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Lieux Retrouves (Music For Cello and Piano) (Steven Isserlis/ Thomas Adès) (Hyperion: CDA67948)

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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Thomas Adès, Liszt, Janácek, Fauré, Kurtág
  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B008R3JMD8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Romance oubliée S132 {FRANZ LISZT} [3'42]
  2. Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth S382 {FRANZ LISZT} [5'35]
  3. Die Trauergondel La lugubre gondola S134 {FRANZ LISZT} [8'01]
  4. Pohádka A Tale Con moto {LEO JANÁCVEK} [4'55]
  5. Pohádka A Tale Con moto {LEO JANÁCVEK} [4'03]
  6. Pohádka A Tale Allegro {LEO JANÁCVEK} [2'46]
  7. Cello Sonata No 2 in G minor Op 117 Allegro {GABRIEL FAURÉ} [6'25]
  8. Cello Sonata No 2 in G minor Op 117 Andante {GABRIEL FAURÉ} [7'28]
  9. Cello Sonata No 2 in G minor Op 117 Allegro vivo {GABRIEL FAURÉ} [4'49]
  10. For Steven - Im Memoriam Pauline Mara solo cello {GYÖRGY KURTÁG} [3'15] - Steven Isserlis
  11. Pilinszky János - Gérard de Nerval solo cello {GYÖRGY KURTÁG} [1'35] - Steven Isserlis
  12. Schatten solo cello {GYÖRGY KURTÁG} [0'59] - Steven Isserlis
  13. György Kroó in memoriam</> solo cello {GYÖRGY KURTÁG} [5'05] - Steven Isserlis
  14. Lieux retrouvés Les eaux {THOMAS ADÈS} [4'34]
  15. Lieux retrouvés La montagne {THOMAS ADÈS} [4'28]
  16. Lieux retrouvés Les champs {THOMAS ADÈS} [4'18]
  17. Lieux retrouvés La ville - Cancan macabre {THOMAS ADÈS} [3'59]

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Product Description

A cello recital with a difference from two maverick geniuses, displaying the fecundity of their collaboration. The world famous cellist Steven Isserlis, one of the best-loved instrumentalists of today, joins forces with composer and pianist Thomas Adès, described by the New York Times as one of the most imposing figures in contemporary music.

This recording opens with three of Liszts arrangements for cello and pianothe dark plangency of Isserliss tone emphasizing their elegiac power. Janáceks Pohádka (A Tale) is based on a story with many magical elements, and it is this particular quality which Isserlis and Adès bring out in their aerial performance. The passionate ecstasy of Faurés Cello Sonata No 2 is deeply felt, and the elemental mysterious sadness of Kurtágs miniatures leads the listener into the 21st century and to the title track of this disc which Adès wrote for Isserlis himself. Lieux retrouvés is a characteristically thrilling tour de force, displaying influences from all the composers previously featured and many more. The writing for the cello reaches uncharted levels of difficulty. Isserlis in his thoughtful booklet notes describes it in pictorial terms of rivers and mountainsheres Anthony Tommasini, again in the New York Times:

"The rippling figures for piano and cello spin out in crazed, cyclic riffs; the crystalline piano harmonies sound as if the wind were rustling the chimes in the pagoda; the feisty, industrialized propulsive bursts in the finale."

Review

"The recording throughout gives the players all the space and atmosphere they need to characterise the varied moods and textures of an unusually rewarding programme." RECORDING OF THE MONTH

--Gramophone, Awards issue '12

Memorable and wonderfully performed from start to finish Performance ***** Recording **** BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE CHAMBER CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine, Dec'12

brilliantly played by Isserlis and Ades. Unreservedly recommended. --IRR, Nov'12

Isserlis plays with almost tangible intensity and soul, while Adès finds charm and natural expression at every turn a true musical dialogue. **** --Financial Times,03/11/12

One of the Top 10 Modern Classical CDs of 2012 --Sunday Times

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Steven Isserlis and Thomas Adès's new disc for Hyperion Records is a haunting affair. Spanning Liszt, Janáček, Fauré, Kurtág and Adès's own Lieux retrouvés, a 2009 work written for Isserlis, these dreamy but often threatening tales provide an otherworldly listening experience.

The music itself would be vivid enough, yet when communicated by a tone as honeyed as Isserlis's and with Adès being ever-pliant at the piano, this is a disc in which to lose yourself.

I don't know why it is that the cello of all instruments makes one dream of Elsewhere when one hears it. Perhaps because the colours are so rich and wide-ranging, one can dream and find oneself in a different place.

Given the extraordinary transports communicated in these works - Liszt to a deathly Venice, Janáček into a Slavic Never Never Land, Fauré's own lyrical melancholy, Kurtág into a work of shadows and tributes and Adès's ideated waters, mountains, fields and towns of post-Rimbaud world - Isserlis and Adès take a brave but decisive move not to cloud those views. Theirs is a simple but dazzingly study in non-invasive musicianship, albeit with luscious tone and tender reflection in plentiful supply.

Within the Venetian setting of the Liszt works and the long-spun melodic lines that Isserlis so defly weaves, Kurtág and Adès's music provides a more mordant note (and a goodly dose of virtuosity in the latter). Yet, even here, a nostalgic air of honey-drowning remains. This is not so much a recording as an imaginative springboard in the unknown
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I do not always like Isserlis' playing – too much self-consciously intense, fast vibrato distracts from the music – but this recording is quite different. The melodic, singing lines are very moving, and absolutely stunningly controlled, nuanced and flowing, even to a whisper of a pianissimo (the hardest thing on a cello). The music is very 'accessible' (sorry about the word, but it is...), but with depth and real substance. This is the first piece of Ades' that I have liked too and the cello writing really is just that. Well worth the struggle Isserlis says he had in learning it! Ensemble and piano playing are lovely too. Super disc and a lovely Christmas present.
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Some fantastic music and superb performances. 20th Century works - apart from the Liszt - unusual 'programming' as we work through Fauré and Janacek to Kurtag and Ades, but it works and Steven Isserlis makes sure it does. Thomas Ades is the pianist and they both play together wonderfully.
Simply delightful.
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Profound cellist, composer pianist, and many pieces which are not on the beaten path of cello/piano literature. The playing is fabulous. Even the thinner pieces are well spoken and nuanced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great combination of performers 26 April 2013
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Divine! This music will remind you why you love music. Essential purchase for your collection, if you enjoy masterful performances.
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