1 800 222 6872

Cello Effect - transcriptions for 4 cellos of works by Prokofiev, Puccini, Rachmaninov, Brubeck, Tchaikovsky, Leroy Anderson et al. / Rastrelli Cello Quartet

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Romeo and Juliet, Ballet in 4 Acts and Epilogue after the tragedy of William Shakespeare, Op. 64
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Desafinado
>Handy, W.C. : St. Louis Blues, song
>Brubeck, Dave : Blue Rondo à la Turk
>Anderson, Leroy : Syncopated Clock
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : One Note Samba
>Traditional, Yemeni : Balgelach (Bagels)
>Timmons, Bobby : Moanin'
>Desmond, Paul : Take Five
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 51
Ensemble Composers
  • >
  • >
  • >
  • >
  • >
  • >
  • >
  • >
  • >
  • >
  • >

Notes & Reviews:

Have you ever experienced tightrope walking on the cello? Because the enormously productive Rastrelli Cello Quartet, whose latest CD reached the top 10 list for four weeks straight on Russian iTunes, offers nothing less than this. Who needs an entire orchestra for Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet when four cellos can come along with such a tremendous sound that is full of color and wit? Why do one need many singers and a huge stage for Puccini's Tosca when the four men can also move us to tears? More than just four cellos, this is cello playing to the fourth degree!

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
The Rastrelli Cello Quartet is made up of Kira Kraftzoff, Sergio Drabkin, Mischa Degtjareff and Kirill Timofeev. This program is made up of arrangements by Drabkin covering a considerable variety of material, including 14 minutes of excerpts from Prokofieff's Romeo & Juliet, Rachmaninoff's Vocalise, 'Valse Sentimentale' by Tchaikovsky, and Puccini's aria 'E lucevan le stele' from Tosca. The rest of the program goes pop with Jobim's 'Desafinado' and 'One Note Samba', Handy's 'St Louis Blues', Brubeck's 'Blue Rondo a la Turk', Anderson's 'Syncopated Clock', Bobby Timmons 'Moanin', Paul Desmond's 'Take Five' and an anonymous 'Bublichki'.

So what does all this sound like? I like hearing them all played by a cello quartet as polished as these players are. The other serious numbers are fine, and the jazz idioms in the rest of the program are handled with rhythmic conviction and sensitivity. This Russian group is highly enjoyable and recorded with clarity and resonance.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Bethanienkirche, Leipzig, Germany (06/02/2014-06/05/2014).



Reviews

There are currently no reviews, be the first one!
Login or Create an Account to write a review
 

Also Purchased

Works Details

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Romeo and Juliet, Ballet in 4 Acts and Epilogue after the tragedy of William Shakespeare, Op. 64 :: Ju
  • Ensemble: Rastrelli Cello Quartet
  • Notes: The Bethanienkirche, Leipzig, Germany (06/02/2014-06/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Romeo and Juliet, Ballet in 4 Acts and Epilogue after the tragedy of William Shakespeare, Op. 64 :: Me
  • Ensemble: Rastrelli Cello Quartet
  • Notes: The Bethanienkirche, Leipzig, Germany (06/02/2014-06/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Romeo and Juliet, Ballet in 4 Acts and Epilogue after the tragedy of William Shakespeare, Op. 64 :: Da
  • Ensemble: Rastrelli Cello Quartet
  • Notes: The Bethanienkirche, Leipzig, Germany (06/02/2014-06/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Romeo and Juliet, Ballet in 4 Acts and Epilogue after the tragedy of William Shakespeare, Op. 64 :: Ma
  • Ensemble: Rastrelli Cello Quartet
  • Notes: The Bethanienkirche, Leipzig, Germany (06/02/2014-06/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Romeo and Juliet, Ballet in 4 Acts and Epilogue after the tragedy of William Shakespeare, Op. 64 :: Da
  • Ensemble: Rastrelli Cello Quartet
  • Notes: The Bethanienkirche, Leipzig, Germany (06/02/2014-06/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Aria. E lucevan le stelle
  • Ensemble: Rastrelli Cello Quartet
  • Notes: The Bethanienkirche, Leipzig, Germany (06/02/2014-06/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14
  • Ensemble: Rastrelli Cello Quartet
  • Notes: The Bethanienkirche, Leipzig, Germany (06/02/2014-06/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Desafinado
  • Ensemble: Rastrelli Cello Quartet
  • Notes: The Bethanienkirche, Leipzig, Germany (06/02/2014-06/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Handy, W.C. : St. Louis Blues, song
  • Ensemble: Rastrelli Cello Quartet
  • Notes: The Bethanienkirche, Leipzig, Germany (06/02/2014-06/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1914

>Brubeck, Dave : Blue Rondo à la Turk
  • Ensemble: Rastrelli Cello Quartet
  • Notes: The Bethanienkirche, Leipzig, Germany (06/02/2014-06/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1950

>Anderson, Leroy : Syncopated Clock
  • Ensemble: Rastrelli Cello Quartet
  • Notes: The Bethanienkirche, Leipzig, Germany (06/02/2014-06/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : One Note Samba
  • Ensemble: Rastrelli Cello Quartet
  • Notes: The Bethanienkirche, Leipzig, Germany (06/02/2014-06/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Traditional, Yemeni : Balgelach (Bagels)
  • Ensemble: Rastrelli Cello Quartet
  • Notes: The Bethanienkirche, Leipzig, Germany (06/02/2014-06/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.

>Timmons, Bobby : Moanin'
  • Ensemble: Rastrelli Cello Quartet
  • Notes: The Bethanienkirche, Leipzig, Germany (06/02/2014-06/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Desmond, Paul : Take Five
  • Ensemble: Rastrelli Cello Quartet
  • Notes: The Bethanienkirche, Leipzig, Germany (06/02/2014-06/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 51
  • Ensemble: Rastrelli Cello Quartet
  • Notes: The Bethanienkirche, Leipzig, Germany (06/02/2014-06/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1882