivian Hornik Weilerstein (Piano), Alisa Weilerstein (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Bohemia 
Notes: Composition written: Bohemia (?1883 - 1884).
Composition revised: Bohemia (1893). 
3. Pampeana no 2 for Cello and Piano, Op. 21 by Alberto Ginastera
Performer:  Alisa Weilerstein (Cello), Vivian Hornik Weilerstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; Argentina 
4. Song without words for Cello and Piano in D major, Op. 109 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Vivian Hornik Weilerstein (Piano), Alisa Weilerstein (Cello)
Written: 1845 
5. Pezzo capriccioso for Cello and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 62 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Alisa Weilerstein (Cello), Vivian Hornik Weilerstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
6. Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Alisa Weilerstein (Cello), Vivian Hornik Weilerstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
7. Fairy tale by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Alisa Weilerstein (Cello), Vivian Hornik Weilerstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910-23; Brno, Czech Republic 
8. Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Vivian Hornik Weilerstein (Piano), Alisa Weilerstein (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
9. Canciones populares españolas (7): no 1, El paño moruno by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Vivian Hornik Weilerstein (Piano), Alisa Weilerstein (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
10. Canciones populares españolas (7): no 3, Asturiana by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Vivian Hornik Weilerstein (Piano), Alisa Weilerstein (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
11. Canciones populares españolas (7): no 4, Jota by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Vivian Hornik Weilerstein (Piano), Alisa Weilerstein (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
12. Canciones populares españolas (7): no 5, Nana by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Vivian Hornik Weilerstein (Piano), Alisa Weilerstein (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
13. Canciones populares españolas (7): no 6, Canción by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Alisa Weilerstein (Cello), Vivian Hornik Weilerstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
14. Canciones populares españolas (7): no 7, Polo by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Vivian Hornik Weilerstein (Piano), Alisa Weilerstein (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 

Sound Samples

Variations on one string on a theme by Rossini
Forest Quietude Op.68, No.5
Pampeana No.2 Op.21
Song without Words Op.109 (Posth)
Pezzo capriccioso in B minor Op. 62
Après un rêve
Pohádka - A Tale: I
Pohádka - A Tale: II
Pohádka - A Tale: III
Le Carnaval des animaux, 'Carnival of the Animals': The swan
Suite Popular Española: El paño moruno
Suite Popular Española: Asturiana
Suite Popular Española: Jota
Suite Popular Española: Nana
Suite Popular Española: Canción
Suite Popular Española: Polo

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