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EMANUEL FEUERMANN: Milestones of a Cello Legend (10 CDS)

EMANUEL FEUERMANN: Milestones of a Cello Legend (10 CDS)

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Emanuel Feuermann (2nd Nov. 1902 - 25th May 1942) was the most important cellist of his time - perhaps even of the entire 20th century. His sudden death at age 39, presumably as a result of medical malpractice, shocked the entire music world. Toscanini and Ormandy, Serkin, Schnabel, Elman and Hubermann carried his coffin. The high esteem for Feuermann is still unanimous: "A talent of the century" (Jascha Heifetz), "The greatest cellist of all time" (Arthur Rubinstein). For the first time in this 10-CD set, the recordings reach from the beginnings in Berlin to the last test pressing (V. Herbert). Neither tape nor vinyl LPs existed yet, only the fragile shellac record with a playing time of three to seven minutes per side. Entire concerts had to be spread over several discs, nothing could be changed or repaired. That is why this set only presents live originals. Feuermann was a prodigy, debuted in Vienna at the age of 11 (Brahms' double concerto), received a teaching position at the Cologne Conservatory at the age of 16, and ten years later a professorship at the Hochschule in Berlin. As a Jew, he was laid off by the Nazis in 1933, performing in Europe, in Japan (1934 and 36) and in the United States, where he finally settled in 1938.

CD 1

■ Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
DOUBLE CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN AND CELLO IN A MINOR, OP. 102
Doppelkonzert für Violine und Cello, a-Moll, op.102
1. I. Allegro 14‘23
2. II. Andante 6‘41
3. Vivace non troppo – Poco meno allegro 7‘38

Jascha Heifetz violin
Emanuel Feuermann cello
Philadelphia Orchestra
conductor / Dirigent Eugene Ormandy
recorded / aufgenommen Dec. 1939

■ TRIO FOR PIANO, VIOLIN AND CELLO No. 1 IN B MAJOR, OP. 8
Trio für Klavier, Violine und Cello Nr. 1, H-Dur, op. 8
4. I. Allegro con brio 8‘52
5. II. Scherzo: Allegro molto – Trio: Meno allegro 5‘46
6. III. Adagio 7‘08
7. IV. Finale: Allegro 5‘39

Arthur Rubinstein piano
Jascha Heifetz violin
Emanuel Feuermann cello
recorded / aufgenommen Sep. 1941
Total Time 56'16

CD 2

■ Antonín Dvořák (1841 – 1904)
CELLO CONCERTO IN B MINOR, OP. 104
Konzert für Cello und Orchester, h-Moll, op. 104
1. I. Allegro 12‘12
2. II. Adagio ma non troppo 10‘37
3. III. Allegro moderato – Andante – Allegro vivo 10‘37
Emanuel Feuermann cello
Orchester der Berliner Staatsoper (Staatskapelle)
conductor / Dirigent Michael Taube
recorded / aufgenommen April 30, 1928 / Sept. 29, 1929
first recording of this concert

■ alternative takes:
4. Allegro (conclusion) 3‘59
5. Adagio ma non troppo (beginning) 7‘50
Emanuel Feuermann cello
recorded / aufgenommen Jan. 27 and April 30, 1928

■ 6. II. Adagio ma non troppo 11‘40
Emanuel Feuermann cello
Orchestra Frank Black
recorded / aufgenommen ca. 1940/41
Total Time 57'04

CD 3

■ Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949)
DON QUIXOTE, OP. 35
Fantastic Variations on a Theme of a Knightly Character
Fantastische Variationen über ein Thema ritterlichen Charakters
1. Introduction / Einleitung 5‘33
2. Theme / Thema: Don Quixote, the Knight 2‘01
of the Sorrowful Countenance
Don Quixote, der Ritter von der traurigen Gestalt
3. Variation I: The Adventure with the Windmills 2‘30
Der Kampf mit den Windmühlen
4. Variation II: The Battle with the Sheep 1‘27
Der Kampf mit der Hammelherde
5. Variation III. Dialogue of Knight and Squire 7‘28
Dialog zwischen Don Quixote und Sancho Pansa
6. Variation IV: The Adventure with the Penitents 1‘50
Das Abenteuer mit der Büßerprozession
7. Variation V: The Knight’s Vigil / Des Ritters Nachtwache 4‘01
8. Variation VI: The False Dulcinea / Die falsche Dulcinea 1‘02
9. Variation VII: The Ride Trough the Air / Der Ritt durch die Lüfte 1‘01
10. Variation VIII: The Adventure of the Enchanted Boat 1‘39
Fahrt auf dem verzauberten Nachen
11. Variation IX: The Combat with the Two Magicians 1‘06
Kampf gegen vermeintliche Zauberer
12. Variation X: The Defeat of Don Quixote by the Knight 3‘56
of the White Moon / Der Zweikampf mit dem
„Ritter vom blanken Mond“ und die Niederlage Don Quixotes
13. Final / Finale: The Death of Don Quixote / Don Quixotes Tod 4‘42
Emanuel Feuermann cello Philadelphia Orchestra
conductor / Dirigent Eugene Ormandy recorded / aufgenommen Feb. 24, 1940
Total Time 38‘20

CD 4

■ Ernest Bloch (1880 – 1959)
1. SCHELOMO 19‘36
Hebrew Rhapsody for orchestra / Hebräische Rhapsodie
Emanuel Feuermann cello
Philadelphia Orchestra
conductor / Dirigent Leopold Stokowski
recorded / aufgenommen March 27, 1940

■ Max Bruch (1838 – 1920)
2. KOL NIDREI, OP. 47 8‘28
Emanuel Feuermann cello
Orchester der Berliner Staatsoper (Staatskapelle)
conductor / Dirigent Frieder Weissmann
recorded / aufgenommen ca. 1928

■ Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
SUITE No. 3 IN C MAJOR / C-DUR, BWV 1009
3. Sarabande & Bourrées I, II 6‘42
ADAGIO IN A MINOR / A-MOLL (arr. Siloti / Casals)
4. Take I 3‘31
5. Take II 3‘30
6. Take III 3‘26
Emanuel Feuermann cello Franz Rupp piano (3-6)
recorded / aufgenommen Aug. 1939, New York (3-6)
Total Time 45'33

CD 5

■ Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
ARPEGGIONE SONATA IN A MINOR, D. 821
Arpeggione-Sonate, a-Moll, D. 821
1. I. Allegro moderato 7‘11
2. II. Adagio 4‘13
3. III. Allegretto 7‘03

Emanuel Feuermann cello
Gerald Moore piano
recorded / aufgenommen June 29/30, 1937

■ TRIO FOR PIANO, VIOLIN AND CELLO No 1 IN B FLAT MAJOR, D. 898
Trio für Klavier, Violine und Cello Nr. 1, B-Dur, D. 898
4. I. Allegro moderato 10‘20
5. II. Andante un poco mosso 7‘54
6. III. Scherzo: Allegro 5‘29
7. IV. Rondo: Allegro vivace 8‘15

Arthur Rubinstein piano
Jascha Heifetz violin
Emanuel Feuermann cello
recorded / aufgenommen Sep. 13, 1941
Total Time 50'34

CD 6

■ Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
CELLO SONATA No. 3 IN A MAJOR, OP.69
Sonate für Cello und Klavier Nr. 3, A-Dur, op. 69
1. I. Allegro ma non tanto 9‘12
2. II. Scherzo: Allegro molto 3‘14
3. III. Adagio cantabile 1‘44
4. IV. Allegro vivace 5‘18

Emanuel Feuermann cello
Myra Hess piano
recorded / aufgenommen June 28/29, 1937

■ STRING TRIO (SERENADE) IN D MAJOR, OP. 8
Streichtrio (Serenade), D-Dur, op. 8
5. I. Marcia: Allegro – Adagio 7‘17
6. II. Menuetto (Allegretto) & Trio 2‘09
7. III. Adagio – Scherzo (Allegro molto) – Adagio – Allegro – Adagio 4‘33
8. IV. Allegretto alla polacca 3‘10
9. V. Andante quasi allegretto (Variazioni) – Marcia (Allegro) 8‘17

Szymon Goldberg violin
Paul Hindemith alto / Viola
Emanuel Feuermann cello
recorded / aufgenommen Jan. 22, 1934, London (1-9)
Total Time 45'01

CD 7

■ Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
1. SEVEN VARIATIONS IN E FLAT MAJOR ON MOZART’S 8’55
„BEI MÄNNERN, WELCHE LIEBE FÜHLEN“
FROM “THE MAGIC FLUTE”
Sieben Variationen, Es-Dur, über „Bei Männern,
welche Liebe fühlen“ aus „Die Zauberflöte“ (Mozart)
Emanuel Feuermann cello Theo van der Pas piano
recorded / aufgenommen July 11, 1934

■ TRIO FOR PIANO, VIOLIN AND CELLO No. 7 IN B FLAT MAJOR, OP. 97
Trio für Klavier, Violine und Cello, B-Dur, op. 97 (“Archduke”/„Erzherzog”)
2. I. Allegro moderato 11‘45
3. II. Scherzo: Allegro 6‘13
4. III. Andante cantabile ma pero con moto 10‘20
5. IV. Allegro moderato 6‘07
Arthur Rubinstein piano Jascha Heifetz violin Emanuel Feuermann cello
recorded / aufgenommen Sept. 12/13, 1941

■ Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 – 1759)
6. ADAGIO & ALLEGRO 7‘23

■ Carl Maria von Weber (1786 – 1826)
7. ANDANTINO 4‘24
Emanuel Feuermann cello Franz Rupp (6) Gerald Moore (7) piano
recorded / aufgenommen 1936
Total Time 55'26CD 8

■ Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809)
CELLO CONCERTO IN D MAJOR, OP. 101
Konzert für Cello und Orchester, D-Dur, op.101
1. I. Allegro moderato 14‘24
2. II. Adagio 5‘32
3. III. Rondo: Allegro 5‘17
Emanuel Feuermann cello Symphony Orchestra
conductor / Dirigent Malcolm Sargent recorded / aufgenommen Nov. 25, 1935

■ Giovanni Sgambati (1841 – 1914)
4. SERENATA NAPOLETANA 3‘18

■ Gabriel Fauré (1845 – 1924)
5. APRÈS UN RÊVE (arr. Casals) 2‘46
recorded / aufgenommen Sept. 12/13, 1941

■ Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)
6. INTRODUCTION ET POLONAISE BRILLANTE 8‘51
Emanuel Feuermann cello Franz Rupp (5, 6) Theo van der Pas (4) piano
recorded / aufgenommen 1939 (5, 6) 1936 (4)

■ Victor Herbert (1859 – 1924)
CELLO CONCERTO No. 2
7. Slow Movement / Langsamer Satz 4‘28
Emanuel Feuermann cello Albert Hirsch piano
probably Feuermann’s last recording
Total Time 44'59

CD 9

The Japanese Recordings

■ Pjotr I. Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893)
1. Valse sentimentale, Op. 15/6 2‘22

■ Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809 – 1847)
2. Spring Song / Frühlingslied, Op. 62/6 2‘22

■ Benjamin Godard (1849 – 1895)
3. Berceuse / Wiegenlied 3‘24

■ Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)
4. Zigeunerleben, Op. 29/3 3‘16

■ Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
5. Serenade / Ständchen 3‘28

■ William Thomas Wrighton (1816 – 1880)
6. Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still 3‘03

■ Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 – 1921)
7. The Swan / Der Schwan (from „Le Carnaval des Animaux“) 2‘00

■ Giuseppe Valentini (1681 – 1753)
8. Gavotta e Allegro 3‘02

■ Anton Rubinstein (1829 – 1894)
9. Melody in F, Op. 3/1 2‘32

■ Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)
10. Nocturne in Eb, Op. 9/2 4‘13

■ Ernest Bloch (1880 – 1959)
11. Prayer (No. 1 from “Jewish Life”) 3‘30
12. Kojo no Tsuki (Taki) 3‘09
13. Karatachi no Hana (Yamada) 3‘30
14. Nabora (Yamada) 3‘10
15. Ojoro Takashima (Yamada) 3‘23
Emanuel Feuermann cello
Wolfgang Rebner (1-11) Fritz Kitzinger (12-15) piano
recorded / aufgenommen 1936 (1-11) 1934 (12-15)
Total Time 46'39

CD 10

■ Pablo de Sarasate (1844 – 1908)
1. Zapateado 3‘33

■ Isaac Albeniz (1860 – 1909)
2. Tango 2‘12

■ Karl J. Davidoff (1838 – 1889)
3. At the Fountain / Am Springbrunnen 3‘33
Emanuel Feuermann cello
Teddy Saidenberg (1) Gerald Moore (2) Franz Rupp (3) piano
recorded / aufgenommen 1936-40

■ BONUS
DON QUIXOTE , OP. 35
Fantastic Variations on an Theme of a Knightly Character
Fantastische Variationen über ein Thema ritterlichen Charakters
Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949)
4. Introduction / Einleitung – Theme / Thema – 39‘30
Vatriations / Variationen 1-10 – Final / Finale
Emanuel Feuermann cello Carlton Cooley alto / Viola
NBC Symphony Orchestra conductor / Dirigent Arturo Toscanini
recorded / aufgenommen 1938, Live
Total Time 48'58

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