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Our American Roots - Cello Sonatas by Barber and Walker; Gershwin: Porgy & Bess; Preludes; Copland: Billy the Kid / Emmanuel Feldman, cello; Joy Cline Phinney, piano

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> Porgy and Bess (arr. J. Heifetz for violin and piano) - Act II: It Ain't Necessarily So
> Porgy and Bess (arr. J. Heifetz for violin and piano) - Act I: My Man's Gone Now
> 3 Preludes (arr. E. Feldman) - No. 1 in B flat major: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
> 3 Preludes (arr. E. Feldman) - No. 2 in C sharp minor: Andante con moto e poco rubato
> 3 Preludes (arr. E. Feldman) - No. 3 in E flat minor: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
> Cello Sonata, Op. 6 - I. Allegro ma non troppo
> Cello Sonata, Op. 6 - II. Adagio
> Cello Sonata, Op. 6 - III. Allegro appassionato
> Cello Sonata - I. Allegro passionato
> Cello Sonata - II. Sostenuto
> Cello Sonata - III. Allegro
> Billy the Kid (version for cello and piano) - Waltz: Molto moderato
> Billy the Kid (version for cello and piano) - Celebration: Allegro

Album Summary

>Heifetz, Jascha : Five Selections from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess
>Gershwin, George : Preludes (3) for piano
>Barber, Samuel : Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 6
>Walker, George : Sonata for cello & piano
>Copland, Aaron : Billy the Kid
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In "Our American Roots" Feldman applies his talent and skill to an all-American program of music for cello and piano - to include a pair of rarely heard cello sonatas by Barber and Walker. The remainder of the program consists of arrangements of musical Americana: arias from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess and his Preludes, and two movements from Copland's Billy the Kid.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
The program ends with arrangements of two excerpts from Copland's ballet Billy the Kid arranged by the composer. This returns us to the more melodic and popular side of America and makes a fine close to a well-played program. The sound is excellent and, if it were only for the unfamiliar Walker Sonata, it is worth considering.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Boston (03/17/2008-03/18/2008).



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Works Details

>Heifetz, Jascha : Five Selections from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess :: It Ain't Necessarily So
  • Performers: Emmanuel Feldman (Cello); Joy Phinney (Piano)
  • Notes: New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Boston (03/17/2008-03/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1944

>Heifetz, Jascha : Five Selections from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess :: My Man's Gone Now
  • Performers: Emmanuel Feldman (Cello); Joy Phinney (Piano)
  • Notes: New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Boston (03/17/2008-03/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1944

>Gershwin, George : Preludes (3) for piano
  • Performers: Emmanuel Feldman (Cello); Joy Phinney (Piano)
  • Notes: New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Boston (03/17/2008-03/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Barber, Samuel : Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 6
  • Performers: Emmanuel Feldman (Cello); Joy Phinney (Piano)
  • Notes: New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Boston (03/17/2008-03/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Walker, George : Sonata for cello & piano
  • Performers: Emmanuel Feldman (Cello); Joy Phinney (Piano)
  • Notes: New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Boston (03/17/2008-03/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Copland, Aaron : Billy the Kid :: Waltz, molto moderato
  • Performers: Emmanuel Feldman (Cello); Joy Phinney (Piano)
  • Notes: New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Boston (03/17/2008-03/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1938

>Copland, Aaron : Billy the Kid :: Celebration, Allegro
  • Performers: Emmanuel Feldman (Cello); Joy Phinney (Piano)
  • Notes: New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Boston (03/17/2008-03/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1938