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Liebesfreud & Liebesleid: Encores for Cello by Sarasate, Rachmaninov, Saint-Saens, Massenet et al. / Michael Hell, cello; Micaela Gelius, piano

Audio Samples

  1. Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 (Arr. W. Thomas-Mifune for Cello and Piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. 14 Songs, Op. 34: XIV. Vocalise in E Minor (Arr. L. Rose for Cello and Piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Allegro appassionato in B Minor, Op. 43 (Arr. S. Isserlis and S.T. Ratner for Cello and Piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Carnival of the Animals: XIII. The Swan (Arr. S. Isserlis and S.T. Ratner for Cello and Piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Thaïs, Act II: Meditation (Arr. J. Delsart for Cello and Piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Rondo in G Minor, Op. 94, B. 171 $0.99 on iTunes
  7. 3 Songs, Op. 7: I. Apres un rêve (Arr. R. Howat for Cello and Piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Liebesfreud (Arr. W. Drahts for Cello and Piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Liebesleid (Arr. W. Drahts for Cello and Piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. 6 Gesange, Op. 3: I. Liebestreu (Arr. N. Salter and D. Geringas for Cello and Piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Variations On an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma": Variation IX. Nimrod (Arr. for Cello and Piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Romance, Op. 69 $0.99 on iTunes
  13. 3 Romances sans paroles, Op. 17: No. 3 in A-Flat Major (Arr. R. Howat for Cello and Piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Berceuse, Op. 16 (Arr. R. Howat for Cello and Piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. 5 Lieder, Op. 105: I. Wie Melodien zieht es mir (Arr. N. Salter and D. Geringas for Cello and Piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. 6 Lieder, Op. 86: II. Feldeinsamkeit (Arr. N. Salter and D. Geringas for Cello and Piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. 5 Lieder, Op. 49: IV. Wiegenlied (Arr. N. Salter and D. Geringas for Cello and Piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Jazz Suite No. 2: VI. Waltz No. 2 (Arr. E. Kaufmann for Cello and Ppiano) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Keyboard Concerto in F Minor, BWV 1056: II. Largo (Arr. J. Starker for Cello and Piano) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Sarasate, Pablo de : Ziegeunerweisen
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Allegro appassionato for Cello and Piano in B minor, Op. 43
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>Massenet, Jules : Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thaïs")
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rondo for cello & piano in G minor, B. 171 (Op. 94)
>Fauré, Gabriel : Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1
>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesfreud
>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesleid
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 59
>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variationen, Op. 36
>Elgar, Edward : Salut d'amour
>Fauré, Gabriel : Romance for cello & piano, Op. 69
>Fauré, Gabriel : Romance sans paroles, Op. 17
>Fauré, Gabriel : Berceuse for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 16
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 105
>Brahms, Johannes : Feldeinsamkeit, Op. 86/2
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Suite no 2 für Jazz Orchester
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3, BWV 1068
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Keyboard Concerto no 5, BWV 1056
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Notes & Reviews:

"This CD has at last given me the opportunity to record my favorite encore pieces. After concerts, friends have often asked me to do so and it is with great pleasure that I now meet their request. 'Liebesfreud, Liebesleid' (the joy and pain of love) is dedicated to the music, the daily involvement with the cello and the personal relationships in my life. I have dedicated several works on this CD to certain people. The recordings bring back memories of my wonderful concerts and moments as a musician." --Michael Hell

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
This is an unusually high-class program of short pieces with a surprising number of lovely tunes. The emphasis is more on them than on virtuosity. That is just as well, since Hell is more of a lyricist than an acrobat. Besides the Kreisler numbers we have Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen, the Rachmaninoff Vocalise, Dvorak's Rondo, Saint-Saens's Swan and Allegro Appassionato, the Meditation from Massenet's Thais, four Fauré pieces, though not the Elegie, four Brahms song transcriptions, two Elgar pieces, and a Shostakovich waltz, finishing up with two Bach pieces, including the famous Arioso. It is a highly listenable program played with musicality. By the way, this is the second disc this issue to list the pianist first, if in smaller print than the cellist.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Franz-Liszt-Zentrum, Raiding, Burgenland, Austria (04/2011).



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Works Details

>Sarasate, Pablo de : Ziegeunerweisen
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Allegro appassionato for Cello and Piano in B minor, Op. 43
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1875

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Massenet, Jules : Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thaïs")
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Dvorak, Antonin : Rondo for cello & piano in G minor, B. 171 (Op. 94)
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/06/1891

>Fauré, Gabriel : Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesfreud
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: by 1910

>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesleid
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: by 1910

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 59 :: Auf dem See, Op. 59/2
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873

>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variationen, Op. 36 :: Nimrod
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1899

>Elgar, Edward : Salut d'amour
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Fauré, Gabriel : Romance for cello & piano, Op. 69
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 11/14/1894

>Fauré, Gabriel : Romance sans paroles, Op. 17 :: no 3
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1863

>Fauré, Gabriel : Berceuse for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 16
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 105 :: Wie Melodien zeiht es mir leise durch den Sinn, Op. 105/1
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1886.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1886

>Brahms, Johannes : Feldeinsamkeit, Op. 86/2
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1878.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1878

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49 :: Wiegenlied, Op. 49/4
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Suite no 2 für Jazz Orchester :: Walzer no 2
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1938.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3, BWV 1068 :: Air
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Keyboard Concerto no 5, BWV 1056 :: Arioso
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738