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Listen  1. Britten: Suite for cello No.1, Op.72 - Canto primo (sostenuto e largamente) 2:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Britten: Suite for cello No.1, Op.72 - 1. Fuga: Andante moderato 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Britten: Suite for cello No.1, Op.72 - 2. Lamento: Lento rubato 2:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Britten: Suite for cello No.1, Op.72 - Canto secondo (Sostenuto)0:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Britten: Suite for cello No.1, Op.72 - 3.Serenata: Allegretto (pizzicato) 2:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Britten: Suite for cello No.1, Op.72 - 4. Marcia: Alla marcia moderato 3:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Britten: Suite for cello No.1, Op.72 - Canto terzo (Sostenuto) 1:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Britten: Suite for cello No.1, Op.72 - 5. Bordone: Moderato quasi recitativo 2:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Britten: Suite for cello No.1, Op.72 - 6. Moto perpetuo e canto quarto: Presto 3:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Crumb: Sonata (1955) - 1. Fantasia: Andante espressivo e con molto rubato 3:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Crumb: Sonata (1955) - 2. Tema pastorale con variazioni - Tema: Grazioso e delicato - Var. I: Un poco più animato - Var. II: Allegro possibile e sempre pizzicato - Var. III: Poco adagio e molto espres 4:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Crumb: Sonata (1955) - 3. Toccata: Largo e drammatico - Allegro vivace 2:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Webern: Three Little Pieces for Cello and Piano, op.11 (1914) - 1. Mässige Achtel 1:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Webern: Three Little Pieces for Cello and Piano, op.11 (1914) - 2. Sehr bewegt0:24£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Webern: Three Little Pieces for Cello and Piano, op.11 (1914) - 3. Äusserst ruhig 1:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Dutilleux: 3 Strophes sur le nom de Sacher pour violoncelle solo - 1. Un poco indeciso 3:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Dutilleux: 3 Strophes sur le nom de Sacher pour violoncelle solo - 2. Andante sostenuto 2:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Dutilleux: 3 Strophes sur le nom de Sacher pour violoncelle solo - 3. Vivace 2:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor - 1. Prologue (lent) 4:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor - 2. Sérénade (Modérément animé) 3:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor - 3. Finale (Animé) 3:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Britten: Tema "Sacher" for Cello Solo Lento maestoso - Largament 1:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Britten: Sonata in C for Cello and Piano Op.65 - 1. Dialogo 7:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Britten: Sonata in C for Cello and Piano Op.65 - 2. Scherzo - pizzicato 2:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Britten: Sonata in C for Cello and Piano Op.65 - 3. Elegia 6:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Britten: Sonata in C for Cello and Piano Op.65 - 4. Marcia 2:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Britten: Sonata in C for Cello and Piano Op.65 - 5. Moto perpetuo 2:31£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Reger: Suite in G, Op.131c, No.1 (1915) - 1. Präludium: Vivace 3:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Reger: Suite in G, Op.131c, No.1 (1915) - 2. Adagio 5:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Reger: Suite in G, Op.131c, No.1 (1915) - 3. Fuge: Allegro 3:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Hindemith: Sonata for Solo Cello op.25, no.3 - 1. Lebhaft, sehr markiert 1:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Hindemith: Sonata for Solo Cello op.25, no.3 - 2. Mässig schnell, gemächlich 1:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Hindemith: Sonata for Solo Cello op.25, no.3 - 3. Langsam 3:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Hindemith: Sonata for Solo Cello op.25, no.3 - 4. Lebhafte Viertel0:44£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Hindemith: Sonata for Solo Cello op.25, no.3 - 5. Mässig schnell 1:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Davidovksy: Synchronisms No.3 for Cello and Electronic Sound 4:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Britten: Suite for cello No.2, Op.80 - Declamato: Largo 4:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Britten: Suite for cello No.2, Op.80 - Fuga: Andante 5:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Britten: Suite for cello No.2, Op.80 - Scherzo: Allegro molto 2:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Britten: Suite for cello No.2, Op.80 - Andante lento 5:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Britten: Suite for cello No.2, Op.80 - Ciaconna: Allegro 6:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Sessions: Six Pieces for Violincello (1966) - 1. Prelude. Allegro energico 1:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Sessions: Six Pieces for Violincello (1966) - 2. Dialogue: Andante 1:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Sessions: Six Pieces for Violincello (1966) - 3. Scherzo: Allegro 1:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Sessions: Six Pieces for Violincello (1966) - 4. Berceuse: Lento e dolce 2:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Sessions: Six Pieces for Violincello (1966) - 5. Fantasy: Con fantasia 1:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Sessions: Six Pieces for Violincello (1966) - 6. Epilogue: Adagio molto 2:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Harbison: Suite for Solo Cello (1994) - Preludio: Andante, rubato 2:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Harbison: Suite for Solo Cello (1994) - 2. Fuga -Burletta 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Harbison: Suite for Solo Cello (1994) - 3. Sarabanda 2:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Harbison: Suite for Solo Cello (1994) - 4. Giga 1:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Perle: Hebrew Melodies for Unaccompanied Cello (1945) - 1. Psalm 93 2:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Perle: Hebrew Melodies for Unaccompanied Cello (1945) - 2. Cantillation 3:24£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Kodaly: Sonata for Solo Cello, Op.8 - 1. Allegro maestoso ma appassionato 9:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Kodaly: Sonata for Solo Cello, Op.8 - 2. Adagio (Con gran espressione)12:02£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Kodaly: Sonata for Solo Cello, Op.8 - 3. Allegro molto vivace11:38£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Britten: Third Suite for Cello, Op.87 - 1. Introduzione: Lento 2:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Britten: Third Suite for Cello, Op.87 - 2. Marcia: Allegro 1:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Britten: Third Suite for Cello, Op.87 - 3. Canto: Con moto 1:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Britten: Third Suite for Cello, Op.87 - 4. Barcarola: Lento 1:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Britten: Third Suite for Cello, Op.87 - 5. Dialogo: Allegretto 1:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Britten: Third Suite for Cello, Op.87 - 6. Fuga: Andante espressivo 2:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Britten: Third Suite for Cello, Op.87 - 7. Recitativo: Fantastico 1:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Britten: Third Suite for Cello, Op.87 - 8. Moto perpetuo: Presto0:55£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Britten: Third Suite for Cello, Op.87 - 9. Passacaglia: Lento solenne 5:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Britten: Third Suite for Cello, Op.87 - (X.) Mournful song (Under the little apple tree) 4:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Berio: Les mots sont allés ... "Recitativo" pour cello seul (1979) - Intime, comme en parlant 3:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Henze: Capriccio per violoncello solo (1981) - (Introduktion) - Vivace 9:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Ligeti: Sonata for Solo Cello - 1. Dialogo: Adagio, rubato, cantabile 4:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Ligeti: Sonata for Solo Cello - 2. Capriccio: Presto con slancio 3:45£0.79  Buy MP3 

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Great playing, great listening 11 Aug. 2005
By Xyp - Published on Amazon.com
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This set has wonderful qualities on quite a few levels.

What you have here are clear modern renditions of pieces by some of the best known composing names of the last century, recorded in modern sound by one of my personal favorite cellists around today. Haimovitz always brings a very clearheaded yet informed approach to his readings (Not to mention daring- I highly recommend his readings of the Bach Solo Cello Suites) but I think what impresses me most of all here is his musicality and sense of structure. A few of these works could quite easily be reduced to meaningless gibberish by a lesser musician, but Haimovitz sails through them with assurance and style. He seems to have very clear ideas about the way things should sound... but moreover, he sounds like he's having fun, and it comes across.

I would highly recommend this set even at regular price, but for 3 CDs at midprice, it can't be beat.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Unbelievable bargain, hard-to-find works 16 Sept. 2009
By Bartolo - Published on Amazon.com
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The reviewer who gave this 3-disc set only 3 stars may be correct that, if you hunt around and spend $40-50, you might collect better performances of some of these works, but you certainly couldn't find all without an outlay of quite a bit more, necessarily for o/p items and rarities. I myself already own two versions of the Britten suites, a couple of definitive Kodaly sonatas, the Sessions, three Hindemiths and a so-so Britten sonata version. (Haimowitz is first-rate on this last)

But the price of this set is so good ($6 per CD!) that it was well worth duplications to have the others. By my lights the Debussy, Dutilleux, Reger, Davidovsky, Ligeti, Webern, Crumb, Harbison, Britten "Sacher," Henze and Perle are performed wonderfully, not only with virtuosity but passion when required.

The sound transcription is first-rate too: Deutsche Grammofon DDD engineering.

In short: one of the best finds I've made all year!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful and a JOY 15 May 2013
By Christopher M. Combs - Published on Amazon.com
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I have played cello for just over 25 years, while I am no longer able to compete, my ears are rather good and I was absolutely delighted to listen to these pieces.

I was actually late to work JUST listening. I dug out the nice headphones, went to quiet room, and JUST listened. First thing, the left hand of this cellist should be bronzed. Its perfect and its well taught, you can hear the fingers on the board which I like, others dont, fine by me. This means he at least knows the pieces to the degree of having physical memory. Which, given the physicality of the pieces and the instrument is critical. Right hand, GREAT, NOT as good as the left, but still phenomenal. An "average player" does not make that happen. This is a dedicated cellist who deserves respect.

As to the "reviews" stating that this is an average player, well thats false. These are freak difficult finger busters being handled with an artistry that makes me want to listen again. I am also surprised that the verbage of the other reviews does NOT even mention this....Thats a gap. ANY cellist worth their salt is going to have a jaw dropper on this alone. His usage of vibrato is perfect, pizz is again, NICE, I would enjoyed a bit more agression on the Crumb Sonata, BUT, thats more individual. IF the others who have reviewed this have even played a cello, I would be STUNNED to hear of any lack of passion in this playing.

As to the overall? This is a 5 star, and the price makes it a steal. The pieces here are also not so commonly released or recorded to the frequency of getting a bargain basement recording, ergo, I would not hesitate to buy it. This is a joy to listen to and a phenomenal artist has made it a treat.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Virtuoso 2 Dec. 2009
By Chas - Published on Amazon.com
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The cellist's mastery seems to know no bounds. This is a superb collection of cello music extraordinarily executed by an exceptional virtuoso.
17 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Average playing, music of different quality 1 Aug. 2008
By Anton Zimmerling - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I purchased this set because I love cello and am interested in music of the 20th- century. I have also read good comments about the artist, Matt Haimovitz, a pupil of Leonard Rose.
I was very disappointed - not by the music selection, but by the performance. I have another Haimovitz's CD called 'Goulash' Matt Haimovitz: Goulash- despite this kitschy name, it is a good CD which proves that Matt Haimovitz is a nice young man who enjoys playing Bartok and folk-style arrangements. But here, in the 'The 20th-Century Cello', he got a strange idea that being modern means to play with little/no vibrato and an unpleasant scratchy sound. If this is true, I am against modern cello...
Turning to the programme: it is a mixed bag which contains both great and second-rate music. Kodaly's sonata for solo cello, op. 8, is a masterpiece, but I would not have said that if I knew only Haimovitz's version. Go to Pierre Fournier's great live performance (available on the Praga label Pr 50065 Kodály: Musique de chambre), Janos Starker or other less 'modern' and more exciting cellists. Max Reger's classicist suite Op.131C is a very vivid and bright thing (try Emanuel Feuermann on Opus Kura, if you are not afraid of vintage sound Beethoven: Kreutzer Sonata; Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata), but Haimovitz managed to make it dry and unappealing. If you are a fan of Britten's chamber music, buy his three cello suites with Truls Mork (Truls Mørk ~ Britten - Cello Suites 1-3); the first two ones, along with Britten's cello sonata, are available with Rostropovich/Britten on Decca. This performance adds nothing. Debussy's sonata is available in many good recordings, as well as Webern's Op. 11. As for the music commissioned by Rostropovich for Paul Sacher's jubilee (Britten, Berio, Dutilleux, Henze), it is earnest and admirable but difficult to love: I guess it is more interesting to play it than listen to. Finally, Ligety's cello sonata is an early piece, where the composer has not yet found his unique style. The rest of the programme are less known compositions by Sessions, Harbison, Davidovsky and Perle. From these, I enjoyed John Harbison's cello suite - an energetic concise piece which is less pretencious than many other items in Matt Haimovitz's selection.
Buy this CD, if you collect rarities or have a special purpose. Otherwise, try its alternatives.
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