BERTHOLD HUMMEL (1925-2002): Fantasia I in G, Op. 77d, Fantasia II "in memoriam Pablo Casals", Op. 97a, HERMANN REGNER (1928-2008): 4 Abendlieder, WILHELM KILLMAYER (b.1927): Bayerischer Ländler, Kimbrishces Lied mit Tanz, MIKIS THEODORAKIS (b.1925): East of the Aegean, KRZYSZTOF MEYER (b.1943): Sonata No. 2, Op. 109.

Catalogue Number: 10M071

Label: Challenge Classics

Reference: CC72376

Format: CD

Price: $15.98

Description: These pieces were written specifically for Berger. The Meyer is a lyrical four-movement structure, beginning and ending with an emphasis on the cello's quasi-vocal expressive capabilities, with a vigorous scherzo and graceful intermezzo, with beautiful coloristic effects. Hummel's two Fantasias are more explicitly tonal, especially the first; the second, in memory of Casals, covers an astonishingly wide range of rhythmic and textural variety. Regner's 'Evening Songs' have a wistful, autumnal mood; written at the end of the compose's life, they have a movingly reflective, retrospective quality, with the third seeming to recall the lost energy and passion of youth from the perspective of old age. The Killmayer pieces reinterpret traditional, folk forms in a sophisticated and idiomatic instrumental style, while remaining tonal and true to the peasant song and dance origins of the adapted genres. Theodorakis' work is a melancholy stream of melody, an aria for cello; uncomplicatedly expressive but not simple, nor predictable. Julius Berger (cello).

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