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Track(s) taken from CDA67831

Nocturne in E flat major, Op 9 No 2

1830/2; published in 1832; dedicated to Camille Pleyel

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: 4 minutes 14 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)
Frédéric Chopin composed his three Nocturnes Op 9 between 1830 and 1832. Casals frequently played the second of these, the famous Nocturne in E flat major, as an encore in the highly idiomatic arrangement by the influencial cellist and composer David Popper, who became the leader of the Hungarian cello school while teaching at the Conservatory at Budapest.

from notes by Peter Avis © 2011

Frédéric Chopin a composé ses trois Nocturnes, op. 9, entre 1830 et 1832. Casals a souvent joué en bis le deuxième, le célèbre Nocturne en mi bémol majeur, dans un arrangement très idiomatique de David Popper, violoncelliste et compositeur influent, qui est devenu le chef de file de l’école hongroise de violoncelle lorsqu’il enseignait au Conservatoire de Budapest.

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

Frédéric Chopin komponierte seine Nocturnes op. 9 zwischen 1830 und 1832. Casals spielte als Zugabe oft die Nr. 2 der beiden, das berühmte Nocturne Es-Dur, in einer überaus eigenwilligen Bearbeitung des einflussreichen Cellisten und Komponisten David Popper, der in seiner Zeit als Lehrer am Budapester Konservatorium zur führenden Figur der ungarischen Celloschule wurde.

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

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