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BOLCOM: Works for Cello (Complete)

Composer(s)Bolcom, William
Artist(s) Fischer, Norman, cello • Kierman Fischer, Jeanne, piano • Moore, Andrea, timpani
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.559348
Label / Series Naxos / American Classics
Quality   320kbps
  Booklet / liner notes available
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William Bolcom’s compositions, widely performed and recorded, include seven symphonies, various concertos, six operas and an extensive catalogue of chamber music. This recording of his complete works for cello begins with Capriccio, written in a sonata-like form that combines aspects of Milhaud and Brahms. Bolcom’s Suite No. 1 expands on stage music written for Arthur Miller’s tragic Broken Glass, and reflects the play’s somber mood. The one-movement Décalage is strongly influenced by the music of Pierre Boulez, and the bleak and barren universe of Dark Music recalls certain plays of Samuel Beckett. In contrast to these last two works, Bolcom’s Cello Sonata returns to a traditional form and world of


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Work/Track Title Time
BOLCOM: Works for Cello (Complete) 1:07:22   
      I. Allegro con spirito - Very rhythmic 2:18       
      II. Molto adagio espressivo 3:36       
      III. Like a barcarolle - Tempo giusto 3:24       
      IV. Gingando (Brazilian Tango Tempo), "Tombeau d'Ernesto Nazareth" 5:45       
  Cello Suite No. 1 in C minor          
      I. Prelude 2:07       
      II. Arioso 1 2:48       
      III. Badinerie 1:49       
      IV. Arioso 2 3:30       
      V. Alla sarabanda 6:30       
  Decalage 7:44       
  Dark Music 9:22       
  Cello Sonata          
      I. Allegro inquieto - Non troppo presto 7:25       
      II. Adagio semplice 7:58       
      III. Allegro assai - Steady tempo, but uneasy 3:06       
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