The Romantic Cello Concerto - 6HENRY VIEUXTEMPS (1820-1881): Cello Concertos No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 46 and No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 50, EUGÈNE YSAE (1858-1931): Méditation in B Minor, Op. 16, Serénade in A, Op. 22
Catalogue Number: 02Q006
Reference: CDA 67790
Description: For collectors of this series since both Ysaÿe pieces appeared last July on an all-Ysaÿe Musique en Wallonie disc (07Q003). The Vieuxtemps concertos - No. 1 may be the most melodic cello concerto of them all: just acres of noble and exalted cantabile melody which will make you wonder why no one ever performs it while the second is more traditional in its masculine-feminine apportioning of themes in the first movement and it closes with a witty and memorable rondo theme for its finale. After a long stretch since the EMI recording with Heinrich Schiff in 1987, these appeared in 2001 on a Cyprès disc which we offered in October 2005 (10H080). Alban Gerhardt (cello), Royal Flemish Philharmonic; Josep Caballé-Domenech.