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Children´s Cello

Catalogue numberBIS-1562 CD
Release date2006-04-30
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time81:15

BBC Music Magazine 5 stars.

In this recital of known and unknown gems from the repertoire for aspiring cellists, Steven Isserlis and Stephen Hough make full use of their consummate musicianship in carving each of the 30 tracks into beautiful miniatures. Pieces that cello students have played – and their teachers (not to mention parents) have heard – over and over again stand out as fresh as if they were composed for this occasion.
The programme ranges progressively from Ludwig Lebell’s Berceuse, which only employs open strings, to Cassadó’s Requiebros, described in Isserlis’s own liner notes as 'something holding real challenges for the young cellist (and indeed for the fast-aging one!)'.
It’s not only the level of technical difficulties that varies: the styles are almost as many as the pieces themselves. A number of different idioms – English, French, Hungarian and Israeli, Victorian, Baroque and contemporary – are all conveyed in accents that ring completely true.
This unique disc was inspired by after-dinner serenades at Steven Isserlis’s home, where his son Gabriel would perform his current cello assignments, sometimes accompanied by Hough. (Gabriel’s contribution to the enterprise is attested to by the final section on the disc, Gabriel’s Corner, made up of works composed for him by, among others, Isserlis and Hough themselves.) Isserlis writes: 'Eventually, we decided that we wanted to play some of the pieces ourselves, for our own sakes as much as for those of the children we were hoping to inspire – and thus this album was born.' The performers’ enjoyment certainly shines through during the full 81 minutes of the disc – an enjoyment that will be shared by every listener, whatever his or her connection to the noble art of cello playing. A bonus, in the form of actor Simon Callow narrating a ghost story with a twist over the sound effects of Steven Isserlis’s The Haunted House, makes the disc a truly special experience.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Lebell, Ludwig
01 Berceuse Orientale 01:47 $ 0.19 USD
  Composer: Nelson, Sheila
02 Mad as a Hatter 00:33 $ 0.06 USD
  Composer: Earnshaw, Alfred
03 Tarantella 01:22 $ 0.14 USD
  Composer: Stutchewsky, Joachim
04 Kinnereth (tune by Haninah Karchevsky) 02:22 $ 0.25 USD
  Composer: Stutchewsky, Joachim
05 Wanderer’s Song (Oriental Melody) 02:36 $ 0.27 USD
  Composer: Carse, Adam
06 A Merry Dance 01:47 $ 0.19 USD
  Composer: Warren, Francis Purcell
07 A Sunday Evening in Autumn 02:22 $ 0.25 USD
  Composer: Warren, Francis Purcell
08 Cradle Song 01:09 $ 0.12 USD
  Composer: Graves, John
09 The Swans glide on the Bishop’s Palace moat 01:51 $ 0.19 USD
  Composer: Squire, William Henry
10 Danse Rustique 02:41 $ 0.28 USD
  Composer: Boccherini, Luigi
11 Minuet (arr. Goltermann) 03:43 $ 0.39 USD
  Composer: Bryars, Gavin
12 With Miriam by the River 03:30 $ 0.37 USD
  Composer: Trowell, Arnold
13 Gavotte from 12 Easy Pieces 01:48 $ 0.19 USD
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
14 Lulu Waltz 00:48 $ 0.08 USD
  Composer: Dyson, George
15 Melody 02:38 $ 0.28 USD
  Composer: Bridge, Frank
16 Spring Song 02:24 $ 0.25 USD
  Composer: Beach, Amy
17 Berceuse  03:06 $ 0.33 USD
  Composer: Marie, Gabriel Prosper
18 La Cinquantaine 03:30 $ 0.37 USD
  Composer: Goltermann, Georg
19 La Foi 03:33 $ 0.37 USD
  Composer: Poulenc, Francis
20 Serenade (arr. Maurice Gendron) 01:55 $ 0.20 USD
  Composer: Tuby, Joseph
21 Serenade 02:31 $ 0.26 USD
  Composer: Fauré, Gabriel
22 Berceuse 03:47 $ 0.40 USD
  Composer: Popper, David
23 Gavotte, Op. 23 04:39 $ 0.49 USD
  Composer: Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Felix
24 Song Without Words, Op. 109 04:39 $ 0.49 USD
  Composer: Cassadó, Gaspar
25 Requiebros 04:52 $ 0.51 USD
  Composer: Blake, Howard
26 Archangel’s Lullaby 01:31 $ 0.16 USD
  Composer: Mustonen, Olli
27 Frogs Dancing on Water-Lilies 03:07 $ 0.33 USD
  Composer: Hough, Stephen
28 Angelic Song 02:12 $ 0.23 USD
  Composer: Hough, Stephen
29 Angelic Dance 01:29 $ 0.16 USD
  Composer: Isserlis, Steven
30 The Haunted House 04:03 $ 0.43 USD
  Album total 81:15
CelloIsserlis, Steven
PianoHough, Stephen
ComposerBeach, Amy
Blake, Howard
Boccherini, Luigi
Bridge, Frank
Bryars, Gavin
Carse, Adam
Cassadó, Gaspar
Dyson, George
Earnshaw, Alfred
Fauré, Gabriel
Goltermann, Georg
Graves, John
Hough, Stephen
Isserlis, Steven
Lebell, Ludwig
Marie, Gabriel Prosper
Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Felix
Mustonen, Olli
Nelson, Sheila
Popper, David
Poulenc, Francis
Sibelius, Jean
Squire, William Henry
Stutchewsky, Joachim
Trowell, Arnold
Tuby, Joseph
Warren, Francis Purcell
NarratorCallow, Simon

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