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Emmanuelle Bertrand - Works for Cello

Emmanuelle Bertrand Audio CD
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Discovered by a wide public when she won the young soloist category at the Victoires de la Musique Classique in 2002, Emmanuelle Bertrand is one of the leading representatives of French cello.

She was a pupil of Jean Deplace and Philippe Muller at the Conservatoires Nationaux Supérieurs de Musique of Lyon and Paris and went on to be a prizewinner in the 1994 Rostropovich ... Read more in Amazon's Emmanuelle Bertrand Store

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  • Performer: Emmanuelle Bertrand
  • Composer: Henri Dutilleux, Hans Werner Henze, George Crumb, Gyorgy Ligeti
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Les Nouveaux Interprètes
  • ASIN: B00004T6W0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 431,505 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Un Poco Indeciso/ A Tempo
2. Andante Sostenuto
3. Vivace- Calmo- A Tempo
4. Adagio Rubato
5. Poco Allegretto
6. Pastorale
7. Andante Con Moto. Rubato
8. Vivace
9. Tango
10. Allegro Marciale
11. Allegretto
12. Menuet
13. Fantasia
14. Tema Pastorale Con Variazioni
15. Toccata
16. Dilogo. Adagio, Rubato, Cantabile
17. Capriccio. Presto Con Slancio- Sostenuto- Presto
18. Preludio, Adagio
19. Sonata Gioconda, Presto Volante, etc
20. Intermezzo Improvvisato. Adagio Lamentoso
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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Harmonia Mundi's series Les Nouveaux Interprètes aims to bring us "the cream of the new generation of musicians", and no listener to this CD will deny the appropriateness of the appearance of the young French cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand amid that company. 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. Booklet documentation on these rather esoteric pieces is weak but all the works are worth getting to know, especially in performances such as these. --George Hall

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb recordings of some superb works 3 Sep 2005
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Emmanuelle Bertrand is amongst the best cellists of the younger generation. Indeed there is a letter in the sleeve notes from Dutilleux himself commending her qualities as an artist. Her range of tonal colours is immense, her tone ravishing and her articulation a delight.
This CD has won a massive amount of awards in France, and its easy to hear why. The Ligeti solo Sonata is a beautifully concise work, written in 1948 in his pre experimental/avante guard phase (his 'Hungarian' phase), with a soulful and songful first movement, and massively virtuosic and brilliant second movement. The George Crumb Sonata of 1955, another pillar of the solo cello repertoire also recieves a highly coloured and perfectly executed reading. The surprisingly tonal Henze Serenade and newly comissiones Bacri Suite are pleasent enough but are not up to the level of the other masterpieces on the disk.
The Dutilleux Trois Strophes have been recorded a few times, and this is the best version of them. As has been said, Dutilleux himself praises the recording, which should be reason enough to believe in their supremecy. These three short pieces are some of the greatest solo cello music written in the twentieth century.
None of the music is very difficult to listen too, in the way that Ligeti for instance, can be .I recommend this CD unreservedly.
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Why use so many words... this is music. Over a few years this recording has not wearied with me. Lovely playing, intelligent recognition of the composers' complexities, and best bonus - great listening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some superb performance of some superb works 3 Sep 2005
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Emmanuelle Bertrand is amongst the best cellists of the younger generation. Indeed there is a letter in the sleeve notes from Dutilleux himself commending her qualities as an artist. Her range of tonal colours is immense, her tone ravishing and her articulation a delight.

This CD has won a massive amount of awards in France, and its easy to hear why. The Ligeti solo Sonata is a beautifully concise work, written in 1948 in his pre experimental/avante guard phase (his 'Hungarian' phase), with a soulful and songful first movement, and massively virtuosic and brilliant second movement. The George Crumb Sonata of 1955, another pillar of the solo cello repertoire also recieves a highly coloured and perfectly executed reading. The surprisingly tonal Henze Serenade and newly comissiones Bacri Suite are pleasent enough but are not up to the level of the other masterpieces on the disk.

The Dutilleux Trois Strophes have been recorded a few times, and this is the best version of them. As has been said, Dutilleux himself praises the recording, which should be reason enough to believe in their supremecy. These three short pieces are some of the greatest solo cello music written in the twentieth century.

None of the music is very difficult to listen too, in the way that Ligeti for instance, can be .I recommend this CD unreservedly.
5.0 out of 5 stars Poor sound quality great music. 13 Jun 2013
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Beautiful and eloquent,the solo cello is so deep and rich.Poor sound quality though.It is still a winner,nothing enhances melancholy like cello.
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