Steven Isserlis - Children's Cello

Isserlis and Hough, children’s entertainers

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Luigi Boccherini, Amy Marcy (Cheney) Beach, Georg Eduard Goltermann, John Graves, Frank Bridge, Gavin Bryars, Felix Mendelssohn, Stephen Hough, Gabriel-Marie, Adam Carse, Francis Purcell Warren, W(illiam) H(enry) Squire, Alfred Earnshaw, Steven Isserlis, Gaspar Cassadó, Joachim Stutschewsky, Jean Sibelius, George Dyson, Joseph Tuby, Arnold Trowell, Ludwig Lebell, Francis Poulenc, Howard Blake, Sheila Nelson, David Popper, Gabriel Fauré, Olli Mustonen

Genre:

Chamber

Label: BIS

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

Stereo
DDD

Catalogue Number: BIS-CD1562

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
(6) String Quintets Stephen Hough
Steven Isserlis
Luigi Boccherini Composer
(3) Compositions Amy Marcy (Cheney) Beach Composer
Steven Isserlis
Stephen Hough
(La) Foi Georg Eduard Goltermann Composer
Steven Isserlis
Stephen Hough
Cathedral City Suite Stephen Hough
Steven Isserlis
John Graves Composer
Spring Song Frank Bridge Composer
Stephen Hough
Steven Isserlis
With Miriam by the River Gavin Bryars Composer
Steven Isserlis
Stephen Hough
Song without words Felix Mendelssohn Composer
Steven Isserlis
Stephen Hough
Angelic Song Steven Isserlis
Stephen Hough Composer
Stephen Hough
(La) Cinquantaine Steven Isserlis
Stephen Hough
Gabriel-Marie Composer
Merry Dance Adam Carse Composer
Stephen Hough
Steven Isserlis
(2) Pieces for Cello and Piano Steven Isserlis
Francis Purcell Warren Composer
Stephen Hough
Danse Rustique Stephen Hough
W(illiam) H(enry) Squire Composer
Steven Isserlis
Tarantella Steven Isserlis
Stephen Hough
Alfred Earnshaw Composer
(The) Haunted House Stephen Hough
Steven Isserlis
Simon Callow
Steven Isserlis Composer
Requiebros Steven Isserlis
Stephen Hough
Gaspar Cassadó Composer
(6) Israeli Melodies Stephen Hough
Steven Isserlis
Joachim Stutschewsky Composer
Tempo di valse, 'Lulu Waltz' Jean Sibelius Composer
Stephen Hough
Steven Isserlis
(6) Israeli Melodies Steven Isserlis
Joachim Stutschewsky Composer
Stephen Hough
(2) Short Pieces for Cello and Piano Stephen Hough
George Dyson Composer
Steven Isserlis
Serenade Steven Isserlis
Joseph Tuby Composer
Stephen Hough
(12) Easy Pieces Steven Isserlis
Arnold Trowell Composer
Stephen Hough
Berceuse Orientale Steven Isserlis
Stephen Hough
Ludwig Lebell Composer
Chansons gaillardes Steven Isserlis
Stephen Hough
Francis Poulenc Composer
Archangel's Lullaby Stephen Hough
Steven Isserlis
Howard Blake Composer
(2) Pieces for Cello and Piano Francis Purcell Warren Composer
Stephen Hough
Steven Isserlis
Angelic Dance Steven Isserlis
Stephen Hough
Stephen Hough Composer
Mad as a Hatter Stephen Hough
Sheila Nelson Composer
Steven Isserlis
Gavotte No. 2 Steven Isserlis
Stephen Hough
David Popper Composer
Berceuse Stephen Hough
Steven Isserlis
Gabriel Fauré Composer
Frogs Dancing on Water Lilies Steven Isserlis
Stephen Hough
Olli Mustonen Composer
Here’s another way to present a ‘My First Recital’ type of programme. Steven Isserlis and Stephen Hough open with a beginners’ open-string solo (Ludwig Lebell’s Berceuse orientale) and continue with increasingly challenging material that culminates in Gaspar Cassadó’s bravura Requiebros. But what really makes the recital special is its avoidance of the tried and true. Yes, there’s an arrangement of Boccherini’s Minuet (made famous in the Ealing film The Ladykillers) and another of Fauré’s Berceuse, but there’s also Francis Purcell Warren’s magical A Sunday Evening in Autumn, with its gently pealing piano part, and the tender elegance of George Dyson’s Melody (an English counterpart to Rachmaninov’s Vocalise).

The contemporary selections are especially satisfying. Gavin Bryars’s With Miriam by the River pays homage to the composer’s cello-playing mother in music of quiet, lyrical intensity. Howard Blake’s Archangel’s Lullaby, written to celebrate the birth of Isserlis’s son Gabriel, has a Fauré-like sensibility that must please the cellist (an admitted Fauré fanatic) no end. Olli Mustonen’s Frogs Dancing on Water-Lilies also bows towards France: it begins with the opening chords (transposed) of Debussy’s Violin Sonata before hopping away with surprising amphibian grace.

Hough’s Angelic Song (yet another gift to Gabriel Isserlis) is a ravishingly simple meditation. Isserlis père’s own The Haunted House may not merit repeated hearings but its silliness is sure to provide a chuckle or two, aided by Simon Callow’s sly narration, and the cello’s role as sound-effects machine could motivate many youngsters to pick up instrument. Delightful.

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