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The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic - Recordings 1978-2010 / The 12 Cellists

Notes & Reviews:

The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic have enjoyed the adoration of a global fan club ever since their debut in Tokyo, and not Berlin, decades ago. The 8cd, 1978 - 2010 albums, brought together in this format for the first time, document all the facets of the instrument's technical range in breathtaking and sensuous cello works from Bach to the Beatles, from film hits to chansons and jazz, and from South American music to the avant-garde style of the likes of Iannis Xenakis, who wrote original compositions that are tailor-made for the ensemble's virtuoso fingers.


Works:

Figure humaine by Francis Poulenc
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943/1959; France

Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887; France

Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1899; France

Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1890/1905; France

Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1888; France

Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 2, Lent et triste by Erik Satie
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1888; France

La vie en rose by R. S. Louiguy
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1946; France

Une femme est une femme: Une femme est une femme by Michel Legrand
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1961; France

Fleur de Paris by Henry Bourtayre
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic

La muerte del Angel by Astor Piazzolla
Performer: David Delacroix (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1962; Argentina
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs.

Milonga del Angel by Astor Piazzolla
Performer: David Delacroix (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1965; Argentina
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs.

Resurrección del Angel by Astor Piazzolla
Performer: David Delacroix (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1965; Argentina
Length: 7 Minutes 42 Secs.

Let us praise Him by Volker Schlott
Performer: Jocelyn B. Smith (Voice), Hans-Dieter Lorenz (Double Bass), David Delacroix (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs.

Jephte: Plorate filii Jerusalem by Giacomo Carissimi
Performer: David Delacroix (Cello)
Conductor: Simon Halsey
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin Radio Chorus members
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1650; Italy
Length: 5 Minutes 24 Secs.

Préludes, Book 1: no 10, La cathédrale engloutie by Claude Debussy
Performer: David Delacroix (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1910; France
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs.

Fratres by Arvo Pärt
Performer: David Delacroix (Cello), Franz Schindelbeck (Bass Drum)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1977-1980; Estonia
Length: 9 Minutes 45 Secs.

A solis ortus cardine by Volker Schlott
Performer: David Delacroix (Cello), Jocelyn B. Smith (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs.

Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: David Delacroix (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: Romantic
Written: 1880; Italy
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs.

Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude “Jesu, joy of man’s desiring” by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: David Delacroix (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: Baroque
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs.

Elijah, Op. 70: Lift thine eyes to the mountains by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer: David Delacroix (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1847; Germany
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs.

Elijah, Op. 70: For He shall give his angels by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer: David Delacroix (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1847; Germany
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs.

Minitaur by Markus Stockhausen
Performer: David Delacroix (Cello), Markus Stockhausen (Flugelhorn), Markus Stockhausen (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Length: 12 Minutes 50 Secs.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend by Jule Styne
Performer: Esko Laine (Double Bass), Max Raabe (Voice), Till Bronner (Trumpet),
Janne Saksala (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1949; USA
Venue: Teldec-Studio Berlin, Germany
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs.

La Strada: Main theme by Nino Rota
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1954; Italy
Venue: Teldec-Studio Berlin, Germany
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs.

No, No, Nanette: Tea for Two by Vincent Youmans
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1925; USA
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs.

The Jungle Book: The Bare Necessities by Terry Gilkyson
Performer: Janne Saksala (Double Bass), Max Raabe (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1967; USA
Venue: Teldec-Studio Berlin, Germany
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs.

Titanic: Main Theme by James Horner
Performer: Esko Laine (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1998; USA
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs.

Basic Instinct: Main Theme by Jerry Goldsmith
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1992; USA
Venue: Teldec-Studio Berlin, Germany
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs.

Once Upon a Time in the West: The Man with the Harmonica by Ennio Morricone
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1968; Italy
Venue: Teldec-Studio Berlin, Germany
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs.

Lullaby of Birdland by George Shearing
Performer: Esko Laine (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1952; USA
Venue: Teldec-Studio Berlin, Germany
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs.

As Time Goes By by Herman Hupfeld
Performer: Janne Saksala (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1931; USA
Venue: Teldec-Studio Berlin, Germany
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Family Portrait by John T. Williams
Performer: Janne Saksala (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 2001; USA
Venue: Teldec-Studio Berlin, Germany
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs.

Schindler’s List: I Could Have Done More by John T. Williams
Performer: Marie-Pierre Langlamet (Harp), Esko Laine (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1993; USA
Length: 6 Minutes 10 Secs.

The Thomas Crown Affair: The Windmills of your mind by Michel Legrand
Performer: Esko Laine (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1968; USA
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs.

Love me tender by Elvis Presley
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1956; USA
Venue: Teldec-Studio Berlin, Germany
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs.

Vertigo: Scene d’Amour by Bernard Herrmann
Performer: Marie-Pierre Langlamet (Harp), Esko Laine (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1958; USA
Length: 6 Minutes 18 Secs.

Catch Me If You Can: Main Theme by John T. Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs.

Once Upon a Time in America: Poverty “Deborah’s Theme” by Ennio Morricone
Performer: Marie-Pierre Langlamet (Harp), Janne Saksala (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1984
Venue: Teldec-Studio Berlin, Germany
Length: 7 Minutes 10 Secs.

Bachianas brasileiras no 1 for 8 Cellos by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1930; Brazil
Date of Recording: 01/2000
Venue: Siemens Villa, Berlin, Germany
Length: 16 Minutes 30 Secs.

María de Buenos Aires: Fuga y misterio by Astor Piazzolla
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1968; Argentina
Date of Recording: 01/2000
Venue: Siemens Villa, Berlin, Germany
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs.

Bachianas brasileiras no 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer: Juliane Banse (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1938-1945; Brazil
Date of Recording: 01/2000
Venue: Siemens Villa, Berlin, Germany
Length: 11 Minutes 10 Secs.

Más que nada by Jorge Ben
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1963; Brazil
Date of Recording: 01/2000
Venue: Siemens Villa, Berlin, Germany
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs.

Adios nonino by Astor Piazzolla
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1961; Argentina
Date of Recording: 01/2000
Venue: Siemens Villa, Berlin, Germany
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs.

Chiquilín de Bachin by Astor Piazzolla
Performer: Juliane Banse (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: Argentina
Date of Recording: 01/2000
Venue: Siemens Villa, Berlin, Germany
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs.

A fuego lento by Horacio Salgán
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1955; Argentina
Date of Recording: 01/2000
Venue: Siemens Villa, Berlin, Germany
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs.

“Die 12” in Bossa-Nova by Wilhelm Kaiser-Lindemann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Date of Recording: 01/2000
Venue: Siemens Villa, Berlin, Germany
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs.

La Flor de la Canela by Isabel “Chabuca” Granda
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Date of Recording: 01/2000
Venue: Siemens Villa, Berlin, Germany
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: South American getaway by Burt Bacharach
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: USA
Date of Recording: 01/2000
Venue: Siemens Villa, Berlin, Germany
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs.

Something by George Harrison
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1969; England
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs.

Help! by John Lennon
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1965; England
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs.

A Hard Day’s Night by John Lennon
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1964; England
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs.

Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) by John Lennon
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1965;
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs.

Yellow Submarine by Paul McCartney
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1966; England
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs.

Let It Be by Paul McCartney
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1969; England
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs.

Fool on the Hill by Paul McCartney
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1967; England
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs.

Yesterday by Paul McCartney
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1965; England
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs.

Michelle by Paul McCartney
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1965; England
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs.

Here, There and Everywhere by Paul McCartney
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1966; England
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs.

Can’t Buy Me Love by Paul McCartney
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1964; England
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs.

Hey Jude by Paul McCartney
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1968; England
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs.

Caravan by Edward “Duke” Ellington
Performer: Janne Saksala (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1937; USA
Date of Recording: 01/2002
Venue: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs.

West Side Story: America by Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957; USA
Date of Recording: 01/2002
Venue: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs.

Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Written: USA
Date of Recording: 01/2002
Venue: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs.

Oh, Kay!: Clap yo’ hands by George Gershwin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1926; USA
Date of Recording: 01/2002
Venue: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs.

Pink Panther: Theme by Henry Mancini
Performer: Janne Saksala (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1964; USA
Date of Recording: 01/2002
Venue: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs.

Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller
Performer: Janne Saksala (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939; USA
Date of Recording: 01/2002
Venue: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs.

The flower is a key (A rap for Mozart)) by Sergio Cárdenas
Performer: Simon Rattle (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 2001; Ansbach, Germany
Date of Recording: 01/2002
Venue: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany
Length: 7 Minutes 13 Secs.

Preludes (3) for Piano: no 2 in C sharp minor, Andante con moto e poco rubatoby George Gershwin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1926; USA
Date of Recording: 01/2002
Venue: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs.

Amerika 2002: In Memoriam by Robert Brookmeyer
Performer: Till Bronner (Trumpet), Till Bronner (Flugelhorn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: USA
Date of Recording: 01/2002
Venue: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany
Length: 9 Minutes 59 Secs.

Deep river by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Written: USA
Date of Recording: 01/2002
Venue: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs.

Ragtime by Shigeaki Saegusa
Performer: Ludwig Quandt (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: Japan
Date of Recording: 01/2002
Venue: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs.

Spain by Chick Corea
Performer: Janne Saksala (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1971; USA
Date of Recording: 01/2002
Venue: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs.

‘Round Midnight by Cootie Williams
Performer: Till Bronner (Flugelhorn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1944; New York, USA
Date of Recording: 01/2002
Venue: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs.



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