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The Most Relaxing Cello Album in the World... Ever!

Album Summary

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>Fauré, Gabriel : Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bachiana brasileira no 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos
>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65
>Fauré, Gabriel : Pavane, Op. 50
>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009
>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49
>Piazzolla, Astor : Adiós Nonino, tango
>Fauré, Gabriel : Élégie for cello & piano or orchestra in C minor, Op. 24
>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces (4) for cello & piano, Op. 78
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Morceaux (6) for Piano, Op. 19
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007
>Grieg, Edvard : Intermezzo for Cello and Piano in A minor
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 71
>Dvorak, Antonin : From the Bohemian forest, Op. 68
>Brahms, Johannes : Feldeinsamkeit, Op. 86/2
>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191
>Traditional Spiritual : Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
>Miller, Glenn : Moonlight Serenade
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

This installment of EMI's "Best...Album in the World...Ever" series features classical pieces that emphasize the cello, performed by various combos and soloists and spanning history. It includes the music of Bach (Cello Suite No. 2 - Prelude), Gabriel Fauré (Sicilienne), Tchaikovsky (Nocturne), Chopin (Cello Sonata in G Minor - Largo), and Brahms (Feldeinsamkeit); as well as the spiritual "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" and Glenn Miller's "Moonlight Serenade." Performers include cellist phenom Han-Na Chang, the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic, and the late Jacqueline du Pré. ~ Johnny Loftus



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>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
  • Performers: Han-Na Chang (Cello); Philharmonia Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin (Piano)
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Fauré, Gabriel : Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1
  • Performers: Han-Na Chang (Cello); Philharmonia Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin (Piano)
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1877
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14
  • Performers: Han-Na Chang (Cello); Philharmonia Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin (Piano)
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Running Time: 7 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 :: I. Prélude
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bachiana brasileira no 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos :: I. Aria (Cantilena)
  • Performers: Juliane Banse (Soprano); Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
  • Ensemble: 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938-1945
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65 :: III. Largo
  • Performers: Daniel Barenboim (Piano); Jacqueline du Pré (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845-1846
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Fauré, Gabriel : Pavane, Op. 50
  • Performers: Han-Na Chang (Cello); Philharmonia Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin (Piano)
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 04/16/1898
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello :: III. Adagio
  • Performers: John Barbirolli (Conductor); Jacqueline du Pré (Cello); London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1919
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009 :: V. Bourrée I - II - I
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38 :: I. Allegro non troppo
  • Performers: Daniel Barenboim (Piano); Jacqueline du Pré (Cello)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1865
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49 :: Wiegenlied, Op. 49/4
  • Performers: Juhani Lagerspetz (Piano); Truls Truls Mork (Cello)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Piazzolla, Astor : Adiós Nonino, tango
  • Performer: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
  • Ensemble: 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Fauré, Gabriel : Élégie for cello & piano or orchestra in C minor, Op. 24
  • Performers: Jacqueline du Pré (Cello); Gerald Moore (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1880
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces (4) for cello & piano, Op. 78 :: Romance
  • Performers: Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano); Truls Truls Mork (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Morceaux (6) for Piano, Op. 19
  • Performers: Han-Na Chang (Cello); Philharmonia Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin (Piano)
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 :: I. Prélude
  • Performer: Jacqueline du Pré (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Grieg, Edvard : Intermezzo for Cello and Piano in A minor
  • Performers: Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano); Truls Truls Mork (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1866
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces (4) for cello & piano, Op. 78 :: Religioso
  • Performers: Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano); Truls Truls Mork (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 71 :: Minnelied, Op. 71/5
  • Performers: Juhani Lagerspetz (Piano); Truls Truls Mork (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/1877
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Dvorak, Antonin : From the Bohemian forest, Op. 68
  • Performers: Han-Na Chang (Cello); Philharmonia Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin (Piano)
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Running Time: 6 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/28/1893
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Brahms, Johannes : Feldeinsamkeit, Op. 86/2
  • Performers: Juhani Lagerspetz (Piano); Truls Truls Mork (Cello)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1878.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1878
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191 :: II. Adagio, ma non troppo
  • Performers: Carlo Giulini; The London Philharmonic Orchestra; Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Running Time: 12 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional Spiritual : Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
  • Performer: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
  • Ensemble: 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Written: by 1865
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Miller, Glenn : Moonlight Serenade
  • Performer: Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
  • Ensemble: 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935
  • Studio/Live: Studio