20th-Century Cello Works | Harmonia Mundi - HM Gold HMG50846667

20th-Century Cello Works


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Label: Harmonia Mundi - HM Gold

Cat No: HMG50846667

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 17th June 2016



“Her recital is devoted to solo cello music of the 20th century, and two interpretations stand out in particular as having the composer's blessing: those of the inventive ‘Trois strophes sur le nom de SACHER’ (1976-82) by Henri Dutilleux, and the more conventional but still finely written ‘Suite No.4’ (1994-6) by Nicolas Bacri, which is dedicated to Bertrand and was premiered by her. Here and in the other works, which comprise the engaging and characterful ‘Serenade’ (1949) by Hans Werner Henze, the impressive ‘Sonata’ (1955) by the American individualist George Crumb, and the powerful, folk-influenced early ‘Sonata’ (1948-53) by Ligeti, Bertrand reveals her mastery of tonal variety and creative engagement with her material.” - George Hall, The Guardian

On CD2 (‘Le violoncelle parle’) Emmanuelle Bertrand performs a wide-ranging selection of compositions for solo cello. Featured are Spaniard Gaspar Cassadó’s Suite for Solo Cello, British composer Benjamin Britten’s Suite No.3 for Solo Cello as well as Frenchman Pierre Amoyel’s Itinérance and Hungarian Zoltán Kodály’s Sonata for Solo Cello. In Bertrand’s hands, the cello truly ‘speaks’ and takes us beyond geographical boundaries and straight to the heart of the language of cultural inspiration.

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