Emanuel Feuermann - Milestones of a Cello Legend (10CD)

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Emanuel Feuermann

Emanuel Feuermann (2nd Nov. 1902 - 25th May 1942) was the most important cellist of his time - perhaps even of the entire 20th century. His sudden death at age 39, presumably as a result of medical malpractice, shocked the entire music world. Toscanini and Ormandy, Serkin, Schnabel, Elman and Hubermann carried his coffin. The high esteem for Feuermann is still unanimous: "A talent of the century" (Jascha Heifetz), "The greatest cellist of all time" (Arthur Rubinstein). For the first time in this 10-CD set, the recordings reach from the beginnings in Berlin to the last test pressing (V. Herbert). Neither tape nor vinyl LPs existed yet, only the fragile shellac record with a playing time of three to seven minutes per side. Entire concerts had to be spread over several discs, nothing could be changed or repaired. That is why this set only presents live originals. Feuermann was a prodigy, debuted in Vienna at the age of 11 (Brahms' double concerto), received a teaching position at the Cologne Conservatory at the age of 16, and ten years later a professorship at the Hochschule in Berlin. As a Jew, he was laid off by the Nazis in 1933, performing in Europe, in Japan (1934 and 36) and in the United States, where he finally settled in 1938.

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Brahms: Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102

Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8

Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Strauss, R: Don Quixote, Op. 35

Bloch, E: Schelomo

Bruch: Kol Nidrei, Op. 47

Bach, J S: Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV1009: Sarabande

Bach, J S: Cello Suite No. 3 in C major BWV1009: Bourrees I & II

Schubert: Sonata in A minor 'Arpeggione', D821

Schubert: Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major, D898

Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69

Beethoven: Serenade for string trio in D major, Op. 8

Beethoven: Variations (7) on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", for Cello and Piano, WoO 46

Beethoven: Piano Trio No. 7 in B flat Major, Op. 97 'Archduke'

Handel: Adagio & Allegro for violin, strings & continuo in A major, HWV406

Weber: Andantino

Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, Hob. VIIb:2 (Op. 101)

Sgambati: Serenata napoletana, Op. 24 No. 2

Fauré: Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1

Chopin: Introduction and Polonaise Brillante in C, Op. 3

Herbert, V: Cello Concerto No. 2 in E minor, Op. 30: II Andante tranquillo

Tchaikovsky: Valse sentimentale, Op. 51 No. 6

Mendelssohn: Song without Words, Op. 62 No. 6 in A major 'Spring Song'

Godard, B: Berceuse from Jocelyn

Schumann: Zigeunerleben, Op. 29 No. 3

Schubert: Ständchen 'Leise flehen meine Lieder', D957 No. 4

Wrighton: Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still

Saint-Saëns: Le carnaval des animaux: Le Cygne

Valentini, Giuseppe: Gavotte

Rubinstein, A: Melody in F major, Op. 3 No. 1

Chopin: Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

Bloch, E: From Jewish Life: No. 1, Prayer

Taki: Kojo no tsuki (The Moon on the Ruined Castle)

Yamada, Kosaku: Karatachi no hana

Yamada, Kosaku: Nabora

Yamada, Kosaku: Ojoro Takashima

Sarasate: Danza Española No. 6: Zapateado, Op. 23, No. 

Albéniz: Tango (No. 2 from Espana, Op. 165)

Davidov: Am Springbrunnen, Op. 20 No. 2

Strauss, R: Don Quixote, Op. 35