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Wendy Warner Plays Popper & Piatigorsky

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listen  1. Suite for Cello and Piano in A Major, Op. 69: I. Allegro giojoso10:40Album Only
listen  2. Suite for Cello and Piano in A Major, Op. 69: II. Tempo di menuetto 6:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Suite for Cello and Piano in A Major, Op. 69: III. Ballade 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Suite for Cello and Piano in A Major, Op. 69: IV. Finale 5:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. 3 Pieces, Op. 11: No. 1. Widmung 6:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. 3 Pieces, Op. 11: No. 2. Humoreske 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. 3 Pieces, Op. 11: No. 3. Mazurka 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Im Walde, Op. 50 (version for cello and piano): I. Eintritt (Entrance) 6:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Im Walde, Op. 50 (version for cello and piano): II. Gnomentanz (Gnomes Dance) 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Im Walde, Op. 50 (version for cello and piano): III. Andacht (Devotion) 5:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Im Walde, Op. 50 (version for cello and piano): IV. Reigen (Round Dance) 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Im Walde, Op. 50 (version for cello and piano): V. Herbstblume (Autumn Flower) 2:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Im Walde, Op. 50 (version for cello and piano): VI. Heimkehr (Homecoming) 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Variations on a Theme of Paganini: Theme0:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Variation 1 (Pablo Casals) 1:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Variation 2 (Paul Hindemith)0:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Variation 3 (Raya Garbousova)0:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Variation 4 (Erica Morini)0:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Variation 5 (Felix Salmond) 1:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Variation 6 (Joseph Szigeti) 1:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Variation 7 (Yehudi Menuhin)0:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Variation 8 (Nathan Milstein)0:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Variation 9 (Fritz Kreisler) 1:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Variation 10 (self-portrait)0:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Variation 11 (Gaspar Cassado)0:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Variation 12 (Mischa Elman) 1:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Variation 13 (Ennio Bolognini) 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Variation 14 (Jascha Heifetz)0:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. Variations on a Theme of Paganini: Tempo di Marcia (Vladimir Horowitz) 1:37$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Wendy Warner, Eileen Buck
  • Composer: David Popper, Gregor Piatigorsky
  • Audio CD (August 25, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cedille Records
  • ASIN: B002ED6VO0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,358 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Wendy Warner's exceptionally generous 79-and-a-half-minute program might seem like a good deal at first glance. David Popper's romantic style is eminently pleasing, guaranteed to offend no one. His pieces combine imaginative ideas (nearly every number invites a descriptive title, which many of them indeed have--"Dance of the Gnomes," "Devotion," etc.) with idiomatic writing for the instrument, of which Popper was a leading exponent. Gregor Piatigorsky's work--15 variations on Paganini's famous theme--is meant to evoke some aspect of various friends and colleagues (Casals, Menuhin, Horowitz, etc.). It is the ultimate showpiece.

Warner demonstrates a keen musical intelligence, shaping phrases with care and exploiting a wide dynamic range. Everything is technically assured. But alas, the overbearing intensity she brings to virtually everything she plays results in tedium. How much unrelenting determination can one bear? The simplest phrases are teased mercilessly, while the big moments sound as if one cellist and one pianist are trying to sound like a whole orchestra. The listener comes away from the experience feeling that Warner is not so much performing the music as doing battle with it--a warrior out to slash and slay all musical foes in her path. Opportunities to exploit her instrument's unique singing quality are all but ignored.

Further mitigating the pleasure this disc might have offered is the wiry, almost steely tone of the instrument Warner uses for Popper's Im Walde and the Piatigorsky Variations, a Carl Becker made in 1963. The 1772 Gagliano used in the other works is infinitely more gratifying to the ear. The sound of the piano throughout is clanky, and positively clangorous at high volume levels.

Annotations by Andrea Lamoreaux, director of Chicago's classical music station WFMT, are exemplary. -- Robert Markow, Fanfare, Jan-Feb 2010

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr. J. J. Kregarman VINE VOICE on February 28, 2010
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I purchased this CD for the Popper which, s it turned out is well played and pleasing, but the real show stopper is the Piatigorsky which is fantastic. If you enjoy offbeat recitals you'll enjoy this.
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