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Cello America Vol 2 - 20th Century Music For Cello / Terry King


Label:  Music & Arts   Catalog #: 685  
Composer:  Lukas FossPaul CrestonWallingford RieggerJames Drew,   ... 
Performer:  Terry KingJohn JensenRoger Vetter
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Lukas Foss's 1946 Capriccio has a rippling, almost minimalist pulse, one that is constantly being interrupted by melodic and rhythmic excursions into other territories. A thoughtful slow passage builds to a quiet coda. It is a charming work, offering considerable virtuoso display for both performers. Paul Creston's Cantilena is an excerpt from a larger cello-and-orchestra work, Sad-hana, op. 117. Both the larger work and this soulful transcription were written for King in the early 1980s. Wallingford Riegger's 1919 Whimsy must have been written with the aid of a crystal ball; it is a playful mix of music not-yet-written by Poulenc, Ravel, and others, exhibiting a variety of twentieth-century styles and techniques. These three delightful Read more hors d'oeuvres set the table for the meat of this recital.

James Drew, who studied composition with Riegger, writes in an impassioned style which suits the cello, but his “Appassionata“ might better be labeled “Pathétique“—Tchaikovsky's, not Beethoven's. This three-movement sonata laments for twenty-one minutes. It needs some contrast: a sardonic scherzo, perhaps, or a parody of a march. Cellist King thinks otherwise; in the program notes he writes, “The emotive proportions of Drew's grand work rank with the most moving I have performed by any composer.“

The second half of the disc is devoted to music by Henry Cowell. The direct, sincere For Unaccompanied Cello echoes Bach's suites. In the Adagio, from Ensemble for String Quartet, the cello is joined by a thunder stick, a mysterious instrument of Southwest American Indians which was played at religious rites but always kept hidden from the audience; King maintains the sense of mystery by not explaining what it is; I shall not spoil things by venturing opinion, except to note that you need big speakers to appreciate its awesome character; Roger Vetter is the credited player. Cowell was only eighteen when he wrote the Sonate in 1915, but he was already an enormously prolific composer: it is listed in Lichtenwanger's catalog as the 158th of Cowell's nearly 1000 compositions. It has nothing to do with his musical experiments—he had already invented tone clusters in earlier works—but is a twenty-five-minute, late-Romantic sonata; I feel it has the depth and power which King finds in the Drew piece. It too is serious and predominantly slow, but there are Allegro sections in each of its three movements; the piano plays a major role throughout. This glorious music, here in its first recording, should be in every cellist's repertoire.

Terry King, a student and then associate of Piatigorsky, is a much-recorded solo cellist and also a member of the Mirecourt Trio. He displays a fine all-around technique, with rock-solid intonation and a deep, full tone. The warm, intimate recording puts the cello and piano in the room with you and leaves the thunder stick hovering mysteriously in the air.

-- James H. North, FANFARE [3/1992] Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Capriccio for Cello and Piano by Lukas Foss
Performer:  Terry King (Cello), John Jensen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/16/1991 
Venue:  Herrick Chapel, Grinnell College, Iowa 
Length: 5 Minutes 55 Secs. 
2.
Cantilena, Op. 117a by Paul Creston
Performer:  Terry King (Cello), John Jensen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Herrick Chapel, Grinnell College, Iowa 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3.
Whimsey, Op. 2 by Wallingford Riegger
Performer:  Terry King (Cello), John Jensen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Herrick Chapel, Grinnell College, Iowa 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Cello and Piano "Appassionata" by James Drew
Performer:  Terry King (Cello), John Jensen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Herrick Chapel, Grinnell College, Iowa 
Length: 20 Minutes 46 Secs. 
5.
For unaccompanied cello by Henry Cowell
Performer:  Terry King (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 01/16/1991 
Venue:  Herrick Chapel, Grinnell College, Iowa 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
6.
Ensemble: Adagio by Henry Cowell
Performer:  Roger Vetter (Thunderstick), Terry King (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Herrick Chapel, Grinnell College, Iowa 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in C minor by Henry Cowell
Performer:  Terry King (Cello), John Jensen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Herrick Chapel, Grinnell College, Iowa 
Length: 25 Minutes 0 Secs. 

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