CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918): Suite for Cello and Orchestra (arr. Sally Beamish [b.1956]), MAURICE RAVEL (1875-1937): 2 mélodies hébraïques (arr. Richard Tognetti [b.1965]), ERNEST BLOCH (1880-1959): From Jewish Life (arr. Christopher Palmer [1946-1995]), SERGEI PROKOFIEV (1891-1953): Concertino for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 132 (arr. Vladimir Blok [1932-1996]).
Catalogue Number: 09M050
Description: The most original of these "ReVisions" as the title has it, is Beamish's reimagining of the lost Debussy suite. Only one movement remains, an Intermezzo, in a cello/piano version while another cello/piano piece (Scherzo) might also be from the work. Beamish orchestrates these and adds the early piano piece Rêverie, an early song, Nuit d'étoiles and the somewhat better-known piano piece Dance bohémienne, to produce a colorful, attractive and useful new work for cello and orchestra. Tognetti's is an arrangment of songs; Palmers of cello/piano pieces but Vladimir Blok reorchestrated Prokofiev's Concertino, completely changing the loud, garish Kabalevsky orchestration into something Prokofiev seemingly indicated he had in mind when he called the piece "delicate". Steven Isserlis (cello), Tapiola Sinfonietta; Gábor Takács-Nagy.