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Liebesfreud & Liebesleid: Encores for Cello by Sarasate, Rachmaninov, Saint-Saens, Massenet et al. / Michael Hell, cello; Micaela Gelius, piano

Album Summary

>Sarasate, Pablo de : Ziegeunerweisen
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Allegro appassionato for Cello and Piano in B minor, Op. 43
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>Massenet, Jules : Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thaïs")
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rondo for cello & piano in G minor, B. 171 (Op. 94)
>Fauré, Gabriel : Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1
>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesfreud
>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesleid
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 59
>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variationen, Op. 36
>Elgar, Edward : Salut d'amour
>Fauré, Gabriel : Romance for cello & piano, Op. 69
>Fauré, Gabriel : Romance sans paroles, Op. 17
>Fauré, Gabriel : Berceuse for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 16
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 105
>Brahms, Johannes : Feldeinsamkeit, Op. 86/2
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5), Op. 49
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Suite no 2 für Jazz Orchester
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3, BWV 1068
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Keyboard Concerto no 5, BWV 1056
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"This CD has at last given me the opportunity to record my favorite encore pieces. After concerts, friends have often asked me to do so and it is with great pleasure that I now meet their request. 'Liebesfreud, Liebesleid' (the joy and pain of love) is dedicated to the music, the daily involvement with the cello and the personal relationships in my life. I have dedicated several works on this CD to certain people. The recordings bring back memories of my wonderful concerts and moments as a musician." --Michael Hell

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
This is an unusually high-class program of short pieces with a surprising number of lovely tunes. The emphasis is more on them than on virtuosity. That is just as well, since Hell is more of a lyricist than an acrobat. Besides the Kreisler numbers we have Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen, the Rachmaninoff Vocalise, Dvorak's Rondo, Saint-Saens's Swan and Allegro Appassionato, the Meditation from Massenet's Thais, four Fauré pieces, though not the Elegie, four Brahms song transcriptions, two Elgar pieces, and a Shostakovich waltz, finishing up with two Bach pieces, including the famous Arioso. It is a highly listenable program played with musicality. By the way, this is the second disc this issue to list the pianist first, if in smaller print than the cellist.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Franz-Liszt-Zentrum, Raiding, Burgenland, Austria (04/2011).



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Works Details

>Sarasate, Pablo de : Ziegeunerweisen
  • Performers: Michael Hell (Cello); Micaela Gelius (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
  • Performers: Michael Hell (Cello); Micaela Gelius (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Allegro appassionato for Cello and Piano in B minor, Op. 43
  • Performers: Michael Hell (Cello); Micaela Gelius (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1875

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Massenet, Jules : Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thaïs")
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Dvorak, Antonin : Rondo for cello & piano in G minor, B. 171 (Op. 94)
  • Performers: Michael Hell (Cello); Micaela Gelius (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/06/1891

>Fauré, Gabriel : Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1
  • Performers: Michael Hell (Cello); Micaela Gelius (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesfreud
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: by 1910

>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesleid
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: by 1910

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (8) for voice & piano, Op. 59 :: Auf dem See, Op. 59/2
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873

>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variationen, Op. 36 :: Nimrod
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1899

>Elgar, Edward : Salut d'amour
  • Performers: Michael Hell (Cello); Micaela Gelius (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Fauré, Gabriel : Romance for cello & piano, Op. 69
  • Performers: Michael Hell (Cello); Micaela Gelius (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 11/14/1894

>Fauré, Gabriel : Romance sans paroles, Op. 17 :: no 3
  • Performers: Michael Hell (Cello); Micaela Gelius (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1863

>Fauré, Gabriel : Berceuse for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 16
  • Performers: Michael Hell (Cello); Micaela Gelius (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 105 :: Wie Melodien zeiht es mir leise durch den Sinn, Op. 105/1
  • Performers: Michael Hell (Cello); Micaela Gelius (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1886.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1886

>Brahms, Johannes : Feldeinsamkeit, Op. 86/2
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1878.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1878

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5), Op. 49 :: Wiegenlied, Op. 49/4
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Suite no 2 für Jazz Orchester :: Walzer no 2
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1938.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3, BWV 1068 :: Air
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Keyboard Concerto no 5, BWV 1056 :: Arioso
  • Performers: Micaela Gelius (Piano); Michael Hell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738