VIRTUOSO CELLO TRANSCRIPTIONS.
Leonid Gorokhov - Virtuoso Cello
Variations on a Theme of Rossini
dedicated to Gregor Piatigorsky
(1693-1764) transcribed by Alfredo Piatti
Sonata in D: Allegro; Adagio; Minuetto
FRESCOBALDI (1583-1644) arranged by Gaspar
Dance of the Elves Op. 39 edited by Pierre Fournier
Autumn Flower Op. 50 No. 5
Happy Recollections (Wie einst in schöner'n Tagen) Op. 64 No.
1 edited by Pierre Fournier
Carl Maria v.
WEBER (1786-1826) Transcription by Gregor
Adagio and Rondo
Alberto GINASTERA (1916-1983) Transcribed
by Pierre Fournier
Julius KLENGEL (1859-1933)
Scherzo in D Minor Op. 6
Alfred SCHNITTKE (1933-1999) Transcribed
by Daniil Shafran
Suite in the Old Style: Pastorale; Ballet; Menuett; Fugue; Pantomime
Leonid Gorokhov - Cello/Bobby
Chen - Piano
CELLO CLASSICS CC1002
The great Russian school of cellists, of which Gorokhov is a worthy
representative, shares a distinctive approach to the instrument based on
a full-blooded romanticism and immense technical brilliance. Risks are taken,
but musicianship always triumphs.
Despite the presence of composers such as Martinu and Ginastera both the
music and the performances on this disc have a nineteenth century flavour.
Gorokhov, a remarkably versatile player, wins his virtuoso laurels straight
away with Martinu's lightweight, though horrendously difficult, Variations
on a theme by Rossini. However, cellists will no doubt agree that, at
this level, there's more to it than double stopping, glissandi, harmonics
and playing very fast, as the beautifully realised transcriptions of
Frescobaldi's Toccata (Cassadó) and Weber's Adagio and Rondo
(Piatigorsky) amply confirm.
Popper's Dance of the Elves - another technique-twister - and Ginastera's
Triste contribute to a varied programme lacking only the spice of
truly twentieth century sounds (which could easily have taken the place of
Schnittke's dreary Suite in the Old Style).
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