Music from Proust's Salons / Steven Isserlis, Connie Shih

Release Date: 2/5/2021
Label: BIS
Catalog Number: BIS-2522
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 81 Minutes

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With this programme of music for cello and piano, Steven Isserlis and Connie Shih transport us to the world immortalized in Marcel Proust’s a la recherche du temps perdu – the Parisian high society and its glittering salons. For the composers of the time these provided a perfect platform for the introduction of new works, performed by the finest musicians in France for a sympathetic, educated and rich (!) audience. And for the music-loving Proust they offered countless opportunities to meet the composers that he so admired (and others that he may have admired a bit less…) The first of these to make his appearance in the programme is no one less than Proust’s one-time lover and lifelong friend, Reynaldo Hahn, with a brief set of Variations chantantes on a theme from a baroque opera. He is followed by Gabriel Faure, whose music Proust gushed about in a letter to the composer: ‘I could write a book more than 300 pages long about it.’ Proust was less expansive about Saint-Saëns’ music even if he admired him as a pianist, but the composer’s First Cello Sonata is nevertheless the centrepiece of the programme, before Henri Duparc and Augusta Holmes make their appearance. These were both students of Cesar Franck, whose iconic Violin Sonata in A major (here in the version for cello) closes this programme of ‘salon music’ – in the best possible sense of the term.

Works on This Recording
1. Variations chantantes sur un air ancien by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer: Steven Isserlis (Cello), Connie Shih (Piano)
Written: 1905 ;
2. Romance, Op. 69 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Steven Isserlis (Cello), Connie Shih (Piano)
Written: 1894 ;
3. Élégie, Op. 24 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Steven Isserlis (Cello), Connie Shih (Piano)
Written: 1880 ;
4. I. Allegro by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer: Steven Isserlis (Cello), Connie Shih (Piano)
Written: 1872 ;
5. II. Andante tranquillo sostenuto by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer: Connie Shih (Piano), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Written: 1872 ;
6. III. Allegro moderato by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer: Connie Shih (Piano), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Written: 1872 ;
7. III. Allegro quasi presto (original finale) by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer: Steven Isserlis (Cello), Connie Shih (Piano)
Written: 1872 ;
8. Cello Sonata in A Minor: II. Lento by Henri Duparc
Performer: Steven Isserlis (Cello), Connie Shih (Piano)
Written: 1867 ;
9. La Vision de la Reine: Récitatif et Chant (arr. S. Isserlis for cello and piano) by Augusta Holmès
Performer: Steven Isserlis (Cello), Connie Shih (Piano)
Written: 1895 ;
10. I. Allegretto ben moderato by César Franck
Performer: Steven Isserlis (Cello), Connie Shih (Piano)
Written: 1886 ;
11. II. Allegro by César Franck
Performer: Steven Isserlis (Cello), Connie Shih (Piano)
Written: 1886 ;
12. III. Recitativo - Fantasia: Ben moderato - molto lento by César Franck
Performer: Steven Isserlis (Cello), Connie Shih (Piano)
Written: 1886 ;
13. IV. Allegretto poco mosso by César Franck
Performer: Connie Shih (Piano), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Written: 1886 ;
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