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Encores as performed by Mstislav Rostropovich by Prokofiev, Sinding, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Stravinsky, et al. / Alban Gerhardt, cello; Markus Becker, piano

Album Summary

>Rostropovich, Mstislav : Humoresque for cello & piano, Op. 5
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Adagio for cello & piano (arr. from Cinderella, Op. 87), Op. 97bis
>Sinding, Christian : Suite, Op. 10
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Piece, Op. 2
>Stravinsky, Igor : Divertimento
>Prokofiev, Sergey : The Love of Three Oranges
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>Scriabin, Alexander : Etude for piano in B flat minor, Op. 8/11
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Cinderella
>Stravinsky, Igor : Mavra
>Popper, David : Elfentanz (Dance of the Elves), for cello & piano, Op. 39
>Debussy, Claude : Nocturne and Scherzo for Cello and Piano
>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 19 in C sharp minor, Op. 25/7, CT. 32
>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
>Ravel, Maurice : Pièce en forme de Habañera
>Rostropovich, Mstislav : Moderato & Vivace
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Notes & Reviews:

For the young Alban Gerhardt, Rostropovich was "a reason to become passionate about the cello." In the liner notes he recalls being "blown away" on first hearing Slava play live in Berlin. This splendid follow-up to his program of Casals Encores sees Gerhardt paying homage to his great predecessor with an eclectic program of shorter works, including two by Rostropovich himself.

Over the past decade, Alban Gerhardt has established himself among the greatest cellists of our time. His sound is unmistakable and his interpretations of the repertoire are distinguished in their originality. The cello starts to sing under his hands, standard works are newly discovered and unknown pieces are brought to life again. Gerhardt fascinates audiences with the combination of an unerring musical instinct, intense emotionality and a natural, arresting stage presence. Of particular concern for him is his desire to help audiences break with old listening and concert habits and to draw younger audiences to classical music through pioneering projects such as his collaboration with Deutsche Bahn on the main commuter routes in Germany.



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Works Details

>Rostropovich, Mstislav : Humoresque for cello & piano, Op. 5
  • Performers: Markus Becker (Piano); Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Adagio for cello & piano (arr. from Cinderella, Op. 87), Op. 97bis
  • Performers: Markus Becker (Piano); Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Sinding, Christian : Suite, Op. 10 :: no 1 Presto
  • Performers: Markus Becker (Piano); Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1889

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Piece, Op. 2 :: no 2 Oriental Dance
  • Performers: Markus Becker (Piano); Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Stravinsky, Igor : Divertimento :: Pas de deux. Adagio
  • Performers: Markus Becker (Piano); Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1932.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Stravinsky, Igor : Divertimento :: Pas de deux. Variations and Coda
  • Performers: Markus Becker (Piano); Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1932.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Prokofiev, Sergey : The Love of Three Oranges :: March
  • Performers: Markus Becker (Piano); Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1922

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14
  • Performers: Markus Becker (Piano); Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
  • Performers: Markus Becker (Piano); Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1905

>Scriabin, Alexander : Etude for piano in B flat minor, Op. 8/11
  • Performers: Markus Becker (Piano); Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Cinderella :: Waltz-Coda
  • Performers: Markus Becker (Piano); Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1940-1944

>Stravinsky, Igor : Mavra :: Russian maiden's song
  • Performers: Markus Becker (Piano); Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1922

>Popper, David : Elfentanz (Dance of the Elves), for cello & piano, Op. 39
  • Performers: Markus Becker (Piano); Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Debussy, Claude : Nocturne and Scherzo for Cello and Piano
  • Performers: Markus Becker (Piano); Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882

>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 19 in C sharp minor, Op. 25/7, CT. 32
  • Performers: Markus Becker (Piano); Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835-1837

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
  • Performers: Markus Becker (Piano); Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Ravel, Maurice : Pièce en forme de Habañera
  • Performers: Markus Becker (Piano); Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1907

>Rostropovich, Mstislav : Moderato & Vivace :: Moderato
  • Performer: Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940s