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Track(s) taken from CDA67831

Serenata napoletana, Op 24 No 2

originally for violin and piano

Alban Gerhardt (cello), Cecile Licad (piano)
Recording details: June 2010
Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: June 2011
Total duration: 3 minutes 4 seconds

Cover artwork: Photograph of Alban Gerhardt by Sim Canetty-Clarke


'[Gerhardt] and the superb Cecile Licad are wholly successful in this endeavour from the outset … he has created a well-contrasted programme … each work is presented with stylish devotion … this is cello playing of exquisite sophistication and bold imagination' (BBC Music Magazine)

'There is much more to an encore, as Alban Gerhardt will tell you, than casually capping a recital with an audience-pleaser … listen to Gerhardt in Benjamin Godard’s Berceuse de Jocelyn and there is a paradigm of the exceptional eloquence and discernment that distinguishes the entire disc' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Gerhardt's playing [is] less heart-on-sleeve than Casals's own, but wonderfully eloquent and noble: he can be extraordinarily moving in such once-familiar standards as the Berceuse from Godard's Jocelyn, or in Casals's arrangement of Chopin's Raindrop Prelude' (The Guardian)

'Let me not turn tedious with a list of Gerhardt's superior skills, his seamless legato, his command of bowing skills, his generous tone even at the top of the A string, his glowing burnished double stops in the Popper/Chopin Nocturne … it goes without saying, though I better say it, that the playing is immaculate from both players, the sequence of pieces on the CD is nicely contrasted' (International Record Review)
Born in Rome in 1841, Sgambati began playing the piano at the age of five. He first met Liszt in 1862 and before long had become both his pupil and friend. The two travelled to Germany in 1869 and there Sgambati first encountered the music of Wagner and, indeed, the man himself. So impressed was Wagner with Sgambati’s compositions that he immediately recommended them to his own publisher, Schott. The Serenata napoletana is the second of two pieces Op 24, originally composed for violin and piano.

from notes by Peter Avis © 2011

Né à Rome en 1841, Sgambati a commencé à jouer du piano à l’âge de cinq ans. Il a fait la connaissance de Liszt en 1862 et est vite devenu son élève et son ami. Ils ont voyagé ensemble en Allemagne en 1869 et Sgambati y a découvert la musique de Wagner et, d’ailleurs, le compositeur en personne. Wagner a été tellement impressionné par les œuvres de Sgambati qu’il les a immédiatement recommandées à son propre éditeur, Schott. La Serenata napoletana est la seconde des deux pièces op. 24, composée à l’origine pour violon et piano.

extrait des notes rédigées par Peter Avis © 2011
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

1841 in Rom geboren, begann Sgambati mit fünf Jahren, Klavier zu spielen. Er lernte Liszt 1862 kennen und wurde binnen kurzer Zeit ein Schüler und Freund von ihm. 1869 reisten die beiden nach Deutschland, und dort begegnete Sgambati zum ersten Mal der Musik Wagners und auch Wagner selbst. Dieser war so beeindruckt von Sgambatis Kompositionen, dass er ihn sofort an seinen eigenen Verleger Schott weiterempfahl. Die Serenata napoletana ist die Nr. 2 der beiden Stücke op. 24, ursprünglich für Geige und Klavier komponiert.

aus dem Begleittext von Peter Avis © 2011
Deutsch: Arne Muus

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