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Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto no 1, Cello Sonata no 1 / Maisky, Hovora


Release Date: 08/26/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 457599   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Mischa MaiskyDaria Hovora
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mischa Maisky's rich, velvety tone and brilliant technique give all the works here an arresting, memorable quality. The recordings, too, are full and resonant and, in the concerto, the Orpheus players sound as passionately involved as the soloist; the tuttis lose all feeling of formality. (By comparison, the LSO for Isserlis lack intensity.) I was swept along by Maisky's performance until the third movement, where he takes the main theme very slowly, more Andante than Allegro moderato, then speeds up substantially for the virtuoso passages. Both Isserlis, and Fournier, in his fine 1948 recording, show how much more satisfying a performance can be without these extreme tempo variations.

For the Suite, I think I'd prefer Maisky
Read more over the Naxos recording with Maria Kliegel, attractive and stylish though that is. Playing and recording are more vivid, with the Molto adagio tempo of the Romance beautifully sustained. Maisky's warmth and verve carry him through the Allegro appassionato and the Op. 36 Romance in fine style, but `Le cygne' is very disappointing — hold-ups (often big ones) on nearly every bar-line destroy the serenity.

Though the Maisky and Isserlis discs contain several of the same pieces, there's a very different emphasis — Isserlis mostly with piano, Maisky with orchestra, so they only come into direct competition for the concerto and the sonata. The performances of the latter are very different, Maisky and Hovora bringing out the music's dark passion, Isserlis and Devoyon stressing classical refinement. I definitely prefer the Isserlis/Devoyon Andante — the different elements come together more persuasively — but for the outer movements it's more difficult to say; you really need to hear both.

-- Gramophone [2/1999]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Mischa Maisky (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1997 
2.
Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Mischa Maisky (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1997 
3.
Allegro appassionato for Cello and Orchestra/Piano in B minor, Op. 43 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Mischa Maisky (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1997 
4.
Romance for Horn and Orchestra in F major, Op. 36 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Mischa Maisky (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1997 
5.
Suite for Cello and Piano, Op. 16 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Mischa Maisky (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1997 
6.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 32 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Daria Hovora (Piano), Mischa Maisky (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 

Sound Samples

Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.33: 1. Allegro non troppo
Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.33: 2. Allegretto con moto
Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.33: Tempo primo (H)
Le Carnaval Des Animaux: Le cygne
Allegro appassionato for Cello and Orchestra, Op.43
Romance In F Major, op.36
Suite for Cello and Orchestra, Op.16: 1. Prélude (moderato assai)
Suite for Cello and Orchestra, Op.16: 2. Sérénade (andantino)
Suite for Cello and Orchestra, Op.16: 3. Gavotte (allegro non troppo)
Suite for Cello and Orchestra, Op.16: 4. Romance (molto adagio)
Suite for Cello and Orchestra, Op.16: 5. Tarantelle (presto non troppo)
Sonata for Violoncello and Piano no.1 in c minor, op.32: 1. Allegro
Sonata for Violoncello and Piano no.1 in c minor, op.32: 2. Andante tranquillo sostenuto
Sonata for Violoncello and Piano no.1 in c minor, op.32: 3. Allegro moderato

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