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SERVAIS, A.F. / GHYS, J. / LEONARD, H. / VIEUXTEMPS, H.: Grand Duos (Eichhorn, Hulshoff)

Artist(s) Hulshoff, Alexander, cello • Eichhorn, Friedemann, violin
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.572188
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Adrien François Servais, dubbed the ‘Paganini of the cello’, collaborated with three of the greatest violin virtuosi of his time, the Belgians Joseph Ghys, Henry Vieuxtemps and Hubert Léonard, to create the six duets for violin and cello heard on this disc. Whether based on the British national anthem or Yankee Doodle, on music by Beethoven or Meyerbeer, or on original themes, these duets abound in virtuosic demands including double stops, harmonics, simultaneous cadenzas and astonishing passage work, generating almost orchestral textures which embody the Romantic love of display and heightened emotionalism.


Review By Petre Riederer-Sitte,Rheinische Post,June 2010

8.572188_Rheinische Post_062010_gr.pdf

Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,February 2010

Servais (1807-1866) was a celebrated 'cellist-composer whose virtuoso playing earned him the sobriquet as 'the Paganini of the Cello'. I first became familiar with his music while recording 'cellist Joel Krosnick in what were called Grand Fantasies on themes from Rossini operas. This kind of music was all the rage during the 19th century, and the Servais Society in Belgium sees to it that it continues to this day. For the works on this CD, Servais collaborated with some of the hottest fiddlers of the day, best known among them being Henri Vieuxtemps. The music calls for all manner of acrobatics, a tall order that the artists on this CD perform with admirable panache.

Review By ,ouverture - Das Klassik-Blog,January 2010

Adrien Francois Servais (1807–1866) galt als “Paganini des Violoncellos”—und diese CD zeigt, warum. Denn wer diese Stücke hört, der kann kaum glauben, dass diese Klanglawinen von nur zwei Soloinstrumenten hervorgebracht werden—und nicht mindestens von einem Streichquartett, oder sogar von einem kleinen Orchester.



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