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Cello Duello: Handel, Haydn Offenbach, Paganini, et al. / Jens Peter Maintz & Wolfgang Emauel Schmidt, cellos

> Passacaglia in G minor (after G.F. Handel's Keyboard Suite No. 7 in G minor, HWV 432: VI. Passacaille) (arr. J.P. Maintz and W.E. Schmidt) - Passacaglia in G minor (after G.F. Handel's Keyboard Suite No. 7 in G minor, HWV 432: VI. Passacaille) (arr. J.P. Maintz and W.E. Schmidt)
> Duet for Violin and Cello in D major, Hob.VI:D1 (arr. for cello duo) - I. Poco adagio
> Duet for Violin and Cello in D major, Hob.VI:D1 (arr. for cello duo) - II. Tempo di minuetto
> Duet for Violin and Cello in D major, Hob.VI:D1 (arr. for cello duo) - III. Allegro
> Sonata for 2 Cellos - I. Celeramente
> Sonata for 2 Cellos - II. Adagino
> Sonata for 2 Cellos - III. Vivente
> 6 Sonates, Book 4: Sonata No. 4 for 2 Cellos in G major - I. Andante
> 6 Sonates, Book 4: Sonata No. 4 for 2 Cellos in G major - II. Adagio
> 6 Sonates, Book 4: Sonata No. 4 for 2 Cellos in G major - III. Allegro prestissimo
> Cours methodique de duo, Op. 54: Suite No. 2 - I. Allegro
> Cours methodique de duo, Op. 54: Suite No. 2 - II. Andante
> Cours methodique de duo, Op. 54: Suite No. 2 - III. Polonaise
> Introduction and Variations on Dal tuo stellato soglio from Rossini's Mose in Egitto, Op. 24, MS 23, "Mose-Fantasia" (arr. J.P. Maintz and W.E. Schmidt) - Introduction - Theme
> Introduction and Variations on Dal tuo stellato soglio from Rossini's Mose in Egitto, Op. 24, MS 23, "Mose-Fantasia" (arr. J.P. Maintz and W.E. Schmidt) - Variation 1-3
> Once Upon a Time in the West (arr. W.E. Schmidt) - Once Upon a Time in the West (arr. W.E. Schmidt)

Album Summary

>Halvorsen, Johan : Passacaglia (after Händel's Suite no 7 in G minor), for violin & cello
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Duet for 2 barytons in D major, H. 10/11
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Duets in D major, Hob. 10
>Müller-Wieland, Jan : Sonata for 2 cellos
>Barrière, Jean-Baptiste : Sonata for cello in G major
>Offenbach, Jacques : Duos op. 54
>Maintz, Jens Peter : Mosesfantasie, for 2 cellos (after Paganini)
>Morricone, Ennio : Once Upon a Time in the West
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

MusicWeb International - John Sheppard
It can be argued that the sound of two unaccompanied cellos is one of the most sheerly beautiful sounds in music. If you take that view then this is clearly the kind of disc you have been waiting for. You will enjoy it all the more as in addition the music chosen is varied, interesting and attractive, the engineering is excellent and the notes, in German and English, tell you most of what you want to know about the music.

If this is not enough to tempt you let me expand a little. Although there is a substantial amount of music written for two unaccompanied cellos much falls into the category of useful rather than particularly inspired music for the student or for domestic use. Indeed of the music on this disc only the items by Mnller-Wieland, BarriFre and Offenbach were intended for this combination. The first of these was written for these performers and its three varied movements demonstrate different approaches to the medium, from the somewhat expressionist first movement to the more obvious dance effects in the last. The Sonata by BarriFre is conventional but charming, especially its slow movement. The Offenbach is one of a series of Duets for his own instrument. Although the first movement is not of great interest and even somewhat stolid the others, especially the polonaise finale, are more what one might expect from this composer. This is one of the few reasonably well known pieces for these instruments and it is given a suitably alert performance here.

The Passacaglia which Halvorsen constructed out of the Chaconne from Handel's Harpsichord Suite No. 7 was originally written for violin and cello but has been arranged for various string combinations since then. It is best to forget Handel's contribution and simply enjoy it as a splendidly full-bodied piece for two virtuoso string players. Certainly I did enjoy it here with the players throwing themselves into it with great abandon. Paganini's Fantasy on the Prayer from Rossini's opera was originally for violin and piano but it too works well in this arrangement made, like all the others, by the players themselves. That leaves the Morricone in which the two soloists use multi-tracking to produce the sound of six cellos imitating the scoring of the film which included a mouth-organ and an electric guitar. It is great fun and makes a suitable finale for an entertaining programme. As I said at the start, if you enjoy the combination of instruments you will certainly enjoy this disc, especially as the programme is arranged so that it can be listened to as a whole with no danger of monotony. Others might be a little concerned at a certain lack of musical weight but they would be denying themselves much pleasure if they let that put them off.

American Record Guide - David W Moore
This is a basically happy program... very effective set of performances, beautifully played and recorded.

To read the complete review, please visit American Record Guide online.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Deutschlandradio Berlin (07/2010); Siemensvilla Berlin (07/2010).



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Works Details

>Halvorsen, Johan : Passacaglia (after Händel's Suite no 7 in G minor), for violin & cello
  • Ensemble: Cello Duello
  • Notes: Siemensvilla Berlin (07/2010); Deutschlandradio Berlin (07/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Duet for 2 barytons in D major, H. 10/11
  • Ensemble: Cello Duello
  • Notes: Siemensvilla Berlin (07/2010); Deutschlandradio Berlin (07/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1764-1769

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Duets in D major, Hob. 10 :: Duets in D major, Hob. 10
  • Ensemble: Cello Duello
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1764-1769

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Duet for 2 barytons in D major, H. 10/11
  • Ensemble: Cello Duello
  • Notes: Siemensvilla Berlin (07/2010); Deutschlandradio Berlin (07/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1764-1769

>Müller-Wieland, Jan : Sonata for 2 cellos
  • Ensemble: Cello Duello
  • Notes: Siemensvilla Berlin (07/2010); Deutschlandradio Berlin (07/2010)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 22 sec.
  • Written: 1994

>Barrière, Jean-Baptiste : Sonata for cello in G major
  • Ensemble: Cello Duello
  • Notes: Siemensvilla Berlin (07/2010); Deutschlandradio Berlin (07/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 36 sec.
  • Written: 1994

>Offenbach, Jacques : Duos op. 54 :: Allegro
  • Ensemble: Cello Duello
  • Notes: Siemensvilla Berlin (07/2010); Deutschlandradio Berlin (07/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Offenbach, Jacques : Duos op. 54 :: Allegro
  • Ensemble: Cello Duello
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Offenbach, Jacques : Duos op. 54 :: Andante
  • Ensemble: Cello Duello
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Maintz, Jens Peter : Mosesfantasie, for 2 cellos (after Paganini)
  • Ensemble: Cello Duello
  • Notes: Siemensvilla Berlin (07/2010); Deutschlandradio Berlin (07/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 39 sec.
  • Written: 1994

>Morricone, Ennio : Once Upon a Time in the West :: Harmonica
  • Ensemble: Cello Duello
  • Notes: Siemensvilla Berlin (07/2010); Deutschlandradio Berlin (07/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1968