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

> Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 (arr. W. Thomas-Mifune for cello and piano) - Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 (arr. W. Thomas-Mifune for cello and piano)
> 14 Songs, Op. 34: No. 14. Vocalise in E minor (arr. L. Rose) - 14 Songs, Op. 34: No. 14. Vocalise in E minor (arr. L. Rose for cello and piano)
> Allegro appassionato in B minor, Op. 43 (arr. S. Isserlis and S.T. Ratner for cello and piano) - Allegro appassionato in B minor, Op. 43 (arr. S. Isserlis and S.T. Ratner for cello and piano)
> Carnival of the Animals (arr. S. Isserlis and S.T. Ratner for cello and piano) - Carnival of the Animals: XIII. The Swan (arr. S. Isserlis and S.T. Ratner for cello and piano)
> Thais (arr. J. Delsart for cello and piano) - Thais, Act II: Meditation (arr. J. Delsart for cello and piano)
> Rondo in G minor, Op. 94, B. 171 - Rondo in G minor, Op. 94, B. 171
> 3 Songs, Op. 7 (arr. R. Howat for cello and piano) - 3 Songs, Op. 7: No. 1. Apres un reve (arr. R. Howat for cello and piano)
> Liebesfreud (arr. W. Drahts for cello and piano) - Liebesfreud (arr. W. Drahts for cello and piano)
> Liebesleid (arr. W. Drahts for cello and piano) - Liebesleid (arr. W. Drahts for cello and piano)
> 6 Gesange, Op. 3: No. 1. Liebestreu (arr. N. Salter and D. Geringas for cello and piano) - 6 Gesange, Op. 3: No. 1. Liebestreu (arr. N. Salter and D. Geringas for cello and piano)
> Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (arr. for cello and piano) - Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma": Variation 9: Nimrod (arr. for cello and piano)
> Salut d'amour, Op. 12, "Liebesgruss" (arr. for cello and piano) - Salut d'amour, Op. 12, "Liebesgruss" (arr. for cello and piano)
> Romance, Op. 69 - Romance, Op. 69
> 3 Romances sans paroles, Op. 17 (arr. R. Howat for cello and piano) - 3 Romances sans paroles, Op. 17: No. 3 in A flat major (arr. R. Howat for cello and piano)
> Berceuse, Op. 16 (arr. R. Howat for cello and piano) - Berceuse, Op. 16 (arr. R. Howat for cello and piano)
> 5 Lieder, Op. 105: No. 1. Wie Melodien zieht es mir (arr. N. Salter and D. Geringas for cello and piano) - 5 Lieder, Op. 105: No. 1. Wie Melodien zieht es mir (arr. N. Salter and D. Geringas for cello and piano)
> 6 Lieder, Op. 86: No. 2. Feldeinsamkeit (arr. N. Salter and D. Geringas for cello and piano) - 6 Lieder, Op. 86: No. 2. Feldeinsamkeit (arr. N. Salter and D. Geringas for cello and piano)
> 5 Lieder, Op. 49: No. 4. Wiegenlied (arr. N. Salter and D. Geringas for cello and piano) - 5 Lieder, Op. 49: No. 4. Wiegenlied (arr. N. Salter and D. Geringas for cello and piano)
> Jazz Suite No. 2 (arr. E. Kaufmann for cello and piano) - Jazz Suite No. 2: VI. Waltz No. 2 (arr. E. Kaufmann for cello and piano)
> Overture (Suite) No. 3 in E major, BWV 1068 (arr. J. Starker for cello and piano) - Overture (Suite) No. 3 in E major, BWV 1068: II. Air, "Air on a G String" (arr. J. Starker for cello and piano)
> Keyboard Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056 (arr. J. Starker for cello and piano) - Keyboard Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056: II. Largo (arr. J. Starker for cello and piano)

Album Summary

>Sarasate, Pablo de : Ziegeunerweisen
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Allegro appassionato for Cello and Piano in B minor, Op. 43
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>Massenet, Jules : Meditation (from "Thaïs")
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rondo for cello & piano in G minor, B. 171 (Op. 94)
>Fauré, Gabriel : Apres un reve, Op. 7 no 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), Op. 49
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Suite no 2 fur Jazz Orchester
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3, BWV 1068
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Keyboard Concerto no 5, BWV 1056
Performers Composers

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, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : 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

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : 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 : Meditation (from "Thaïs")
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : 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

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 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: Michael Hell (Cello); Micaela Gelius (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : 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

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : 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

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : 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), 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