|Sonata For Cello And Piano, L.144
Composed By – Claude Debussy
|1||I. Prologue. Lent, Sostenuto E Molto Risoluto||4:07|
|2||II. Serenade. Modérément Animé||2:59|
|3||III. Finale. Animé, Léger Et Nerveux||3:27|
|Sonata For Cello And Piano, H.125 (1913-17)
Composed By – Frank Bridge
|4||I. Allegro Ben Moderato||10:35|
|5||II. Adagio Non Troppo - Molto Allegro Agitato - Tempo I||12:26|
|Sonata No. 1 In D Minor For Cello And Piano, Op. 109
Composed By – Gabriel Fauré
|8||III. Final. Allegro Comodo||5:58|
|Drei Kleine Stücke, Op. 11
Composed By – Anton Webern
|9||I. Mäßige Achtel||1:01|
|10||II. Sehr Bewegt||0:19|
|11||III. Äußerst Ruhig||1:29|
|12||The Swan From "The Carnival Of The Animals"
Composed By – Camille Saint-Saëns
Composed By – Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
|14||Keep The Home-Fires Burning
Composed By – Ivor Novello
|15||God Save The King
Composed By – Traditional
|BIS-2312||Steven Isserlis, Connie Shih||Steven Isserlis, Connie Shih - The Cello In Wartime (15xFile, FLAC)||BIS||BIS-2312||2017|
Cello – Steven Isserlis (tracks: 12 to 15). Cello, Liner Notes – Steven Isserlis (tracks: 1 to 11.
Enter Steven Isserlis, who was introduced to the ‘Trench Cello’ and subsequently took it with him on a series of performances in 2014.
The Cello in Wartime sees Steven Isserlis (cello) and Connie Shih (piano) commemorate centenaries related to the First World War with a collection of solo and accompanied works by art music composers from France, Britain, and Australia alongside popular songs. The first half of the programme presents moving pieces by Debussy, Fauré, Webern, Saint-Saëns, and Frank Bridge, while the second presents arrangements of pieces heard in the trenches of Ypres with Isserlis performing on a so-called ‘trench cello’, a make shift instrument made from found objects. 96 kHz, 24-bit PCM – BIS Studio Masters.
The Cello in Wartime Steven Isserlis. Listen on Apple Music. Cello Sonata in D Minor, L. 135. By Claude Debussy.
The cello on the album's front cover is not the Triggs item, but a different homemade cello of the period. The other works, played on Isserlis' usual instrument, are only tangentially connected to the War, but the cello's melancholic voice seems somehow evocative, and the defiantly French style of the Debussy Cello Sonata fits the mood. It's also worth being reminded that the careers of Fauré and Webern overlapped. Taken in totality, the album conveys the sweep of music at the time of World War I, and that's no small accomplishment.
The Cello in Wartime. Steven Isserlis Cello. CD: 1 Tracks: 15 Length: 1:03:34. Connie Shih Piano, Steven Isserlis Cello. 4. llegro ben moderato. 5. dagio ma non troppo.
With the delicate support of Connie Shih on the piano (and in fact even pianos could be found in the trenches, even if not concert grands!), Isserlis and his trench cello transport us, for a brief moment, to a trench near Ypres during a quiet spell between skirmishes, with soldiers resting, writing home, playing cards and with the help of the. music dreaming of a life elsewhere.
Steven Isselis gives the trench cello a fresh lease of life for The Cello in Wartime. ★★★☆ The cello isn’t an obvious musical instrument to take into a war zone - there’s a reason why it doesn’t figure in marching bands - but when Harold Triggs joined the Royal Sussex Regiment to serve in the First World War he didn’t see why he couldn’t bring his hobby along with him. So he took a holiday cello, essentially a kind of flatpack model that could be stored in a wooden box and assembled within a few minutes, the neck, bridge and fingerboard all attached in a jiffy
By Steven Isserlis, Connie Shih. 1. 135: I. Prologue - Claude Debussy, 4:120:30. 2. 135: II. Serenade - Claude Debussy, 2:580:30. 3. 135: III. Finale - Claude Debussy, 3:310:30. Cello Sonatas by Fauré, Debussy and bridge; plus works by Webern, Saint-Saëns, Parry, Novello and trad. Steven Isserlis (cello), Connie Shih (piano). BIS BIS-2312 65:38 mins. Article Type: Monthly Choice.