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Allegro appassionato, Op 43

1873; for cello and piano; orchestrated in 1876; dedicated to Jules Lasserre

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 18 seconds

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

Other recordings available for download

Natalie Clein (cello), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Manze (conductor)


'[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)
Before the founding of the Société Nationale, one of the mainstays of the Paris concert scene was Jules Pasdeloup’s Concerts populaires, intended to bring good music to audiences at affordable prices. It was to the principal cellist of this organization, Jules Lasserre, that Saint-Saëns dedicated his Allegro appassionato, Op 43, written for cello and piano in 1873 and orchestrated in 1876. It is an uncomplicated piece in scherzo form, with a main tune that has a gypsy feel to it revealing, in one writer’s words, the ‘dark edges that haunt so many of his melodies’.

from notes by Roger Nichols © 2014

Avant la fondation de la Société Nationale, l’un des piliers de la scène de concerts parisienne étaient les Concerts populaires de Jules Pasdeloup, destinés à amener de la bonne musique à des auditoires à des prix abordables. C’est au premier violoncelle de cette organisation, Jules Lasserre, que Saint-Saëns dédia son Allegro appassionato, op.43, écrit pour violoncelle et piano en 1873 et orchestré en 1876. C’est une pièce peu compliquée en forme de scherzo, dont l’atmosphère tzigane du thème principal révèle, selon un auteur, les «côtés sombres qui hantent un si grand nombre de ses mélodies».

extrait des notes rédigées par Roger Nichols © 2014
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Bevor die Société Nationale gegründet wurde, waren die Concerts populaires von Jules Pasdeloup, die dem Publikum gute Musik zu bezahlbaren Preisen versprachen, eine Hauptsäule des Pariser Konzertlebens. Der erste Cellist dieser Organisation, Jules Lasserre, wurde der Widmungsträger des Allegro appassionato, op. 43, von Saint-Saëns, welches er 1873 für Violoncello und Klavier komponiert und 1876 für Orchester eingerichtet hatte. Es handelt sich dabei um ein unkompliziertes Stück, das als Scherzo angelegt ist und das eine zigeunerhafte Hauptmelodie hat, die einem Forscher zufolge die „dunklen Seiten, die so viele seiner Melodien begleiten“, aufzeigt.

aus dem Begleittext von Roger Nichols © 2014
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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Saint-Saëns: Cello Concertos
Studio Master: CDA68002Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
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