Casals Encores
Richard Wagner / Claude Debussy / Enrique Granados / Benjamin Godard / Edward Elgar / Manuel de Falla / Luigi Boccherini / Frédéric Chopin / David Popper / Camille Saint-Saëns / Giovanni Sgambati / Eduard Lassen / Gabriel Fauré

Casals Encores

Alban Gerhardt / Cecile Licad

CDA 67831 - 0034571178318

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This sensational new release from German cellist Alban Gerhardt recaptures the novelty of the much-loved encores performed by Pablo Casals. Spanish-born Casals was universally recognized as one of the world’s greatest cellists and had a vast repertoire of intimate encores which were adored by his audiences. The disc features transcriptions of works by many notable composers including Fauré, Chopin, Saint-Saëns, Boccherini and Wagner. Also featured are frequently performed musical gems by David Popper: Vito, Chanson villageoise and his Mazurka in G minor, pieces which have gained a special place in the cello literature.
Gerhardt performs these miniature masterworks with extraordinary finesse and verve. His very personal interpretations never lapse into self-indulgence and he projects a distinctive luminescence of tone with infallible intonation. Gerhardt is intelligently partnered and perfectly matched by pianist Cecile Licad on her Hyperion debut. This unique disc demonstrates sublime musicianship, with both performers revelling in a wide expressive scope from the vivacious to the lyrical.

Tracklisting
  • 1
    Chanson villageoise, Op. 62 No. 2
    02:33
  • 2
    Petite suite: III. Menuet
    02:56
  • 3
    Berceuse de Jocelyn
    05:22
  • 4
    Serenata napoletana, Op. 24 No. 2
    03:04
  • 5
    Mit deinen blauen Augen
    02:27
  • 6
    Nocturne in E-Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 2
    04:14
  • 7
    Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1
    03:16
  • 8
    Mazurka in G Minor, Op. 11 No. 3
    03:24
  • 9
    Tannhäuser: Transcription. To the Evening Star
    05:01
  • 10
    Spanish Dances, Op. 54: V. Vito
    03:59
  • 11
    Salut d'amour, Op. 12
    03:01
  • 12
    Sonata in a Major, G. 4: I. Allegro moderato
    04:26
  • 13
    Siete Canciones populares españolas: V. Nana
    02:13
  • 14
    Romanze, Op. 35
    03:41
  • 15
    Danzas españolas, Op. 37: V. Andaluza
    03:14
  • 16
    Chanson Louis XIII and Pavane
    04:00
  • 17
    Twenty-Four Preludes, Op. 28: No 15 in D flat major. Sostenuto 'Raindrop'
    06:31
  • 18
    Le carnaval des animaux: XIII. Le cygne
    03:27
  • 19
    Allegro appassionato, Op. 43
    03:18
  • 20
    The Song of the Birds
    02:32