Classical Editor: Rob Barnett                               Founder Len Mullenger:

Leonid Gorokhov - Virtuoso Cello Transcriptions
Bohuslav MARTINU
(1890-1959) Variations on a Theme of Rossini
dedicated to Gregor Piatigorsky
Pietro LOCATELLI (1693-1764) transcribed by Alfredo Piatti
Sonata in D: Allegro; Adagio; Minuetto
Girolamo FRESCOBALDI (1583-1644) arranged by Gaspar Cassadó
David POPPER (1843 -1913)
Dance of the Elves Op. 39 edited by Pierre Fournier
Autumn Flower Op. 50 No. 5
Happy Recollections (Wie einst in schöner'n Tagen) Op. 64 No. 1 edited by Pierre Fournier
Carl Maria v. WEBER (1786-1826) Transcription by Gregor Piatigorsky
Adagio and Rondo
Alberto GINASTERA (1916-1983) Transcribed by Pierre Fournier
Julius KLENGEL (1859-1933)
Scherzo in D Minor Op. 6
Alfred SCHNITTKE (1933-1999) Transcribed by Daniil Shafran
Suite in the Old Style: Pastorale; Ballet; Menuett; Fugue; Pantomime

Leonid Gorokhov - Cello/Bobby Chen - Piano
Crotchet   AmazonUK   AmazonUS  Amazon recommendations

The great Russian school of cellists, of which Gorokhov is a worthy representative, shares a distinctive approach to the instrument based on a full-blooded romanticism and immense technical brilliance. Risks are taken, but musicianship always triumphs.

Despite the presence of composers such as Martinu and Ginastera both the music and the performances on this disc have a nineteenth century flavour. Gorokhov, a remarkably versatile player, wins his virtuoso laurels straight away with Martinu's lightweight, though horrendously difficult, Variations on a theme by Rossini. However, cellists will no doubt agree that, at this level, there's more to it than double stopping, glissandi, harmonics and playing very fast, as the beautifully realised transcriptions of Frescobaldi's Toccata (Cassadó) and Weber's Adagio and Rondo (Piatigorsky) amply confirm.

Popper's Dance of the Elves - another technique-twister - and Ginastera's Triste contribute to a varied programme lacking only the spice of truly twentieth century sounds (which could easily have taken the place of Schnittke's dreary Suite in the Old Style).

Roy Brewer



Price on the Website is £10.00 plus p&p, payable by credit card, full details on the site:

Cello Classics
38 Chandos Road
London N2 9AP
Tel +44 (0)20 8444 6358
Fax +44 (0)20 88837104

Return to Index

Reviews from previous months
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board.  Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.This is the only part of MusicWeb for which you will have to register.

You can purchase CDs, tickets and musician's accessories and Save around 22% with these retailers: