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Ultimate Cello Classics [Box Set] ()

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composed by Antonin DvorŠk, Camille Saint-SaŽns, Charles Gounod, Darius Milhaud, Edward Elgar, Enrico Mainardi, Enrique Granados, Franz Schmidt, Fritz Kreisler, Gabriel Faurť, Henryk Wieniawski, Johann Sebastian Bach, Manuel de Falla, NiccolÚ Paganini, Scott Joplin

For the price, Decca's five-disc collection entitled Ultimate Cello Classics does a fairly nice job of introducing listeners to some of the instrument's great literature. It includes the concertos of DvorŠk, Saint-SaŽns, Elgar, and Tchaikovsky (Rococo Variations), as well as the complete Bach solo suites. There are definite holes in the programming, however. With the exception of the aforementioned works, the remainder of the album is devoted almost exclusively to short transcriptions -- works not even written for the cello ...

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  1. Cello Concerto in B minor, B. 191 (Op. 104)
  2. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements
  3. Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni)
  4. Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Tršumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
  5. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Chorale "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"
  6. Variations on a Rococo Theme, for cello & orchestra (or cello & piano) in A major, Op. 33
  7. The Flight of the Bumble Bee, musical picture for orchestra (from The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
  8. Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33
  9. …lťgie for cello & piano or orchestra in C minor, Op. 24
  10. Meditation on Prelude No. 1 of Bach, for violin or cello & piano with organ or cello ad lib. (or other instrumental arrangement), CG8
  11. Allegro appassionato, for cello & piano (or orchestra) in B minor, Op. 43
  12. Romance, for bassoon & orchestra (also arr. for cello & piano), Op. 62
  13. Pieces (3) for violin & piano, Op. 4: 1. Une Idylle (version for cello and organ)
  14. Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
  15. Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
  16. Suite for solo cello No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010
  17. Suite for solo cello No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012
  18. Suite for solo cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
  19. Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
  20. Suite for solo cello No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
  21. Scherzo-tarantelle, for violin & piano in G minor, Op. 16
  22. Valse sentimentale, for piano (or violin & piano) in F minor, Op. 51/6
  23. Sumarť, arranged for cello & piano (by Maurice Gendron from Saudades No. 6), Op. 67/6arr
  24. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements
  25. Papillon, for cello & piano, Op. 77
  26. AprŤs un rÍve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1
  27. Ritual Fire Dance, for orchestra (from "El Amor brujo")
  28. Spanish Dances (12), in 4 volumes for piano, Op. 37, H. 142, DLR 1:2: Andaluza
  29. SchŲn Rosmarin, for violin & piano
  30. Liebesleid (Love's Sorrow), for violin & piano
  31. Cantabile, for violin & piano (or guitar) in D major, Op. 17, MS 109
  32. Introduction and Variations on "Dal tuo stellato soglio" from Rossini's "MosŤ", for violin & orchestra, MS 23
  33. Canti giapponesi (2), for cello & orchestra
  34. Fantasiestucke (3) for cello & piano, after Hungarian national melodies: No. 1
  35. Music for Children, easy pieces (12) for piano, Op. 65: 10. March
  36. Waltz for cello & piano in A major, Op. 48
  37. Original Rags, for piano (collaboration with Charles Daniels)
  38. Elite Syncopations, for piano
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