I love the sound of the Cello, because of its deep and warm tone in the hands of a mature artist.
This CD gives us a large variety of cello melodies as performed by Sol Gabetta:
El Cant dels Ocells (Song of the birds)
Nocturne No. 4 in F major, Op. 15 No. 1, with Bertrand Chamayou (piano)
Les filles de Cadix
Waldesruhe (Silent woods) for cello and orchestra, Op. 68 No. 5
Rondo in G minor for cello & orchestra, Op. 94, B. 181
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
Pavane, Op. 50
Flight of the Bumble Bee
Largo al factotum (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)
Le carnaval des animaux: Le Cygne
Kuda, Kuda ‘Lensky’s Aria’ (from Eugene Onegin
Andante Cantabile (from String Quartet No. 1 in D Op. 11)
Musique du Soir
The Four Seasons: Winter, RV297
All performed by Sol Gabetta (cello)
Sol Gabetta is an exceptional young cellist, and this is an exceptional compilation of the work she has done in the recording studio so far in her short career.
In addition to Elgar’s Cello Concerto, there are also some Elgar salon works, and a couple of really worthwhile short pieces by Dvorak: Silent Woods and the Rondo.
The second dosc is mainly given over to short encore pieces such as, inevitably, Saint-Saens’s The Swan , and less obviously, Pablo Casals’s beautiful reworking of a Catalan folk song, The Song of the Birds.
Here is Sol Gabetta in the Cello Sonata by Johannes Brahms: