Works for Cello & Violin by Gaspar Cassadó and Zoltán Kodály
Title:

Works for Cello & Violin by Gaspar Cassadó and Zoltán Kodály

Artists:

Antonio Meneses, cello
Claudio Cruz, violin

Release Date:

6th November 2015

Cat No:

AV2351

Price:

£12.49

Summary:

“In Cassado’s dark, sensuous Suite, inspired by Kodaly but infused with Spanish undertones, he exudes a mesmerising, Zen-like calm: tenderly shaped curlicues, ornate arabesques, and complex harmonic accompanying figurations never disturb his long, arching lines or the sense of easy, improvisational charm. You can almost forget you’re listening to a virtuoso display; in his refreshingly self-effacing, idiomatic approach musical substance is always to the fore” – BBC Music magazine ★★★★

“…a performance that has been crafted down to the tiniest detail, the swirling finale in particular confident and polished, with every technical trick in the cellist’s book pulled off with panache.” – Gramophone

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Following the success of Capriccioso, a solo spectacular of works written by cellists for cellists, Antonio Meneses’ dazzling virtuosity is on display again with the rarely recorded Suite for Solo Cello by the Spanish cellist-composer Gaspar Cassadó alongside two early works by his Hungarian contemporary Zoltán Kodály – the Duo for Violin and Cello, with violinist Claudio Cruz who was the conductor on Antonio’s Grammy-nominated recording of the Concertos by Elgar and Gál; and the Sonata for Solo Cello which was written in 1915 and is released in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the work.

Tracklist:

Gaspar Cassadó (1897-1966)
Suite for Solo Cello
I. Prelude-Fantasia
II. Sardana – Danza
III. Intermezzo e danza finale

Zoltán Kodály
(1882 – 1967)
Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7
I. Allegro serioso, non troppo
II. Adagio
III. Maestoso e largemente, ma non troppo lento

Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 8
I. Allegro maestoso ma appassionato
II. Adagio (con grand’ espressione)
III. Allegro molto vivace

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