Mendelssohn: Complete Music for Cello & Piano

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Mendelssohn: Complete Music for Cello & Piano



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30th Aug 2011




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Mendelssohn: Complete Music for Cello & Piano


Variations concertantes Op. 17

Cello Sonata No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 45

Song without Words for Cello & Piano, Op. 109

Assai Tranquillo

Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 58

Emanuel Gruber (cello) & Arnon Erez (piano)



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Emanuel Gruber and Arnon Erez inspired a rave from Gramophone for their recording of Beethoven works for cello and piano (Eroica, 2006). “Like-minded musicians give us a Beethoven set that shines” was the headline.

Now the acclaimed Duo offers a captivating new Mendelssohn set that shines and sings and reminds us that there is fresh joy and beauty to be found in this music.

The Gramophone review also mentions that the Duo’s performances have a rare unity, as if a conductor were present: “so like-minded are the musicians in the dialogue… (they) shape with such thoughtfulness and precision that it seems someone has to be directing the whole affair.”

Given such an extraordinary performance level, it is no wonder that this Mendelssohn set is both enchanting and inspiring. In his introduction to the album, cellist Emanuel Gruber writes of his love for Mendelssohn:

“The cello is an ideal medium for rendering the warm, singing quality of his music, as well as its playfulness and exuberance. His creations are noble, generous, optimistic and full of joyful enthusiasm. There may be moments of doubt, melancholy and pain – but they disappear quickly as his impetuous, ever-youthful drive and positive energy takes over, lifting us up into an ideal world filled with goodness and hope.”

A captivating new recording by a critically acclaimed Duo.

Gives us a fresh look at the joy and beauty in Mendelssohn’s cello music.

Gramophone finds a rare unity in this Duo’s performances.

Felix Mendelssohn: Variations concertantes in D major, Op. 17

Thema: Andante con moto

Variation 1

Variation 2

Variation 3: Piu vivace

Variation 4: Allegro con fuoco

Variation 5: L'istesso tempo

Variation 6: L'istesso tempo

Variation 7: Presto ed agitato

Variation 8: Tempo I - Coda

Felix Mendelssohn: Cello Sonata No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 45

I. Allegro vivace

II. Andante

III. Allegro assai

Felix Mendelssohn: Lied ohne Worte (Song without Words), Op. 109

Lied ohne worte (Song without Words), Op. 109

Felix Mendelssohn: Assai tranquillo

Assai tranquillo

Felix Mendelssohn: Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 58

I. Allegro assai vivace

II. Allegretto scherzando

III. Adagio

IV. Molto allegro e vivace

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