VICTOR HERBERT (1859-1924): Cello and Piano: Légende, Pensée Amoreuse, Berceuse, Petite Valse, Liebes-Scene, Canzonetta, The Little Red Lark, Romance, 2 unpublished untitled items, Piano Solo: Under the Elms, Indian Summer, Scherzo, Estellita (Valse Pathétique), Devotion (A Love Sonnet), 6 Pieces, The American Rose, Fleurette, Al Fresco (Intermezzo), Ocean Breezes, Pan-Americana (Morceau Characteristique).
Catalogue Number: 01N043
Label: New World
Description: Over 87 minutes of "parlor" pieces reflecting the genteel sensibilities of the growing middle-class public which demanded fodder for their home pianos (and other instruments if they had players of them). The cello pieces have some very attractive and memorable melodies (one Irish folk song and two transcriptions from Herbert's Serenade for Strings among them) while, among the piano pieces, Pan-Americana (1901) stands out for its nods to the prevailing rag-time craze. 2 CDs for the price of 1. Jerry Grossman (cello), William Hicks (piano).