Appearing on Vinyl for the Very First Time!
Direct Metal Mastering by Hans-Jorg Maucksch
"Most 'encore' [releases] are specialist reissues taken from 78rpm, or early tape recordings, and I was therefore happy to encounter younger musicians who are imaginative enough to countenance the dressing of old friends in new clothes. One hopes that we are by now sufficiently mature—both as listeners and as critics—not to cringe at the transcriber's art, and that our continuing quest for 'authenticity' does not preclude the constructive idea of re-fashioning popular 'excerpts' for wider dissemination.
"I'm thinking in particular of Bach's "Air", Adagio and Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland, all of them loaned for the sake of a glorious 'top line' and lovingly turned by Mischa Maisky and his sensitive pianist, Daria Hovora. There is bravura, too—especially in Saint-Saens's earnest Allegro appassionato (an original cello composition) and Maisky's own fun transcription of Debussy's "Minstrels", complete with vibrant, sliding pizzicatos.
"Joseph Schuster renders Bloch's "Nigun" suitably cantorial (I'd love to have heard Schuster himself play it); and while piano purists might object to the hijacking of major Chopin just for the sake of melody, one hopes that the warmth and seamlessness of Maisky's playing minimizes any suggestion of offence. One might also care to remember that the Etude Op. 25 No. 7 (programmed here) is sometimes known as the 'Cello' Study.
"Schubert and Boccherini are pleasingly graceful, Debussy's "Clair de lune" is tastefully restrained, and the Schumann items are played with genuine affection. It's an appetizing, well-balanced menu, one that recalls long-cherished memories of Pablo Casals, Emanuel Feuermann, Gregor Piatigorsky and others in similar fare, but without in any way attempting to replicate their very individual styles. I note that it's Maisky's third such programme, and I sincerely hope that he gives us more. A very pleasant diversion, beautifully recorded." - Gramophone
Mischa Maisky (cello)
Daria Hovora (piano)
• First time ever on vinyl
• Only LP containing J. Offenbach's "Les Larmes du Jacqueline Op. 76, No. 2" performed by Mischa Maisky
• Cut from the original masters at Pauler Acoustic specializing in DMM
• Direct Metal Mastering by Hans-Jorg Maucksch
• Pressed at Pallas GmbH Germany
• Recorded April 1993
Mischa Maisky Cellissimo Track Listing:
1. Johann Sebastian Bach - Air
2. George Frideric Handel - Aria
3. Luigi Boccherini - Menuet
4. Franz Schubert - Moment Musical Op. 94
5. Robert Schumann - Romanze Op. 94, No. 1
6. Frederic Chopin - Nocturne Op. Post.
7. Jacques Offenbach - Les Larmes du Jacqueline Op. 76, No. 2
8. Camille Saint-Saens - Allegro appassionato pour violoncelle et piano op. 43
9. Claude Debussy - Clair de lune
10. Claude Debussy - Minstrels
11. J.S. Bach - Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland