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Joseph Merk: Fleurs d'Italie; Air suisse varié et Rondeau; Valses brillantes / Martin Rummel, cello; Roland Kruger, piano

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> Air suisse varie et Rondeau, Op. 32 - Air suisse varie et Rondeau, Op. 32
> Fleurs d'Italie, Book 1, Op. 26: Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti) - Fleurs d'Italie, Book 1, Op. 26: Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti)
> Fleurs d'Italie, Book 2, Op. 26: Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) - Fleurs d'Italie, Book 2, Op. 26: Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti)
> Fleurs d'Italie, Book 3, Op. 26: Torquato Tasso (Donizetti) - Fleurs d'Italie, Book 3, Op. 26: Torquato Tasso (Donizetti)
> Fleurs d'Italie, Book 4, Op. 26: Dom Sebastien (Donizetti) - Fleurs d'Italie, Book 4, Op. 26: Dom Sebastien (Donizetti)
> Fleurs d'Italie, Book 5, Op. 31: Ernani (Verdi) - Fleurs d'Italie, Book 5, Op. 31: Ernani (Verdi)
> Valses brillantes, Op. 6 - Valses brillantes, Op. 6

Album Summary

>Merk, Josef : Air suisse varie et Rondeau, for cello & piano, Op. 32/8
>Merk, Josef : Fleurs d'Italie, fantaisies sur les motifs les plus favoris d'operas nouveaux, for cello & piano
>Merk, Josef : Valses brillantes, for cello & piano, Op. 6
Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Joseph Merk was the most outstanding cellist in Vienna in the first half of the nineteenth century. Although Beethoven's Triple Concerto was not originally written for him, Merk's performances established it as an important work, and he was the dedicatee of Chopin's Introduction et Polonaise brillante . He was also a formidable composer for his own instrument, creating a dazzling series of instrumental episodes in his Fleurs d'Italie, based on operatic motifs by Donizetti and Verdi. The Valses brillantes bridge the gap, in classic virtuoso fashion, between Schubert's piano dances and Johann Strauss the Elder's grand gestures.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
Rummel and Kruger play this program with warmth and taste, clearly enjoying the idiom and putting forth an unstated. This is a fine virtuoso cello program of light, attractive music played to a turn.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Schloá Weinberg, Kefermarkt, Austria (09/12/2011-09/13/2011).



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>Merk, Josef : Air suisse varié et Rondeau, for cello & piano, Op. 32/8
  • Notes: Schloá Weinberg, Kefermarkt, Austria (09/12/2011-09/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Merk, Josef : Fleurs d'Italie, fantaisies sur les motifs les plus favoris d'opéras nouveaux, for cello & piano
  • Notes: Schloá Weinberg, Kefermarkt, Austria (09/12/2011-09/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 56 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Merk, Josef : Valses brillantes, for cello & piano, Op. 6
  • Notes: Schloá Weinberg, Kefermarkt, Austria (09/12/2011-09/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz